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Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Yemanja (lemanja of Brazil)

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February 9 and 10

Festival of Yemanja (lemanja of Brazil)

 

In Afro-Brazilian spiritual traditions, Yemanja is the Goddess of all sea waters and a symbol of mastery. Her name means “the mother whose children are the fish.” She is considered to be a Mother Goddess and has dominion over all large bodies of water, including the depths of the ocean.

Yemanja is the patron of motherhood and is often associated with the moon. Her colors are blue and white. Her symbols include the fan, mermaid, a silver crescent, and all things that come from the sea.

On this day in Brazil, great festivals honor Yemanja. They begin at daybreak with ocean-bound processions of singers and dancers, all expressing their love for the Goddess. Those participating carry candles and offerings carved with fish to the seashore. Thousands of candles in tiny paper boats are set afloat on the ocean as participants make wishes for the coming year


Your Animal Spirit for Feb. 14th is Porcupine

Your Animal Spirit for Today

Porcupine

Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??

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Your Animal Spirit for February 8th is Porcupine

Your Animal Spirit for Today
February 8, 2014

Porcupine

Porcupine has appeared in your reading today to bring a message of innocence and trust. Although Porcupine can throw quills when cornered, he is gentle, loving, and non-aggressive. Is there an area of your life that need Porcupine energy? Have you lost the ability to trust??

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Crystal of the Day – Hematite Stone

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Crystal of the Day – Hematite Stone

Main Chakra: Base

Planet: Mars & Saturn

Vibrates to the number: 9

Element: Fire

Astrological Sign: Aries, Scorpio, Capricorn

Hematite stone is the main mineral in Iron and is mined in locations all around the world. The most notable places being Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, England, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain and Russia. In the United States, the states where hematite stone mining is the most common includes Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Wyoming and Utah.

Hematite stone is always opaque and is a grey metallic color or almost black. Occasionally you will find small amounts of red within the stone. This is where the iron has oxidized and is why in times past, hematite was called “bloodstone” because many of the stones would “bleed” a red color when they were cut.

The so called “bleeding” is actually nothing more than the iron oxidizing, which is nothing more than rust. Yet this red “blood” is where it got it’s name. It comes from the Greek word haima meaning blood.

Our world has become so complex, it is hard to find time to take a deep breath, much less actually relax and let go of a little stress. The hematite stone can help you maximize those few moments you may find to let go of stress. It leaves you in a calm state but at the same time, it leaves you in tuned to the universal energies, allowing you psychic abilities to increase.

If you have reached the age where your memory is not as good as it use to be, wearing hematite can help to increase your memory, making it easier to remember to get to appointments on time, to pay bills on time or even just to call your relatives on a semi-regular basis.

Hematite stone is a balancing healing stone, that bring all sides of the subject into balance. Self control and a go getter attitude can live side by side. Body, mind and Spirit can all work in harmony.

Not sure which path to take in your life to ensure you have all that you need? This also includes having peace and true inner happiness in your life. Hematite can cause your intuition to peak, helping you make the right choices to ensure all your hopes, dreams and desires can take you on the path to reach your goals.

Hematite is a great stone for students, mathematicians and engineers or anyone that use a lot of analytical skills in their jobs. It helps with memory, makes memorization easier, improves mathematical skills and aids in logically moving from a single concept through the many possible conclusions that could arise.

A hematite is a great stone for a beginner just learning to meditate. Often beginners will feel overwhelmed by the information and feelings they receive during their early attempts at meditation. Hematite helps you to stay grounded so you are not so overwhelmed, but at the same time, still allows you to maintain a meditative state.

If you are ill, especially where fever is concerned or the if the body has a build up of toxins, have someone comb your aura while holding a hematite stone. If you don’t have someone to do this for you, meditate while holding one of the stones and visualize the stone drawing the fever/toxins/illness from your body and into the stone. Afterwards, make sure you wash the stone under running water to remove the build up of negative energy from it.

If you are in need of a chiropractic treatments but can’t get one done at this point in time, lay on your stomach and have someone place several hematite stones on your back in a line down your spine. Hematite stone helps ease back pain and the magnetic qualities can help align your spine.

Hematite stone works closely with the base chakra helping to keep you grounded. This makes it the perfect stone for someone who tends to have their head in the clouds. It helps them to keep their mind on what has to be done, without cutting off their love of life and flow of creativity.

Hematite stone is great for anyone that does any sort of public speaking, including teachers, business executives and such. It gives you courage and self control while also reducing stress, which can help you to shine when communicating with others.

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Celebrating Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Oct. 10, Festival of Lights

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October 10th

Festival of Lights

In Brazil, October 10th begins the two-week celebration of the Festival of Lights. Each town or village has its own unique practices, but, in general, the festival begins with a parade of penance. This is followed by the lighting of torches, candles, hearth fires and oil lamps to drive away the evil spirits of the darkness that creates confusion and bring bad luck.

Poppet Magick

POPPET MAGICK

Items You Will Need:

Grave dirt or earth
Rosemary
Sage
Piece of smoky quartz
Piece of amethyst
Item from the person
 

 A poppet can be sewn to represent the malicious person.

Fill it with earth (grave dirt if you can find it), rosemary, sage, a piece of smoky quartz and a piece of amethyst. Also enclose a piece of the person’s fingernails, a lock of hair, or another personal item. Handwriting can be enclosed if you have nothing else.

Photos can be used also.

Santerian Practices

Santerían Practices

by Selene Silverwind

Santerían practices are much more ordered than Vodoun practices. The priesthood is elaborate and hierarchal; several initiations are required to reach the highest level of the priesthood. In addition, several methods of divination and magic are available.

Priesthood Hierarchy

The first level of the priesthood is the madrina or padrino, the godmother or godfather. They teach new initiates and advise those who have been practicing for some time. The next level of the priesthood is the santero and santera, priests and priestesses. Priestesses are also sometimes called iyalorishas. They lead rituals of all forms and can offer herbal cures and do magic. They are also skilled at divination. A babalao has achieved the highest level of priesthood possible. Babalaos are exclusively male in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States, but Brazil has female babalaos. In addition to the priesthood are brujas, witches, and curanderos, healers.

Whether or not a person becomes a santero or santera is determined by his or her fate. Babies born with a caul, or birth remnant, on their faces are said to be born with special abilities. The seventh daughter of a seventh sister is also especially gifted.

Initiation Ceremonies

Santeras and santeros receive at least two initiations, and possibly more. The first initiation is the Catholic baptism, usually given at birth. All Santeríans receive this initiation, whether or not they will become santeras or santeros. If the Santerían’s fate dictates it, he or she undergoes a kariocha at some later point, possibly in childhood, but there is no set time. To receive the kariocha, a Santerían must complete training that lasts up to three years, although in the United States it is often condensed down to three months. At the kariocha, the ashé of one of the initiate’s eledá is embedded into his or her head. After the kariocha, the person is officially a santero or santera. Later, a santero or santera can have kariochas to the other orishas of the Siete Potencias, if it is fated to be so.

Santeros and santeras are considered novitiates for the first year after their initation. During this time, they wear white, perform numerous rituals, and obey taboos as required by their orisha. Santeros also receive additional training in magic, ritual, and divination. Following initiation, santeros wear the collares, or beaded necklaces. The colors of each necklace represent certain orishas, and santeros wear one for each orisha to whom they are a santero or santera; for example, a santero to Shangó would wear a red and white beaded necklace.

Methods of Divination

Santeríans use several methods to divine fate, the needs of the orishas, or the cause of personal imbalance. Practitioners interpret the arrangement of ikins (palm nuts), obi (four pieces of coconut), or diloggún (sixteen cowrie shells). In addition, Santeríans examine an oguelo, a divining chain, for guidance. Charada is a system for determining lucky numbers, but it is very complicated.

Divination is often used to determine when initiation is appropriate and who a practitioner’s first orisha will be. Santeríans divine their itá at their first initiation. The itá comprises the rules, taboos, and predictions for the rest of the person’s life. For example, a practitioner might be told to stop eating meat and that he cannot earn a lot of money from his services as a santero. Divination is also used to determine the sacrifices and offerings required to appease an orisha. If an individual is suffering some ill, she, her santero, or a healer can divine the reason and the cure.

Magic and Ritual

As with Vodoun, balance is key to Santería, and imbalances must be corrected through rituals and magic. Ritual is more common to Santería than magic, but both have their places. Santeríans hold several types of rituals in addition to kariochas. Pembés are feasts held in honor of an orisha. These feasts often feature oru, sacred music that is drummed and sung. Each orisha is associated with a specific beat. When played properly, the oru will entice the orisha into possessing a santero and conveying beneficial messages. Santeros also hold funeral rites and rituals to honor ancestors.

Rituals sometimes feature sacrifices. Sacrifices may be required to give thanks to or appease an orisha, to prevent an orisha from getting angry or some action from taking place. Sacrifices are also a part of every initiation. The sacrifices made in thanks or at initiations are cooked and eaten by the guests. Regardless of the purpose of the sacrifice, the animal is killed humanely. The sacrifices signify that everything a person receives must also be returned and helps keep balance. Only babalaos may sacrifice four-footed animals, and this is rare. Chickens are the most common choice. The number associated with the orisha determines the number of animals sacrificed, or other offerings made. Orishas are also associated with colors. Santeríans often decorate their altars and choose the color of the candles they offer based on the colors associated with their orishas.

Magic rarely takes a negative form. It is more common for it to be used to correct an ill or an imbalance, and is often based in herbs. Santeros prepare omieros, magical herbal infusions that heal people or prepare them to be healed by a medical doctor. The selection of the herbs is guided by the orishas, and permission must be received from the orisha that rules the herb before it can be cut. A despojo ritual is a ritual herbal cleansing.

Choosing Your Karma

Choosing Your Karma

 

The early years of your life tend to be the most karma-filled. Adolescence is often the most intense time of all in a life. The hormonal and developmental changes tend to accentuate the difficulties of that period and facilitate a climate wherein much karma can be played out. This is also the time when you experiment with the different chief negative features: self-destruction, greed, self-deprecation, arrogance, martyrdom, impatience, and stubbornness. Generally by about the age of 21 you select one of them to settle down with.

After the age of 30, karmic intensity is greatly reduced. There are exceptions to this, as is the case with those people experiencing lifetimes at the sixth level of any stage (heavy karma balancing), and those with a goal of growth.

How Karma Repayment Works

Karma is supervised and organized by essence. Often the personality knows nothing of the purpose and impending unfoldment of the karma. There is good reason for this. False personality often operates out of fear. If your conscious personality knew that an intensely painful karma were about to occur with someone, it would run as fast as possible in the opposite direction, thus avoiding the repayment or the lesson that essence had in mind. Your personality usually feels like a victim in karmic situations.

Essence planned the karma repayment without flinching. Even when you are an old soul you need this benevolent amnesia to meet your more difficult karma. As mentioned earlier, karma usually comes with no warning even though it is essence directed. It frequently comes like a freight train rounding the bend and coming down the tracks with inexorable speed. The train is upon you before you can run away. When you are in the midst of a karmic situation you feel foggy and unclear, and you may feel strangely unable to get out of the situation. You often wonder how this happened to you all of a sudden.

You may walk innocently into a meeting and within minutes are insulted and humiliated by the new director on your job. You are instantly plunged into painful emotions and wonder what you did to deserve it.

The answer is often that you didn’t do anything this lifetime to deserve it. You simply showed up to balance the record sheet. Likewise you may be penniless and lost in a foreign country and a complete stranger suddenly appears on the scene and takes you in, cares for you, and gives you an airplane ticket home.

When karma has been completed, a feeling of freedom and relief ensues. The fog clears and you gain insight into the preceding events. You become neutral about the issue that had so recently carried such intensity for you. You don’t care anymore. You may even wonder how you could have been so upset about the issue.

The purpose of karma completion is to get you neutral on the issue so that you can move on to new and more interesting lessons. You have reached the neutral position on the triadic experience and you are ready for something new.

Karma as a Choice

Remember again that karma is not fate. Fate is a notion of predestination. You choose karma specifically with the purpose of undergoing an emotional or learning experience. Think of karma as ribbons that draw together experiences and weave a distinct pattern that is the product of many lifetimes. Remember also that those ribbons cause you to be in specific places and to meet certain people, sometimes to your great surprise. If you have a karmic debt with another individual living in a foreign country you will suddenly find yourself drawn, sometimes almost magically, to travel to that other country where the debt can be repaid.

Occasionally the obstacles in the path of meeting are too great and the karma must be deferred to another lifetime. For example, you may decide that this lifetime you will complete ten major karma, seventy-five medium karma, and one hundred and fifty minor karma. Typically you tend to bite off more than you can chew, so that if you complete most of these karma the lifetime will feel successful to you no matter how uncomfortable for your personality.

Some karma will be judged too difficult to complete for now. There is always free choice about when to complete a karma. The choice to complete it is made by essence at the time of initiation of the karma. It will always be completed.

Let us say that you have karma with a Mr. Chang who resides in China, and you live in Brazil. On an essence level you feel an urge to return the good deeds he has done for you in the past that will take a full year to repay. You however have not been able to travel to China and are heavily involved in completing and creating karma in your locality. Mr. Chang is able to visit Brazil for one week and you feel a pull to attend a lecture he is giving in a nearby city. You go out of your way to see him even though the topic is not of interest to you. You realize that although you are strongly attracted to him you will not be able to complete the karma in this life because of his short stay.

Such flirting with karma is a common experience and happens all the time. On the other hand, if Mr. Chang announced that he would be in the vicinity for several years, the pull to complete the karma would be almost irresistible.

Sexual attraction is one of the greatest facilitators of karma. When an imbalance exists between two people there is a strong essence-driven impetus to balance the record sheet. However, personality may sense a possible danger and wish to avoid the situation. Strong sexual attraction will make this avoidance less likely. For example, if you embezzled a large sum of money from Marsha in an earlier lifetime and you suddenly run into Marsha in this lifetime you may want to run and hide. You sense that she has come to collect. However if you are distracted by the fact that Marsha is now a beautiful blonde, your very type, then your lust will lead you directly into the karma. How convenient.

You may later wonder how you ever could have gotten involved with her after she has divorced you and taken your house and car in repayment.

Karma and Time

How long does karma last? Is there a time limit or a way to speed it up? The answer is not a simple one. Sometimes karma lasts only for a few seconds, such as a short intense pain; other times karma can last a whole lifetime, such as having a benevolent aunt who constantly looks out for you for many years. In another vein, a foe can cause you the loss of your arm early in life, a handicap that can last for decades. The length of the karmic experience is directly in proportion to the length of the first incident. If you deprive someone of the use of their legs for twenty years then this becomes a twenty-year karma. If you cut short someone’s life by one year then your own life will be cut short by one year in a later life. If you raise an orphan with kindness and generosity for twelve years then you will be repaid with a twelve-year kindness.

Balance then, is the name of the game. However, you can drag karma on, escalate it or creatively manipulate it according to the experiences and lessons desired by all parties involved. In order for karma to be truly complete, everyone involved must acknowledge the completion of it at an essence level. Karma can be such a delicious source of growth and lessons that often all parties would rather refuse to recognize the repayment and generate more karma instead. The karma builds and becomes more intense lifetime after lifetime, until ultimately the lesson of forgiveness is learned.

Sometimes a person will feel an intense tug to repay a karmic debt that they owe you. You may recoil at their appearance and try to avoid them based on past painful experience. This is like saying “Oh no! Not you again! I’m getting out of here!” So the chase is on until the debt is repaid. However, people are not always successful at repaying the karma. For example, Tom may owe Susan for abandonment one lifetime. Men they meet again the intention is to repay the debt. Nevertheless Tom may get cold feet at the prospect of being abandoned and instead repeat the original offense by abandoning Susan all over again. The karma then has just escalated. Small wonder then that some people get skittish when they see their old enemy show up.

The question arises “Am I about to be repaid or am I about to be burned again?” The game of cat and mouse can go on for centuries. Again, in the end, all is forgiven, balanced, and completed. Occasionally you play the game of “Who can be the most generous?” lifetime after lifetime, by building karma of a positive nature with someone. On the other hand, old souls wishing to cycle off the planet become adept at completing karma efficiently and creatively, sometimes accomplishing several at the same time.

Authors Details: José Stevens