Orisa statues and Spiritual Consulting at Sacred Alchemy Store

Sacred Alchemy Store is now offering a new service and a new product, Orisa Statues and Spiritual Consulting

We are now offering statues of orisas modeled on the Afro-Brazilian perception of orisa and their attributes. As with all our products these statues have also been subject for spiritual and magical treatment to ensure a given ray or vibration being emitted and attracted in accordance with the dynamis of the spiritual dignity it represents. In the case of the statues they have been washed in proper omi ero (herbal bath) and been subject for proper oriki (prayers) and orin (songs) so the statue itself becomes more than a decoration, it becomes a form that attracts a specific vibration.

These statues can be placed in shrines and be used as focus for veneration as they can be placed in specific locations with the purpose of attracting a particular energy.

In the picture from left to right: Ogun – Yemoja Mother of Pearls – Obatala – Yemoja - Esu

We are currently offering sixteen different orisas

Yemoja (mother of pearls/white hue)
Ologun Ede
Nana Buruku

This service is aimed towards giving guidance and counsel in your spiritual and/or religious practice.
It is a service for those who find themselves stuck in their practice, for those experiencing periods of confusion or disillusion, it is religious or spiritual, as much as for those who have many doubts and questions they seek answers to. This means that this service can be about assisting you in your practice, helping you to establish a healthy practice or finding solutions to whatever blockages or problems you might be experiencing as it can be about general help in obtaining clarity.

We will do these sessions through Skype and the duration is up to 60 minutes pr. session.

Please, prior to ordering the service do write us at sacred.alchemy.store@gmail.com and present us with the issue at hand. As with all our services our seal of secrecy and anonymity is always guaranteed.

Please visit our store at the following link: Sacred Alchemy Store, (http://sacredalchemystore.com/)


The Magic of Love and the Mystery of the Erotic: I

“A person desires things of this world- but where is the difference of desiring the "Supreme Bliss"? Which is the more selfish? Which is nearer you? Which pleases the Creator more? Are you certain of the Creator's will and are you sure of your own desire? Are you the Creator or just yourself, as you fondly imagine your contents?”
AOS – The Book of Pleasure

Works of love, works of binding love, works to dominate a beloved, works to get back lost love are probably the life situation people ask for magical aid in more than any other.

But when we speak of love we need to be more precise, because love is bound in so many different forms of relationships and sentiments. We know the Greeks had at least six words for love and the form of love most praised seemed to be Philia, which is about the love that infuses and defines friendships. The philosophical work of Epicurus are all about this form of love that he praised higher than anything and we find a similar sentiment in Plato’s dialogues. Philia was related to Philautia, or self-love, however, narcissism was not a part of the understanding of what self-love was about, yet the ecstasy of being who you are in calm acceptance and satisfaction along with a willingness to transgress and transform the entire landscape that you are strikes the cords of self-love.

Hence in this landscape if you find yourself void of worth, a lone outcast wolf, a seductress of no victories… do you have sufficient self-love to call upon love?

In this field where the hunger for love is frustrated we nurture desire and we nurture ego and fantasy, it is as Austin O Spare wrote in The Book of Pleasure:  

The Ego is desire, so everything is ultimately desired and undesirable, desire is ever a preliminary forecast of terrible dissatisfaction hidden by its ever-present vainglory. 

And so, when we ask for love, to bind an object of desire to us, to call back a wayward wife or husband, what is the ‘’love’ in this desire we seek to bind?

We can exclude ideals such as pragma, the love that grows over time through deep understanding of one another as we can exclude ludens, the playful flirtatious love of passing moments (yet, at times such moments sow the seed of perpetual desire and haunting memories) as we can exclude agape, the unconditional and selfless love for everyone, due to the person exercising agape being truly full of love and void of self-doubt. Quite often agape is translated into ‘charity’, but I find the word generosity to be a word more proper to describe this form of love most difficult to attain. Generosity is about giving freely and willingly because it affirms Love, and if we are generous we also become kings and queens of love and in the spirit of love we can become architects and masters of our own Fate.

And so, when we think of love in a greater scope, the love between parents and children, between friends, the love in a flirting moment, the agape that happens with nature in meeting with rain and dew, that moment of true connection, passing or lasting, it be in sharing a common understanding, a shared preference… love is like the Devil, it all rest in the details.

And if we pay attention to the details many of us will find that there is much more love going around than what we care to notice because we tend to focus on that primal, passionate love, eros.

Eros, child of Venus, spirit of desire and also the daimon of divine desire was always viewed as irrational and volatile, a mercurial Venus that with his arrows and rosy cheeks could inspire passion and creativity wherever he went. The arrows of Eros piercing Romeo and Juliet led to death and tragedy as it did with St. Cyprian and Sta. Justinia and it is this love, eros, the erotic and sexual passion, that divine glue, that tend to be at work when someone ask for a work of love being done.
In this I would say with Epicur that “It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.” 

Because if we don’t have Philautia, how can we expect to be the object for any kind of love?

I believe love, no matter the type, is bound by some form of generosity. To be generous is not only about giving because you have; it rests in some selfless nobility that rest in your heart. It is that love that speaks good words to the lover that left you, the love that holds on to what was good in what is not anymore with fond memories, avoiding the abyss of want, desire and depression.

Love is about giving and in giving we attract the same. Desire is about having and in exercising desire we also exercise this very same possessiveness desire is in our want for the other, often because of our own lack of self-love or misplaced love for self that makes us feel unwanted, unsuitable, unlovable and what not.

And so, with love, it is tied in with the mystery of the erotic, which is the enchantment and passion of merging, it is something of an expansive and creative dynamic that happens in the field of eros, but love have at least six heads… the seventh is your own…

And then; when you are there seeking to bind someone, is it an object of desire? Is it a persona filled with love? Why would you bind what is not naturally bound to you?

As a spirit worker, I am so reluctant to make love workings, because they are so often desire workings, and desire is irrational, volatile and floating. We are speaking of eros, not any other form of love. Eros is the cosmic glue, that is true, but the nature of this force makes everything like he is, unpredictable and volatile. Working with desire is a complicated thing and I must confess that magical works tied into the mystery of Eros are amongst the most unpredictable workings any spirit worker can do.

Sometimes it works well, because there is a bond between the one asking for the work and the object of desire, we are speaking of a certain generosity made possible by mutual self-love. Other times the implicated parties rekindle love for some passing moments, just to the dissatisfaction of one or both and there are of course effects like the wayward husband desiring his wife who closed all conversation with him – and after the work is done – he she opens her heart, her door just to be beaten once again by that abusive SOB… And there I am, as a facilitator, knowing very well that Maria Padilha was teaching a lesson… but still… is it love when you want to mark that soft skin purple and blue just because you are in a frenzy of erotic desire that calls the truth out of who you are and what this ‘love’ is about? No, it is desire in its pure and undirected way, it is the frenzy of Eros, unpredictable angel of love and desire that makes warriors sweet with the taste of fervent blood… the same blood that makes a dick hard and the heart to beat faster in the embrace of passion, it be of pain, anger or lust… It is not eros calling upon philia or neither agape nor even ludens, it is love turning into self-hatred exercised in the world, so we can all witness the pain of the desirous one. And there is in this the most common of cases, the lost love returns, but upon his or her return the desirous one don’t want him or her anymore… so in the end, as Epicurus wrote: “why spoil what we have with what we have not”?


We Are What We Are?

We all stand on the shoulders of whoever came before us; we speak of ancestry or land these are our two shoulders. We are the living legacy of the past. We embody and act the blessings and the curses, the lessons and the resistance of everything that made us be what we are today.

We think this is always beautiful when we place the monocles to our life and see our good deeds and wonderful aspirations and it all goes grim when we expand our vision and start feeling hot, heavy and delirious with the condition of the world. In those moments we don’t see how our self-doubt is used to the vantage of the rulers of the worlds that do not want you to be comfortable in your little cave of light and darkness. We are always called out, to give an opinion or a judgment – and if we don’t, life do it for us when we are in any form of cue or exchange any idea rooted in difference and concord.

We start to point fingers to acts generated by bad character and greed, yet we don’t see the character flaws and hidden envy in ourselves. We easily see the wrongdoings done in our society, by the politicians that lie to us and the colliding world views that crash cities and ideas with ideals and promises of holiness and change.

We rarely see these are appeals to our holiness and our thirst for change…

We are all the time distracted from paying attention to our own character, our own deeds, words and actions, but we have no problem striding our own white horse, dress the armour of a rpg knight or raise a cowardly face in an ivory tower of superiority made by our own illusions, fears, dramas and aspirations.

It is all just sad, and it gets even sadder when we glorify our failures and our greed, our envy and our lack in stating we are the loving product of our ancestors... because then we would need to admit that we are not from a perfect pedigree but from shafts of wheat that was not always good nor healthy. Our history as a singular being, our history as a human is never a dance of perfection, rather a kaleidoscope of changing contrasts.

Because we all have bad, rotten and evil ancestors and the vibration and spirit that made them make mess, chaos, bring sadness, war and turmoil to our lives still lives in us as moths and butterflies fighting for the attention of fire and water. It is just the way it is and they find their ways to fire and water more easily when we try to understand why.

To hide an envy or a rotten character behind a slogan of ‘oh, well, it is the best my ancestors could make from me’ is atrocious. It is a defeat and in this we reveal intense fatalist sadness in denying change. It is like saying, ‘oh my Sun sign is Lobster, so you know I am doomed to snap at everyone’…

We can always be better, change is always possible, new knowledge brings to us new perspectives and quite often new tools – the problem is always about the willingness to change, the willingness to silence those complaining ancestors, those guilt ridden and victimized ancestors that inspired you to make the bad choice, to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We all have them. They live in Mothers and Fathers perpetuating a dysfunction that denies you happiness in your life. These ancestors are not the best of what you can be, they are forces that should be accepted and acknowledged – but not invited in – because sometimes we celebrate the evil of an ancestor by denying its influence in our life – and in this we start working a peace with the past. This ancestor can be revealed in forms diverse, a trauma, sadness, a negative pattern, a mode of anger or aggressiveness.  Anything we are that holds a negativism might be about you being the one given the power and consciousness to solve some ancestral shit and stop perpetuating it and be the change that appeases your ancestry.

Because we are not a result of the love of ancestor, we are a result of the anger and resent of our ancestors, the compassion and wisdom of our ancestors, the love is ours to understand and forgiveness is ours to give to those who made us and to all those who surrounds us.

The whole idea of having ancestry is not about glorifying anything. It is about understanding where you came from, so you can make a change, betterment or continue what was always good.

These things are so simple, so simple that it is hard to take notice, because while the world is burning, we tend to lose focus on the dots and pawns, the molecules and first breaths that makes up beginnings and continuations. We lose focus on ourselves as we direct all attention to whatever else that has a movement and motion outside of us.

And in this amazing act of turning to the other, so much is about the world at large, we lose our selves and get disillusioned with all the evil and shit we see, witness and experience. So often we get drawn into this and we give back what we see and experience as a negative reaction born from our good heart. It is a horrible circle, a circus of disgrace and yet we stay there, perpetuating those inklings in ourselves that stems from ancestors that seek only iron and clay and makes us sad and we believe our selves to be that sad, hardy resistance we don't want to be anymore.

Like sad, hard and uptight is what we want to be… I believe we all seek happiness, fulfillment and purpose, no matter how dark, drunk, depressed or disillusioned we might be. I believe the root of change lies in acceptance and commitment, in realizing that you are what you are because of those who came before you, because if you don’t like what they made you, in this realization you can alter the current of your life and be you as a knight or dame in truth and of truth, and not a figurehead or puppet in your own life, but the hero in your own life that came to bring a positive change.

To realize that I am such and such because of this and that – this is always only the knowledge you need to understand how you came to your position, to understand is not fatal, it is to realize a crossroad... it is to realize the presence caused by the forces that are tied to your feet, arm, heart and eyes, namely those who came before you. But just because a pattern of dysfunction is realized in this heritage we are not condemned to repeat it, rather, know your story so you do not repeat it and perpetuate what was good in your legacy, because it all lives in you as the living ancestor of what you are, love or regret, hatred of compassion, forgiveness or feud is always left to us to choose...         


New products and discounts at Sacred Alchemy Store

We recently extended our array of products at Sacred Alchemy Store, namely òrìsà statues crafted from wood, authentic Quimbanda patuás/charms/talismans and the idol of Pomba Gira Maria Navalha for protection of women.

Also we are offering a 20%discount on dafá/Ifá readings until solstice and we have also managed to offer ose ero, the Ifá medicine embedded in black soap for a reduced price, namely, buy two and get three, so read on and follow the links by a click on the header of each product.

We will in the period from 4th of December until Solstice offer 20% off on our Ifá readings - this because many might look for a forecast for the tendencies of the upcoming year in which Ifá is an excellent option for  such investigation. Please use the discount code 'Orunmila' at check out and the discount will be applied.

We are now offering our Ifá medicine, made from black soap infused with secret powders and enchantments for a reduced price.

All of these magical soaps are made and charged by an Awo Ogboni and will be made in relation to the need of the client.Herbs, enchantments and prayers utilized in the presence of spirit and òrìsà to generate medicine and magic is a common trait in Ifá and one of these magical medicines is osé èrò. This medicine composed from powders from the vegetal, animal and mineral kingdom combined into a specific ray of power through natural harmonies, songs, prayers and enchantments and bound together in order to bring forth a specific direction and quality. This medicine takes the form of a black soap that is used to clean the entire body while the mind stays in a contemplative and receptive state, focusing on the intent of the use of the medicine.

We offer sixteen varieties of this medicine, each directly linked with one of the primordial sixteen odùs of Ifá and in this combo of three osé èrò you can choose three of the same or three different ones from the list below:   

Èjì Ogbè is used for the purpose of attracting peace and tranquility and will have a balancing effect on the soul and mind. It is a good medicine to use when we are in need of peace of mind to make the best possible decisions.  
Òyèkú Méjì is used to avert danger and death, but is also well used to facilitate understanding of any kind of transitions in life, it be concerning work, moving or relationships. This medicine holds strong purifying effects on body, soul and mind
Ìwòrì Méjì is a medicine of fire and inspiration and can be used when inspiration and initiative is lacking. This medicine is of a transformative nature and energizes the soul.
Òdí Méjì is used both to generate fertility and also stability. It is a medicine that makes a restless heart calm and a womb desiring children to become more fertile and receptive.
Ìrosùn Méjì is a medicine that facilitates the attraction of wealth and prosperity into our lives. It is important when we are using this medicine that we avoid boasting about our success and give attention to the opportunities appearing.
Òwónrín Méjì is our remedy against chaos and upheaval and is used to bring about great understanding in turbulent phases of life and enables the user of the medicine to take advantage of situations that are experienced as very complicated.
Òbárá Méjì is a medicine used by those who seek to achieve position in society or at work. It is a medicine that will stimulate the strength of will and make this strength visible for others. 
Òkànrán Méjì is a medicine used to correct the consequence of errors of judgmentand is as such a medicine that stabilizes what is chaotic and induces pensive and contemplative rays. It is a medicine great to use when we need to take lesson from our bad actions or when we are entering dark periods of our life.
Ògúndá Méjì is the medicine of victory and triumph. It is a medicine that can be used when we seek to remove obstacles and blockages and also when we are confronted with a situation of competitive nature and see triumph.
Òsá Méjì is our most complicated medicine as it creates abundance through radical change. It is a medicine well applied when we feel every road is blocked and we are searching for opportunities to open up, but keep in mind that the effects of this medicine can at time be of a radical – and sudden – nature.
Ìká Méjì is a medicine against hexing and gossip. It removes most malefica directed against the one who is using the medicine and comes with a restriction of not cursing nor indulging in gossip while the medicine is used for its purging qualities to penetrate as deep as possible.
Òtúrúpòn Méjì is our vehicle for healing and this medicine aims towards making strong the immune system and is as such a remedy that brings health to body, soul and mind, it is the medicine for healing.
Òtúrá Méjì is a medicine used to stimulate second sight, clairvoyance and is in general a worthy medicine to use to bring strength to ones spiritual constitution. This medicine fortifies in particular mind and soul
Ìretè Méjì is our combat medicine and can be used in situations of war as much as for pursuing particular goals. It is naturally important that our goals are reasonable and realistic when we are using this medicine that can also be used to provoke desired opportunities in martial ways.
Òsé Méjì is the medicine of love and attraction that both induces sweetness and beauty of heart and soul as well as it generates attraction of love towards the one who uses this medicine.
Òfún Méjì is the answer on what is hopeless. If life is particularly blocked and stagnant and one is feeling that only a miracle can help one out, this medicine will enable the one who is using it to connect with source and from this positive change is summoned.

We have been so fortunate to have been able to contract the services of a woodcarver from Babatunde village in Nigeria, some 50 minutes away from Ile Ifé that in his capacity as a craftsman and Awo (Babalawo) is skilled enough to carve all 401 òrìsàand irúnmòle. It will naturally take some time to have this work done, and so we estimate approximately 8 weeks from order is made and until we are able to ship these handcrafted images of òrìsà and irúnmòle to you. We will naturally keep you updated on the process. We are however happy to inform that we are able to offer these handcrafted images for $350 + postage.

An image of this cost will be approximately half meter tall (+/- 7 cm). Our woodcrafter can do smaller images naturally – or larger – in this case please do write us at sacred.alchemy.store@gmail.com so we can provide estimates of cost and time of delivery. The same goes for orders of multiple images, we are in such cases able to work out discounts.
We will not list all the 401 òrìsà and irúnmòle, so please, upon ordering send us a mail about which òrìsà or irúnmòle you want carved or add the information in the commentary field of the transaction itself.   
In the picture we see Òrìsà Òsóòsi

Patuá is a tupi word (patauá) meaning ‘bag of leather or cloth we tie to our chest’ as a reference to the bag the hunters were using to gather what they found in the woods it be food, bone, earth, feathers, meat or treasures. It also held the meaning of being an ‘amulet’.
patuá is what Quimbandeiros  often refer to as ‘a gathering of life’, which is the vernacular meaning for what a patuá is, and so a patuá is a gathering of things found to serve a purpose, usually composed of parts mineral, animal and vegetal, that gives a new life and direction.
For the tupi-speaking hunters it was apparently about the sum of what was found, but it was also the methodology that made it possible to carefully assemble  elements in order to give it a direction, a force of its own.

We are offering Quimbanda patuás both with a specific direction and directed to capture the virtue of a particular Exu or Pomba Gira. We have decided to make these patuás in relation to Exu and Pomba Gira as rulers of given kingdoms and a few with a specific direction. If you want more specific patuás, please write us and we can accommodate, but please keep in mind that a patuá for a specific Exu or Pomba Gira can at times also invite in a presence that do its work for good and for ill, so measure well and speak with us before you make your choice so we can arrive at the best solution for you. The options listed below are patuás we have found to give benefit and have no issue making for whomever see to attract these potencies to their lives. Any questions or special request, please do write us at: sacred.alchemy.store@gmail.com

Exu (a generic patuá composed of elements from all nine kingdoms to invite in a dynamic presence of Exu)
Exu Tranca Ruas (for opening roads and be able to make the better choice)
Exu Omolu (for connecting with ancestry and the realm of ancestors)
Pomba Gira (a generic patuá composed of elements from all nine kingdoms to invite in a dynamic presence of Pomba Gira)
Pomba Gira das Praias (for understanding and healing of the emotional realm of being)
Pomba Gira Maria Padilha (for attraction of love and the erotic)
Zé Pelintra (for gaining a gambling hand and the upper hand in business dealings)

Her story speaks of a woman, Maria Regina, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro under challenging circumstances. Her father was an officer in the military who abandoned his children shortly after the birth of Maria Regina’s brother, who turned out to be mentally challenged.  It is a struggle some life and even more so when their mother died when Maria Regina was 14 years old. They lived on the street, of alms and small work until she managed to get a work as a waitress at a bordello. Here she one night met this gentleman dressed in white and with a red tie. He never demanded her favours, only gave her gifts. One night he gave her his watch and with that a charm telling her that it was important that she left work before 3 a.m. and if she couldn’t do that, that she should wait until 7 a.m. Shortly after she found herself in the streets at 3:30, when she realized what time it was – and as she realized this she heard the voice of two bandits calling her to freeze. With nowhere to run in that dark back alley in Lapa, she turned around trying to talk her way out of what was about to happen. They approached her with knifes seeking to rape and kill her. But as they approached her a man dressed in white with a red tie appeared behind them, in his hand a razor. He jumped the attackers and killed them both, but alas, in this he also suffered deadly cuts to himself. In tears  Maria Regina was given the razor from the dying Zé Pelintra as he placed his panama hat on her head…  From this night on she was known as Maria Navalha, Mary Razorblade.

Pomba Gira Maria Navalha is naturally a great force for protection of women and to punish abusive men. We have her in two forms, one white and one red. The white Maria Navalha is charged and worked for the sake of protection, suave, yet deadly… while the red Maria Navalha is charged with that extra element of fire that makes her aggressive and fierce in her protection. We offer her both with and without a special patuá enhancing the particular direction of her virtues and powers.

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With Our finest blessings for the tide of festivities and celebrations!


Building the Scintillating Body

A review of: +Palamas:  Spirit Builders. Transmutation Publishing. 2015

Spirit Builders is an impressive tome. It contains everything relevant to the ritual part of the rite of Memphis and Misraim in terms of how to awaken the powers within each of the 97 grades and degrees.

As for the rites themselves, +Palamas have limited himself to the ‘primitive’ presentation of each degrees with commentaries upon each degree relevant to the approach of Free Illuminism. What is contained in this is basically a one on one direct meeting and merging with the mysteries outside the circle squares as it would be in a traditional Masonic lodge.

Hence, what becomes vital in this voluminous tome is to understand the approach itself, as the essence of the rituals themselves is well presented. And in this we find the idea of initiation as a form of awakening to a process that brings on an energetic harmony between body, soul and the mystical experience itself, what + Palamas call ‘a souldream’.

The Free Illuminist approach is completely Esoteric and void of Hierarchy and structures of authority, rooted in a belief that spiritual growth cannot or are severely hindered within an authoritarian structure. Hence we need to realize that +Palamas is presenting a non-traditional, non-hierarchical Esoteric angel to the secrets of M+M aiming towards unlocking these powers and realizations within specific fields of energetic resonance in the body known as point chauds – or hot points (similar to the concept of marmas and chakras, energetic gateways where a multiplicity of nerves meet and realization and spirit contact can occur).

+Palamas writes on page 14 that: “It is to the creative mind and to those with a spirit of inquiry that Free Illuminism holds the most appeal” – and this is important to keep in mind assessing this work and its presentation of the ‘primitive doctrine of Memphis and Misraim’. The technique +Palamas used in this work was scrying, so from the battery of the degree, password and sign the corresponding point chaud is then activated in various ways to open this gateway that instigate the initiatic experience of the degree researched.  

Hence we are here speaking of a magical reconstruction rooted in occult research and direct experience of the mystery itself. This approach will when the work is done lead to a unique expression of the mystery worked with, an ontological exercise in understanding one’s own spiritual landscapes.

This approach to the mysteries, namely occult engineering and magical reconstruction, was greatly developed by Michael Paul Bertiaux and her continued by +Palamas through the work done by T Allen Greenfield. And it is imperative to emphasize that this is a particular approach not focused on exercising dogma, but a scientific attitude that is focused on occult research into doctrine and mystery. 

I feel it is important to stress this, because this has been a constant obstacle for many to even bother understanding the legacy of Michael Bertiaux, namely the experimental, non-traditional approach to the mysteries. So, in the same fashion Spirit Builders is a child of this very same succession of thought and occult approach to the mysteries where old terms gain new and personified meaning as the unique experience in the collective field of multidimensional mysteries are understood in a given lattice of illumination. 

Hence we need to see Spirit Builders as a consequence of this particular approach, where SpiritBuilders, just like Bertiaux’ Vodoun Gnostic Workbook turns into a research paper spanning 97° of illumination shared with the world with the purpose of stimulating further research and experimentation, both to uncover potential mysteries – but also to facilitate ownership of the work itself. 

You find Transmutation Publishing here: http://www.transmutationpublishing.com/spirit-builders/


Spirit Workers

Many of us seek magical solutions when life gets hard, but in truth no ‘God’ will not give you what you can’t give yourself, nor give what you can attain by your own divine effort and honest assessment of a situation that reveals the tools and solutions.

When life gets rough some of us run towards someone who claims to possess powers or are in the league with some powerful spirit – or makes part of the right ‘party’ or ‘religion’. The common requests are about binding an unwilling object of desire, to get rid of mess you yourself created or to get out of a situation you yourself authored.

All this is fine, magic can bind an unwilling lover and silence any opposition, but unless honesty in what is going on is exercised, it will all be just a band aid.

As a person who do magic works for people I avoid trashing or blaming the client for ineffective works - because it does happens – but when you are there rubbing your beard wondering why the technology applied that always worked did not worked this time – you also start to assemble the steps you took and the request or intent given. Sometimes you realize you had too little information and made a work less precise that needs correction. Other times you realize that the desire and explanation given to you was not really truthful. It was more about a desire, thwarted in its linings, hence the goal was missed. As a coach and a therapist I have seen this with some frequency, what we want and what we need to get what we want, are not always beating the same drum…

So, let me say this; A magical work is a careful analysis of the situation and its bonds, the assessment of what is truly wished for and then to start to work these bonds with care and attention. In truth it is a natural, yet occult practical philosophy that lies at the root in how to understand and manipulate forces and vibrations, sentiments and desires against the lattices and matrixes of what is possible to manifest.

This means that when the intent is presented with deceptive information; deceptive the result will be and this is why the beginning of any successful magical work will start with some form of divination. In doing this the situation stated is gaining light by external forces (ideas, spirits, planets etc) or subliminal forces (your own daimon, kako and/or agathao). In doing this we establish a full landscape of forces active in the field that we seek to solve and in gaining this bigger picture and greater landscape we can realize what is truly at play. So for instance, the most popular request when it comes to magical workings, ‘bring my lover back to me’ is never as simple as making a padé to Pomba Gira and make the binding spell on top of the gifts. We need to get a bit more zen and realistic with what is going on when we deal with the world of spirits, because as above so below and that goes for all four sides of the compass. A relationship and an interaction are ruled by similar forces and sentiments it be between factors just material or factors spanning dimensions, visible an invisible. It is all about the bond we make, the favours we gain and use, our character and exploitation of others to seek our own pleasure and end. 

Let us continue with the most popular of spell requests, ‘lover come back to me’. It is in its proposition complicated, because in seeking to have your lover back you do need to address your own love, behaviour, attitudes and how you guarded this love as much as you need to be aware of how this love slipped out from your hands. Because if you don’t have love to give to yourself, how can you demand this from another? It is a thwarted bond and in this we find a breaking point and the bonds involved there that should be worked, not the desire to bind someone to you, because something ‘other’ would perhaps bring desire into realization. Likewise, another popular request is about court cases. So Joe made a scam and was caught; now Joe wants to get rid of the energies he attracted. That is something that can be easily done, but it is done more easily when the scam is admitted instead of presenting things like, ‘oh but I had the right to those belongings that’s why I stole them’.  In this additional information we will work very different magical solutions, to make an innocent man clean and make a guilty man run free is both rooted in justice and law, but the occult methodology will be very, very different. Yet, no work should be met with judgment, we all want something good for ourselves, yet in reaching for what is good, honesty is truly important so what is really at play can be tuned and brought into motion and the song of joy…   

This means that expectation is the Mother of disappointment, because when your desire is to have the return of your long lost lover in passionate embrace manifest in renewed contact we tend to be disappointed instead of seeing the seed of success - and disappointment as well as excess of desire are forces that spill and destroy results. Magic can at times be a slow process and several small precise works to adjust something is often better than a bomb giving casualties.   

A work of Magic is a delicate thing and as any statistical analysis, as any surgery a margin of error, of the unexpected must be calculated.  The more precise our diagnostic and choice of tools are the better and more precise the outcome will be.

For spirit related workings it is all about our relationship with spirit and our understanding of the given spirit that will dictate the outcome. A Babalawo that never tend to his orisas will naturally have slower, no result or unwanted results from a Babalawo that tend to his spirits daily. It all lies in the relationship. The friend you freeload on will at some time close his door on you; it is really as easy as that. Be a person of honour and character and you can do wonders.  The rest is about your aptitude to understand these secret bonds that moves beneath the world and makes it come alive. 

And thus by the virtue of magic and the logical sequence of this article, speaking of Spirit Workers, we have some spirit workers we should sort of forget. But this being said when any kind of market is open the charlatans tend to stumble in to see how they can take advantage, so beside watching the Spirit Workers character and the resonance involved in it all there are three types we should avoid, because any Spirit Worker reflecting any of these three forms have no real understanding of the magic that moves magic.

So for you who are searching Spirit Workers to do magic for you, here are a few advises concerning some typical characters we find out there:

The ‘100% Guarantee’ dude
The only guarantee life gives is that you will die. These spirit workers that promise 100% are clueless and believe they are the Masters of the Universe. If you go to court you have a 50/50, if you go to surgery, even a small one, you have a 70% of success – I would say magic maneuverered well is having a generally high success rate – but 100%... no one can give you that, not even statistics, there is always’ the third factor’ the force we never calculate with that makes nothing 100%.

The ‘I have God/Satan on my side’ dude
Well, the proposition is really not ok, but we have many of them. Oh I am this, I am that, I have worked this and that spirit for years, now I can help you, Exu bought me a house, Sango tore down my enemies…. It just goes on and on; please don’t fall for these kinds of polemic where you submit to someone who claims to hold superior powers. Some do have god given powers, but those who hold them will never speak of themselves in such ways, rather they tend to be simple and modest people realizing that they are what they are because of the relationship and gift they hold to the gift and spirit. It makes the Spirit Worker modest in the greatness of possibility and tends to take the shape of compassion and generosity.

The ‘By giving you Fear you give me Money’ dude
If you are purchasing a work and you are met immediately with something of the effect that ‘there is a great curse upon you’, please seek a second opinion. It might be, but believe me; it is extremely rare, because there are so few people out there that actually have spirit contact enough or knowledge enough to cast an efficient curse. What I have found in examining many such cases is that what Ifá calls Ibí Egùn, a family curse that reveals itself in the repetition of dysfunctional patterns or a self-curse that reveals itself in acting against one’s better judgment or knowledge. Don’t buy the curse just like that.

And so; if you fell for one of these charlatans in the marketplace, so what? No crisis, maybe some pennies less in your pocket, but also a lesson wiser and a capacity for discernment brighter. It is ok to have hopes and desires, to want and to seek completion. Sometimes there is a troll at the bridge masking as a sage, take it, get it and leave it. A lesson wiser always makes you … well…. wiser…

And also, we should remember that no one can give what they don’t have for themselves, so a person who has no love in his or her life, how can this person help you bring love into someone else’s life? A person that repeatedly struggle with paying rent, how can he or she help you with magic aiming towards monetary increase? As above, so below, what we fix in life also mirrors a symmetry and harmony in the invisible realms amidst spirits and stars.

What I want to demonstrate or speak of here as a conclusion is that by instinct or hope, by desire or hopelessness we tend to acknowledge that there is more between ‘heaven’ and earth that only us. In doing a magical work, in asking for a magical work being done we realize that we are not in total control of life. Hence the percentages of unpredictability in doing a magical work finds its life and purpose in this same margin of uncertainty where we can realize goals and miracles, in this liminal space where the visible and invisible meet one hand washes the other as we bring one another forward on this adventurous journey we know as life and the more we are struck with awe the more modest we tend to become, and the more in touch with spirit we are the more the spirit of generosity and good will tend to appear, because if your life gets better, my life gets better, your successful solution to a problem might be a remedy for others. 


Workings of Magic; Its Wonders and Disappointments

Magic is an Occult Science, not much difference from the field of Epigenetics when it comes to understanding what Giordano Bruno spoke of as the bond between things that causes attraction and rejection and how new bonds can be formed and the unexpected happening. And indeed, this is how complex the magical art is.
There are two field related to magic that tend to confuse many of us, these two realms are ‘the miraculous’ and ‘the powerful’.

When doing or asking for a magical work sometimes the expectation is the miraculous – and certainly this can occur. A miracle is these wonders that happen that makes us smile in awe. Yet miracles happens when we are already on the right track and the work done is giving that push needed to blaze open a path that is already realized. Or they can be the sudden healing from a simple prayer that has no explanation except for the sincerity of a bad person… because the miraculous is not about merit…

The Miraculous

Magic CAN cause miracles, but the miracle is also dependent on alignment and rhythm. It depends on the power of acceptance and potential of action in the one that is doing the work or the one a work is done for.

For instance; you make a work for love, but the love you want is a love that doesn’t love you. Is this a work of love? Or you make a work to thwart justice, whilst you know you are to blame; are you doing a work of justice?

Everybody lies and everybody feels they deserve better, at least this is what words speak as we try to convince ourselves. But words rise from this boneyard of memory we keep within and our bones know better – it is that ol’ Devil Saturn – gracious and knowing that call us to our senses and question our truth and logic; through the memory of our bones.

This is important, because we need to be completely in agreement with the work done for it to have any effect. Ifá has a proverb (paraphrased for this article): ‘Spirit can only give what we allow to enter’ in the sense of if we feel underserving of the love we are craving, we will also deny it to enter, no matter how many magical workings we are doing.

This disappointment is quite simply explained. It is about working erroneous magical bonds. In this case it is about presenting a wish with no consideration of how this wish can travel towards you. As I have had countless requests about bringing back a lost love, what I see in the majority of these cases is that the one still feeling ‘love’ is in truth feeling ‘loneliness’ or ‘obsession’. The object of desire is long gone and there is a wish for this past to resurface again, but not for the sake of love, but for loneliness and sadness to evaporate. Hence what is happening here is that you think you work a bond of Venus, while your entire being and your desire along with it – is steeped in Saturn.

In short any love marked by melancholy holds a bond to Saturn as any obsessive an erratic love holds a bond to Mars. If you work Venus in this you work the wrong bond.

The occult philosophy that informs magic need to arrive to the nature of these bonds, because if one person insist on Venus while it is really a bond of Saturn we are speaking of, well no working will have the desired effect. It will be like taking the wrong train over and over again, sure you reach some destination, but not the one you aimed for. A magical working needs to be precise and as any precise science if we err in the parameters we do not reach the goal, but we can discover other wonders in our miscalculations. Anyway, we always receive what we allow in, and what enters often knows better what we allow in than we do. 

A miracle is cause by harmony, not a dance between desire and reality and the resistance and insistence coming from it.

The Powers

When we do a working with a spirit with a given intent, for a precise purpose I have found that many never consider what is going on in the interaction or bargain itself. Whenever I see some dude telling that he can turn shit into gold or see the death of your enemies just by appealing to his spirits, just because he have made some pact or whatnot I giggle. For sure we can make pacts with spirits that can aid us in doing miracles and accomplish great things, but at the end of the day, at some point any abused spirit, like any abused human or animal will strike back. People who make endless pacts with spirits end up as the slaves of these same spirits. People who only resort to living spirit when they need something will end up with empty hands. I am not on par with the ‘oh’ spirits are our friends’ thing some people have going on, rather I revere powerful spirits as powerful allied and it is on me to ensure that our alliance is good for both sides denying any dysfunction on either part.

When we manage to establish such connections we tend to treasure them and we somehow become reluctant to display spiritual and material greed and instead we ask them to teach us.
And so, doing a magical work using powerful spirits, will it work? It usually does, but it also has a cost, like any friendship and alliance (if you don’t get this, go and think a bit about relationships at large).

And following this, Palo Mayombe and Quimbanda both have reputations of giving fast and expedient results, no matter what. Yet, in both cases this power rests on work done to establish this alliance and we end up with powerful allies that are their own masters and no slave to anyone. Hence, any work aiming towards bending such potencies to your will might not always work out as you expected, because when you deal with fire and power, intelligent spirits that doesn’t need you and start to beg for favours… well sometimes this is like a beggar asking boons from a Prince, it might happen or not, and honestly what I have seen over the years is that when we deal with powerful spirits our character is important, if you are a shit they might entertain your foolishness for some time, but if you strive to measure up we have a company amongst equals, because our relationship with spirit is not much different from the relationship we have with plants, beasts and other humans. The more good will we enjoy in these realms the more good will we tend to attract from spirit.