Monday, December 20, 2010

Notice - Closed for the Holidays

Hello hoodoos! Here's a special notice for everyone.

Any orders placed this week will not be processed until after January 4th, 2011. Dr. E. Products will be closed from Dec 23 through Jan 4 for the holidays. Happy holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Coconut Palo Curse to Torture an Enemy

This spell combines together rootworking elements with some elements from the Afro-Cuban religions of Palo and Lukumí to curse an enemy, torture their mind, make them lose sleep, endure headaches, and drive themselves to the brink of madness. It is important to note that a person cannot do this spell unless they are a priest or priestess in Palo or Lukumí.

The trick to this spell is the spiritual significance of the coconut. In Palo and Lukumí, the coconut represents a person's head. Consequently, coconuts can be used to affect a person's mind either to heal or to curse with great effect. In this instance, the coconut is being used to curse the mind of a man who has acted in a predatory manner against one of my clients, harassing her, dragging her family and her job into it and putting her livelihood at risk. I won't go into details but trust me, this man deserved it.

Preparing the Coconut for the Curse
In preparation, the coconut is drilled open through two of the eyes, and all of the coconut water is allowed to drain out. Into the coconut is placed the enemy's name written on a brown piece of paper, his hair and a sample of his dried semen to hit both his mind and his sexual nature and utterly cripple them. (The man was known for fathering children with many women and then not taking responsibility for them.) The coconut is then prayed over and conjured to energetically tie it directly to his physical body. It is now more than just a coconut - it is his actual head.

Filling the Coconut with Cursing Curios
Then a series of cursing elements are added to the coconut. I like to start with mineral-based cursing items: sulfur (to damn him to hell), black salt (to curse everything good in his life) and graveyard dirt that has been purchased from the grave of a soldier (to haunt his mind and disrupt his sleep).

Next, I add the curios: red ants (to make his mind wander and his thoughts derail), snake sheds (to poison his body), 9 pins (to curse him with stabbing pain).

Thirdly, I add the herbal cursing elements: Vandal root (to cross), brown mustard seeds (to cause confusion), cayenne pepper (to burn his mind and cause anger / upheaval), ceiba sticks (a palo herb used for powerful magic to either curse or cure), guinea peppers (to cause chaos and explosive energy).

Sealing and Painting the Coconut
Then the coconut is sealed shut by dripping wax from a black candle around the holes until they seal up. The coconut is then painted with a palo "trazo" (symbol) that acts as a cosmogram of confusion and misdirection - to afflict his mind and drive him nuts. Trazos are not "fixed" symbols, they are inspired within the priest by his guides and each is unique and applicable to that person and instance. Copy-catting the symbol I've used will not work. It has to be inspired and channeled in the moment.

Finally, I took a triangle of black cloth and using chalk, drew another "trazo" that indicates confusion and haunting inside the mind with dark spirits. The coconut was then wrapped up in the cloth and the three ends were braided together. The coconut is then hanged outside from a tree where it will stay. (Final product is shown in the first photo at the top.)

Torturing Your Enemy
Every day, I go outside and beat that coconut with a stick to cause the enemy furious headaches, confusion, rattling up his thoughts and causing him mental torture. I can time the beatings for deep in the night as well to wake him up from any sleep he might be getting.

I finish off by taking an Uncrossing bath to get all that mess off of me.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Divination with Chamalongos

One of my favorite divination tools when doing spell work for clients are my chamalongos. The chamalongos come from the Congo-Cuban religion of Palo and are used as the primary method of divination with the spirits and powers. They consist of round pieces of coconut husk (flesh removed), sanded, prepared and consecrated in a Palo ceremony. I use four pieces of coconut husk in my chamalongo readings. Only an initiated priest or priestess in Palo can use the chamalongos as they draw upon the spiritual pacts made with the spirits of the dead and the powers with which we work, in order to communicate properly.

How Chamalongos Work
Chamalongos answer yes/no questions very effectively, and as such can be used to check whether spells have been set up properly, to check whether something has been overlooked, or whether the spirits are in accordance with the work being done. I typically use them to make sure my spirits give me permission to proceed with the work, to find out if the timing is correct, to find out what spell needs to be done and to confirm the messages my spirits are giving me.

Channeled and intuitive messages are the cornerstone of any Palero’s spell work. The Nfumbes (spirits of the dead) and his Nikisis (powers of the religion) inspire the mind of the initiated priest, directing him to prepare his spells, symbols, ingredients and workings accordingly. It is for this reason that the Palero needs to confirm that he is interpreting the messages clearly. Additionally, the Palero can ask the pot in which his primary power resides whether the message is right or if it is an intruding message from a mischievous spirit. (Not all spirits are helpful!)

The chamalongos answer the Palero’s questions when they are tossed on the floor. The orientation of the pieces (concave-side up or concave-side down) gives a yes or no answer. There are 5 different orientations or “letters” that can come up in the 4-piece system I use.

The 5 Letters of a Chamalongo Reading
The chamalongos speak in 5 primary “letters” or answers. These letters are similar to the ones used in the Lukumí system of Obí, and with the recent common trend of many Paleros also being initiated in Lukumí practice, the names of the Lukumí letters have been adopted within Palo although this is not orthodox. Here is a listing of the 5 letters and how they are interpreted. In the diagrams below, the white circles (+) indicate concave-side up, while the dark circles (O) indicate concave-side down.

++++ (Alafia)
Answer: Yes. Peace and success in your efforts.

O+++ (Etawa)
Answer: Maybe/Tenuous. You need to throw the chamalongos a second time to determine if the answer is yes or no. If you get ++++, or ++OO on the second throw the answer is yes. If you get +OOO or OOOO on the second throw, the answer is no. If you get another O+++, the answer is yes, but a weak and tenuous yes. Try another option or question to see if you can get a firmer response.

OO++ (Eyeife)
Answer: Yes. A firm and hearty yes. Balance, success and complete affirmation.

OOO+ (Ocana)
Answer: No. This will result in failure. This is a clear no answer.

OOOO (Ocana Yekun)
Answer: No. This is a very dark omen and indicates not only complete failure but that death or the spirits of the dead are lurking in the area and demanding attention. It is usually a good idea to side-track your questions to see if there is a spirit of the dead that is demanding some kind of payment or offering, ascertain who the spirit is, what they want, then do it, before continuing back with your original line of questions.

How to Conduct a Chamalongo Reading
The most important parts of a chamalongo reading are the prayer before hand and the openness of mind to receive guidance from your spirits to take the right line of questioning. Anyone can toss coconut shells, but not everyone can take a yes/no line of questioning in the right direction to flesh out all of the details you need for a spell.

The praying begins with invoking the authority of God the Creator (Nsambimpungo) the supreme force of nature that created everything, then proceeds on to invoking the authority of your initiator, your initiatory mother, your initiator’s spirits, your initiatory mother’s spirits, your spirits, the power to which you are initiated, and then to the spirits or powers you are addressing. The prayer is finished with an identification of yourself by your initiatory name, and a simple explanation of what you are seeking to do magically.

The first question is always “Are you willing to assist me with this?” followed by an opening toss of the chamalongos. If the answer is affirmative then I proceed with presenting the idea I have for the spell and ask if it is “Ncheche bacheche?” (firm/solid/good) followed by a toss of the chamalongos. If I receive a positive response, I thank them, set up the spell and then ask “Is all of this ncheche bacheche?” (Is this all set up properly?) and if I get an affirmative, I pray over it, light up the candles and the magic begins. If I ever get a “no” answer then I usually begin a line of questioning where I listen to recommendation from my spirits and ask if I should alter my spell or working by adding something or removing something. Once everything is fine then I’ll do the spell.

Closing a Chamalongo Reading
One of the final steps I do with the chamalongos is to close out the reading/working by asking my spirits/powers “Is everything ncheche bacheche with me?” This is their opportunity to speak up and let me know if I need to cleanse myself or do something, or perhaps attend to a shrine that I’ve been neglecting, etc. Sometimes spirits will insist that you need to take a bath, or be cleaned with a special symbol, other times they’ll ask for you to do spiritual work or perhaps offer prayers to elevate your spirits. Once they give an affirmative answer, the reading is closed and the work is complete.