Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Wee Incommunicado of Late

Cat Internet Failure

I apologize for the lack of posts the past few weeks - I had more than a small handful of new articles planned and I really want to get to them. A lot of great stuff has been going on at the Queen of Pentacles Conjure Shop & Village Witchery the past little while, including the launch of my love condition oil line, a series of great spell kits for money-drawing, road-opening, happy home, courage and more, and other musings that I wanted to share. I promise that I will get around to writing about them.

Unfortunately I have been sans internet for the past 2 weeks and it looks like it will be another 1-2 weeks before we'll be reconnected here. Our internet provider had their servers knocked out by a big storm, and then were bought out and decided not to bother to fix their servers leaving all their customers in quite a lurch. So that was one week of the disconnectivity. We, of course, switched providers after researching other good options (the big ones here are all crooks, so we prefer smaller independent companies as you get better prices and better customer service - however you do deal with less-than-instant fixes when something goes wrong). That took another few days. Now it will be about a week before our new company is able to switch over our service.

So, I've been limited to about 30 minutes of access each day through my husband's work-based wireless in the evenings. I've been checking sales, and responding to inquiries from clients. So far there has not been a delay in the processing of orders, and I am still able to take on custom mojo bags and bottle spell creations. However, I have not been able to take on any in-depth readings/consultations and won't be able to until I have full internet access back. So I apologize for that. I have been recommending that those who would like a rootwork consultation or reading sooner rather than later contact Balthazar of Gnostic Conjure, who is just fabulous, and see about scheduling in one with him.

On top of that, my sweet dog has had a terrible allergic reaction to a mosquito bite. This happened once before, however his reaction was MUCH worse this time requiring hospitalization. Apparently we will now have to implement many new routines in order to protect him from this happening again. He'll have a new medication he'll need to take during the "bug-months", and he'll need to wear bug-repellent when he goes outside (I'll be making him a non-toxic one with essential oils mixed with Skin-So-Soft). We'll also be issued a epi-pen just in case.

For now, we're still nursing him back to health from this reaction. He had several biopsies taken of the lesions that cropped up on his skin, so he has stitches on several spots on his belly. He's on very heavy medication for the next week or so, and it has him very dopey and disoriented, so he needs to be watched carefully. He had been vomiting, but he seems to be able to keep chicken and rice down as of last night, which is good so he can recover some strength. He has had some accidents as the medication increases the frequency of urination, but because it makes him so out of it, it's hard for him to tell when he has to go - poor guy.

In any case, my husband and I are not having human children, so our little pup IS our son, and this has been very stressful for us. Not to mention the outrageous emergency veterinary costs. We're grateful they are available, of course, but when things are already somewhat tight, that bill doesn't make things any easier! So, the bulk of our attention and energy has been in caring for our fur-baby the past few days. He is recovering nicely, which we are happy about - though it will still be a few days before things are more normal.

That's my update. Hopefully by the end of next week everything will be back to the status quo, and I'll have some more articles and new product info for you!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Simple Mantra Sadhana for Aiding the Healing of the Gulf Coast

Many of you may realize that I have a very strong spiritual influence from the Eastern traditions, and chanting mantra is part of my personal practice - both for spiritual development, and for attaining magical goals. I've been feeling very helpless when it comes to the horrific BP oil gusher, and have been chanting various mantras that I felt would be of some aid, in addition to physical-world action of donating a portion of the proceeds from my
Queen of Pentacles Conjure Shop to wildlife rescue efforts in the area (that's ongoing - so feel good about picking up some magical supplies).

I was thrilled to find that in this month's newsletter from Namadeva Acharya, whose materials I really enjoy for making mantra work accessible to many new to the art, he provided a set of Ganesha mantras that can be effectively aimed towards healing the damage going on the Gulf and assisting the materialization of a solution. In the newsletter he encourages us to share this with others who may be interested, and so I've been spending a good deal of time forwarding this around.

I figured posting it here would also be a good idea! So, without further ado, here is the message and mantras provided by Namadeva Acharya. Hopefully some of you may feel inclined to adopt this (or some other form of daily practice aimed at aiding the situation) as a daily practice, as I have. The Earth could sure use our help. And don't forget to get involved in mundane efforts as well!!

"Namaste, Divine Brothers and Sisters,

The situation in the Gulf is bad and will get worse before it gets better. We have mantra power at our disposal. Thus, responding to requests from many of you for a pro-active role in "cleaning things up." I have devised this stack to help.

As comedian Arsenio Hall used to say a couple of decades ago, "Let's get busy!"

A few newsletters ago, I told of the experience I had with chanting for the Devas of several states. The results were astonishing to me. Since I wrote that, I have had other experiences with the Deva Kingdom. I had a healing from a large plot of flowers at a castle outside of London just by saluting the Devas with the Vigna Nashanaya Mantra. I recently saluted the Devas for a large patch of yellow flowers outside a private home, and the positive energy response nearly knocked me over.

The six-mantra Ganesha stack below should take no more than 12-15 minutes. Doing each a half or whole mala. Ganesha is the Lord of Species, so we are asking for his Divine aid for all the animals and humans harmed by this horrific mess in the Gulf of Mexico.

Feel free to give this stack to anyone who would use it. Together we CAN make a difference, perhaps a dramatic one.

With Gratitude, In Love And Service,
Namadeva Acharya

Mantras To Relieve The Pain, Suffering And Damage For Many Species In The Gulf Of Mexico

Om Vighna Nashanaya Namaha

To relieve energy blockages especially for the Devas that work with the energies of the various species: wind, water, plant, bird, mammal, fish and human.

Om Ucchista Ganapatayei Namaha

To destroy negativity

Om Vakratundaya Hum

To correct something that is not working properly.

Om Dhumra Ketuve Namaha

To bring difficult circumstances under an umbrella of peace.

Om Gana Dhyakshaya Namaha

To bring healing to a group. In this case, the groups of various species which have been harmed by the oil damage in the gulf.

Om Kshipra Prasadaya Namaha

For immediate assistance.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Unfortunately Popular Intranquility Spirit Spell

I’ve noticed a recent surge in interest over the past year or so in the Intranquility Spirit spell that is meant to return a lover. This is a spell that comes into hoodoo from the Mexican folk-magic tradition, and it’s really much more of a severe curse than a love spell as it calls up a Hell-bound soul to torment the target until they return. Yes, you read me right, this work centers on evoking a eternally damned soul and sending them after the person you allegedly love. You think that most people would shy away from calling up something as unclean, aggressive, and downright evil over a lovers spat – but you’d be wrong. Far too many people seem unabashedly eager to jump right into this one the moment they find themselves with a broken heart.

Now, I completely understand the very real agony of being heartbroken. I’ve been there many times myself, and it is a horrifically painful state of being that I hope I never have to experience again in this lifetime (or any lifetime, really). I have absolutely wished that the man who jilted me would feel the same pain that I did. However, when a ritual begins with “O, Intranquil Spirit, you that in Hell are wandering and will never reach Heaven, hear me”, it’s enough to give me serious pause to consider what exactly I’m about to be messing with. Spirits that are willing to gleefully torture humans without compunction are not generally known for being the easiest beings to be in partnership with (even for experienced spiritual practitioners), so calling one up without even knowing the basics of how to deal with heavy work is extremely risky.

It always makes me shake my head when I hear that someone called up the Intranquil Spirit and is now feeling very strange and unpleasant energy within their own home, &/or is now obsessing over their ex with a rather frightening intensity. A quick question or two will soon show that they did not even take simple precautions such as cleansing and protecting themselves before, during, or after working with this spirit. Too often the person actually expresses surprise that the spell really was meant to call up a real spirit – they thought it was like playing pretend, or just using hellish imagery to get an energetic point across.

The Intranquil Spirit is not a metaphor. It’s not even a specific spirit. You are, more or less, just opening a door into the seedier back alley areas of the spirit-world blindly, and calling to whomever fits the profile of a spirit that is “in Hell…and will never reach Heaven”, and who wants the job of attaching itself to the target and spiritually assaulting them until a specific goal is achieved. You are, in reality, ordering a spiritual obsession, and in some cases this can even escalate into spats of possession if your target happens to be especially susceptible or pre-disposed to mental imbalance.

Victims of the Intranquil Spirit are harried day and night by a spiritual entity that does everything in its power to make them suffer – sleeplessness, depression, extremely irritability, surges of rage, panic attacks, severe headaches, onset of lingering illnesses, obsessive thoughts and impulses, an inability to eat, and violent outbursts are just some of the reported effects of this spirit. Any one of these can disrupt and eventually destroy the life of a well-balanced individual, and keep in mind that when maladies are spiritual in nature, medical treatments rarely are of any real aid. Now, consider inflicting someone who already may be struggling with emotional balance, and you can see that it is a recipe for disaster. Finally, take into consideration that you’ve tasked the Intranquil Spirit with linking this torment to thoughts of you. Ideally, the intent is for them to feel that they cannot have peace until they see or talk to the ex again, or in some cases get back together with the ex. However, causing someone to become mentally and emotionally unhinged and then directing them to your doorstep is a sketchy proposition, if you ask me.

There may also be other dangers to utilizing the Intranquil Spirit that have been lost with its rapidly growing popularity and importation into English-speaking countries that lack the full cultural background and lore related to the spirit. In the Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Illes, she mentions a folk-belief that if the Intranquil Spirit is successful in getting one’s lover to return, that this causes an exchange of fortune – where as reward for its work, the Intranquil Spirit is freed from its eternal torment, and the soul of the caster is then damned to become an Intranquil Spirit in its stead!

Interestingly, while that bit of lore may not be quite literal (though who can really say), it does highlight a common, but seemingly little known side-effect of working with the Intranquil Spirit – that the caster ends up being the one captured by the torments of the Intranquil Spirit, rather than their wandering lover. The forlorn and heart-broken party, who is already unbalanced from the emotional trauma of being left, is an extremely easy target for the Intranquil Spirit. Heck, the lion’s share of the work is already done! It only needs to pour salt into an already gaping wound. Finding that someone has become quite obsessive, irritable, anxious, and in all-ways unhealthy after having called upon the Intranquil Spirit is not all that surprising or rare an occurrence. Professional rootworkers adept at spirit work sometimes find themselves struggling to control the actions of this class of entity, so you can imagine what harm may befall a novice who buys some oil and candles from a botanica down the street.

In the Intranquil Spirit spell, the spirit is meant to leave the target alone once they contact the sender. As you can probably imagine trust-worthy dealings are not a strong-suit of the denizens of hell. Getting the Intranquil Spirit off of a target can be much more difficult than one may anticipate. It can be clever and switch tactics just enough to stay attached to the victim longer than originally intended, with the obsessive and unbalanced tendencies now being aimed at the newly rejoined partner, rather than in general. Insane jealousy and controlling behaviors may manifest that simply were never present in that person before. You can see how this could easily happen if a practitioner did not take measures to cleanse and protect their returned lover, which should be done as a reasonable precaution and re-establishment of spiritual cleanliness and balance after having been through an ordeal such as being afflicted by the Intranquil Spirit, whether or not the spirit is still around. But sometimes even that is not enough, and a professional must be brought in to do the heavy-lifting needed to release a particularly strong and tenacious spirit.
Which brings us to the aftermath. After having been successfully spiritually tortured and aggressively coerced into returning, you are in no way guaranteed a happy and successful relationship. In fact, though it may seem obvious, Cat Yronwode clearly states on her info page about the Intranquil Spirit ( that “if the person does come back, the two of you will not have the same kind of happy, innocent, loving relationship you did at the beginning”. Whatever issues drove you apart in the first place will still be present. If your partner simply fell out of love with you, returning under duress will not change that. Harsh resentments can quickly build up and break you up again. The Intranquility Spirit spell does nothing to actually mend the relationship or give it a better shot at working the second time around – in fact it often makes things more difficult, because one party has willfully tortured the other, and those scars (even when they are only subconsciously realized) are deep and slow to heal. Hard, practical work akin to what goes on in couples counseling on the mundane level will be needed, and of course a whole lot of healing will need to happen on both sides. Conjure can help support this, but your relationship’s foundation will have been severely compromised.

Now, there are plenty of professionals out there who will employ the Intranquil Spirit if it is shown to be justified in the eyes of God through divination. I can certainly imagine some scenarios – very few, mind you - where it may very well be appropriate. However, if you’ve been reading this blog and know my personal stance on aggressive coercion and on many targeted love cases, you can probably guess that I will not work with the Intranquil Spirit. If you have to resort to sending damned spirits after someone to get them to “love” you, you are much better off working to heal from the break and then draw a suitable partner into your life that will treat you right and love you like you deserve. Also, if you truly love someone, I can’t imagine a situation where I would willingly set an attack dog (and a poorly trained one at that) such as the Intranquil Spirit upon someone I cared about. But, to each his own.

Truthfully, I think most people who reach for the Intranquil Spirit have no idea the severity of what they are doing and what kinds of influences and risks they are opening themselves up to. If they did, I believe most would think twice. Even if you still were in the mindset of wanting to cause a ex-lover some pain so that they’d return, using the hoodoo condition formula Restless would have a similar effect, but without the unpredictable element of a hellish spirit enacting its twisted assault upon the person or collaterally upon yourself. Certainly, if you are inexperienced at spirit-work and evocation, you should steer clear of attempting to perform the Intranquil Spirit Spell yourself, and at least seek the advice and services of a professional rootworker or spiritual practitioner who is competent and skilled at handling this particular entity. That may have a secondary benefit of providing you with some effective alternative options for addressing your situation, which may indeed carry less risk and a higher rate of success.