Monday, July 27, 2015

My Interview by Jennifer M. Pennington, Spiritual Empowerment Coach



Jennifer was lovely enough to request an interview with me! I am making a post of the interview here since only members can access it via her site; http://www.jennifermpennington.com/



Hey hey hey Goddesses! It's interview time again! This week we've got a great interview with Sarah, from Conjured Cardea; one of THE MOST AMAZING online, full service botanicas you'll ever visit (at least in my opinion!) Sarah is both down to earth and professional, taking all of her clients needs to heart as she puts all her love and energy into working for their individual needs. So it's no wonder that she's had over 30,000 sales over the past six years she's been operating her business! All with 100% positive feedback! Sarah is warm, loving, and positively energetic and so very dedicated to her craft. A feminine power house of the new age! It is an absolute pleasure to bring you this interview with her.

Now, onto the questions!

1) How did you come onto the path you're on and the place you're in right now? Tell of your journey to where you're at right now and how you got there.

I was raised in a very remote, rural area on 13 acres of land which was surrounded further by plenty of fields and forests to explore. I spent all of my spare time outside, alone, with nature. I acquired an Eyewitness Native Herb identifying guide around the age of 12 and I identified and memorized every native plant and herb around me. I was raised with a lot of folk traditions and practices so my affinity for nature, and it's connection with spirit, was always encouraged. I have lived as as full-time, professional rootworker for 6 years but have been practicing for 15. My path and profession is one of hoodoo, conjure, rootwork with religious roots in the path of the Orisha. The Orisha have spoken to me since I was a child. Oya through the wind, Oshun through Paw Paw river, Ogun at the railroad tracks, Eleggua at crossroads...

2) How do you define being a woman? What does womanhood mean to you?

"Being a woman" is synonymous with "strength". You will automatically have to work at least twice as hard and manage twice as much, all while being underestimated, in order to reach success. Tthat means we are automatically at least twice as strong and twice as successful! "Being a woman" should also be synonymous with "liberation", though this is still in the works. Liberation becomes easier as you age. As we age, we have the luxury of time. We are able to put more time and thought into our SELF; spiritual, emotional, physical, and professional. We become more "undone" in certain areas; the superficial facets of the world which our society thrives on. This liberates us to seek out the important aspects of ourselves and develop them. This leads to liberation in our selves, even if we are not truly liberated in our society.

3) What is something you do you get yourself motivated when you feel down or lacking motivation?

I'm a VERY energetic person and am highly motivated and ambitious. I can't really remember a time I felt I was "lacking motivation". I'm very blessed with a healthy mind set and body to be able to accomplish all the ideas I get. Well, not ALL-I can't always keep up with my imagination! As a matter of fact, anyone who knows me can tell you they can get kind of annoyed by my ambition, haha! Each morning, I prep my altar, light my candles, light my incense, say prayers for my family, clients and community, and put on whatever music I'm feeling at the time. It's my soul food-THAT keeps me motivated and my spirit fed.

4) What is something you've learned personally as a woman that you'd like to teach other women out there most?

The words and actions of others have NOTHING to do with you. It's none of your business what anyone else thinks or says about you. Your reaction should be to not react at all. This is what will weed out anything, or anyone, wasting your time and taking up precious space in your life. Precious, fleeting space that can be filled with family, friends and success-whatever that means to you. React by not reacting. How people treat you is THEIR issue. It never has anything to do with you and taking the high road will guarantee that you rise above every time.

Thank you so much Sarah for your amazing answers and for taking the time to do this interview with me!

If you have any further questions for Sarah or would like to inquire about her services and/or products, please feel free to e-mail her directly at:
conjuredcardea@gmail.com

Monday, July 20, 2015

Moma Sarah's Traditional Syrup Jar



The following are instructions for a traditionally made syrup jar, made in the fashion I learned and have implimented professionally for over 10 years. Syrup jars typically work much faster I have found. The idea that the syrup flows more easily and readily over the ingredients and over your "goals" makes for an outcome that is just as sweet, without the long wait that some experience with honey jars.












Syrup jars (and honey jars as well) can only be made to draw something to you. You can not create such a jar for negative workings or you will only draw that into your life. These are only to sweeten and draw in goals or people. They are not for separation, hexing or any other type of negative or reversing work-ever.


For love, I begin with an 8 ounce jar (sometimes larger if necessary), 100% pure maple syrup, rose petals I have dried myself either from florist roses or my own wild roses which I prefer, cinnamon sticks, a pair of lodestones, freshly ground coffee with chicory root in it (this can be found at most World Market-type stores), and 5 sweet liquors. I prefer ones like Anisette, coconut rum, Ouzo, 99 Bananas, Blue Curacao, Sambuca, and/or Chambord. Visit your local high-end spirits (as in alcohol) shop and purchase the shot sized bottles near the register. Three is enough is money is an issue. The coffee and chicory works to stimulate speed in your jar (the caffeine in the coffee) while the chicory grounds and root your goal into your life. It works as a metaphysical sealant in my opinion.


For money, most ingredients are the same except I add fresh mint instead of roses and I also add gelt (chocolate coins sold around Hannukah and Christmas, sometimes Easter) high denomination coins such as the gold dollar coins, small square mirrors (found at any craft store) and Hell bank notes in high denominations. You can learn about these HERE.


I then use the appropriate color and type candle-typically pink for relationships and green for prosperity and use HONEY WORKS OIL to dress it. Make sure to use a candle that has a broad enough base so it's not tipping over all the time. My Conjure Candles are made specifically for hoodoo work and are stable on their own. This is a combination of my High John, Come to Me, Mint Bouquet, and Do as I Say oils and it produces wonderful results. This candle will be set on top of the sealed jar and lit daily once everything is added.


The last, and most important ingredient in my opinion-a roll of Lifesavers candy. This is old school but it works. This is not only symbolic of sweetening your situation, an offering to the spirits of Attraction, the symbol of the circle to add the power of completion and manifestation but it's also a way to speed up the work. It's like a metaphysical "Save my life!".


There should be room left in the jar so that you may add personal concerns or any other ingredients you prefer.A name or petition paper-inscribed with the name of the target or with your goal.


Inscribe your name, or the target's name three times on the paper, then cross it by turning the paper 60 degrees and writing you goal three times over it. "Crossing" refers to sealing a goal-not something inherently negative as the internet would have you believe. In the case of a syrup jar, you want to cross you goal or target with your intent.


If working on a target, some of their hair, fingernail clippings, soiled clothing, saliva, blood, or other bodily fluids can be added but this step may be omitted in an emergency. Add the name paper, personal concerns, half the bottle of HONEY WORKS OIL, then light the cigar or cigarette. Take a puff then quickly blow it into the jar and seal it tightly.


Once a day dress the candle with a bit of the oil and burn the candle a bit every day and pray for your desired outcome. Spend time with your jar, learn to use it as a tool. It's not a magic fountain-the jar itself will not bring your goal-it serves as a tool and focal point for your prayers, focus and intention. Replace the candle as needed and burn until your goals have been met.


Once your goal is met, bury it in your front yard or to the east of your home.


Happy hoodooing and bonne chance to you!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

FREE Santa Muerte Rosary from Conjured Cardea!

FREE Santa Muerte Rosary with each purchase of $25 or more fromwww.shop.conjuredcardea.com! These are GORGEOUS, highly detailed, quality rosaries. Please indicate that you would like the rosary included, FREE, with your order in the "special instructions" area on your order form.
*Offer excluded from orders for services, readings or workings only.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

FREE HOODOO OIL from Conjured Cardea!

FREE HOODOO OIL of your choice, with a $25 purchase, from www.shop.conjuredcardea.com! Simply type your FREE OIL choice in the "special instructions" area upon check out. So stock up on a favorite or add something new to your spiritual repertoire! Have a blessed weekend!

*does not apply to service only purchases


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vodou In Chicago

These are photos from the Haitian Vodou exibit I visited while in Chicago. This post does not do it justice as it could never capture the ashe' in those rooms, from the objects, practitioners and people attending. These are only about half of my photos and the information was such a wealth, that it will take me time to add and expand on this entry.

This was such a spiritually renewing trip for me. To see these ritual objects, in all their glory, was beyond words-and even the feeling can hardly be expressed in a blog entry. I left feeling like as if I had been reborn. Like fresh breath has been blown into this devotee and conjurewoman. The rest of the weekend was filled with occult shops, practitioners and Brazilian food.


The objects, stories and people were rich in energy-it was almost dizzying. I am grateful to have been able to be this close to these religiously significant and deeply connected cultural artifacts and tools. I hope this post will help to inspire and educate my readers on the very basics of the complex history of slave trade, diaspora traditions and beliefs, Haitian Vodou and Creole Voodoo.


Blessings to you all. 





                          

 







Legba's Veve. Vévé are the geometrical drawings that represent the lwa, that is, the Haitian deities of Vodu. Each lwa has its own emblem, and vévé are therefore numerous and varied.

The central elements are based on what that particular Lwa rules. Such as a heart for Ezili Freda, the lwa of femininity and love. Two snakes, for the cosmic snakes, Danbala-Wedo and his wife Aida-Wedo. A boat for Agwe, the lwa of the sea. A cutlass (sabre) for Ogun, the lwa of war. A cross for Papa Legba, the guardian of the crossroads and so on.
Vévé can be quite elaborate or simple. They are drawn on the (Earth) floor of the peristyle (Vodu temple) using cornmeal or ashes, and their realization, usually by a Houngan (Vodu priest) or Mambo (Vodu priestess), requires a great deal of expertise and skills. Vévé are central to Vodu rituals because they are meant to compel the descending or ascending of the spiritual energy associated with a particular lwa.


A Haitian Vodou Cross.

Ti jan petwo, Grann batala and their dog. Protective lwa.

The cross that bawon lakwa carries which symbolizes the crossroads of life and death.








Bizango warriors. The most aggressive of all lwa. Those pictured withwings are believed to fly over their families on earth, protecting them.

 



Papa simbi. Guardian of water sources and clairvoyant skills.

Bawon Samedi.

Zo lwa. Protectors of families.




Terra cotta Pwen Ibo. Pwen posess the power of a lwa. Nigeria's Ibo people often chose suicide over being enslaved.

Bawon Samedi.

Danballah

Each law has its own rythym. Each lwa is brought forth in ritual by experienced drummers who know each rythym.







Monday, May 11, 2015

Mercury In Retrograde Will Be At It Again Soon!

Here's a great link to an article about how to prepare for Mercury in Retrograde. How To Survive When the Communication Planet Turns Backwards. This retrograde runs from May 18th to June 11th.

I also offer an amazing oil which really helps to stave off the effects of this brutal happening that can really wreak havoc on some folks. My Retrograde Reverse Oil is created from ylang ylang, frankincense, master root, devil's shoestring and more! Let me help smooth over this 3 week period of mayhem by using my oil on blue or white candles. Smooth over your hands and body and wear to work, meeting with friends, on dates and any business type encounter such as interviews, handling a mistake with a company or at your own business.

Blessings to you all!