Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free Shipping at the NEW Conjured Cardea!




FREE SHIPPING for the grand opening ofwww.ConjuredCardea.com

The big project I've been working on is finally off the ground and ConjuredCardea.com is now a reality! It's taken me 6 months to make this site happen, working on it bit by bit in my spare time and learning as I go. 

My shops on Indiemade and Zibbet will remain open but with my new domain name you can purchase with Payapl OR a major credit card, you do not have to make an account and there are NO coupon codes to enter for free shipping-the shipping fees are already subtracted for you! 

This has been quite the journey and I am excited for this project and the independance and growth of Conjured Cardea!

Thank you ALL for your continued support and please share my new site on any pages, blogs, sites or with friends who may enjoy it.

http://www.conjuredcardea.com/

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Ritual for the Earth

Yesterday, in honor of Earth day, I gathered with 6 of my sisters at the Paw Paw river for ritual. This ritual was not to ask for anything or send a petiton out for a client, it was a ritual to give thanks, honor and protection to our mother.

We began with cleansing the space and calling forth the spirits with a censer of myrrh. Myrrh aids in communication and carrying prayers to the spirits.


We began with 6 sticks resting in the earth, forming a pentagon with a center. We then took the multiple colors of yarn we'd all gathered and cut lengths of it. We began by tieing knots in our first length, tieing our gratitude, respect and our wishes for peace and health to the Earth as well as her people into each strand. This formed the circle that bound us and bordered the pentagon.



As we tied our knots, words of reverance, dedication and honor were spoke. Tieing knots can be a very meditative practice and is a woderful activity to stimulate your spiritual focus.

We thanker our mother for ability to gather together, for her waters, for the food she provides, for life and for our brothes and sisters.

We then connected the outside branches, forming a true pentagon, while saying blessings of peace, respect, healing, hope and pledging our dedication and responsibility to caring for this Earth with our everyday choices and action.

As the last step, we connected the outer sticks to the middle branch, creating a symbolic web of protection over the Earth.

We finished by having a feast of wine, with home made pies, salads, fruits and caramel corn while enjoying the river and windy evening. The spirits danced through the leaves, carressing our faces, as to say "We are here and we hear you."


My sisters and I are looking forward to our Saint John's Eve celebration where we will each be renewed and bathed in this river in June!



I hope you all had a blessed Earth day!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Help Our Neighbors Host an 8 Year Old Girl From China!

Please consider contributing to this fund to help my neighbors host this lovely little girl from an orphanage in China. Any amount is appreciated! You can also donate right here at my blog.



C0053 - Kostrzewa Fundraiser (New Horizons for Children) | Nonprofits - YouCaring.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

Springtime Workings and the Growth of Conjured Cardea

 Spring is ringing in nicely here at the House of Hoodoo! I have had lots of custom wok and services and am excited to be receiving so many requests. I am also excited that Conjured Cardea will be growing very soon by having it's own domain name! Lots of new things in the work too-got to put that spring time surge of energy to good use! Be blessed folks and enjoy the photos of some of the services I've been blessed to perform on behalf of my wonderful clients. Please click on the links below each photo to read about the services I provide.



The Queen



 
Dambalah's Day (Saint Patrick)



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tarot Card Reading-ONE Question-Hoodoo, Voodoo, Pagan, Wicca, Witchcraft-Guidance, Messages,

I am offering my reading service again after a nearly 3 year hiatus! I simply have too many clients asking for reading before and after their workings. So, for a limited time, I am bringing back a 3 card reading to answer one question. These readings will be given with an Aquarian tarot deck that has been in my family for 44 years. I look forward to serving you all! Be blessed.







Get your reading here;

Tarot Card Reading-ONE Question-Hoodoo, Voodoo, Pagan, Wicca, Witchcraft-Guidance, Messages,

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Divine Colors

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this image on my Shop's Facebook Page;

The comment that followed read; " She doesn't look very West African. :( "

I felt that this person was a bit insulted by the image I had chosen to represent Yemaya. Although everyone is entitled to their opinions and feelings, there is a bit more to this picture than that.

This is not a "white-washed" photo of a black model, to make her appear lighter in color and, therefore, more "acceptable" and profitable for the media and fashion industry.

This is a vintage image from a prayer card. It is Brazilian depiction of Yemaya or Yemanja, as she is called in South America. South America is comprised of African, European, Amerindian, and the indigeous population. Much like the Caribbean islands, and of course the USA, you will find many ethnicities, cultures, religions, traditions and shades of skin. This is someone's beautiful interpretation of the divine.

While Yemaya is a Yoruban deity (originating in southwestern Nigeria and southern Benin) her spirit, traditions and stories were carried in the hearts and minds of the slaves brought on the Middle Passage. Her spirit then took root in Brazil, where European powers enslaved her people.

 Below, is a Yoruban depiction of Yemaya.

Here is one story of a deity changing to suit her new people; Our Lady of Charity of Cobre

This is a photo of a group of Brazilian people. Most native, some who have acquired citizenship-
ALL Brazilians.

You see the incredible and beautiful varience of shades and features? As religions and folk lore spread, mesh and meld throughout the world, new images of those deities will be imagined. These images will be painted, drawn, visualized, dreamed of and experienced in different ways. As humans we are most comfortable, and are more likely, to envision a deity who looks similar to ourselves. It is an almost unescapable act of the ego. This influences religious art, and depictions of deity, heavily. We want to belong with our deity. Feel comfortable, feel like an extension of them.

Humans have changed the image of deities for 100,000's of years as our tribes traveled for trade, reproduction, food, water, or were forcably relocated. These stories and images were taught in a new places, to new people with new voices and ideas. A changing deity is a means of adaptation, of survival. Our gods are all related and one is no better than another. 

Deities and spirits will be conveyed in as many ways as there are people. No two people will view them the same way. Nor will they experience them the same way.

Here is a photo of me. What "color" am I? Do I look "white"? What is/are my ethnicities and cultural background? Can you tell?
I will tell you, that is NOT my natural hair color, in case you didn't know:)

Everyone, except maybe 3 people, in my whole life have guessed incorrectly. 

The point of this post is to say that one person's interpretation of how a spirit looks is not any more valid than another's. You may think you know about something from the first glance, but we are all rich tapestries woven from colors, cultures and traditions and so are our deities.

We all have different brains, imaginations, experiences and body chemistry which causes us to interpret things differently. You can not be angry at another person's interpretation anymore than you can be angry at the color of their skin-it's genetic and can not be helped.

Many of us found this path due to the need to escape the narrow view of monotheism and it's one image of God. So why pigeonhole any other deity, expression or interpretation of it? 

This doesn't just go for physical representation. It goes for traditions and practices as well. YOUR heart, brain and genetic make up will tell you what is right for YOU to practice. Not a book, not a guru, not a teacher, houngan, reverend or priest. 

You are the right color.
You are the right size.
You are the right gender.
You are the right sexuality.
You are the right religion.
Because you are the divine in human form.














Monday, February 24, 2014

NEW Items at Conjured Cardea! Plus a Few Fun Photos...

I'm vamping up for spring here! I can not WAIT to get my hands back in the earth and offer the fresh bounties of roots and woods that I find in my shops! Until then, I am staying very busy with services and introducing new items almost weekly. Don't forget to check back often and follow me on FacebookTwitter and at Tumblr for photos, updates, giveaways, sales and more!





Doll Baby Service for a Client


The first batch of Abre Camino oil. 2 weeks set.