Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Saint Martin de Porres' Feast Day



Today is the feast day of St. Martin de Porres. He is the patron Saint of;
African-Americans
Bi-racial people
Barbers
Hairdressers
Race relations
Social justice
Light a purple and white candle in honor of him to bring harmony to your household and relationships. You can also petition him for better health and increased financial security. His symbols are the broom and crucifix.
Prayer;
To you, Saint Martin de Porres, we prayerfully lift up our hearts filled with your confidence and devotion. We are mindful of your limitless charity which knows no judgment and also of your meek and humble heart. We offer our petitions to you. Pour out upon our families the precious gifts of your generous intercession. Show the people of every color and class the paths of unity and of justice. We implore you to hear our requests and prayers.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Monday, October 6, 2014

This Week's Video-Letting the Spirits Guide You

Take a peek at this week's video!

 I'm going on your requests and ideas so let me know if there's something you'd 
like to hear me raddle on about! 

Have a blessed week folks-Ashe'!



Friday, October 3, 2014

The Power of Your Words and How They Influence Your Workings-Part 1 and 2


Okay folks, I've finally gotten around to making some videos! I hope to add at least one new one every week. If you have anything you'd like a video to touch on please let me know if the comments and please share the videos! Thank you and Bless.






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Saint Maximon's Drawing Water Recipe



Saint Maximon's Drawing Water-


You'll need tobacco or a cigarette (optional but highly recommended)

A non-metal vessel

Confectioner's sugar

Different colors and denominations of coins

Small mirror (optional)

Fresh Basil (dried is optional)




One a Tuesday (preferably) offer some tobacco or a cigarette to Saint Maximon and then make this water to bless your home or business with prosperity and good fortune. Using a non-metal vessel, add coins of various denominations. It's important to use at least one penny. Typically, we abstain from lesser denominations of coins as the coins are representations of the amount of prosperity we want-a higher denomination means more wealth. However, for this we want the nice, rich ashe' of copper and it's conducting properties since we are attempting to open the pathways of prosperity to us and create a circuit of that energy. It's impossible to only have wealth flow continuously IN-some HAS to go out too-but this helps to create an open circuit so the flow is constant. Out but also in. Add your coins to your bowl and a small mirror if you choose. I prefer small square mirrors as the square is a symbol of wealth. To this, add about about a teaspoon of confectioner's sugar-more if your vessel is larger. It should be enough to cloud the water.

Then macerate and add fresh basil leaves and tops. You may use dried if that's all that si available. I'm making sure to do this now because our frost will be coming soon which will kill all the basil plants. Stir this mixture with your dominant hand and set on your altar so the basil can permeate the water. Then take the vessel and sprinkle the mixture at the front door of your place of business, the front door of you home, on your entry way rug, in the corners of your home, in your car-anywhere you make your money or wish for money to flow into. Bless!




Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

An Appalachian Receipt for Prosperity and Business

For Prosperity and Business-
You'll need;
-A little coin purse. The old fashioned ones with the metal clasp on top work best (you can fit more in) but zipper ones work well too. (Meaning-To house your abundance)
-Shiny coins-even the plastic and chocolate ones given for Mardis Gras, Christmas or Chanukah. (To represent prosperity and sweeten your goal)
-Small mirrors. (To multiply your prosperity)
-A larger, free standing mirror or one you can prop up. (To refelct abundance in your home)
-A green candle such as my Po No Mo (To create the daily habit and ritual of bringing light, acknowledgment and focus to your goal) 

-An appropriate oil formula such as Business Butter or Money House Blessing
-A few coffee beans. (To energize your working)
-Wrapped, hard candies. (To catch the attention of the Spirits of Attraction and sweeten the working)
Put your coin purse somewhere you'll see it often-the more attention you pay to it the better it works. Add all of your items to the coin purse, set up shiny items around it, such as Money Cowries, and place the mirror so the purse reflects in it. Burn your green candle near it as often as possible-the more attention you give your goal, the more quickly and steadily prsoperous things will happen. Keep an eye out for shiny things and coins to start appearing-any found coins or shiny items should be added to the purse. You can place a plate under the purse if it begins to overflow (I hope it does!). Add a new coffee bean or pinch of ground coffee to the purse to feed it once a week or so. Leave some of the brightly wrapped candies outside in offering to the spirits of Attraction.
Bon Chance and Bless!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

FREE Oil From Conjured Cardea!

FREE OIL! This weekend at www.shop.conjuredcardea.com andhttp://conjuredcardea.indiemade.com/, receive a FREE oil of your choice with each order of $25 or more! Simply leave your choice in the "note" section.


My Interview with The Inner Sanctum

You can read my latest interview, featured in tThe Inner Sanctum e-zine Here!

Have a blessed day!

Love,
Moma Sarah



Monday, September 15, 2014

Saint Sophia's Feast Day-The Three Fates



Goddess Sophia and her three daughter-The Three Fates-Hope, Charity and Faith came to me in a dream on Saturday. I looked up when her feast day was and it is this Wednesday! I am often visited in my dreams by spirits and deities and I respect and honor these messages dearly and vigilantly. I am holding a feast day vigil in honor of her and her three daughter's on the 17th.








Faith, Hope, and Charity are the three daughters of Sophia, Mother of Jehovah and Goddess of wisdom. They are also known as The Three fates, The Three Graces, and Pistis, Elpis, and Agape, among many other names. During the transition from Pagan Rome to Christian Rome these Goddesses were adapted into martyrdom and thus became saints.

Serving the Fates can bring you great blessings and provide powerful allies. They are known by many names in many cultures. Sors Istennok, "the destiny Goddesses", in Hungarian. The Parcae, "those who spare", in Latin. The Moirae; Clotho the spinner, Lachesis the disposer of lots, and Atropos the inevitable, in Greek. They are known as Urdh, Verdandi, and Skuld in Old Norse.

They are also known as Aglia (radiant), Euphrosyne (joy), and Thalia (flowering) who are companions of Aphrodite. When angered, they are the furies Alecto, Tisiphone, and Magaera. Or simply The Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

In Greek mythology, they are called the three goddesses of joy, charm, and beauty. The daughters of the god Zeus and the nymph Eurynome, they were named Aglaia (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth), and Thalia (Good Cheer). The Graces presided over banquets, dances, and all other pleasurable social events, and brought joy and goodwill to both gods and mortals. They were the special attendants of the divinities of love, Aphrodite and Eros, and together with companions, the Muses, they sang to the gods on Mount Olympus, and danced to beautiful music that the god Apollo made upon his lyre. In some legends Aglaia was wed to Hephaestus, the craftsman among the gods. Their marriage explains the traditional association of the Graces with the arts; like the Muses, they were believed to endow artists and poets with the ability to create beautiful works of art. The Graces were rarely treated as individuals, but always together as a kind of triple embodiment of grace and beauty. In art they are usually represented as lithe young maidens, dancing in a circle.


"Fate" is from the latin word "fatum", meaning "a divine utterance".

Working with the fates is not about working with yet another deity, it is about honoring the biggest power of all, the cosmos. This causes the Fate's to smile upon you and bless you with fortune. It is about accepting the cosmos' ebb and flow around you, seeing their is meaning in everything and that we are connected to everything. They are here to teach us to give, only then we will receive. Honor them and they will bestow fortune and grace upon you. Use this oil for transforming your life and for manifesting your goals and dreams!




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The "Three Brothers" Oil Set FREEBIE! Eleggua, Ogun, Ochossi Oils

Today's Freebie! I am offering a brand new set of my oils! This set has not been offered in any Conjured Cardea shop! In honor of the Three Brothers-Eleggua, Ogun, Ochossi-I will include my Three Brothers Oil Set in each order of $35 or more from www.shop.conjuredcardea.com or http://conjuredcardea.indiemade.com/ A $21 value! Praise to the Three Brothers! #freebie #promo #conjuredcardea #eleggua #ellegua #ogun#ochossi #hoodoo #orisha #conjure #witchcraft #hoodoooil #conjureoil#spellwork #spellcasting


Friday, September 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Collaborative Project,The New Book; "In Faith and In Doubt"





This is the new book that I am pleased to have been a contributing member to;
In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families

"The claim is often made that interfaith marriages fail more often than same-faith partnerships. So what are the chances of survival for the ultimate mixed marriage - one between religious and nonreligious partners? Nearly 20 percent of Americans now self-identify as nonreligious, including millions who are married to religious believers. Despite the differences, many of these marriages succeed beautifully. In this landmark book, popular author and secular humanist Dale McGowan explores some of the stories of these unions, whose very endurance flies in the face of conventional wisdom, including his own marriage to a believing Christian. Drawing on sociology, psychology, and real-life experience, he shares: negotiation tips that set the stage for harmonious relationships; strategies for dealing with pressure from extended family; profiles of families who have successfully blended different world views; insights for helping kids make their own choices about religious identity; and advice for handling holidays, churchgoing, baptism, circumcision, religious literacy, and more. The first book of its kind, In Faith and In Doubt helps partners navigate the complexities of their situation while celebrating the extraordinary richness it affords their relationship, their children, and those around them."


The followers of my blog and work are, most likely, in inter-faith relationships simply due to the sheer fact that we are a minority. I hope that this book helps us all learn to share and relate through all of our familial relationships and throughout the turning of our lives.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Root of Rootwork

I frequently post photos of, what I think are, gorgeous altars and bountiful harvests. With fresh and colorful offerings because I want my clients to see my work. I want them to get to know me and what rootwork really is.



I have the best job in the world. It is what was born to do. I GET to work from my home, speak to clients from all over the world, make the items I love and be amongst the spirits all the time.

However, what doesn't occur to most people is that my job isn't all digging roots and picking flowers for the altar.

99% of the time, the only reason a client contacts me is because they are suffering. They have lost something, they are in fear, they are hurt, they are confused, they are depressed or suicidal, they feel un-loved.

No one seeks out a rootworker when things are going well.

I'm afraid of three things when people want to get into this line of work. I'm afraid they rely too heavily on combatting symptoms with dark approaches rather than treating the root of the problem. I'll give a common example. A client is having problems with her boyfriend's ex being involved in their life. The ex and the boyfriend have no children together or financial ties, so no reason to be involved with one another. Many rootworkers will gladly perform a separation working to drive the ex girlfriend out of the relationship. But WHY is the boyfriend still involved with her anyway? This isn't a case a for a rootworker, this is a case for a relationship counselor. This client needs to work on herself and her relationship or she needs to find someone who's less "Jerry Springer".

Secondly, I'm afriad that people want to get into rootwork for money. Well, good luck with that one. Any reasonable and respectable rootworker will keep their prices fair and affordable. When a rootoworker starts getting in the $400-$1000 range for a single working, head for the hills. Look for workers who consistantly offer sales, promotions, do charity work, donate and offer pro bono work when need be.

The third point, and entire idea behind this entry, is that people think it's all lighting candles, picking flowers and doing what you want. If the spirits have truly called you to do this then, I believe, they are sending you clients. You work for your clients, not yourself. People think owning my own home-based business means that I work for myself but the truth is I have a new boss every few hours. A new boss with needs, wants, pains, ideas and expectations. I have a strict schedule that has me up at 7am answering e-mails, printing order invoices, scheduling workings, ordering supplies, cleaning my space (spiritually and physically) and giving offerings. Then, I fill orders from 10-4, clean again from 4-5, dinner from 5-7, I take an hour to put my kids to bed, then back to e-mails again from 8-10pm. Now, I do take several evenings and at least two entire days to devote to workings and readings due to demand. So, on those days, replace the filling orders, second cleaning and dinner (we usually order in on those days or have soup/sandwiches) with readings and workings. I often work for several weeks as a time with no entire days off. Now, I am NOT bitching in any way! I LOVE my life and work. My point is, I'm not lieing around my house waving a wand.

A rootworker needs to be a really balanced, healthy person. Inside and out. You need to be able to deal with loss, grief, homelessness, divorce, negativity, broken hearts, infedelity, and, sometimes, just plain drama and bat-shit crazy. These can take a toll on your psyche and on your physical body if you aren't grounded with faith and seasoned with common sense. I think it takes a certain type of person and, surpisingly, it's not someone who's empathic. I believe it's quite the opposite. There's a huge difference between understanding and relating to someone's problems than being physically and emotionally affected by them. A good understanding of the human psyche, human nature, and psychology is greatly beneficial and, I feel, necessary in this line of work. Clients need YOU to give them confidence, faith and a concise, sensible solution. What they don't need it you crying and losing your shit because their husband left them. Hurt FOR them but not WITH them. You can mourn everything later, on your own time and dime, not theirs.

People think it's a commical comparison but being a spiritual worker is much the same as being a doctor or therapist-you usually only see people at their worst. Your job is to talk them through it, fix them up, give them faith and tell them that this too shall pass.

If you can't deal with stress, loss, desperation and negativity, then this isn't the profession for you. So why would ANYONE want to get into this after all that?

Because for as much darkness as their is in this work, there is just as much light. There are new loves, births, jobs, homes, successes, and the growth of your clients. You get to witness all of thes eunfold from the very beginning. There is a deepening of your own faith through working with the spirits for your clients. There are days you get to spend in the woods or the cemetery burying remnants or leaving offerings from your client's workings. There are meals made, and served with love to the spirits and your family. There are days when the spirits fill your house with the scent of jasmine or sandalwood...

and there are days where all you do is dig roots and pick flowers...




Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Interview with FOX 17 News

August 5th;
It is official. I was told by several employees at First Data (throughout two weeks of phone calls) that the phone call I received, canceling my account, was a scam or crank phone call. Sadly, it was not. First Data has closed my account, after taking my money for 4 months, due to the religious affiliation of my site. They sited this as "contract violation" and are withholding all of my credit card sales for at least 6 months and subtracting all "investigative fees". It states nowhere in their contract that these items can not be sold, nor was I asked about what I sold during any of the initial set-up. My termination was confirmed today by their security department. I am not sure what country they're living in but being located in Georgia, I would think they would know about first amendment rights. I am glad to be gone from such a deplorable company with such bigoted beliefs.

August 6th;
A friend connected me with a FOX 17 reporter and they came to my home to interview me yesterday about my recent experience with First Data, discriminating against my business. It made it to the news that evening.

You can view it below;
My Interview with FOX 17 News

Friday, August 1, 2014

Buy One Oil, Get One FREE for Lughnasadh at Conjured Cardea!

Happy Lughnasadh/Lammas for all of you lovely folks who celebrate! In honor of this glorious change in the year, I am offering a VERY special sale; BUY ONE OIL, GET ONE FREE! 
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Buy ANY oil and get one of the same size, FREE! Just leave me a note on your order listing your free oil(s).
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Friday, July 11, 2014

FREE SHIPPING at Conjured Cardea!



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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FREE oil from Conjured Cardea!



Your choice of FREE oil with any order of $25 or more from any Conjured Cardea shop! A $10+ value.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Your Questions-Part One




I thought this would be an interesting and interactive way to create a blog post that answers some of the important or common questions I recieve. I posted on my Conjured Cardea Facebook  page, asking if there were any questions about myself, or my practices, anyone had. The result was just as I'd anticpiated, some wonderfully stimulating ideas! I look forward to creating more of these in the future so we can all share and get to know one another.

Mykull asks; "How do you energetically manage all of the deities and people you work with?"

I have always been a very energetic person who needs/wants little sleep. I do not drink coffee or caffeine or use stimulants of any sort. Since a child, I have only slept several hours a night, sometimes only a few. My dreams are very active and are where I receive most guidance. They are also when my Muse visits. I have always had a very active spiritual life. I believe this is partially due to the siezure disorder I developed at a young age. I have Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) which is very common in writers, artists and spiritual figures. You can find huge lists of famous creative figures who had some form of eplilepsy, especially TLE. I would like to believe that I would have remained the heavily spiritual and religious person had I not aqcuired eplilepsy but, of course, there is no way to know. Epliepsy is very common and the type I have is not an aggressive or violent type. So, since a child, my brain has worked differently than others. If I was tired from the spirits, I didn't know any better because I had always been that way. I was experiencing tunnel vision and black outs before each seizure, which I though were a daily part of everyone's lives since I'd always had them. While I am told these should have been exhausting, it was during these times I received messages and directions as to how to help others. For me, they were a great release. It was like a dam had been let down and information flooded in, renewing and educating me. Instead of looking at it as something that exhausts you, look at it as a means of strengthening and conditioning your mind and spirit. I began teaching my spiritual path and providing spiritual services at 19 which means I have been doing this for 13 years. You can ask anyone who has been at the same job for 13 years and you'll find that they're pretty damn good at it. They ought to be! 13 years is a long time. Now, I am no where near where I hope to be at 50 or 70 but I have a good foundation. There are a few "tricks" to working with spirits;

1) Do it EVERYDAY. If you swam everyday or rode a unicycle everyday, you'd get very good at it. It's called "practice". If you don't practice, you won't strengthen your mind or your relationship with the divine. For some reason, people forget this simple fact that applies to every other aspect in life they want to be successful at. They forget it because they want manual or directions for spiritual practice, but you have to-oh my god- TRUST YOUR DIVINE INSTINCTS! You have to really WORK, not just pick up a book and read once a month or join an internet group. Shut off you phone, shut off your TV, turn off your computer. That 2-3 (or more) hours you're spending on Youtube everynight could be used meeting a new spirit or guide, or getting important messages about your life. If you don't give them time to talk, how will you hear them? You must take the time and make the effort to make your mind strong so that you can develop a devotional ritual, ignore what has happened in your life during that day, and get rid of distraction. This all begins with making the time for a simple ritual each day. Skip that extra cup of coffee, light some incense and give a "thank you".


2) Stop asking for shit all the time. When I say "create a ritual" I DON'T mean "casting a spell" or "making a request". I mean creating ritual for the sake of honoring and respecting the spirits. If you're only interested in setting up an altar and inviting the spirits in order to gain something, this is not the path for you. Honestly, I don't know of any practice or religion that works that way.
If you've got a neighbor always showing up asking for a ride, or five bucks or to borrow something, how long will it be before you stop answering your door? The same thing will happen with spirits. If you just keep asking for shit over and over and don't create a relationship, that foundation, and show humility and respect first, they're not going to come to the door much. Instead of greeting you with guidance and messages it's going to be "Oh Christ, it's that guy again...." They may help you, but the spirits get tired just like everyone else as they still possess many human qualities.


3) Educate yourself. Find a pantheon that interests you, go to Amazon and purchase every cheap book you can afford about the history and correspondances of that pantheon. This way, when a spirit or deity visits you, you'll know who it is. You'll also be able to notice their signals from all that practicing which strengthened your focus. Sorry folks, but in my opinion, spirituality has a lot of education behind it.
Set an altar with a nice clean cloth, light a new candle and offer some food, flowers and spirits. Go ahead and sit there and pray or talk but if you find yourself always begging or pleading for something, get up and leave. They can enjoy the offering without your selfishness. 
Put yourself in their position.


Another tip is that I set aside 2-3 days a week JUST for services and working for clients. I don't squeeze them in between orders or household chores. I also keep a datebook where I can schedule all of my clients preffered days (some like to choose feast days or particular days of the week) several weeks in advance. I can also look and see which day would be best for their working according to planetary and moon phases as well as any holy days coming up which will boost the energy of the work. This also insures I am not overworking myself. If the datebook it booked for the week, I don;t take on anymore work. Being highly organized is a MUST for a spiritual worker. I also schedule similar workings togther so I am not jamming different energies into the same space and time frame. I schedule love workings, legal matter workings, prosperity workings etc. all within the same few days. It makes no sense to evoke Erzulie or Oshun for love mattes than jam Ogun in between for a legal working. It just doesn't produce a good flow and makes for a chaotic house in which there are already a lot of spirits residing.


The next question is from Ciera;
"What would be your best advice to a non-initiate who wants to/feels called to work with the Orishas?"
I'll be answering this one a bit later in the week, so stay tuned folks! If you would like to ask a questions, feel free to comment here. Thank you!
Ashe'

Saint John's Eve Vigil for Clients-Limited


Tomorrow will be Saint Johne's Eve and I am offering a very special service for my clients. I am making 20 slots available to those who would like to have their prayers and petitions sent out under the evocation of Marie Laveau, St. John and the Orisha on the very holy day of of Saint John'e Eve. If you would like a candle lit in your name, with your petition, please purchase from this listing;
Please join in my this deeply spiritual and holy day!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cemetery Life

Today, I took my two children, and a neighbor friend of theirs, with me to the cemetery on what I refer to as a "conjure run". I had several items on my to-do list and also stumbled upon a few other bounties. First, and foremost, was a stop at the entrance to the cemetery to pay honor to Eleggua. Now, the entrance for us is a bit different than everyone else because we have a secret path that runs directly to the back of the Jewish section of the cemetery from our community. It's a lovely secret that makes us feel special and gives me a discreet spot to stop and pay honor without being disturbed by people and traffic noise.


Next on the list, was finishing a working for a client. This was a two part working which took at least two weeks to complete. Today was the last day and the remnants of the working were to be thrown into a river or buried. The spirits led me to this spot in the cemetery.  I am always prepared with my conjure bag containing a lighter, a trowel, sage, dimes, liquor, my camera and plastic bags to collect trash from the graves and grounds. The children collected eight energy drink cans and one broken wine bottle. They do this, unprompted, which makes for one proud moma:)


I dug the hole and laid the remnants in, covering it and topping it with three dimes to thank Eleggua for his guidance and aid in this working.


I then went to the far east end of the cemetery where I gather many native herbs. There is a large glacial morraine where wonderful specimens of burdock, bindweed and black nightshade grow. All of which are very valuable to me in my work. They are wonderful plant allies that I have worked with for over 15 years.

Burdock. I will use the root, and the burrs when mature, in protection work.

Black nightshade. I will use this in hexing work.

After harvesting, we crossed back over to the south side where this grave spoke to me. I was unable to see it due to the large bush hiding it but I was called to it and discovered it lieing flat as I rounded the bush. I left three dimes, a white flower sprig from the woods and a bit of sage. The sage was nearly extinguished at the point this photo was taken, so I am unsure if it is smoke or a visit.



This is the bush that the grave is behind and almost taken over by.


This is the "angel" that the children love to visit. So we stop and admire her.


Bindweed, which will be used for, you guessed it-bindings!

All in all, a gorgeous and refreshing day. We even got a gentle rain while there and sat beneath a mighty oak to watch it. I love the refreshing fundamental in conjurework of ancestor and worship of the dead. Cemeteries do not have to be a place of harshness, death and sadness. There is so much life to be worshipped there, if we only take a moment to look and listen to the spirits and plants. Many are so eager to share themselves with us and guide us. 

I'll return in a week, with the children, as then the mulberries will be ripe:) I'll also return to collect earths from different different graves to replenish my supply. Some from a judge, some from lovers, and some from children. I was richly rewarded today and did not want to appear greedy to the spirits, so that conjure-run will have to wait.

Bless!






Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Free Lucky Green Rice from www.conjuredcardea.com!

I'm sending out a free bag of my hand-made Lucky Green Rice with each order of $20 or more from www.conjuredcardea.com! A $5.98 value. Each bag is created with pure bergamot essential oil for luck, real gold flake and silver flake, clove, fennel seed, bits of cash, celery seed, sasafrass root, iron filings, lodestones, pyrite and more! 



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adventures in Austin

I was blessed to be able to spend 4 days with one of my coven-sisters, and close friend, in Austin Texas. We have been friends for 13 years and even though we have been apart at times when we get together I feel as if nothing has changed. It is a beaiutiful thing to have someone who you can confide in and love without judgement and reservation. She and her husband are amazing people and were such gracious hosts. We had a wonderful time visiting the local botanicas,shops, listening to music and eating many different kinds of cuisine.  It was wonderful to be able to share in the religious stores, shrines and art with a loved one. The trip was relished and I look forward to returning.

These are photos I took while there, permission was asked from each vendor and spirit and appropriate offerings were left;

This was a huge Santa Muerte, probably 6 feet tall, at Green and White Grocery. Santa Muerte is a very predominant spirit in Austin and she is heavily reprsented. The owner here was very nice and let me roam the store, even behind counters, as I pleased. I picked up several items here including a new large High John root and a Santa Muerte statue. Notice the dollar bills someone carfully folded into octagons and placed in her eye sockets as well as her scales of justice and balance.


A large Saint Joseph statue was also present.


Nino de Atocha was almost as heavily present and represented in Austin as Santa Muerte.


Saint Jude was also very popular in Austin, many candles and statues of him were available as well as large shrines like this. This statue is about 5 foot tall.


The Virgin of Guadelupe was popular as well, as she is a highly traditional and iconnic figure in Mexican history and belief.


Another, smaller Santa Muerte. About 3 feet tall. She was created from clear resin and filled with lucky rice, seeds and curios! I was enthralled with this representation. This one was covered in money and cigarettes, a common offering to her.


Another Nino de Atocha. You can see the large amount of coins and dollars placed around this one.


Beautiful Passion Vines grew along the roadsides. The Pass Vine represents the Passion of the Christ.The colors vary from deep purple (the color of Orthodox priests’ vestments during the Great Lent) to scarlet red, yet the numerical constituents remain the same: 10 petals (5 petals and 5 sepals identical in shape and color), 1 column, 72 corona filaments, 5 anthers, 3 stigmas.
10 – Biblical account of Christ’s suffering tells us about St. Peter who distanced himself from Christ during His last hours, neither was Judas; whereas, 10 is the number of remaining Disciples of Christ at the time of crucifixion;
1 – Column of flagellation;
72 – Traditional number of thorns on a crown of thorns set upon Christ’s head;
5 – Total number of wounds inflicted to Christ at time of crucifixion;
3 – Nails.
Additionally, the vine’s leaves are shaped like a spear used to pierce Christ’s side. Some even find representation to Judas’ 30 pieces of silver (dark round spots on the underside of some species). 


A lovely stencil painting on the outside door of a restaraunt representing the Vigin of Guadelupe. I wish this was on my fence! I may try to find a way to that actually...


An old church icon of Christ.


A smaller relic of the Nino de Atocha.


Painting of Christ.


Antique condition oil bottles from the 1930's. I purchased the "Drawing" bottle for my own collection.