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Do it Yourself Wanga Mojo Gri Gri Bags

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I sew our bags for DIY kits by handOn this site, we offer many powerful workings, and price them according to our costs.  Because if we’re going to do something, we do it for maximum effectiveness, our ethics do not allow us to short change you or attempt to undersell others by doing so.  However, we do understand that not everyone can afford the highest level of offerings and supplies.  In honesty, I have to say that though some things should be done by an experienced conjurer or priest/ess and that if you truly want them, you will do what it takes to get them, other things can be done just as well by the layperson with supervision.

So before I give you instructions for wanga for which you can do the main ceremonial work and offerings yourself, I must ask that please follow the instructions carefully.  If it seems difficult, do not let it discourage you.  All of the instructions are there for a reason.

These instructions are designed for economy, with materials that one should be able to find fairly easily or at least order online inexpensively.  Their effectiveness will depend on how observant you are to the energies they’re built to draw or embody.  If you would like to order a special bag from me, a button is provided under the DIY instructions.

Remember, by default, you will begin any of this with offerings to Eshu or whoever your Gate Keeper deity is.  These also need to be consecrated both to him and to their relevant deities.

Spirit/Orisha Bags

Traditions vary as far as the receiving of bags for Orishas and other Spirits.  In Santeria or Lukumi systems, you would receive almost all of your items from your priest during ceremonies in which you receive Orishas.  In west Africa, you would have temples where you could be initiated to the cults of various Orishas.  They would teach you how to make various items at various ranks and roles.  In many areas of the diaspora though, there was not the luxury of organization, and our beliefs often had to be practiced in the strictest of stealth.

So though many will have a problem with it, you don’t need human permission to worship the Orishas or any other deity who calls on you.  You do however, need some guidance to keep from doing things that are outright disrespectful.  Also, you should at least try to find a community with leaders and guides that you can trust.

Some have learned from hard experience though, that “a person can be smart, but people are stupid”.  So finding a community may be a much more difficult task than one bargained for.  In the meantime, you need to be able to function.  Also, in my opinion and experience, it is a good idea to have your own stuff that you made, so that if things ever change, and other people get stupid, you have a working altar and supplies that are not tainted with the energy and memories of those who betrayed or failed you.  Yes, you can clean them, but you can’t wipe your brain.  For some situations, it is best not to have such distractions or bring even a hint of that energy to the moment.

To make a deity bag, you need the following:

  • a guava stick, burnt at one end for marking, or a quality pen, paint, or marker
  • a bag or square of cloth that can be fashioned into a small sack, of a color sacred to your deity, or decorated accordingly
  • an item that is sacred to your Gate Keeper
  • a feather, bone, claw, or some other remnant of an animal sacred to the deity the bag is to embody
  • a stone or other mineral that is sacred to the deity
  • about a spoonful of an herb or plant material that is sacred to the deity
  • an oil or potion sacred to your deity to “dress” your bag

Instructions:

  1. Pass all of your ingredients through the smoke of incense for your Gate Keeper.
  2. Mark your bag with the symbol of the Gate Keeper at the top left corner, and the deity the bag is for in the center.  If it is for the Gate Keeper (which should be the first bag you make) then just repeat the symbol or make a fancier version of it.
  3. Mindfully place each item into the bag.  To help with this, it is good to speak the name of the item and state why you’re putting it in.
  4. Add incense for the deity to the coal or fire, and then pass the open bag through the smoke.
  5. Sew, tie, or wrap and glue the bag closed.
  6. Put a few drops of oil or potion on your bag to “feed” it.
  7. Place it in an appropriate area of your altar.
  8. Thank the Spirits and the Gate Keeper for their presence.  It would also be helpful for you to make special offerings for the occasion.

You must treat this bag as a sacred item.  It embodies a deity, so keep it clean and happy, and feed it an appropriate oil, smoke, potion, or liquor at least on the deity’s sacred day of the week, and holidays.

You may note that this is an investment of time and energy that many people don’t wish to bother with.  If you don’t think you’re up to it, don’t make these kinds of items.

If you’re not so crafty, or not heavily observant, but would like to have something with the presence of a deity, we can make one for you.

Item name: Spirit Bag
Price: $70.

Specific Purpose Bags (Lucky Hands)

Mojo bags made for a specific purpose are also called gri-gri, hands, or condition bags.  There are many ways to make them, but I think RealPagan has a pretty good guide.  Rather than repeat what has already been said on the matter, I’ll just post some of my recommendations for ingredients for the novice or not extremely observant practitioner.  Also, make sure that your ceremony is sound.

  • Gate Keeper first.
  • Be mindful and attentive at every step.
  • Show gratitude and give offerings.

Attract Love

This recipe is not specific to your gender and orientation and those of the people you are trying to attract.  You will learn those when you are more advanced.  If you want some tips, visit Witch University or Zindoki.com.  If you are trying to get specific people to be attracted to you, then you need to add some personal effect of yours and theirs to the bag.

  • three roasted coffee beans, three black eyed peas, or three abrus seeds
  • a vanilla pod cut into 5 pieces
  • a small handful of cinnamon chips or a broken up stick of it
  • a piece of rose quartz or pink ruby
  • a small magnet or lodestone
  • some shavings or small pieces of iron (like 4 nails)
  • something reflective, like a small mirror, a piece of cubic zirconia, or a rhinestone with a silver backing
  • 5 cowrie shells

If you like, I can make one for you.  It can be very specific, or general, but the ingredients will be a bit more complex.

Item name: Attract Love Bag
Price: $50.

I also make others.  Feel free to contact us for details.

 

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Crystals In African and Diaspora Mysticism

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Ruby Kyanite Eye PendantThis is a quick guide to the mystical properties of crystals and minerals in the context of African and Diaspora mysticism.

Though the mystical/metaphysical properties are generally the same, they may have different uses that are less…generalized.  In Obeah, their psychological significance and how they act on the psyche through light play and even taste and texture are also very important.

Crystals and other minerals are used in mojo bags, dolls, bochio, and many other mystical items.  The right ingredients do make a difference, so if you’re the DIY type, it helps to know what you’re doing.

Just a warning before you read on, none of this is intended to be a substitute for medical care or consultation with a qualified mysticMisuse of these tools can cause more destruction than you bargained for, or backfire with devastating consequences.  This article is just for information purposes so that you have some idea what your priest/ess or counselor is doing for you.  Also, we know that you peek in your mojo bags if we don’t seal or sew them shut.  If you’re curious about what you saw in one does, here are some answers.

This article is a work in progress, so please visit again soon for updates.  Also, if you have any comments or notes to add, feel free.  I am happy to link to contributors.

alum – a good deodorant for people of African descent who find others irritating or allergy inducing, it also tightens up other things…and wards off “evil eye”.  Also used to suck the evil out of people or close doors that are currently open and allowing them to harm others.  Clean a new home by putting a chunk of it in the corners.

amber – sacred to Yemaya/Olokun and Oshun, it wards off negativity, and can be charged with various emotions.  Most commonly used for protection and preservation of love.  Blue and green amber are particularly rare, and help to draw powerful yet peaceful, loving energy.  Black sea amber is a strong protection tool.  Dominican amber is particularly good to give to sailors, along with aquamarine and larimar.

agate

  • carnelian agate – actually a chalcedony, sacred to Shango and Eshu, and treasured by Middle Eastern peoples as protective against evil and tragedy.  In the diaspora, it is used to make necklaces and talismans for Eshu and Shango.  It increases luck and boosts the fire element.
  • onyx (black and white or gray banded agate) – cut into spheres, domes, or diamond shapes it is used to repel the “evil eye”. Helps a person to keep their cool in sexual or intense situations. It can also be left in a place for psychic surveillance.  Also helps one to remember lessons from their past.
  • sardonyx (red and white or red, white, and orange banded agate) – sacred to Shango.  Repels “evil eye” when cut into spheres, domes, or diamond shapes, but in the way of burning it away as opposed to just repelling.  Useful when the evil eye is coming from posessiveness and exploitive desire rather than just jealousy.
  • zig-zag pattern banded agates – used to confuse enemies or repel negative energy

anhydrite, called “angelite” when blue – although the new age scene has decided this stone is all positive, it can serve as a beacon for the unquiet dead.  Blue stones are often found as the treasures or weapons of Abiku.  So on the one hand, anhydrite is good for people who travel astrally, make sure that nothing but the kind of energy you want is connected to it when you return.  It’s one of those stones with a “handle with care” warning.

beryl

  • aquamarine – sacred to Yemaya/Olokun, used for good luck in sea voyages and swimming or diving
  • emerald – sacred to Oshun, enhances beauty and elegance, makes one feel younger and refreshed
  • goshenite (clear) – helps to achieve justice and find out what justice would be in a situation
  • heliodor beryl (green-brownish yellow) – sacred to Oshun and Orun, enhances sun tolerance, makes one feel energetic despite hot weather, shines a light on hidden motives
  • morganite (pink) – sacred to Oba, helps to preserve marriage in the long term by reminding people why and how they fell in love, helps keep a woman loyal if you give her some jewelry made from it, symbolizes enduring love

chalcedony – Various kinds of chalcedony are used for protection, healing, and the making of talismans that require symbols or text to be written or engraved on a surface.  Carving something into chalcedony “sets it in stone” because the engravings tend to last through considerable wear and tear over the years.  Some talismans that are hundreds of years old are still being worn for normal wear by the great great grandchildren of those who first received them.

  • aventurine – sacred to Osayin, helps to heal skin problems and boosts the power of healing herbal formulas
  • bloodstone – sacred to Ogun, helps to clean the blood and one’s life of impurities.  It is good for breaking addictions more quickly.  Helps one to become or stay organized and calm in tough situations.  Also helps people in metallurgy or technology to succeed.
  • green ocean jasper – protects fields and helps plants to grow more healthily
  • mterolite – sacred to Ogun, strengthens resolve by sealing a person off from outside influence.  It is especially helpful when going into hostile situations in which one doesn’t wish to be obvious by carrying or wearing black stones such as jet, obsidian, or nuummite.  People will just think you’re wearing jade or aventurine.
  • red jasper – increases sexual stamina and energy, sometimes carved into phallic or frog shapes and carried as talismans, also helps people to be more expressive in love

chalk – also called “efun”, it is sacred to all Orishas, and is used for drawing sacred symbols or smeared on the body to honor or show the presence of the Ancestors.  Cascarilla is a chalk made from egg shells, and is widely used in the diaspora.  In Africa, efun is made from snail shells or sea shells.  The Kongo got white chalk/kaolin clay from the banks of streams.  Flour and starches are also used as chalk sometimes.

charcoal and ashes – the charcoal or ashes of various plants are used to mark the body and heal ailments(usually some sort of mineral deficiency).  Some ashes are used as sunscreen, while others are used to indicate mourning or connection with the Ancestors.

cobalt (blue) – sacred to Yemaya/Olokun, it is used to hypnotize, remind one of the sea, as a homing mineral for water Spirits, and to dispell the evil eye by reminding people of our common origin.  If you are wealthy, you should always serve guests in your home water in cobalt blue glasses whether they ask for it or not.

copper – sacred to Ogun and Oya, helps to channel and direct energy.  If you want to make a storm, this is the metal to use.  It can give a boost of energy from the elements or send lightning to strike an enemy if properly used.

gagate (also called jet, black amber, black earth amber, or azabache) – an extremely strong protection against “evil eye” and negative spells.

garnet (dark red almandine and pyrope) – sacred to Oya, it represents the “eye of the storm”.  It helps you to keep your head in chaotic situations.  Also aids in depression due to frustration and cleans the blood.

glass – sacred to Ogun, glass is an amplifier of the properties of other crystals, and a container for energy corresponding to its color and chemicals and minerals used to color it.  It can also be used as a homing stone for Spirits.  Sea tumbled glass has a lot of Yemaya/Olokun energy in it, though red sea tumbled glass is associated with Exu Mare (Eshu of the sea).  Slag glass, a byproduct of iron slag, is especially sacred to Ogun, and will bring you the gifts of the Earth.

gold – sacred to Orun and Oshun, it helps to attract success and heighten the charisma and endurance of happy people so they don’t get discouraged.  It can however, cause greed or “gold fever” if it is acquired from an unethical source.

kyanite – sacred to Yemaya, calms a person down and helps them to organize their thoughts, induces happiness, helps in meditation, concentration, and reduces test anxiety

larimar – sacred to Oloaina, Aganju, Yemaya, and Olokun.  Only found in the Dominican Republic, this stone is used mainly for healing, serenity, and curing irrational mental distress and paranoia.  It is also kept in a room to repel negative energy and evil eye.

meteorite – iron from meteorites was used to make spear tips, and later by some for sacred spears, arrowheads, and other blades.  In modern African mysticism, it is considered sacred to Obatala and/or the cosmic/universal Ogun.  It may be one of the esoteric meanings behind the stories of Ogun’s rape of Yemaya.  Perhaps some saw the penetration of iron meteorites into the earth as this happening.

moonstone – sacred to Osu and Auset, it calls the energy of the moon, increases femininity and feminine intuition.  It is very helpful in trance/visionary work, and healing those with a damaged femininity or feminine side.

niobium and columbite-tantalite ore – sacred to Ogun, it increases emotional and psychic flexibility and endurance.  It is an excellent gift for a maker of mystical items, as it helps them to stay spiritually connected and inspired while they are working.  See this brilliant page on the meta-science of columbite-tantalite.

nuummite – not used very extensively in Obeah, but gaining popularity as a very powerful dual purpose grounder and magnifier/projector/conductor of energy.  It is very energetically “heavy”, so use sparingly, especially when it will be worn near the head, neck, and spine.  If placed on a ring, it is best to wear this on the receiving hand rather than the giving hand until it is needed.

obsidian (black) – used for protection and reflecting negative energy back to the sender

opal

  • chocolate opal – boosts confidence, especially sexual, symbolic of African beauty
  • green opal – sacred to Ochossi, helps to reconnect one with Nature or helps them accept some difficult aspect of Nature, aids in healing water/fluid related ailments
  • pink opal – sacred to Pacha Mama, the Andean Mother Goddess.  Enhances fertility and sensuality but also can make someone fatally passionate.  Aids in healing heartbreak by reminding a person’s soul how much the Mother loves them, so they need not despair over a mortal’s rejection.
  • white rainbow opal – absorbs and dissipates negative energy, but can also be a container for it
  • yellow/golden opal – sacred to Oshun, used to enhance beauty, charisma, and dancing abilities in women and androgynes

porcelain – blue and white Chinese porcelain is used for vessels of Yemaya, and beads are used to make necklaces to honor her.  Porcelain vases, containers, and such are considered as good as clay and carved stone ones, and sometimes bits of broken porcelain ware are used for house blessing and protection.

quartz crystals

  • amethyst – sacred to Iku, Sakpata, and Oya, helps one to commune with the ancestors and keep family traditions, aids in grief due to deaths, and is a good homing stone for Guardians.  Wear an amethyst necklace or hatpin when you need to hold your ground against outside influence.
  • citrine – sacred to Oshun, brings success and attracts money
  • clear quartz – symbolizes light, Obatala, clarity, purity, or a full spectrum, and is used to send or receive positive energy or see all sizes of an issue in case of a dilema, and to tell if someone is lying or self deceiving
  • onyx (black) – protects from evil eye, and sometimes indicates membership in a secret society
  • red quartz – boosts fire element, and also used to send and receive fire oriented energy or purge someone of too much fire
  • rose quartz – sacred to Oba, increases attraction by enhancing femininity, etiquitte and charm.  Especially powerful when worn with pearls.
  • rutilated quartz – helps one to find a path to reach a difficult goal or find a solution when it seems there is none
  • smoky quartz – symbolizes stability, balance, and realism, and is used specifically solve dilemas or bring someone to a more realistic perspective
  • tiger eye – helps to sort out dilemas and tell true friends from enemies

red clay – used in ritual face painting to symbolize fire or blood, or as a beauty enhancement

ruby – sacred to Shango and Aganju, super booster for fire element.  Attracts lust, and puts passion into love.  Also purifies love and makes the deceivers who will break your heart reveal their motives quickly.  In conjunction with pink opal, it creates a kind of vortex that sucks out heartbreak, accelerating both healing and recovering ability to love again.  Used with kyanite, it helps reduce drama in relationships without killing the passion.  Star rubies are especially useful to help men not to be overly vulnerable to womens’ charms.  When properly blessed, they help a man to keep the upper hand and protect themselves from women’s love spells.

salt – cleans, purifies, and dries.  It is used for protection and healing, but also containment-cursing in situations where a person isn’t to be exactly harmed but prevented from doing something bad that they have a habit of doing.  So the person may feel they’ve been cursed, but really they’re just being prevented from harming others.

sapphire (blue) – sacred to Olokun and Damballah, helps with balance, meditation, mental clarity, and decisiveness.  Also a good homing stone for masculine water Spirits.

silver – cleans, purifies, and protects.  It helps to insulate a person from negative psychic energy, and having their energy sucked without their consent or cooperation, so it is a favored metal for making amulets.  Another practical use is of colloidial silver to help wounds heal by blocking microbes.

sphene (titanite) – sacred to Orun, it helps one to focus and concentrate on a task or mission.  With overexposure it can cause overexcitability or obsession.

tourmaline – sacred to Oya, Ayida Wedo, and the literal Rainbow Serpent animal Spirit.  Increases fertility and confidence.  Watermelon tourmaline helps to manage or heal conditions affecting the immune system.

topaz – a power stone for when you need a particular kind of energy fast

turquoise – mainly used for protection, and also helps to stabilize relationships

uranium glass – sacred to Ogun, uranium is present in safe, small amounts in nearly all minerals, and is not supposed to be extracted for non medical applications.  Some believe that uranium is a part of the cycle of life and matter that causes things to be able to decay and crumble, so to extract and concentrate it of course accelerates things’ destruction.  Uranium glass is generally safe, but mystically, it is an abomination.  Very radioactive stones should be left in the ground.  When they are left alone and in their place of origin, an adept in close connection with Ogun can access their power without drawing his anger.  So if you receive a piece of uranium glass, the best thing you can do is bury it.  Do not buy it for this purpose, but if you happen to be given any uranium glass, vaseline glass, fiestaware, depression glass, etc. return it to the Earth.  Doing so will bring you blessings.

white clay – used in ritual face and body painting to signify connection to the ancestors, death, or the dead

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Ceremony and Rootwork Policies

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Oshun love ceremony

Oshun love ceremony

Before any ceremony or root work is done, I do readings to make sure that the Spirits will allow it, and that we have chosen the correct course.  I mainly serve the Vodun, Obeah, and African diaspora faith communities.  If you are not at least familiar with African faiths, please visit the Orisha Online Altar to learn more before contacting me.  I do not have patience for non Africans disrespecting African faiths.  I also do not have the time to teach the Orishas and Alusi to every person who emails me individually.

If you already know what you need, you may order a reading or ceremony on our Order a Ceremony or Rootwork page.

When you request rootwork or ceremonies from us, we attempt to give you the best service possible that is within your budget.  We list the prices for the most requested and standard works, and how much they usually cost, but there is a scale for these things.  You will not be denied any service at all because you can’t afford to pay the usual price.  We will just try to find a way to get the job done within your budget. If you are in a really bad financial situation, or are skeptical about whether or not Obeah will work for you, browse our community ceremonies for specific works we do for the community throughout the year, or get added to my altar if you don’t want to wait until a holiday.

The cost of ceremonies and root work is determined by the supplies, transportation, timing, effort required by participants, and physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual risk.  Some ceremonies also require rental of a space and security.

If you are actively practicing Vodun, Obeah, Santeria, Candomble, Jaadu, Baalat Teva (Afro Canaanite, Sumerian, and/or Phoenician Nature Spirituality), Nubian or Kemetic Spirituality, or another related African, Middle Eastern, or diaspora system to the point that you are doing daily observances, you have the option of “division of labor” pricing.  I would do the ceremonial and crafting part, and you can do the required ebo.  I strongly recommend this option for active practitioners because the Spirits hold you at a higher level of accountability than the average person or less active believer.  It will make your working even stronger because you are taking an active role in it.

People practicing at a priestly level certainly have this option, but depending on the situation, may participate in a barter of services.  Workings can be done for you in exchange for workings being done for me/my house.  We can add fire to each others’ causes.  Also, if you make things I like or can sell in the store, you can pay with those items.  For example, if you grow cherry trees, cherry bark is something I use for love workings all the time, so you could pay in cherry bark, blossoms, or other things you make from them.

If you are in or visiting Israel, I encourage you to come to see me personally.  It is not as risky as it may seem on the news, and everyone should visit at least once in their lives.  You are welcome and encouraged to participate in ceremonies that you sponsor.

If you are not in Israel, or can’t be present, we take photos so that you can see that the work is being done.  We can’t take pictures of every step as some things must be done privately, but the parts we are allowed to photograph, we do.

Most ceremonies and works take around a week to complete.  For the ones in which offerings to a Spirit are required, we make a nkisi partly from the ashes or remnants and send this to you.

As with our store items, each nkisi, gri gri, bocchio, box altar, or other items related to the work is made to order.  So some supplies may need to be ordered from elsewhere.  In such a case, it may take two weeks or so to complete the construction of the physical items, but the Spirits begin to move as soon as the offerings are given and the ceremonial part is done.

All ceremonies and root work begin with asking Eshu (also known as Elegua or Exu) to open the gate.  This is usually done on a Monday.  If the work is for war or justice, then we do an additional offering to Eshu on that Friday.  For other works, we approach the other appropriate Orishas and other Spirits on days of that week that are auspicious for them.

If you get extra things in your package, please pay special attention to them.  They are there because the Spirits instructed us that you needed them.

Custom Spell Lessons

If you are on a tight budget or aren’t sure if you want to leave the matter in someone else’s hands, I offer video lessons for your specific needs, if you want to do a working for yourself, for a reasonable fee.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here in the comments or in the contact form.

Results Based Pricing

Because of some unethical people, I no longer offer results based pricing.  I have posted enough videos, enough photos, and even offer free addition to my altar so I can pray for you in my normal every day observances.  I do not do special spell work or root work for free because it takes supplies, transportation, and time that I can not afford to give away.  So if you only want to donate if you get results then feel free to request addition to my altar.  This is as much as I can do at minimal cost.

Blessings and Ase!

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