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Should I buy anti evil eye pendants for myself?

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Normal Evil Eye Pendant

Normal Evil Eye Pendant

If they are part of a ceremonial working or it is specifically sacred, you can and should if you need them.  If it is just a stand-alone item, you should not.  The reason why is that these sorts of items are activated by being given as gifts.

Evil eye is caused by a buildup or strong projection of negative energy from other people looking upon you with envy/jealousy or possessiveness.  When you buy a non sacred amulet for yourself, it is just another possession.

Sacred Ayatal Kursee Pendant

Sacred Islamic pendant with Ayatal Kursee for protection from the evil eye

On the other hand, when you buy an amulet that has a prayer or sacred symbol inscribed on it, or it has been properly consecrated, the protection factor is more than psychological or impulsive.  It is a gift from the Spirits.

So normal protection talismans such as eyes, figas, Italian horns, and the like should be received as gifts or bought to give to others.  Prayer inscribed amulets, small nkisi, and consecrated items can be bought for yourself.

Eshu and Shango September 2011

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May Eshu Protect You!

May Eshu Protect You!

We are now in the preparation stages of the ebo for Eshu and Shango for September 2011.  This is your chance to send in your requests for protection for yourself or friends and family.  Use the contact form or write to me at sister@soulmindbody.net

The ebo will happen tonight from 8pm Jerusalem time and the doors will be open until whenever.

If you would like a talisman made with ashes from this ceremony, please order one at Sheloya Mystical.  Also, Anna has made a special series of Eshu dolls for this festival.  You can order them later at the store as well.  May Eshu protect you and guide you to good luck and happiness!

How are crystals used in Vodun and diaspora systems?

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Crystals have been used in Vodun and the African diaspora for centuries, but few people alive today know exactly how they were used originally.  There has been a lot of mixture of belief from Hinduism, Kemetic, and other systems, trial and error over the aeons, and so crystal use and therapies have become a bit universalized over time.  The main difference though, is context.  Different cultures are going to have different needs, and use crystals in different ways even though their energies are standard.

In my article, Crystals in African and Diaspora Mysticism, I try to give a small sampling of the use of crystals in the African context.  One thing that needs to be mentioned is that many of the world’s minerals are mined in Africa, and not always under the best of circumstances.  The circumstances under which a mineral was taken from the Earth is very important to us.  We also believe that some minerals should be left in the ground unless they are needed for medicine.  So returning such things to the Earth or choosing to use their energy from the Earth rather than digging them up, is a good deed.

Crystals and minerals are used in many ways, from house blessing to mojo bags.  Archaeological digs have revealed various crystals that were purposefully buried in yards or with deceased African slaves in the Americas.