Definitely one of the most beautiful things ever created <3
I adore old Disney
" Probably, the largest single daily challenge is that of prosthetics. "
notice the sacred geometry around you! it is truly amazing.
Beautiful Origami Art, Sipho Mabona
Sipho Mabona is a professional origami artist based in Lucerne, Switzerland who was born with a natural gift. At the young age of five, he folded his first paper airplane. In 2000, after having folded planes for fifteen years, destiny called. Mabona ran out of paper airplane designs so he turned to origami in hopes that it would inspire him to come up with something more original.
i want it to be warmer again so that i can be out a bit later, i want to lie in cool grass and have my legs in the air and pretend i am walking on the sun as it sets or the stars as they shine
Creating Space for the Spirits
In my personal practice and experience, creating space for the spirits generally comes in five general steps.
And all of these steps can be embodied in the essence of prayer.
BUT, it can be greatly enhanced by various ritual actions, and also the set traditions associated with a lineage connected to a spirit, and at times may even be necessary depending on who you ask.
These steps can be roughly categorized in my personal practice into:
1. Cleansing and purification and fortifying (protection) of self and space
2. Calling to and opening the gates
3. Building the Spirit Roads so they can more easily walk to you
4. Creating a balanced environment for them in this world so they can gain a more solid foothold and stick around more easily for you to do the work.
5. And then of course, interaction, doing the work, give offerings etc. And then clean up afterwards, thanking the spirits for coming and sending them off, cleaning up the set up, dimming the roads, and then returning the veil to a more closed state. And performing more spiritual cleansings, fortifying space etc depending on who the spirit was etc.
To begin, it is always important to perform regular cleansings of your self and your space (ie. the place where you live and do the work), and also to ensure that you have consistent protection on you (it could be a gris gris bag or mojo hand, it could be guardian spirits such as St. Michael at your doors, witch bottles, talismans, sigils etc. I have several hanging around my space and person at all times).
Working with spirits, it is extremely beneficial to set up a periodic schedule of cleansings of you self and space, I do small ones everyday and once a month big ones if I feel the need. This helps with clearer communication and aids in weeding out imposer spirits. You do this by stating that you are cleansing away the debris and hubris blocks between you and your personal power and good spirits, and you are sending away any imposers that seek to hinder your development, cloud your judgement, and block you from achieving success, your desires, and your personal power.
State this as you cleanse and also as you protect your self and space, rewording the incantations as necessary. Remember, cleansing moves away things, but it’s good to specify what you want it to move away. To do this, you figure out your destination first. Needless to say, if some of those blockages are in you, then it could result in temporary discomfort as they are removed. But that should never last long. If your life is constantly going down the drain as you do spirit work, then something is wrong and you should find help whether mundane or spiritual from the more experienced.
Gradual improvement in your life, your overall happiness, and closeness with your desired destinations is a sure sign that things are good.
But first figure out where you want to go with all of this (it could be something as general as having a happy prosperous life, good health, love, success in your ambitions).
Good (personal spirits especially) spirits should be willing to help you achieve your desires in your life, just as you help them with theirs through prayer, offerings, and any help they need.
If they aren’t, then why are you working with them (kinda why I don’t understand some of the people on tumblr here who talk about how their spirits are essentially tormenting them, and I’m like >.> you know you don’t have to let them take everything you own right? Like you don’t have to work with them. If a spirit isn’t doing me any good and all they do is weigh me down and hurt me, they don’t need to be here and I’d rather go at it alone. Hey this isn’t a give give give kinda world I strive to live by, it’s a practical give and take one. If you aren’t doing anything but harm in my life, then you don’t need to be in my life).
Before praying to spirits, I like to perform cleansings on my self and space first, to just do a double check to make sure things are as clear and empowered as possible for me. I also do protections, laying wards with the intent that they filter out imposters and spirits seeking to bring me harm.
Then comes opening the gates.
This could as simple as being aware of the spirits and other worlds and powers that are not just purely our physical world. Ie. getting yourself into trance. Trance expands your awareness, brings you to your spirit, your subconscious, and thus makes you aware and “wake up” (not that it was ever really asleep for many people, just how aware you are of it) that inner fire of yours. It helps your body become aware of the spirits, and thus in turn them aware of you. It helps you really feel the threshold places around and within you, those door ways the other worlds.
These are literally the threshold and crossroads places around and within us. The door to your altar room. Your altar. Your mouth. The Crossroads. The Cemetery etc.
As you call to the spirits, they will come and together with your will to reach them and they to you (if that is what they desire), the doors will naturally open and roads be created. Hence why it is important the space is cleansed and fortified. To lessen the chance of just anything rushing through.
Ritual actions wise, I like to send power in parting the veil. I would call on the old Master of Roads, that Old Devil at the Crossroads, to help open the roads and draw the good spirits I pray for and to near, praying from my heart, and I will then either perform the rendering of the veil rite from Jason Miller’s Sorcerer’s Secrets book, or get my bells and ring them and then cross and part (open) my arms before me. I may also begin the process of laying the compass as per traditional witchery.
This ritual action coupled with the will and focus and my prayer to my guides further helps in opening the way.
Then comes the building of the spirit roads.
This is the roads for the spirits to walk upon. In many Vodou traditions in Haiti, Gran Chemin, Lwa of the Roads is one of the Lwa first saluted to build the roads to the spirits.
In Traditional Witchcraft, there is a part of laying the compass performed by some, including how I do it, where we lay the Spirit Tracks. This is done by taking blessed water and sprinkling it to the four directions, above, below, and centre. As we asperge, we speak “As I lay this water, I lay through it the spirit tracks for my good spirits to walk upon to me, empowered is this water as an agent of betwixt by silver and breath, I invite the spirits to walk upon these marked tracks I lay upon this space to me”. Water is life, where there is water life draws near. Water represents the substance that flows between and through all worlds. Waters above and below. The spirits can travel through them.
For general prayer, I may simply take some water and sprinkle it before the altar and then place the glass of water and a lit candle in front of the space, inviting the spirits to walk near.
The candle is another thing. In traditional witchcraft, a fire is stoked as offering for the spirits. The light and heat provides illumination, guiding them near, given them strength and heat and warmth to be at ease and to do work if needed.
I may then draw spiritual insignia upon the floor around my altar, to help the spirits draw near, which then bleeds into the fourth step, preparing a balanced space for the spirits.
In my personal practice, it never made sense to me to isolate the elements, or to hang spirits and powers like tomagotchi pets onto them. La Sirene may be the siren of the seas, but she is also the mother of the fish and of all her other children. She has the beauty of shells and pearls flowing through her body. She plays music on her trumpet and emits melodic songs from her lips.
Like many other spirits, especially primordial. so many elements go into their identities, it’s impossible and ludicrous to me to try to separate them as one or the other.
I do however, feel the idea of the elements represents the wholeness of our world, it represents a balance, and even if I wanted to emphasis a specific nature of one of them, I place all four in a crossroads (again, another symbol of our world and the intersection of that with others) before my altar.
The division of wind, earth, water, and fire, however, is at the end of the day, an arbitrary humanistic one.
The world is complex. Many things can represent wholeness. The wholeness of offerings draw spirits near. The insignia of their identities drawn physically in our world can also give them good foot holds. You are essentially linking the worlds, by emphasizing our world’s existence (the wholeness and pleasing environment) with theirs (opening the gates) and linking the two together (creating the spirit tracks). Offerings remind the spirits of our existence and physicality, and the essences they take in from these offerings give them strength to better act within our world with our tools, also it is pleasing and strengthens them. Many Spirits like moving through our worlds just as much as we like moving through theirs. Probably cuz we got coffee and stuff :P
Experiment with your spirits and see what happens. If they want to draw near they will find a way :).
Now pray to your spirits even more and do the work if any you have set out to do, give offerings in thanks etc.
Let things be genuine and come from your heart. The spirits will often respond in kind.
After wards. Give them more sprinkles of water, thank them for their aid, and bid them return to their abodes and habitations as they desire. Unless it is an unruly spirit, which this type of set up really isn’t meant for, you shouldn’t send them away like dogs. If they desire, if they will, or they could hang around.
Then comes the dimming of the roads, this simply means to make the roads between the worlds lighter and less visible, to return things to a calmer and more separated state as before, to make it a more natural state again if you aren’t doing this on a well established spiritual threshold.
This way, things don’t get too bended out of wack between the worlds, but your spirits who know you well can still travel the way as needed.
Do this through prayer, state your intent, breath it out into the world, send it to do it’s job.
Next comes the closing of the ways. Cross your arms again, pray to the old master to help return the veil to it’s normal state as he sees fit and to depart now if he desires. See the doors closing and the veil returning to it’s normal state. Focus, and breath your power matched with your intent out into the world to do it’s job.
With a routinely built relationship between you and your spirits, the road is never fully diminished and the doorways never fully closed.
The spirits are not isolated unwalkable people. Their intent to reach you and your intent to reach them will naturally build roads and open doors and set up space.
It’s your power, it knows what you want as long as you know what you want.
That’s why it’s magic ;)
These rituals however help.
But at the end of the day, if all you got is a glass of water and a lit candle, that will work too.
Let the light and your desire open the ways, let the water spread the tracks.
Let the balance of fire and water create wholeness and your prayers create wholeness and a pleasing environment for your spirits.
And let farewells said and the distinguishing of candles and the pouring out of water back onto the earth return the worlds to a more closed space after you are done (you don’t want the worlds to be too immersed with one another, boundaries are important you know. Who wants their spirits peeking in on EVERYTHING they do and get it completely mixed. Wait until you are dead for that :P Plus the more open the space is, the more easy it is for something nasty to slip through. Opening it enough for your spirits and guides is good. Keeping it wide open 24/7 not so much in my honest opinion).
Of course if things get weird after a simple closing, more advanced and focused techniques may need to be done.
May the Good Spirits guide and be with you :)