I’m still alive. Seems like as I get older, I have less time to be on the internet. Or at least, I prioritize my time better.
I’ve been regularly going up into the desert and up the mountains for religious [Palo] reasons as of late. Attending Rayamientos of new Ngueyos, helping my Godfather out with the ceremony. Each time I go, I learn something new.
I’ve also been practicing reading cards. I’ve bought a mess of decks. I never used to like psychic cards, because I thought they were silly. It was the ONA and Vanessa who got me all into tarot cards and stuff. These are my card decks I have so far:
From top left to bottom right, I have the ‘Wild Unknown’ deck, the standard ‘Rider’ deck, the Anna.K tarot deck which is my go to deck. Then I have the ‘Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand’ deck, the classic ‘Gypsy Witch’ deck, a regular deck of poker cards on which I wrote the cartomantic meanings, an Hungarian Gypsy deck, and the ‘Alternate Realities’ deck which is my favorite Lenormand deck.
I like to use a few cards from each deck in a reading, like this:
I’ve learned that the card readings I do for myself get pretty precise and accurate if and when my mind is relaxed and in that “zone” of quiet thoughtless concentration. Sometimes, to check to see if my readings are good, I’ll go to Etsy.com and ask one of my Go-To psychics the same question to see if they get the same empathic insights.
I love the Hanged Man card of the Wild Unknown Tarot. It’s a bat. There’s this story in Palo about bats, where it is said that when Nzambi [God] created the world, the bat was his only witness to creation. And so, a bat must always be present in an Nganga.
Speaking of the subject: my Godfather gave me my Chamalongos!
Chamalongos are an important divination tool used in Palo. They are made from coconut shells. You can’t just cut four disks out of a coconut and start tossing them though. Your Godfather and his Nganga have to do a ceremony with them to Consecrate and Charge them.
I can’t say how they are Charged. But a lot of different powders are used, mostly necromantic powders. Gunpowder is also used in the Charging ceremony, which is why you see the disks are slightly burned.
To make them work, you have to say a Licensia Prayer each time you begin working with them. The Licensia prayer in Taoist Sorcery is what we’d call a Heart Spell; they’re virtually the same concept. You basically say your spiritual name, the spiritual name of your teacher [Si Gung in Taoism or Godfather/Godmother in Palo] say the name of your house and lineage, and a bunch of other things. And that prayer gives you the “spiritual license” to use the divination tool, or it makes the tool work properly, and it connects your Heartmind [Chitta] with the Tao of your lineage.
Another thing you need to make Chamalongos work is a spirit to talk with. It’s like having a phone: a phone only works right if you actually have someone to call and talk to! This is the same with Taoism and our Jiaobei moon blocks.
I’ve been using my Chamalongos to work and talk with my MB. An “MB” is something your Godfather makes for you after you get cut into Palo, the traditional Mayombe branch that is.
An MB is basically a traditional Mexican clay cup, inside which are secrets, along with the head and feathers of a sacrificed rooster. I can’t share a picture on the internet of my MB because it’s a sacred/secret religious fetish.
Usually, the rooster head is inside the clay cup and certain kinds of dirt covers the head. But I asked my Godfather to make my chicken head visible because I thought it was cool. Bad idea! It started rotting and smelling majorly bad, and maggots were everywhere.
The main component of an MB is called “Engando.” Basically, engandos from your Godfather’s prenda/nganga are wrapped in a burlap sack and placed into that clay cup. Other secrets are placed inside, then a rooster is sacrificed to it, and the chicken’s head is placed in the thing.
I can’t say what exactly engandos are. But when you are ready to have your own nganga, your MB is placed inside of your new nganga, becoming the heart of your nganga. And so, the ngandos inside of your MB physically links your own nganga with a previously existing nganga.
In this way, all modern ngangas that are contained in metal or clay pots can trace their ancestry back to a single potted nganga in Cuba, regardless of the branch. It would be like if your teacher had a tree and he broke a branch of that tree to give to you. Then that branch grew into a tree. Then you got your own student and you gave your student a branch of your tree. And so on.
It is this physical link, via engandos from a previous nganga, that gives your own nganga its power and life force. And so, without that physical link, your nganga is not legitimate and is powerless. It’s just an empty; dead; pot of dirt, sticks, and bones.
There is also the spiritual link: a ceremony is done to call down the nfumbe of an ancestor of your lineage into your new pot. Without that ceremony, your nganga is empty, meaning no nfumbe lives in your pot. Would you pay an eventual $10,000 for a fake nganga with no nfumbe/muerto in it? How can you tell?
Then there is a third link. Constructing an nganga is the conception stage. Like conceiving a baby. Once the baby has been conceived, it has to be born. And so the third link gives birth to your nganga. The third link is via the Kina. I can’t say what a Kina is, but your nganga has to be inside your Godfather’s nganga’s Kina for several months. Otherwise your nganga is not properly born.
And so you can’t make your own nganga. It needs those three links: physical, spiritual, and Kina. But I do have a Palero friend I met who is building his own nganga. He’s been in the religion longer than I have, so he outranks me. So it’s not in my place to tell my friend that he’s doing it wrong. I told my Godfather about my friend making his own nganga, and my Godfather just nonchalantly said: “Your friend is stupid. That’s not an nganga he making. That’s not Palo.”
So, long before you even get your own nganga, you get your MB, which is the heart of your future nganga. So you cultivate a relationship with your MB now, by talking to it and working with it.
So you use your chamalongos to talk with your MB. You first spray it with rum, then drink some yourself. Then you blow cigar smoke at it, and you smoke the cigar. The rum and cigar relaxes your mind and puts you into a light trance state. That’s the state in which your MB communicates with you.
You ask your MB a question and initially it will give you an empathic impression in your heart-center, your Chitta. Then you toss your chamalongos after you get that empathic impression to confirm or verify that the empathic message you got was correct. And so, talking with your MB, with your chamalongos, frequently strengthens your empathic abilities.
Your MB is a baby spirit, and so it really can’t do much as far as magic and Sorcery goes. But it’s like a baby muscle: the more you use that muscle, the bigger and stronger it gets.
So, and example of working with my MB and my chamalongos: recently I wanted to break a couple up. And so I sat down with my MB and asked it if it can break a couple up for me. I waited and got an empathic feeling that it will try. I toss my chamalongos and they said maybe.
So I told my MB: “It doesn’t have to be elaborate where you make situations rip them apart. All you need to do is work to change their heart, how they feel for each other. They will do the rest themselves. Can you do that?” I waited quitely and got the clairsentient impression that my MB said yes it can. So I tossed my chamalongos and they said yes.
I took out a jar of stuff that belonged to this couple and I placed the jar in front of my MB and I asked it: “Inside that jar are items that belong to this couple. Including dirt from their home which has their Kina in it. Can you feel their presence with those items and find them?” I waited and got the feeling like my MB said no, it can’t find them with those items. I tossed my chamalongos and they said no. I got an insight to use a photo. So I placed a photo of this couple under my MB and gave it the couple’s full name. Then I asked my MB if it can find the couple with the photo and their full names. I got the impression that it can find them. So I tossed my chamalongos and they said yes.
So I asked my MB: “Okay. Tell me what I should do.” And I sat there in silence. I got a flood of visions on my mind, of using brown paper from a paper bag, writing their names on the paper, a magical herb used in black magic, crossroad dirt from a crossroad that had violent accidents, and so on.
So I tore the paper with the couple’s name written on them, and use the ingredients to make two little packets. Then I asked my MB if I had made the packets good and right. I got the impression that I did. I tossed my chamalongos and they said yes.
I placed the two packets on top of my MB. And I got an impression that my MB was telling me: “You don’t need both packets on top of me because they both have the same names and same ingredients.” So I asked my MB: “Should I take the extra packet to the railroad tracks and leave it there?” I waited, and got the impression that my MB was saying to me: “You could if you want, but that serves no practical purpose.” I tossed my chamalongos and they said maybe.
So I asked my MB if I should take the extra packet to the cemetery and bury it. I got the impression that my MB was saying to me: “That’s a good idea. You can try it.” I tossed my chamalongos and they said yes. Then I got a flash of insight to burn the extra packet, since in Taoist Sorcery we would burn it, for certain reasons.
In Taoist sorcery, such a packet, or paper with magical characters is a “container” of the magically charged Heart-energy [chi]. When you burn the contianer, that magically charged energy seeks a new container, like water seeking a new container. If you break a cup of water, the water will spill to the floor which is its new container. And so burning your magical paper or packets causes the Heart-energy in it to seek a new container. You can direct that Heart-energy to seek the intended target person as its new container. In this way magic works at a distance. All people are interconnect via the heart-center [chitta/psyche]. Time and distance are irrelevant. The stronger the heart connection between two people, the easier it is for Heart-energy to travel between the two.
I asked my MB if I can burn the extra packet and got the impression that it was an even better idea. So I tossed my chamalongos and they gave me a strong yes. So I burned it.
So that’s how you use chamalongos with spirits. You don’t actually use the chamalongos to give you answers to your questions. You use them to verify the empathic impression – clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience – that the spirits give to you. Eventually you learn to directly communicate with the spirits and to trust your empathic impressions. And you learn to distinguish your own thoughts and feelings from those that spirits give to you.
Reading cards for me works in a similar way. You allow your empathy/intuition to give you the meaning of the cards, and not really rely on the written meaning of each card. In this way you learn to flex your muscle of intuition/empathy.