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Daily Inspiration / Prayer, An Offering of Breath and Attention
« on: October 24, 2018, 03:17:29 AM »
Do not take yourself for granted.

Often, when we as teachers of African and diaspora spirituality have to admonish young adherents and devotees to not fall into the "new age" trap of going to the spirits emptyhanded, people misinterpret this as saying that simple prayer is ineffective or unimportant.

This is not what we are saying at all.

The advice, sometimes warning, to avoid going to the spirits emptyhanded is to give something to the spirits to avoid overexposure to inhumane energy and prevent the overtaxing of one's physical body and energy resources. The offering is given as a way to connect to deities or spirits that we can't possibly fully fathom, and who full comprehension of, may create a dissonance that would break out minds, without undue harm. The greater or more important the request or blessing one is thankful for, the greater offering one should attempt to give...and it's not like any offering will do. Certain deities and spirits prefer certain offerings. It is a good idea to be in some kind of alignment.

Sometimes though, the offering one should give is of their own flesh...at least of their breath and mental focus.

The chant or "mantra" is the most obvious example of an offering of breath and focus. One verbally repeats a phrase of praise or a passage from a sacred text or oral tradition to call a deity, spirit, or principle into focus. By devoting breaths and conscious attention to it, we give of ourselves. When done properly, especially after some time of giving observances that included offerings in the past, one not only gives but receives feedback from the deities or natural force or principle. A loop of energy that builds is created.

Aside of the obvious chanting though, normal everyday short prayers can also be effective offerings, so long as one is observant in other ways, and not just when they need something. Even a simple "Thank you for allowing me to awaken, Eshu. Thank you for my sanity Orunmila," in the morning is giving them some of your first breaths of the day. This can protect you from many things that could possibly go wrong if you did not start the day with gratitude.

So don't forget to say your prayers. They are as important as making ebbos.

Blessings and Ashe!

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Daily Inspiration / His name is Wu Jin
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:10:00 AM »
Arden, the queen of our ile, loves to bring me dragons. So the old ones say, if a representation of a dragon is more than 100 years old, it can become alive. So if a person acquires one, they should treat it with care like a dragon fetish.
This one is a very old 19th century most likely, rice bowl painted with cobalt designs, one of which is a blue dragon in the center of the bowl. After browsing around, tired as I am after a day in Tiberias, I landed on the name Wu Jin.
There is a Chinese proverb that the expulsion of evil must be thorough/endless/constant. The word that expresses that idea of thorough/endless/constant is wu jin.
Old Chinese dragon bowls are well known tools in many people's exorcisms and getting-over-stuff type cleansing rituals. I guess Arden was telling me something. Message received. This bowl is catching Eshu smoke tonight, and I hope that my home is suitable for Wu Jin. I also hope that he doesn't mind being put to work so soon.

His task will be to chase away, eat, or whatever punishment he wants to do to thieves who come to steal my energy without reciprocation. At some point in one's path, especially when one has leadership responsibilities, one cannot afford to waste time, resources, or desire on those who do not compensate and do not have true need that it is my calling to provide for.
I do not exist to provide free access to my bosom to anyone who did not come out of my womb. Anyone receiving my counsel cannot come expecting to exploit me. They must show sufficient gratitude to the Orishas and to the house, spiritual and physical, that sustains me. The simplest form of compensation is financial, but not everybody is rich. I have taken food, chickens, clothes, crafts, and all sorts of things from people who appreciate my services.
Being totally honest, since we are talking Voodoo here and not some hypocritical pseudo-faith, I have even coached guys who bring me friendly sex. If I am intimate with someone, I take an interest in that aspect of their wellbeing. I stop short, though, of being the "psychologist girlfriend". Yes, there is a term for that at least here in Israel. I am not going to be their therapist. I will support their therapy though...and yes it has gone as far as lingham massages and attending workshops.
A nurturing leader must take care of themselves or else they'll be no good to anyone else. So if someone is sucking my energy, or intending to, they're not just my enemy, but an enemy of my ile...definitely an enemy of our queen.
Male as she may biologically be, her queenitude is on point, and she delivered to her king what was needed to solve the problem efficiently. I thank her for Wu Jin.
Tomorrow morning, Arden will be going to a real deal Buddhist retreat to see the Rinpoche, the current human incarnation of White Tara. If all goes well she and her friend, the only Israeli initiate of Mahakala, will be initiated to the cult of White Tara during the retreat. They will also be participating in a group prayer for peace in the region.
May she have a safe and spiritually satisfying journey.
May you all out there also be safe and your lives purged from any exploitative energy vampires. By Oya on the wings of my new Wu Jin!
Eepa Oya O!
Ashe! Ashe! Ashe!

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Daily Inspiration / Ebbo Aftermath and Old Love
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:11:29 PM »
The Ebbo was awesome. I've posted the photos at http://obeah.sheloya.com/ebbo-for-shango-hosted-by-ile-baalat-teva-october-11-2018/
I was feeling pretty good when I returned home, and looking forward to a good night. My hopes were dashed. I got a reminder of an old pain...but my warriors have my back.
They know what I can take, and how much, and what I can't.
Trust Eshu.Trust Shango.Trust Ochossi.Trust Oya.Trust Ogun.Trust Oshun's Machete.
Ashe!

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Daily Inspiration / Ebbo Excitement
« on: October 10, 2018, 08:46:51 PM »
Dear Readers,
Tomorrow, my ile is hosting our yearly big ebbo for Shango.
For those unfamiliar with the Orishas, Shango is the west African deity of lightning, electricity, and fire. He is embodied in the fire that heats our hearths and our hearts. He stands next to Eshu as one of the hands of justice, that of punishment and retribution.
If the world needs anything right now, it is justice.

In this year in which the Odu is Irete Ka, immediately following a year of Ogguna Tasia, I did not fail to notice that the advices to be faithful in observances means a lot more burning things than usual. Be it incense, that bit of bread or meat one pushes to the side straight into the fire first, that sip of coffee one will miss from pouring it to the left, that extra candle...the action calls to Shango.
This year, all of the aware children of Oduduwa and their allies of different nations who heard about it and followed suit, understanding that Africa is the Motherland of all, have been calling Shango, an enforcer of balance, to be manifest in our species. We do not wish undue harm for anyone, but that those who have lost their benevolence be guided back to empathy. Failing this, let Nature operate as she wills and does.
This will be the first year that I will have a companion in my ile's egbe Oya. My new brother has committed himself into apprenticeship under my queen. It has been a difficult journey for him, but he has come so far in just a year. He is stronger, sexier, and living much smarter than he was. Last Friday we began his egbe specific training. I am so proud of him. This year, he is hosting the Shango ebbo in his apartment.
The fire that warms, the fire that burns, the fire that motivates, the fire that cleanses...We are grateful to Shango for these. May the Sun continue to shine on us, and may our passion keep life worth living and actually continuing to live.
Kabeyosile Shango!
Blessings and Ashe,
 ~ Sheloya

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Prospective Students / Code of the Acolyte
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:07:08 AM »
This is the vow and code of acolytes of Sis. K. Nicole Tenette Lasher. If you wish to study the magical arts under Sis. Lasher, you must strictly adhere to it. It may seem a bit intense for some, but I consider the internet to be another form of communication like speaking or writing. Just because you study on the internet does not make it any less important, nor does it in any way reduce the level of responsibility you must have in order to practice magic.

Magic is a martial art. It arose and developed as a way for people to make a way when there was no way. Rather than arrogantly fighting against Nature, someone somewhere along the way chose to align themselves with the forces of Nature. We align ourselves in order to perceive what is normally unseen, and to do what cannot be done with a normal perception or by battling the forces and energies we are dependent on to survive. It was a way to better live in harmony with Nature as well as to be strong against human foes who may seem to  have greater strength or social power. We are the messenger, and at times the incarnation of the principle that no one is stronger than Nature.

Prospective students should understand that their enrollment into my class is not an initiation to Vodun, Obeah, or any other ancient tradition. I do not teach Obeah online. I teach magic, witchcraft, sorcery, and other things online, and some of it may come from the Obeah tradition and some from Vodun, but the online courses will not give you an official credential in anything save for having passed my (Sis. Lasher's) scrutiny well enough that if you do the work, one can call you a real witch or sorcerer.

I am not initiated into African Vodun, nor do I claim to be. I am not Iyanifa or Babalawo, or holding any rank in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, or Ghana. Though I do serve as the female king of Ile Baalat Teva, this is not a claim to Vodun priesthood in any way. I am merely a carrier of the Sacred Serpents who received the initial three taps by a teacher who should not be named so as to avoid disharmony among the living.

At the halfway point between birth and permission to come out as an Obeah woman, I took my walk in the land of bones.

At some point in your journey, you should find a live mentor or teacher, if possible. If you do not find another, students are welcome to visit me in Israel. One of the reasons I charge monthly rather than yearly is because many people find a live mentor along the way, and I do not want anyone to be obligated with online study if they have something better. If your mentor wishes you to continue your studies with me, then that is fine too. Just remember that even if they have the same knowledge of magic that I do or better, you must still keep the code of privacy with regards to discussions and details about your fellow students.

You will be expected to print a copy of the Code and Vows, sign it and post the image as an attachment in a reply to this topic.

Class fees are $500 per month, and can be paid through the paid subscription form in the forums, or sent as a direct payment to https://paypal.me/sheloya
   
If the standard fees are out of your range, we can probably work something out, but then your obligation will be greater. You will be on a sort of work-study program and have assignments such as assisting clients and doing duty observances and meditations. You may have to keep certain taboos and do specific purifications to stay in readiness.     
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The Code and Vows for Students of Sis. K. Nicole T. Lasher 
1. I will not speak to others about discussions that happen in or through contacts made in the class forums, comments, or other areas, without explicit permission to do so. 
2. I will not share any private information about my fellow students or instructor(s). 
3. I will not copy or share any of the course materials including but not limited to text, audio, images, or video.   
4. If any knowledge given in the course or by the instructor(s) is marked or designated as secret, it must never be shared with anyone ever. It is for my eyes and ears only.   
5. If any knowledge given in the course of by the instructor(s) is designated legacy or heritage, it must never be shared with anyone except my official future students obligated by blood, currency, or work-study.   
6. I will do daily observances of at least fragrance, smoke, food, or immolation to the deities of my pantheon.   
7. I will do monthly cleansing of my person and work-space or altar and sleeping area, as well as purification to stay ritually ready.   
8. I will be kind to children and the elderly, pregnant women, and the terminally ill, so as not to offend the gatekeeper deities or ancestors.   
9. I will be well groomed and mindful of my appearance and manners, so as not to offend the spirits of prosperity.   
10. I will ask Sis. Lasher before doing any working or making any talisman or amulet during my term of study.   
11. I will not advertise Sis. Lasher's class in public. Any marketing should be at her discretion.  If I feel someone would benefit from her instruction, I will discuss it with them privately.   
12. If I break any of the vows in this document, may Ogun cut me into tiny pieces. I also understand that I may be used as target practice for aggressive magic by those I have failed with my misdeeds.   
Ashe!   
   

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Daily Inspiration / Failsafes and Putting Out Fires
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:08:51 PM »
I've finally finished most of the updates and improvements I needed to make in order to keep everything from falling apart. The Odu of the year is Irete Ka and well, it has definitely been all it was promised to be.
After the minds of the greedy all over the world imploded around February, it has just been a crazy time for many of us. In my case, I had to move, deal with my health, and then deal with technical problems in the site. With all this, I have an ile to run.
It has not been easy, but as promised, Eshu stands with those who are sincere, dedicated, and willing to do the work.
I am too tired right now to say more, but I really just want to thank all of you out there...my readers and my clients who have been so patient with me. I promise it will be worth the wait.
Blessings and Ashe!
 ~ Sheloya

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News and Announcements / Ebbo for Shango Hosted by Ile Baalat Teva
« on: October 07, 2018, 06:02:37 PM »
On October 11, 2018, Ile Baalat Teva will be hosting our annual ebbo for Shango. We plan to do some grilling, wrestling, and thanking the Orisha of fire and lightning for the blessing of heat and motivation.
If you live in Israel and would like more details on how to get there and what to bring, please contact Nicole Lasher or Arden Keren on Facebook for an invite.
Be advised that if you are a man, you will be required to participate in the wrestling event unless you have a spiritual or medical reason not to.
Edit: It was a wonderful event! Photos of it are available for viewing at Obeah Woman @ Sheloya.com

Kabiosile Shango!

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Welcome to Sheloya's forums for African and diaspora spirituality discussion. This is a place where my friends, clients, and other interesting people can hang out, keep track of what's going on, share, and ask questions.

The forum is free, but to make things more convenient for regular contributors to the sites, my projects, and the ile, and students, there are paying options. See the Members section for details.   


I would like to ask that everyone feel free in their discussions, but be mindful of everyone's freedom. Be respectful to one another, and if you bring up a touchy subject, don't get butt hurt when someone disagrees with you.

Anyone hanging around here should be aware that we are not "white light" new age folks. There will be discussion of things like aggressive magick, vengeance, justice, and warring witchcraft.  If you come with a judgy attitude and sectarian politics, understand that your days are numbered. We do not believe in our-way-is-the-only-way religion. Where there are boundaries of what is appropriate or inappropriate, I will not tolerate slandering or calling people frauds or charlatans just because your ile uses a green bowl where someone else's uses a blue one.

Also, please be aware that there are many people coming from more traditional backgrounds while others came through Wicca, "shamanism", and other very different, and some badly co-opted and culturally disrespectful or "white people trap" type paths. Though I fail in patience myself sometimes, let us all try to be understanding and helpful and gentle as possible in correction and clearing the air of misinformation.

If you are interested in becoming a student, please see the Prospective Students board. Make sure to carefully consider the Code of the Acolyte before signing up.

Be aware that some boards are public and open to guests, while others are private. Please respect everyone's privacy.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We have a help board for those in needs of assistance.

Blessings and Ashe!
 ~ Sheloya

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