Sunday, March 4, 2012

Making Magic Lamps



Magick lamps are some of the easiest and effective means of creating change through supernatural means. They are one of the oldest types of works in New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo.


What types containers do you use for your magic lamps? The first concern is that it is fireproof and can withstand the heat that is produced by burning oil. The second concern is the nature of the work...is it for protection? love? money? You can use a variety of different containers for burning oil and some have properties that lend themselves to the particular work you are trying to do.

Here are a few examples of what I am talking about:
* For a work of protection, use a hollowed out pineapple with the barbs intact.
* To petition Eleggua, use a coconut shell
* To petition Yemaya, use a crystal bowl or a thick shell
* Use a coffee can or tin can for general purposes
* Use a hurricane lamp for all works (common in New Orleans for obvious reasons, i.e. hurricanes, but also because they are built for heat, you can fill up the base with oils and herbs and whatever else you want to use in the spell, put on the glass top and everything is nice and safely contained)
* colorful ceramic bowls


Once you decide on the container you will use, you then need to decide what to put in the lamp. Olive oil is a very good carrier oil for magic lamps and has been used for centuries for this purpose. Following is an example of a magic lamp for petitioning the Seven African Powers.

Magick Lamp to Petition the Orishas

The creation of magick lamps in hoodoo is utilized by old tyme rootworkers because they understand the power and effectiveness of magick lamps and they know how quickly they produce results. The reason they produce quick results is because they are hotter than candles and can be mounted by the Spirits. Once you recite a Saint's novena or utter the secret words of a Spirit over the lit lamp, you draw that Spirit down onto the work.

To create a magic lamp to petition the Orishas, you will need the following ingredients:

Coffee can
Palm oil
Olive oil
Magnetic sand
Seven African Powers Oil
Honey
Parchment paper
Piece of hematite
Seven cashews or pine nuts
Purple basil
Pinch of sea salt
Orange water
7 Peppercorns
Cocoa butter
7 bay leaves
Rosemary
7 rosebuds
Wicking material
Mixed bouquet of flowers
Coconut cake

Write your petition on the piece of parchment paper and set in the bottom of the bowl. On top of the petition paper place a pinch of magnetic sand, seven drops of orange water and Seven African Powers Oil, a piece of hematite, seven cashews or pine nuts, a pinch of purple basil, a pinch of sea salt, seven bay leaves, a pinch of rosemary, seven rosebuds, and seven peppercorns. Drizzle some honey over these base ingredients, and then cover with equal parts palm oil and olive oil. Place a wick in the mixture.

Go to the seashore and petition Yemay√° and all the Orishas to come to your aid as you light the lamp. Next to the lamp, place a glass of water with cocoa butter, a mixed bouquet of flowers, and a coconut cake.

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