Have you ever felt frustrated, "blocked," like you have been jinxed, or like life holds few opportunities for you? People often say that life does not close a door without opening a window, but this window is not always easy to see. Many people try to slog through this feeling, relying on their own energy to outlast the block, but this does not always work. When people talk about road opening, what they are talking about are possibilities. The roads are the pathways to all of the good things in life. Just like you cannot buy food if you cannot travel down the road to the store, you cannot have enough money if the road to prosperity is blocked for you. Using Abre Camino in ritual is a way for you to open up all of the possibilities in your life. When all roads are open to you, there is nothing stopping you from living the life you want.
Using Abre Camino in the Bath
One of the most popular ways to use fresh Abre Camino is as a bath herb. Some choose to use it by steeping the leaves in boiling water, and either pouring the water over themselves or adding it to a ritual bath. Some people use it in more elaborate rituals, muddling the leaves in water, praying, making offerings of rum, honey, and cigar smoke, and letting the leaves sit overnight to infuse the water before using it in a spiritual bath. If you prefer, you can also use Abre Camino/Open Road Herb Bath for the same purpose. This option may be better for people who do not have the time or means to work with the raw, fresh herb.
Taking a spiritual bath is a bit different from a regular bath. The focus here is to relax in the water, allow it to cover every inch of your body, and let its vibrations work on you and your life. For this reason, it is best to enter a spiritual bath if you are already clean -- save the soap and scrubbing for a regular bath.
After bathing, anoint yourself with Abre Camino cologne or perfume to carry the energy of the herb with you. Be sure to put it on before heading into situations that offer you new opportunities, to ensure that you are able to seize them.
Abre Camino in Your HomeIt is important to take a look at your environment when you are working a spiritual cure. Spiritual baths are helpful, but they are only part of the whole. Any time you work on yourself, you must make sure your environment is not getting in your way. One way to do this is by using floor washes to remove unwanted influences from your home.
Many plants share the same common name, particularly those used for the same purpose. Some plants called Abre Camino are endangered or difficult to find, but others work just as well for opening roads. One of these is quassia. You can steep quassia chips in boiling water, add the water to a floor wash, and mop your home from the back to the front. This will purge your space of the things that are blocking your road to prosperity. Afterward, you can use some Abre Camino cologne to spray or anoint your space to keep up that road opening energy.
Abre Camino Amulets
One easy way to use Abre Camino is to simply carry it on you. Keep a small stick of Abre Camino in your pocket or bag when you go out in the world, to make sure no possibilities are closed to you. Hold the stick in your hands, close your eyes, and visualize the energy of Abre Camino breaking down all of the barriers to your success and prosperity. Say a few words of prayer to your road opening deity, requesting their help in opening new possibilities to you.
Abre Camino is a very valuable herb for clearing blockages from your life. If you find yourself fighting a losing battle for the success and prosperity that you deserve, using the energy of this plant can help you open new roads to the things you desire. Use Abre Camino on yourself, cleanse your home, and carry it with you to find the new opportunities you need.
Candles hold many different meanings and functions. They are ceremonial, ritualistic, symbolic and utilitarian all at the same time. They can shine bright or glow dull. They can flicker or synchronize movement with other candles, and they can blow out suddenly for no apparent reason. The way that a candle burns can hold hidden significance about other worlds, the energetics of a room, the direction a ritual is going, the presence of otherworldly ancestors or any number of spiritual occurrences.
For thousands of years, candles have been employed for spiritual insight. As a conduit for fire, the candle represents illumination in the dark, for both the material world and the spirit realm. The open flame is an avenue for communication to other realms of existence, making it useful for carrying prayers, transmitting chants and asking questions. One would light a candle to accompany them on journeys through darkness and unknown territory. The candle also symbolizes consumptive power, elemental magic and transformation. It is the ideal tool to have for conducting spells and practicing magic, positive or negative.
The way a candle burns has everything to do with what is happening around us. Invisible energy, much like the air, vibrations, or magnetic forces, influence the events that happen around us. If we pay close enough attention, our interpretations can help us decide what to do next or where to go from here.
Upon initiating magic, conducting a spell, praying or asking a question, there are subtleties to look for as the candle relays a deeper spiritual significance. Pay attention to smoke, sounds, the movement and strength of the flame and the quickness or slowness of the burn.
A Clean, Steady and Strong Burn
This generally means a green light, for your intent is clear and you prayer or spell has been successfully sent. Especially if the candle is burning in glass and there is no wax residue, scorching or blackening where the flame is, then there is a good chance your intentions will work in your favor and you will receive your answer or wish quickly.
A Slow, Weak Burn
This could point to a weakly conducted spell, prayer or general intention. Focus your energy, and perhaps fine-tune and direct your intention with time and effort. If the flame grows larger, it means your intentions are gaining power.
Hissing, Sizzling, Crackling or Popping
Listen closely! The one whom the message is directed is responding. A spirit or ancestor may be trying to work with you. The louder the sounds become, the stronger the will to communicate with you.
An Unsteady, Jumping, Sputtering or Flickering Flame
As long as there is no draft in the air, there may be resistance against you. Try putting more willpower and energy behind your intention. If you are directing a spell toward somebody, they could be picking up on it and working against it, consciously or not. The higher the jumping flame, the more resistance there is.
Puffs of White Smoke
Blessings upon you! A good sign indeed, as it indicates that your intentions were heard and will be granted.
Puffs of Black Smoke
There is something or somebody in the way and perhaps working against you. Negative energies might be being fought or purged.
Either your intent is insufficient or the spirit in question may disagree with your motives. Sharpen your intent, rephrase your prayer, question or plea and try again.
Your intentions are still being considered by your spirits. There is still work to be done. Keep focusing.
The Candle Doesn't Burn At All
Cleansing must be done before continuing. Smudge yourself and the room you are focusing in with purification herbs, like white sage or mugwort, to cleanse yourself of negative energies.
Burning Only On One Side
Expect only a partial response or an incomplete spell to happen. This could leave things unresolved or unsettled in daily matters. The type of candle could have been the culprit. Refocus your intention, find a better candle and try the process again for better results.
Burning With Multiple Flames
Two or more flames on a single candle could indicate that someone is either working alongside you or against you. Depending on your intentions, it could mean either unity or separation.
Of course, not every single thing the candle does is a sign. Variable factors such as a draft or even the way the candle was made will affect how it will burn. Also, every person may inspire a different meaning from each burn, so approach this ritual with a clear, open mind and proceed accordingly.
Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows in Ecuador and Peru and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.
It is burned in ceremonies by Shamans for its energetically cleansing and healing properties. It creates a pleasant, fresh smelling smoke with hints of mint and citrus. Its uplifting scent raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper spiritual connection. It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune. I keep a bowl in my living room. Even unlit, its beautiful aroma fills the space.
It is also excellent for cleaning your crystals.
One of the most stunning qualities of palo santo wood is its inherent ability to purify all that it comes in contact with on an energetic level. Wherever its smoke goes, it cleanses and purifies, so it can be used to purify a room, an entire home and especially people. But there’s a bit more to it than that. Shamanic wisdom explains that an attraction to the aroma of palo santo is a sign of emotional and spiritual purity. There are some, however, who feel a peculiar discomfort when in the presence of its aroma. If this happens to you, do not be discouraged! This is all part of its purifying effect and gradually you will also enjoy its natural fragrance as the wood’s cleansing and purification takes effect. Just try, try and try again, and you will soon find the palo santo aroma irresistible and enjoy a feeling that can only be described as being lighter (energetically, of course!).
While some smudging herbs are used solely to cleanse a space from negative energy and others are then used to attract positive energy afterward, palo santo is rare in that it does both at the same time. It both purifies and attracts positive energy. Palo santo’s spirit is often generous with its healing powers as its smoke enters the energy field of those it reaches to clear negative thoughts and misfortune. It is through the process of burning, much like smudging herbs and incense, that it releases the sacred wood’s oils that cleanse the space and people it comes into contact with, attracting positive energy, and even healing people on both physical and more subtle levels. This increases the ability for people to concentrate and it enhances their meditation.
There are strict local laws that forbid the logging of palo santo in the Amazon rainforest and these sacred trees cannot be removed until they have rested on the forest floor for several years. On top of this, the tree can never be cut down. It is only permitted to be harvested long after dying a natural death. And though this may be enforced for environmental reasons, spiritually it’s a must. The tree simply doesn’t give us what we need unless we respect it and harvest it in a sustainable manner. It’s through the process of this natural death, followed by years on the forest floor that its essential oils and healing properties develop, giving the wood the power to purify, attract positive energy, heal and smell, well, simply amazing. While we cannot guarantee that everyone adheres to sustainable harvesting, we can tell you that Botanica Taino's palo santo sticks are harvested in this way that does not interfere with the trees’ natural cycle. On top of this, every fallen tree is replaced with a seedling to rejuvenate the palo santo population as well as natural biodiversity. It is a delicate process of not only respect for the environment, but also for the powerful and generous palo santo spirit.
Incense is one of the most ancient ways to invoke the power of smell, as it is able to stir up memories and create moods and shape attitudes. Scents can return us to our childhood faster than the speed of light.
The queen of all ceremonial cleansing scents is Sage. Ceremonial sage comes in many forms: in smudging sticks large and small; in loose leaf clusters, in sticks and even in sprays. It can come straight by itself or blended with other fragrant herbs or plants, such as lavender, rosemary or cedar.
One of the uses of this noble incense is for preparing sacred space for ceremony and prayers by cleansing your space with its smoldering smoke or sensuous spray. Prayers offered during the cleansing ritual can consist of words elaborate or short, rhyming or prose and they can be memorized or spontaneous from the heart and soul.
Sometimes a rhyming verse makes a prayer easy to remember. It seems that rhyming stays with us. For example one short prayer goes like this:
Cleanse this space, remove the past
I’ve found my happiness at last.
Fill this space with Joy and love
Send Your Blessings from Above.
This one also rhymes:
Negativity of this my sacred space
I banish you by the light of my grace
You have no hold or power here
I stand and face you with no fear
Be gone forever you will obey
From my sacred space you must away.
Here is another:
God of All, Goddess of Light,
Shield & Protect Me Day & Night
Positive Feeling Alone Come Near,
All Others Wither & Disappear.
Sometimes the sentiment expressed is enough to help one remember.
Into this smoke I release
All energies that do not serve;
All negativity that surrounds;
And all fears that limit.
Even a simple “I cleanse my sacred space now as I prepare for ceremony and prayer” will work. Take a look at Botanica Taino's offerings of this special herb. You are sure to find a type that suits your ceremonial needs.
Candles have a long and interesting history in religious worship, magic, and folklore. They light the way to the sacred, they dispel the forces of darkness, they are associated with ghosts and the dead, they can find buried treasure, and they play a role in incubated dreaming.
The origin of candles is not known, but there is evidence that beeswax candles were used in Egypt and Crete as early as 3000 B.C.E. Other early candles consisted of tapers made of a fibrous material, such as rushes, saturated with tallow.
Ancient peoples observed that candle flames revealed mysterious things. By staring into a flame, one could enter an altered state of consciousness and see gods and spirits, or see the future. The late Egyptians of about the third century used lamps, and possibly candles, in a magic ritual for "dreaming true," or obtaining answers from dreams. The individual retired to a dark cave facing south and sat and stared into a flame until he saw a god. He then lay down and went to sleep, anticipating that the god would appear in his dreams with the answers he sought.
The following are some of the energy vibrations and influences evoked by colors. Burning colored candles in magical work enhances the vibration of the colors.
In angel magic, use colored candles in work with these principal angels: