24.6.11

Upcoming Workshops in the UK

I am happy to announce my padrino, Don Azito; godbrother, Yanu Zsigo; and I are taking our show on the road to the UK, so to speak. We will be offering a two day workshop both at the beautiful and mystical Glastonbury Grail Centre and at Treadwells in London. So if you are close to either of those locations I highly recommend you join us - it's going to be something special!


Hoodoo and Afro-Caribean Spiritism : a two day workshop

Day 1: Introduction to Espiritismo Cruzado and the misa espiritual with Don Azito
Day 2: Introduction to Hoodoo Conjure Craft with a hands-on candle magic workshop, with Balthazar

Date: Wednesday to Thursday, July 27 - 28 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset.

Date: Saturday to Sunday, July 30 - 31 · 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Treadwells, 33 Store street, Bloomsbury, London WC1, E7BS

Each workshop is limited to 20 seats. Day 1 & 2 together £125. Individually; £ 75 p/Day

For London bookings and information please get in touch with by clicking on the “contact me” link at www.conjure.nl. Once space is confirmed you will receive a paypal invoice for the workshop fee, which will secure your space.

For Glastonbury bookings to www.theoccultconsultancy.com or call Jamie ; 0044 01458830999

Day 1: Espiritismo workshop and Misa Espiritual

Don Azito will introduce participants to the practice of mesa blanca (white table mediumship) in the context of the afro-caribean spiritist tradition. Espiritismo and the misa espiritual (spiritual mass) offers a subtle and potent technology for communing with our ancestral forces. By developing our spiritual framework - the unique network of ancestral entities that support and guide each person - we are able to move into greater wholeness, personal power and spiritual effectiveness. By stabilising the influence and power of the dead in this way we not only develop spiritually, we also illuminate and elevate the spirits - aiding their evolution in return. Through this reciprocal relationship a blessed guiding force permeates our life, bringing increased stability, prosperity and wisdom to the espiritista. Ultimately, the espiritista is given the opportunity to serve and empower their community - sharing their own spiritual gifts and blessings with others.

During the course of the workshop Don Azito will give teachings on:

  • A brief history of espiritismo in Cuba and Puerto Rico and its interrelatedness with Santeria
  • How to correctly construct and maintain a personal boveda
  • The core mechanics of conducting the misa espiritual
  • How to prepare banjos (spiritual washes) for the misa
  • The correct use of perfumes in the afro-caribean spiritist tradition
  • How to make use of Kardecist prayers and invocations



Don Azito will lead everyone in learning some of his favourite songs used during a misa to invite contact with our ancestral guides. He will also give advice for the development of each participant's mediumship as well as some important precautions to take into account to ensure healthy and sane evolution in the tradition.

The workshop will culminate in a full spiritual service (misa) during which participants will receive messages, cleansings and learn more about their own quadro espiritual (spiritual framework) via the conduit of experienced espiritistas led by Don Azito.

The workshop includes a CD with all the songs covered during the workshop to take home and use later. Don Azito will be available after for individual spiritual readings and coaching.

Please note: All participants are kindly requested to wear light coloured clothing, preferably white, and a white headscarf or cap. White is associated with funerary practices and therefore the dead in Yoruba tradition (which flows into espiritismo cruzado) as well as imparting a subtle sense of lightness and purity necessary for the propitiation of the dead. Strictly no black clothing is allowed during the misa.

More about Don Azito:

Don Azito was crowned as a priest of Yemaya in Cuba in 1998 and is the proprietor of La Botanica. The padrino (godfather) of an active ile (santeria house) in Amsterdam Netherlands, born in New York and of hispanic decent, Don Azito was immersed in espiritismo from an early age. His mother and aunts were skilled espiritistas recognised for their healing abilities and powerful prayer. Azito himself began falling into trance and spiritually cleaning neighbours and family as a young child. He opened his Botanica in 1990 and is deeply committed serving the community and transmitting afro-carribean spirituality in Europe. He is especially inspired by the transformative power of espiritismo and communicates its potential with great clarity and enthusiasm. He is admired for his gentle character, integrity and compassion by all his godchildren, clients and extended spiritual family in Amsterdam, Cuba and New York.


Don Azito's mother Gladys


Day 2: Introduction to hoodoo and practical candle conjure workshop

Famed for its results, hoodoo and rootwork have attracted an impressive reputation in practical magic. In this workshop we will be introduced to conjure with a historical and metaphysical overview of this vibrant system of African American folk-magic. The talk will be followed by hands-on workshop covering the basics of hoodoo candle work and the practice of setting lights. Spiritual candle work is one of hoodoo's most useful and basic tools; and when done correctly is highly effective in facilitating almost any magical outcome. We will learn how to cleanse and prepare our vigil light,  baptise it and then breathe life into it - thereby empowering it for the spell. We will then dress and 'fix' the candle correctly, using magical oils and powders.  We will also learn more about the subtle art of writing petition papers. Each participant will complete the workshop with a properly prepared and empowered vigil candle to take home to burn and thereby expedite the magical goal of their choice.

 

During the workshop Chad will discuss:

  • The three essential components that any conjure work needs to bring lasting results
  • How to empower yourself and your spell-work with the unique african perspective behind the religious symbolism at the heart of hoodoo
  • How to blast your magical work into the stratosphere with extemporised prayer
  • How to incorporate ancestral forces into your work safely and sanely
  • How to 'think' folk-magically
  • A few personal hard-won tips and secrets for developing your spell-craft

More about Chad (De heer Balthazar)

Balthazar is a professional folk magician, card reader and espiritista. A proud Lucky Mojo certified practitioner (1479G), born and raised in Africa, he descends from a line of mediums, dreamers and madmen. In addition to his studies with miss Cat Yronwode he is a student of a respected southern "old-style" conjure worker. He is also a santeria initiate and practitioner of espiritismo cruzado - a form of afro-caribbean spiritism. He informs these practices with the traditional Xhosa and Zulu perspectives on ancestor work and a little ‘muti’ (medicine) learnt back home in South Africa. An avid blogger and writer he regularly contributes to the Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly, as well as the forthcoming Conjure Codex: Red published by Hadean Press. He currently lives in Amsterdam with his spouse where he reads cards, writes and conjures irrepressibly.