Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Magical Online Courses



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Santa Muerte Course
Begins: JUNE 6, 2016
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Healing Spiritual Illness Course
Begins: JUNE 6, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Spiritual Cleansing Course
Begins: JUNE 9, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Saint Magic (Folk Magic) Course
Begins: JUNE 6, 2016
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Mastering the Art Course
Begins: JUNE 6, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Crystal Energy Course
Begins: JUNE 9, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Reading The Spanish Cards Course
Begins: JUNE 9, 2016
Course Duration: 4 Weeks
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Working With Angels Course
Begins: JUNE 9, 2016
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Beginning Homeopathy Course
Begins: JUNE 9, 2016
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Ancestor Altar, Curandera Style



I believe that death is an extension of life on another plane; a graduation to a higher level of existence, but yet still connected to the physical earthly one. Here in the earthly, the vehicle is the body, there it’s the spirit.

Death is a daily part of a spiritual workers life. We petition spirit to assist us through candles, prayers, and divination. We want them around, we need them in order to achieve our goals.

In Curanderismo, it’s believed we couldn’t bring spiritual/magical workings to pass without the help of the dead, without the help of Spirit, a Saint, deceased family, or another deity, the living and the dead work as a team. The dead offer us insight, guidance, knowledge, secrets, wisdom, and assistance. Therefore keeping an ancestor altar is very important to us. The ancestor altar becomes a bridge from here to the world of the dead and a constant connection to loved ones.

Erecting and dedicating the space brings responsibility. Attend it at least once a week, daily is better. The altar is a place of give and take. We want the help of our deceased; they want our light, our prayers, and a connection to the living. Here is where you take your problems, worries, concerns, needs, and happiness. This is the place to sit and talk with the ancestors. Here you can ask for assistance, guidance, and solutions to any problem. On the other hand you don’t want to use the space only when you need something ... you also want to attend the altar just to spend time with them, without wanting something in return.

The more the altar is used, the more energy it builds. Eventually the energy becomes so powerful that someone walking near it can actually feel the power radiating from it.

Metal surfaces shouldn’t be used for the altar since most spirits are turned away from it. The best surface is wood. I find that an old chest-of-drawers works especially well since you can store things inside it.

In Curanderismo white altar cloths are used since it represents peace, purity, and the dead. Bright colors used on this altar are only for special occasions, not as an every day thing. This can include an ancestor’s birthday or some other special occasion.

Like everything else in spiritual work the altar is cleansed. Holy Water alone can be used for the cleansing but I like to prepare a special liquid for the job. I use a blend of cleansing herbs consisting of Rue, Basil, Hyssop, and Holy Water. Sometimes, if I feel moved, I may include Rosemary to the mix. After the cleansing, the altar is then spiritually fumigated. My preferred incense for fumigation is “Church Incense”. I think it’s also called “Gloria Incense”. This is the same incense that the Catholic Churches use.

The entire time I’m cleansing and fumigating the altar, I’m praying. I’ll start out with Psalm 23 and then pray from the heart asking to keep bad spirits away and for protection. To end the cleansing ritual I rub the entire surface of the altar with fresh yellow marigolds. These flowers represent death. Spirits like them and are attracted to them.

Photos of the deceased and items that belonged to them can be added. Don’t forget trinkets and gadgets they liked or were known to wear. Larger objects can be set on the floor near the altar or hung on the wall over the altar. Photos placed on the altar should never include a person who is still living. It’s believed to bring tremendous bad luck, illness, and possibly a shorter lifespan to the person.

The altar should also have a bible or a book of prayers so that you can read to your spirits. You can either choose what you will read or let them choose. Ask them to lead you to the bible verse or prayer they would like to hear then open the book at random and read from those pages. Sometimes what they lead you to is actually something you need for yourself rather than something they want.

A clear crystal vase with fresh cut flowers can go anywhere on the altar. The flowers can be of any kind and of any color. They serve as an offering and are also a sign of respect. The crystal vase amplifies everything at the altar (communication, work, energy, etc). Any candle burned here should be white.

A Crucifix and Holy Water are always present. The Holy Water can be placed in a spray bottle for ease of use. It’s used to cleanse your hands when you first approach the altar and to cleanse your hands after working there. Just mist your hands with it. You can also lightly spray the altar top with the Holy Water to refresh the spirits.

Offering are limitless and are only given during special occasions or for answered petitions. Offerings can include any food item and any type of beverage especially if it was the deceased favorite food.

The altar should be set up with at least 3 glasses of fresh water. Water is an important substance in Curanderismo. Sixty percent of our body is water, Seventy percent of our brain is water, Ninety percent of our lungs are water, and Eighty percent of our blood is water. Without it all living things would cease to exist. Water is refreshing and purifying, it’s also a very spiritual substance that links us to other realms. It’s a substance that makes communication to the dead easier, its presence absorbs negativity and it’s a vehicle to receive and transport spiritual energy.

The 3 glasses of water should be placed in the center of the altar to form a triangle shape. The point of the triangle should be facing towards the front of the altar and the long base facing towards the rear.

The glass to the right rear is dedicated to your maternal ancestors, the glass to the left rear is your paternal ancestors, and the single glass towards the front is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. This particular setup is for honoring only the ancestors. The water should be changed once a week or sooner if they develop a lot of bubbles.

In Curanderismo it’s okay to add one Saint or Folk Saint to the ancestor altar, one that you feel very close to ... but just one .... Santa Muerte is not included in this choice. I work closely with a particular Folk Saint so I also have his picture on the altar since I consider him to be part of the family. With the addition of a Saint or Folk Saint the glasses are set up in the same triangle pattern but the dedication of the glasses are different.

In this case, the glass to the right rear is dedicated to your maternal and paternal ancestors, the glass to the left rear is dedicated to your Guides and to the Holy Trinity, and the single glass towards the front is dedicated to the Saint or Folk Saint. Again, the water is refreshed once a week. When you refresh the water in the glasses, no matter which setup you use, don’t pour the water down the drain, instead, pour it in the street off and away from your property. If you can’t pour it off and away from your property then pour the water into the toilet and flush it away.

The glass dedicated to the Saint or Folk Saint brings that Saints energy to your altar. I use this glass a little differently than others because I like to “ingest”, so to speak, the Saints energy ... I’ll explain, and hopefully I won’t confuse anyone.  

The glass dedicated to my chosen Folk Saint I add fresh water to it every single night before I go to sleep because I’ll be drinking from it the next morning. For me, I dedicate this glass to Folk Saint Dr Jose Gregorio Hernandez. Every time I place a fresh glass of water out for him I ask Dr. Hernandez to enhance the water with any spiritual medication I need to stay healthy and to instill it with his wisdom and knowledge so that I can take it in to my own body and use it to help others. The next morning, I drink the spiritually enhanced water to transfer these energies from him into and inside myself. I take 3 sips from his glass of water; the first sip is “in the name of the Father”, the second sip is “of the Son” and the third sip is “of the Holy Ghost”.....I say this as I take each sip. Then I pour the rest of the water outside on my doorstep to attract blessings to my home.

Sometimes I will also place a gallon jug of water on the altar and ask him to fill it with spiritual medication for healing so that those that are sick can drink a glass of it. I then keep this jug in the refrigerator for when it’s needed. This works really well.

Some, not all, who practice Curanderismo keep a bottle of blessed olive oil on the altar and a small empty container to pour the oil into. I’m one that does. I use this blessed oil to pour libation (a liquid offering) .... yes, Christians pour libation, they do it at Christian Mass all the time, it’s just not practiced much at home.

I use a small soapstone cup to hold the libation poured. For me, pouring libation is a way to ask for my ancestors to be forgiven of any sins they passed with, to cleanse and purify them, to allow them spiritual progress and peace, and to remove any obstacles from their journey.

So I bet your wondering “when do I pour libation” well that is done during my Ancestral Healing Prayer I use once a week at my altar. I attend my altar every day. I have a daily routine, a weekly routine, and a monthly routine.

Many Blessings

Friday, March 4, 2016

New Products



I’m pleased to announce 3 new products that I created by hand … gemstone traditional rosaries, gemstone Santa Muerte rosaries, and gemstone pendulums. You’ll find them on my website http://curiouscurandera.com/acatalog/RitualStuff.html

History of the Rosary



Introduction to the Rosary and the Mysteries


The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Apostles' Creed which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Our Father (the Lord's Prayer) which introduces each mystery, three Hail Marys which is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary, Glory Be (the Doxology), and concluded with Hail Holy Queen (the Salve Regina). The Rosary involves the recitation of five decades (5 sets of 10 beads) consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and the Doxology. During this reciting, the individual meditates on the Mysteries of the events of our Lord's life and the witness of our Blessed Mother; one Mystery for each decade.

The Mysteries include Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the rosary. One set of Mysteries is prayed on a rosary that has five decades. Each set is prayed on designated days of the week. While praying a decade, you reflect on a mystery. There are specific mysteries for each day of the week. For example, when praying the Holy Rosary on a Monday or Saturday, you meditate on the Joyful Mysteries. During the recitation of first decade, you meditate on the Annunciation of Mary. During the recitation of the second decade, you meditate on the Visitation. During the recitation of the third decade, you meditate on the Nativity of Jesus, etc. There are variations however, and in some countries the rosary may even have different mysteries. Through these Mysteries, the individual brings to mind our Lord's incarnation, life, passion, death and resurrection from the dead. It also gives us the prayers to our Blessed Mother, who leads all believers to her Son. In contemplation of these Mysteries, the rosary brings us closer to our Lord and reveals a depth of faith that cannot be found in any other way.


Origin of the Rosary


The origin of the rosary is highly debated, but one thing for sure is that it was based on the use of "prayer beads". Many cultures in pre-Christian times used beads to aid in meditation and prayer. The word "bead" comes from the word "bede" which means prayer. Originally, the rosary was called "The Psalter of Jesus and Mary" because it consisted of the prayer Jesus gave us (The Our Father) and the prayer the Angel Gabriel gave us (The Hail Mary). The word Psalter, refers to the Book of Psalms in the Bible, which has 150 psalms. In early Christian times, beads were used to count Our Fathers and Hail Marys and were known as "Paternosters," the Latin for "Our Father." Many people of this age could not afford to purchase the Psalter which was used by the religious orders and clergy and because of lack of printing, was in short supply. In order to supply the great number of faithful with some prayer form which would be easily accessible, itinerant preachers developed and encouraged the use of a string with beads upon it. Each bead would represent a prayer to be said--either the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Doxology. In time, other prayers would be added to make up what we now call the Rosary.Between the 1100s and 1400s, the Christian "prayer beads" were linked with the verses of psalms and other phrases celebrating the lives of Jesus and emphasizes the unique role of Mary, Mother of God in the plan of salvation. It was in the 1200s that St Dominic was linked to the creation of the rosary. This has been debated ad infinitum, but during this time, the beads became known as the "rosarium" or "rose garden" a common name for an anthology of similar stories. As Dom Louis Cougaud stated in 1922, "The various elements which enter into the composition of that Catholic devotion commonly called the rosary are the product of a long and gradual development which began before St. Dominic's time, which continued without his having any share in it, and which only attained its final shape several centuries after his death."

During the 1400s, the structure of the five-decade rosary along with the Mysteries became the standard for what we now know as the Rosary. Blessed Alan de la Roche also furthered the use of the Rosary by unceasingly preaching it and expanding its reach to hundreds of thousands of souls. Then a Carthusian named Henry Kalkar is credited with bracketing the 150 Hail Marys (from the Psalter) into decades (sets of ten), separated by Our Fathers. Shortly thereafter, the Hail Mary's were separated into five decades. In 1520, Pope Leo X officially approved the universal use of the rosary. In 1571, St. Piux V declared the first Feast of the Holy Rosary which was made universal by Pope Clement XI. In 1917 the Blessed Mother selected for herself the name "Our Lady of the Rosary" at Fatima when she appeared to three children in Fatima saying, "I want you to continue to say your rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain the end of the war and peace in the world". In 2002 Pope John Paul II introduced new mysteries (Mysteries of the Light or Luminous Mysteries) to the Rosary and wrote his apostolic letter "On the Most Holy Rosary" (Rosarium Virginis Mariae).


Views on the Rosary


Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description."

Padre Pio, the famous stigmatic, said, 'Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.'

Sister Lucia, who as a child was the most responsible of the three seers at Fatima, declared confidently when she was a nun, 'There is no problem that cannot be solved effectively by the Rosary and by our sacrifices.'


The Purpose of the Rosary


As a Catholic devotion, the Rosary involves meditating on the twenty mysteries surrounding the lives of Our Lord Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Rosary engages our thoughts, our imagination, our emotions, and our desire. This serves the purpose of mobilizing our faculties in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompting a conversion of heart and a strengthening of our will to follow Christ. As you can see, the rosary we know today is the result of many evolutions dating back several hundred years. Although the manner in which the rosary is recited has changed, the results of praying the rosary are still the same.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Giving back to all of you that have supported me over the years…




Now through December 25th (Christmas Day)… I am offering 20% off all Magical Online Courses.  That is $25 off most of the courses.

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Thank you again for your support. It means a lot to me.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Magical Online Courses Make Great Christmas Gifts!




The Curious Curandera online courses are once again open for enrollment.

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Santa Muerte Course
Begins: JANUARY 6, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Healing Spiritual Illness Course
Begins: JANUARY 6, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
Certificate: Yes

Spiritual Cleansing Course
Begins: JANUARY 9, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
Certificate: Yes

Saint Magic (Folk Magic) Course
Begins: JANUARY 6, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Mastering the Art Course
Begins: JANUARY 6, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
Certificate: Yes

Crystal Energy Course
Begins: JANUARY 9, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
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Reading The Spanish Cards Course
Begins: JANUARY 9, 2016
Course Duration: 4 Weeks
Certificate: Yes

Working With Angels Course
Begins: JANUARY 9, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks
Certificate: Yes

Beginning Homeopathy Course
Begins: JANUARY 9, 2016
Course Duration: 6 Weeks

Saint Michael Archangel



God had made Heaven and the Earth and all the Angels and all the extra important Angels, called Archangels. (Like an important Bishop is called an Archbishop.) The Archangels were God's special subjects.  One Archangel was called Michael (along with St. Gabriel and St. Raphael). Michael was "the Angel of the Lord", who was sent to Moses, Jacob and Abraham and others throughout history. Another Archangel was Lucifer, who was so beautiful that the other Angels called him the Son of the Morning.

All were content in Heaven. Then one day Lucifer, Son of the Morning, said to himself: "Why should God be the most important person in Heaven? Why, shouldn't I be? I am beautiful and I am powerful. In fact, I am just as important as God, and I shall fight Him and have Heaven for myself!"

So, Lucifer went around Heaven, and he collected a lot of other Angels who also didn't want to be less important than God, until he had a Great Army. Then they marched up to the Throne of God and and challenged Him to Heaven.  God called Michael the Archangel, and made him gather together a Mighty Army of Angels on God's side.

There was a Great Battle in Heaven--Michael and his Angels fighting with Lucifer; and, Lucifer fought, and his Angels fought; but, they did NOT win. And Michael drove Lucifer out of Heaven, and he fell down to hell; and, all his bad angels were driven down after him, and as the last one disappeared from sight forever and the Gate of Heaven shut tightly, a great Shout went up for Michael's Army.

So, now you know why we sometimes say in our prayers, "Holy St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the Day of Battle," because he is so good at battles and a great warrior.


Patronage: against danger at sea, against temptations, artists, bakers, bankers, banking, barrel makers, battle, boatmen, dying people, emergency medical technicians, fencing, grocers, hatmakers, holy death, mariners, paratroopers, police officers, radiologists, sailors, security guards, soldiers, storms at sea,, swordsmiths watermen

Patron Saint of locations:
Albenga, Italy, Argao, Cebu, Philippines, Basey, Samar, Philippines, Brecht, Belgium, Brendola, Italy, Brussels, Belgium, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, Caltanissett, Sicily, Italy, Carpineto Sinello, Italy, Castel Madama, Italy, Cerveteri, Italy, Cornwall, England, Cuneo, Italy, Dormagen, Germany, Dunakeszi, Hungary, England, Gaby, Italy, Germany, Gravina, Italy, Greccio, Italy, Iklin, Malta, London, England, Marcianise, Italy, Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Papua, New Guinea, Puebla, Mexico, Salgareda, Italy






Feastday:  September 29
St Michael’s Color: Red


Prayer to St Michael For Protection Against Evil and Danger
Dear St. Michael, the Archangel, protect us, both body and soul from the Evil One, his followers and anyone who would approach us with malicious intent.
Protect us, our bodies, and our cars, as we travel about in our daily activities.
Protect us, our bodies, our home, our property and possessions during times of storm, from all dangers of lightning, high winds, hail and flood waters. Amen.


Prayer to Saint Michael (for a specific need)
St. Michael, intercede for me with God in all my necessities, especially (name your specific need). Obtain for me a favorable outcome in the matter I recommend to you. Mighty prince of the heavenly host, and victor over rebellious spirits, remember me for I am weak and sinful and so prone to pride and ambition. Be for me, I pray, my powerful aid in temptation and difficulty, and above all do not forsake me in my last struggle with the powers of evil. Amen.