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Hello! I've been doing some research on spiritual practices such as ifa, voodoo, santeria and they all seem to be connected or derived from the same source. I feel very drawn to begin practicing an African spiritual system and I have no idea how to start or where I should start. Do you have any suggestions on finding a system that resonates the best and how one would get started? ~Jordan
Ahhh, it’s so easy to fall down the rabbithole when we become interested in something new, isn’t it? My busy Gemini moon-mind makes anything new and shiny, become my new favorite obsession...until, of course, I catch a glimpse of something else new and shiny!
I think it’s wonderful that you feel called to explore different African spiritual systems. As with many religions or spiritual systems, I do believe most derive from a similar “Source” -maybe called by different names or worshiped in different ways. So, the question changes from which Source do you resonate with the most to which traditions, practices, beliefs, customs, symbols, works of art, meanings, etc… resonate most deeply within you? What feels good in you? When you see it or hear it - what makes your Soul respond with joy? What feels familiar - like home?
As to where to start finding this out? Well, you’ve already mentioned several topics of interest in your question! Turn to YouTube and search for videos around these topics. Then if they mention something that sparks your curiosity, follow that trail. Between the internet - YouTube, podcasts, social media, blogs, etc… and books and audiobooks - you can learn about anything your heart desires!
I’ve reached out to my Sistar Witch Blogger - Queen Candle - for insight on how she started exploring different spiritual paths: “I started out watching videos by spiritual workers on YouTube like Magickal Lady Duchess, Madame Pamita, Mystic at the Crossroads, Hoodoo Delish and so on. I also read everything, I still do, about magick I could get my hands on. I also pray a lot for inspiration and meditate with crystals like lapis lazuli for my connection to the divine.”
If you are still questioning where to start - go within! Meditate. There are many free guided meditations that can help you connect with your intuition or past lives. Another Sistar of mine, Astara Solae offers Ancestral Guidance Readings which helps to connect you to your roots and communicate with your Ancestors - how amazing would it be to communicate with your Ancestors, ask for spiritual guidance, and connect by practicing similar spiritual practices!
I pulled the Three of Earth for you from the Dark Goddess Tarot deck. Each card is associated with a Goddess - this one is actually associated with the Norse Goddesses of Destiny. It reads: “Destiny is following the path, step by step, stitch by stitch, that leads to doing as the Norns inscribe, helping to weave the greater tapestry and nourish the living tree through one’s everyday acts.”
I interpret this as meaning that every piece of knowledge you gather on your spiritual journey will support you on your path and lead you to the answers you seek. Don’t rush though. Each step in the process of obtaining knowledge will be important and meaningful for you. And don’t become distracted or frustrated. Steady steps with intention will lead you to your destiny.
One other thing that I feel I should mention is that it is okay to create your own Spiritual path that feels good to you. Explore what excites you and use the parts that resonate with you the most. You are not stuck to any one belief system. As a Divine Being, anything you do, any path you practice, will be just that - perfectly Divine and beautiful - because it is personal to you.
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And here is a link to Astara’s Ancestral Guidance Readings.
What do I need to do in order to get a job so my family & I can stop struggling?
(Am I really cursed or hexed?) ~Erica
Without knowing more about your situation, it’s a bit harder to advise you on this. However, one thing that I believe is that you are capable of creating the life you desire regardless of your “conditions.” But, in order to do this, you must first know this to be true too.
The 3D questions that I would ask are:
The 5D questions that I would ask are:
Because there are so many questions here, I pulled a few cards from my Dreams of Gaia deck because they’re good at going deep:
The Scribe represents receiving knowledge from an unbiased source. You asked if you are cursed or hexed. I would recommend working with someone who can either help you explore your past lives or your Akashic Records to see if there are karmic agreements that need to be resolved. Energy healing, like Reiki can also help move any stale energy that might be creating resistance to you evolving to the next level in your life. Silfren Circle also has a phenomenal group of Witches who can work with you to remove any curses that might exist.
However, the Eight of Air suggest a need for you to look at your beliefs and behaviors, and question them. Basically, it’s time to take responsibility for your thoughts, actions and the consequences they create.
Do you know that you are a co-creator of your life? Do you know that when you think negative things or think poorly of yourself, the Universe will create situations to support your negativity? Like attracts like… that’s why practicing gratitude, even when shit gets rough, will bring more positive things to you. I know it’s a harsh realization to learn that we directly cause so much of our suffering, but it’s just as empowering to acknowledge this as well! This means you have the power, right now, to create changes in your life!
The Nine of Earth says by helping others, you are helping yourself - however, I’m going to suggest that for you this means that you need to give to yourself, not just others! Be kind to yourself with your thoughts. Take time out to care for yourself. You mentioned having a family and I know firsthand that the one that is last to be cared for is, Self.
I also feel called to say that if you need to heal from something, take the time to do so. You will not be able to find a satisfying job or properly care for you and your family if your mind is not healthy. And by a healthy mind, I mean you are thinking positive thoughts, there are no doubts that you will receive all that you desire, and your thoughts are not stuck on past situations that need to be let go of! Likewise, your thoughts are not in the future, creating anxiety!
I’m going to recommend the book, “A Happy Pocket Full of Money,” by David Cameron Gikandi which will completely change your understanding around how you bring anything into this reality! It’s life-changing! The audiobook is also on YouTube if you want experience it that way.
So my takeaways for you, Erica are:
If it’s what you desire, you will change your life.
My name is Toni and I am a Wife and Mom to three little ones. As a Lightworker, I'm being called to create a spiritual business centered around helping other women change their perspectives to create a life that is aligned with their authentic selves. I mentor, create, practice divination, and freelance write for fun ☺️