I’ve probably hacked this subject to death, but a really *friendly* (check out the sarcasm) Palero commented in my blog and it made me look into how my magic works even more. He’s like “you can’t do this, you aren’t initiated.” “You can’t have an mpungo altar.” Uh, yes I can. I’ve mentioned time and again that I’m licensed through my godfather to do magic and rites with the mpungo. And yes, it’s them. Not any “lower level” being. I’m sure my ancestors help too, but I can feel the power of Palo, and I haven’t tapped into what can be unleashed yet. Just some basics. I was always good at magic, despite who I worked with.
The process I go through has many layers. I try to cover all bases. I use sensory tools, such as candles, oils, and incense. I write requests, magical squares or sigils/firmas. The prayer, chants, and meditation come with the ritual, naturally. I also perform mindfulness when I do my magic. I don’t know if people do this or not. Some people would say, “Don’t think about the magic.” Well, with mindfulness, your not thinking or harping on the magic result. You are just thinking: “Yes, the candles are lit, my parchment is laid, everything is in order and so is my magic.” Something like this.
It’s all symbolic, sympathetic magic. In Palo, magic differs, and I can’t really explain here. I don’t know everything about it. I’m just a student, so there are a lot of secrets I don’t know yet.
So my magic works on different factors. My work that I put into it and the energy I create. With the blessings of the mpungo it goes into the atmosphere and manifests.