Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sicks - High John The Conqueror


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: High John The Conqueror
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Purple
Label: A white king sits on a throne.
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/360

This is the new package. The label is different from the one shown at site. Note that the king is white. John the Conqueror is black. The face of the king is that of the owner of Indio Products, Martin Mayer. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Reviews - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Money Drawing


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Money Drawing
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Green
Label: A button with a dollar sign hovers over money bags and coins.
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/366

This is the new package. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Lucky Buddha


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Lucky Buddha
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Tan
Label: An image of Hotei, or the "Laughing Buddha".
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/363

This is the new package. Strangely the incense sticks shown at site are darker than the ones I received. The ones I received are a light tan color. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Controlling


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Controlling
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Purple
Label: A woman with a man on a leash.
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/357

This is the new package. The new package has a different label than shown at site. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Love Me


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Love Me
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Red
Label: A man and woman kissing.
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/364

This is the new package. The new package has a different label than shown at site. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weird Dream That Came True

So last night, right before waking, I had a dream that an old friend who I haven't seen or heard from in about 4 years now called me on the phone. I then woke up. Today I got an email from a reporter for the New York Times who wanted to interview me for a story he is doing on a haunted locale. I was supposed to meet up with him for drinks tonight but I don't think I'm going to be able to make it. Hopefully if he's still in town tomorrow we can do it. The funny thing is that the reason why he wants to interview me concerns some local haunting legends that my old friend and I were part of, as these stories were passed down to us firsthand and I posted them online. They grew and took on a life of their own and have now become the talk of the NBA (I'll explain later when the piece comes out).  So I ended up having to track my old friend down to ask if she would like to go with me to have drinks with the reporter. So she ultimately did ended up calling me. Weird.

Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Jinx Removing


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Jinx Removing
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Tan
Label: A pair of hands held over a weird, egg-like object that is giving off sparks of electricity.
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/363

This is the new package. The new package has a different label than shown at site. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Fruit Of Life


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Fruit Of Life
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Red
Label: A basket of fruit
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/359

This is the new package. The new package has a different label than shown at site. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Run Devil Run


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Run Devil Run
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Purple
Label: A running devil
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/371

This is the old package, the type that was sold through the 1990s up to recently. The new package has a different label. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Powerful Indian Incense Sticks - Come To Me


Brand: Powerful Indian
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Come To Me
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Red
Label: The silhouette of a couple embracing in a field with a heart behind them.
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/356

This is the new updated package. The old package had a different label. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Did Anyone See The Lunar Eclipse?

I did. I stepped outside about 2:30 am and saw it. The moon was a brownish-orange. In the 2 o'clock position from the Moon was Mars, which appeared as a bright orange star. It was pretty. If you missed seeing it then your next chance to see a total lunar eclipse will be this September.

Monday, April 14, 2014

First Of Four Blood Moons Tonight!



Tonight is the first of a tetrad or four blood moons that will take place over the next two years. In all cases it will be a total eclipse of the moon, when the moon passes through the shadow of the earth. The moon will appear rust or dark red colored, hence the term "blood moon." It's not technically a blood moon. The blood moon is actually the full moon in October, or the next full moon after the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon on the Saturday closest to the Autumn Equinox.

You may have heard some rumors about this tetrad of lunar eclipses signalling an apocalypse or earth-shattering changes. This belief arose because each of the blood moons will occur on Jewish holidays. In the middle will be a solar eclipse. So we have the moon turning to blood and the sun turning black, all which serve to make certain people think the end of the world is nigh. Personally, I don't think we have anything to worry about, mainly because these people point to certain bible verses and claim they mean something different from what they actually read. I believe their interpretations are wrong.

If you have never seen a lunar eclipse they are weird looking. The last one I saw was around 2009 and the moon was really high in the sky and was a dark red color. Kind of spooky. It was especially spooky because everything gets darker. All total eclipses occur during a full moon. So nights with a full moon tend to be brighter than other nights. So you can see with your own eyes the night growing darker. Again, it's spooky.

As far as magic goes, the full moon is the strongest time for most spells. Add the lunar eclipse to the mix and it makes tonight an ideal time for enemy work. The total eclipse will last for one hour so anyone wanting to take advantage of this time should have plenty of time to do so. Look to the side of the moon as well and you will probably see an orange "star." That's the planet Mars.

The lunar eclipse will begin circa 12:53 CST but won't reach totality until 2 am CST, which should last over an hour.






Product Review - Florasense Incense Sticks - Dragon's Blood


Brand: Florasense
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Dragon's Blood
Package: Paper package containing plastic envelope of incense sticks.
Color: Red
Label: Name of product
Link: Unknown

This is some strong incense! It has a very strong, pleasant smell. It's so strong that I couldn't burn the entire stick and had to put it out. Unfortunately, I never detected the smell of genuine dragon's blood resin burning so I'm not sure if it actually contains real dragon blood resin or not. I purchased this at Walmart.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 9.



Product Rebiew - Unknown Stick Incense - Moldavite


Brand: Unknown
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Moldavite
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Black
Label: Name of incense with a piece of moldavite in the background.
Link: http://www.amazon.com/Moldavite-Incense-Sticks-With-Essence/dp/B002V574F6

This incense is advertised as containing the essence of moldavite. Moldavite is a type of green glass that is believed to be formed via meteorite impacts. As such it is believed to have the power to speed up results and manifestation. The incense has a strong, pleasant fragrance.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 10.



Product Review - Anna Riva Stick Incense - Frankincense & Myrrh


Brand: Ana Riva
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Frankincense & Myrrh
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Brown
Label: Just the brand name and name of the product
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/5482

This is the new updated package. The old package had a gold label, the same that is used on the Anna Riva oil bottles. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Anna Riva Stick Incense - Protection


Brand: Ana Riva
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Protection
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Brown
Label: Just the brand name and name of the product
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/5206

This is the new updated package. The old package had a gold label, the same that is used on the Anna Riva oil bottles. The incense has a light fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Anna Riva Stick Incense - Attraction


Brand: Ana Riva
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Attraction
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Red
Label: Just the brand name and name of the product
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/3860

This is the new updated package. The old package had a gold label, the same that is used on the Anna Riva oil bottles. The incense has a sweet fragrance that does not translate when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Product Review - Anna Riva Stick Incense - Peaceful Home


Brand: Ana Riva
Type: Stick Incense
Name: Peaceful Home
Package: Plastic Envelope With Label
Color: Blue
Label: Just the brand name and name of the product
Link: https://www.wisdomproducts.com/product/5205

This is the new updated package. The old package had a gold label, the same that is used on the Anna Riva oil bottles. The incense has a light fragrance that does not come across when burned.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give this a 5.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Botanica San Cipriano

Yesterday I visited a botanica in my area called Botanica San Cipriano. It's a quaint looking purple building. It quickly became my favorite local botanica. The selection was nice. Lots of inventory. Lots of saint statues. Lots of candles. Not much in the way of incense and powders. The oils tended to be a bit iffy, mostly Indio and a Spanish brand. I don't know why botanicas will carry Indio oil but not Seven Sisters. Anyway, I enjoyed it. I spend a lot of time browsing and talking to the man who worked there. I bought a couple of statues, some soap, some candles, an amulet and a palo abre camino. The man even shared with me a trick with what he does. He takes 21 palo abre camino and soaks them in either Siete Machos cologne or Florida Water and uses that to take off stuff and open the roads. He even will let me buy candles by the case and give me a discount on them on top of that. So I will definitely be shopping their frequently. Below is a video someone made of the shop and then uploaded it to YouTube. On future visits I will try to take some pictures.


Gutfeld: NYC E-Cigarette Laws Created Based On Cluelessness, Confusion

Jesus Malverde, More Than Just The Saint Of Drug Dealers

An interesting article on the cult of Jesus Malverde, the "Robin Hood"-like folk saint from Mexico.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-andrew-chesnut/jesus-malverde_b_4567114.html

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today's The Day!

I've been blubbering about this for a long time. Today is my one year anniversary of being smoke-free. On April 9, 2013, at about 11:30 pm, I got the call that my grandmother had died of COPD and a stroke. She had just turned 70 and had smoked for decades. At 11:53 pm I went outside and smoked my last cigarette. I finished it at 11:57 pm and then headed inside. I marched to my drawer, pulled out the rest of the carton of cigarettes I had left, about 6 or 7 packs, and threw them away. A week or so previous my uncle had given me a Blu disposable ecig. After the first puff I knew that I would quit smoking. However, I figured I would smoke the remaining packs I had left first. I was more concerned about wasting money than I was worried about my health. The passing of my grandmother gave me the power to transition to ecigs immediately.

I smoked my first cigarette when I was 15 or 16. However, I didn't become hooked until I was 18. Back then one pack of cigarette was only a buck and change and lasted me a week or longer. I used to buy a pack of Marlboro reds and Newports and then rotate. I only smoked one or two cigarettes a day. I smoked one at lunch and usually one later at night. I loved cigarettes. Then I started smoking in the car and it quickly got the point where I was unable to start the ignition without lighting a cigarette. Next thing I know I was smoking a pack a day. I did that for 20 years. When I went out I would smoke even more. It wasn't uncommon for me to smoke 2 or 3 packs a day on nights I went to the club. When old friends would call me I would go outside and chain smoke throughout the conversation. I remember telling one friend that I didn't ever want to quit but only wanted to cut down to how it was when I first started smoking. I had tried quitting years before but was unsuccessful. I tried the gum but it tasted nasty. The patches caused my heart to race. I almost tried the inhaler but learned that people were getting sick because you inhale a powder. I didn't try the pills because I learned that some people were killing themselves due to them. I even tried magic. I did a semi exorcism where I lit a cigarette and then dropped it into a glass jar, blew into it, sealed it up with wax and then buried it. It worked for about a week. Then the demon kept whispering to me, tempting me to smoke and finally I caved in. I had reached the point where I just accepted that I would never quit and would end up dying from a smoking related illness.

When ecigs came on the market in 2007 I wasn't paying attention. I don't even recall hearing about them until 2009. I was a dummy then and it didn't even dawn on me to try them out. If only I had switched to ecigs in 2007. I would have been smoke-free for nearly 7 years now. However, at least I'm smoke free now. Too bad my grandmother didn't transition. She was still smoking up to the very end.

Being smoke free doesn't come easy. Quitting smoking has it's own associated problems. Most people don't tell people that when they quit smoking the number one complaint will be inability to breathe. Tobacco smoke contains a chemical that opens up the airways. This masks the damage caused by the smoke. So when you quit smoking you no longer get that chemical and the true extent of the damage is revealed. There were times where I couldn't walk to get the mail, let alone walk downstairs. With time this will pass, unless one is in the beginning stages of COPD. Unfortunately, some people freak out over not being able to breathe and go back to smoking cigarettes. Sad.

Wow. One year. I'm still in shock. One year without smoking a cigarette. I couldn't go a day without smoking before. I couldn't even go a couple of hours without smoking. I made it an entire year. So to celebrate I went out and bought a pack of Marlboro lights. LOL....just  joking.

Every now and then I like to spend time reminiscing about smoking. I can't believe so much of my past life evolved around it. I miss all the family members and friends I've lost to smoking. I miss the good times, the parties, the clubs, the hanging out with friends who smoked. So many good memories. At least I'm smart enough to know that I don't have to light up to remember. I can remember what it was like. I can even smell it and hear it. Right now as I'm typing I can literally remember the smell of clothing reeking of cigarette smoke and the sound of a zippo lighter. I can even smell the zippo fluid. I can even remember what a smoker's high feels like, that dizzy sensation when you smoke to much. I can even smell the tobacco of the cigarette, before lighting it. All of these memories don't drive me to smoke because I know they exist only in my past, as memories. I don't need to smoke to recall them. I can simply remember what it was like.

I am not a smoker. These words seem so foreign to me. This chapter of my life is over. All I have left is memories and I take joy in my memories. Smoking at the restaurant. Watching the wispy bluish-tinged smoke from my grandfather's pipe waft through the air. Having my best friend Kevin constantly bum cigarettes off of me. All of it is memories.

R.I.P. Smoker Me
1993-2013

If you are a smoker then please consider switching to ecigs. If you invest in the right model then your vaping experience will completely satisfy you. You are not addicted to cancer-causing tar. You are addicted to nicotine. You don't love the tar, the stink, the constant coughing, that much that you can't easily transition. It will save your life. The key is to invest in a model you will like and enjoy using. The cig-a-likes, the one that resemble cigarettes, are appealing to smokers but they really don't satisfy. I would suggest new vapors start out with something like the eGo C Twist below. I recommend getting the kit so that you have everything you need to start vaping. This kit below comes with one 10ml bottle of ejuice. I would suggest purchasing a couple more extra bottles. (Just for the record, I'm in no way associated with this company. This is merely the company I purchase my vaping supplies from.)

https://www.thevaporhut.com/product/joyetech-ego-c-twist-650-starter-kit/


To all the family members and friends I've lost in part due to smoking, I miss you. If only ecigs were available decades ago then you might still be here today. I love you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Body Of Teleka Patrick Found


Teleka Patrick went missing back in December. She was acting strange and her ex-husband actually divorced her after she refused to seek mental health treatment. Teleka was also stalking a well known gospel singer. Two months ago in a YouTube comment, I advised searching bodies of water near to scene (where her car was found) as I believed that is where she was. They have found her body in a small lake near to that area, just as I foresaw.

R.I.P. Teleka Patrick.

The thing to take away from this is that mental illness should not be ignored. Unfortunately, the signs were there for years that Teleka was unstable. Had the signs been acted on she might still be with us.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mars In Opposition Tonight

Mars is in opposition tonight, meaning it's on the opposite side of the sun. Mars is also at it's closest approach to earth as well. Every two years Mars comes close to earth but this night is special because it's the closest Mars has come in 7 years. Mars will rise around sunset and will be visible as a bright orange star.  It will be high in the sky at midnight. Mars' energy encompasses and influences masculinity, sexuality and vitality, as well as war and protection. Tonight I'm going to try an experiment and try to gather Mars water, not to be confused with war water, but rather water that has been left outside to soak up the Mars energy. I tried this the last Venus-in-transit, when Venus passed over the Sun's disk, and it seemed to work out good.

So if things get a bit bitchy, wonky or chaotic, or if you feel a bit randy, then you can blame it on Mars.

Botanica La Guadalupana

Just got home from visiting a botanica in my area, Botanica La Guadalupana.  It was a small store. The first thing I noticed was that a parrot and several quail were running around free. I assumed the quail were intended as sacrifices for Oshun but I didn't ask. Lot of incense burning. Lots of saint statues in all sizes. Not a huge selection of candles but they were only $7. Lots of Vandi oils. As in most botanicas I visit, there was the usual elderly family member sleeping in a chair. LOL I don't know what's up with that but  I swear every time I go to a botanica there is always an elderly person sleeping. I had meant to go to another botanica but when I arrived they were closed and wouldn't return for another hour.  So I went to this one instead. Of course nobody spoke English. The girl who rang me up only spoke a few words in English so I had to mainly point at what I wanted. What I found strange is that she put on latex gloves before helping me. I thought that was kind of odd. I ended up buying a reversing candle.