Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reminder - May Day Dew

For those who are interested, tomorrow is May Day, the first of May. Lore has it that if you rise before dawn and gather the dew on May Day and use it to wipe or wash your face then it will give you clear skin and/or help retain youthfulness. In the past people are rumored to have rolled naked in the grass! However, an easier method of gathering the dew is to either rub your hands on the foliage, getting the wet with dew, and then rub your hands over your face. One can also use a rag or cloth to soak up the dew and then the rub the rag or cloth over the face and body. Some people even went as far as ringing out the rag or cloth and collecting the dew in small bottles for use throughout the year.

(Tonight is also Walpurgisnacht or Witchs' night. In Germany and surrounding countries it was believed witches and other supernatural creatures were most active on this night.)

Product Review - Papa Jim's - Herbs


Brand: Papa Jim's
Type: Herbs
Package: 1 oz Plastic Bag
Color: N/A
Label: Name of herb in English with a warning label saying herbs not fit for consumption, on a green background with a border of flowers.
Link: http://www.papajimsbotanica.com/index.php/cPath/28?osCsid=89ab946365ec9badc9fcde4a946679e0

This was a gift from a client. I received 9 bags of herbs. The herbs were; Gravel Root, Bay Leaves, Senna, Black Cohosh Root, Colt's Foot, Cenizo (Salt Bush), Life Everlasting, Alfalfa, and Black Candle Tobacco. The Black Candle Tobacco is fake and is not real tobacco. In fact, it is a cut root of some form and is identical to Black Cohosh root. Other than this bit of fraud, the packets of herbs come in a good amount of size and there is enough included for use in multiple works. The prices seem reasonable as well. I would advise people who wish to purchase herbs from Papa Jim's to do some research to make sure they are getting the real deal. Again, do not buy the Black Candle Tobacco as it's fake. I'm assuming Papa Jim's is substituting another root for fear of getting in trouble for selling tobacco. Other than that the herbs are fine.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I give these herbs an 8.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Testimony From A Client

This is John (fake name for anonymity). John hired me for some work and this is what he has to say about it.

----- Original Message -----
From: xxx
Sent: 04/21/14 01:33 PM
To: MySecretHoodoo@mail.com
Subject: Re: question


Hey Doc,
Just wanted to let you know that since you started my lovework back in January I have started to see unmistakable signs on a weekly basis starting about March concerning my ex! So it appears things are headed in the right direction. Thank you! I highly advise that any future clients take Doc's advice and try to put the person the love work is being done on out of your mind completely and you will see much quicker movement! Will keep you updated! Thanks.

Product Review - Selene Oil - Love


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Love
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Light Pink
Label: The red silhouettes of a man and woman kissing with a heart behind them. 

The oil has a light fragrance but I would have liked it to be a bit stronger. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "De Amor", or translated into English as, "Love." However, the title at the site reads, "Love Drawing". However, this does not appear on the bottle. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Ruda (Rue)


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Ruda (Rue)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: A drawing of a Rue plant. 

I love the smell of this oil! Rue is used in cleansings and reversal work, as well as work to repel the evil eye. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Success In Business


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Business Success
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: A smiling man holding a large dollar sign in each hand.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Exito En El Negocio", or translated in English, "Success in Business."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - 7 Machos


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: 7 Machos ( 7 Men)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: Seven images of Indians.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. For those who are confused by "Sieto Machos" spiritual products, they are used by men to attract women and to be able to have sex a lot. 

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


Product Review - Selen Oil - Gold & Silver


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Gold & Silver 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: A treasure chest.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Ory Y Plata" or in English, "Gold & Silver."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Maja (Snake)


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Maja (Snake)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: A snake.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. 

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


Monday, April 28, 2014

The FDA's New Regulations On E-Cigs

Last Thursday the FDA announced that it was beginning it's process of regulating e-cigs. The story was picked up by the media but was, of course, downplayed as if it was no big deal or even as if it was a good thing. The purpose of this blog entry is to help educate the public on how the FDA's proposed regulations are horrible and how they will ultimately cause more deaths.

So what are the proposed regulations? Well, the FDA wants to start by making it a Federal law that minors can not purchase e-cigs. I don't know of anyone who opposes this step. In fact, almost half of the states already have legislation making sale of e-cigs to minors illegal. So no one is up-in-arms about this particular ruling. Other regulations are similar, warning labels and no more free samples of e-juice (the test-tasting bars at vape shops). What does have vapers upset is the other proposed regulations. The FDA has issued a requirement of any model of e-cig manufactured from 2007 onwards. This means manufacturers of every single e-cig device sold today must fill out an application and submit it and an expensive fee to the FDA. The same is true for manufacturers of e-juice or e-liquid. The FDA then will review the model and either decide to allow it or not. Any model the FDA has not received an application for will be banned in the U.S. Any model or e-juice the FDA simply doesn't like will be banned in the U.S.  So what's the big deal? Well, the big deal is that the high fee associated with the application will stop the production of new models and new flavors of e-juice. As of right now, new, better models are being churned out at an incredible rate. New flavors hit the market almost every single day. This will all come to a grinding halt in two years when the new regulation goes into effect. Most of the smaller companies can not afford the high fees that will need to be paid to the FDA for every single model of e-cig and every single flavor of e-juice they sell. Most smaller companies will go out of business. Are you ready for this? Guess who can afford the high fees demanded by the FDA? You probably guessed it, Big Tobacco. Big Tobacco has lobbied for the FDA to implement it's regulations because they know that in one swoop all of the competition in the market will be destroyed and they will be given full control over e-cigs. Do people understand this? Already certain uneducated people are spreading the lie that Big Tobacco is already in control of e-cigs and that's why e-cigs must be regulated. It's simply not true. Big Tobacco can not, at the moment, compete with all of the smaller companies that churn out new models and flavors of e-cigs. In fact, most Tobacco companies that are trying to get into the e-cig market are stuck at the cig-a-like level, the e-cigs that resemble cigarettes and not the higher end models that vapers prefer.

Let me now talk about the real dangers that FDA regulations with pose. These new regulations are only the start and the FDA has admitted such. In the future new rounds of regulations will follow. What does the FDA ultimately want? It's not hard to figure out. We can deduce this from the FDA's regulation of tobacco. The FDA has banned all flavors except tobacco and menthol. I can almost guarantee you that this is what the FDA wants for e-cigs as well. What else can be deduced? Well, I would venture to say that the FDA wants to be rid of all models of e-cigs except for the cig-a-likes, the ones that resemble cigarettes. This would be unfortunate as the better models, the ones that don't resemble cigarettes, are the ones that truly satisfy. Additionally I can see the FDA demanding an end to e-juice completely as well as lowering the nicotine content to an absurdly low amount. This would force vapers to purchase cig-a-like e-cigs and purchase pre-filled cartridges, which will be quite expensive. The result of this would mean that many current vapers will return to smoking cigarettes as they will be cheaper. This would result in the rising of deaths from tobacco use. This would be a very sad day indeed.

Vapers, we are under threat. I strongly advise current vapers and friendly supporters, to visit www.casaa.org. I will post the link below. This is the advocacy group for vapers and e-cigs. Right now one can find any number of petitions to sign online. I would advise people not to sign these petitions as many of them are poorly worded and contain multiple grammatical errors. When fighting back it's important we get behind the right person or group and to support someone who can not spell or can not construct grammatically proper sentences is not the way to go and will only foster the impression that vapers are ignorant and uneducated. Therefore, join CASAA and let them fight this battle. In the meantime vapers can leave messages for the FDA and tell how e-cigs saved their life. Seriously, folks. We stand at a crossroads where the FDA's proposed regulations, which is supposed to protect consumers, is only going to play into the hands of Big Tobacco and force people back to cigarettes. People will die because of the FDA regulations.





http://casaa.org/

http://blog.casaa.org/2014/04/fda-releases-e-cigarette-rules.html

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ContactFDA/FindanOfficeorStaffMember/TelephoneNumbersFrequentlyAskedofFDA/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Testimony From A Client

This is Tina (fake name for anonymity). Tina hired me for some work and this is what she has to say about it.


----- Original Message -----
From: xxx
Sent: 04/23/14 12:35 PM
To: MySecretHoodoo@mail.com
Subject: Update

Hey Doc!

It's been a while, but I wanted to touch base with you! I hired you to do some work for me (break up, banishing and reconciliation) back in November. A lot has changed since then, and I have to say that the work you performed has done beautifully!

The first two parts are happening! I found out that my ex has ended his relationship with that awful woman, and has told her to pack up and leave immediately as of this weekend. You were exactly right in the prior reading, when you said the money was going to run out and she was using him. Recent information has revealed that she was in fact attempting to cheat on him with one of her exes, which sent things right over the edge. So I'd say the banishment, is quickly coming to fruition.

As we all know, these things take time. But without your help, I really don't think the true nature of this woman would have came out so clearly. She is toxic, and I feel totally just in having the work done. The recent events have solidified what my gut instinct told me right from the start.

I apologize for not contacting you sooner when it started, but I didn't want to jinx it. Now that I know things are over between them, I feel like this is a more accurate testimonial.

The reconciliation hasn't happened yet, but I did receive an email from him a few months back. More generic than anything, but this is someone who cut ties with me months ago--with no contact whatsoever. Either way, I was still surprised when it happened. I have full confidence and faith that the reconciliation will reveal itself in the next coming months. I can't wait for it to happen, and I'll let you know as soon as it does!

I'm very thankful and happy I was able to work with you, and I hope that in the future we can again. I wish anyone else the best of luck with their work and readings with Doc, I honestly wouldn't have gotten these results without his help! The best advice I can give, is listen to what he says, follow his instructions and let things happen the way they're supposed to.

Here's to an exciting next few months with major movement happening! Thanks so much again!

Product Review - Selene Oil - Calling


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Calling
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Clear
Label: A pair of drums.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "LLamao", or in English, "I Call." For those who may not know what this oil is, it's a drawing oil. You use it to draw to you whatever you need. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Sure To Win


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Sure To Win
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Blue-Green
Label: A hand is holding a wad of cash.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Ven Dinero", or in English, "See Money."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Gamblers


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Gamblers
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: An image of playing cards and dice.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Jugadores", or in English, "Players."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Boss Fixer


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Boss Fixer
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Red-Orange
Label: A man's fist is pounding a surface.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Mejorana (Marjoram)


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Mejorana (Marjoram)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: A bowl with some herbs in it and the name of the oil in Spanish. 

I haven't smelled marjoram in a long while so I can't remember what it smells like. However, this oils has a nice, herb-like fragrance. The image on the label differs from the one shown at site. 

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


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The NY Times Article I was Interviewed For

This is an article, for which I was interviewed, on the alleged haunted Skirvin hotel in Oklahoma City.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/sports/basketball/hotel-leaves-oklahoma-city-thunder-opponents-telling-ghost-stories.html?_r=1

See Also;

The Haunted Skirvin Hotel 

(This was the guy who I wrote about I was supposed to have a drink with. This is also connected to my dream coming true about having an old friend call me.)

The Skirvin is one of my favorite locations in Oklahoma. I still remember back in 1994, when my friends and I befriended a security guard there who would tell us all the legends of the haunting and of his own personal experiences.

Product Review - Selene Oil - Controlling


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Controlling 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Orange
Label: A man who looks like a wrestler is standing on the globe of the earth and is holding objects that look like lightning bolts in his hands.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Dominante", or in English, "Dominant."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Spiritual Balm


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Spiritual Balm 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Blue-Green
Label: A genie lamp with name above in Spanish and in English below.
Link: ???

I do not remember ordering this oil and can't find it listed at the web site. The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Balsamo Tranquilo Espiritual oil." This would translate as, "Quite Spiritual Balm oil."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Power & Control


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Power & Control 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Red
Label: The silhouette of an Indian on horseback. 
The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Vence Batalla", which would translate in English as, "Win in battle."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Almizcle (Musk)


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Almizcle (Musk)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: A pink rose and the name of the oil in Spanish.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The oil does not smell like either musk or roses. The label of the bottle differs from the on shown at site. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - San Martin


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: San Martin
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Bluish-Purple
Label: An image of a cross on an altar with the name of the oil in Spanish.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The color of the oil and the label differ from the kind shown at site. 

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


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Product Review - Selene Oil - Stay Home


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Stay Home 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Brown
Label: A man and a woman walking.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The title in Spanish that appears on the bottle reads, "Tate Quieto", which translates as, "Keep Quiet/Still." Strange. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Geranium


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Geranium 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Pink
Label: A picture of a flower ad the name of the oil in English. 

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. I'm not sure if it smells like geraniums or not. However, I can say it doesn't smell like rose geraniums. 

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


Product Review - Selene Perfume - De Paz (Peace)


Brand: Selene
Type: Perfume
Name: De Paz
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Clear
Label: An image of a dove and the name of the product in Spanish.
Link: ???

I did not order this. It was sent to me by mistake. I ordered De Paz oil, not perfume. The perfume has a nice fragrance. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Fire


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Fire
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Red
Label: The name of the oil, "Fire", with flames coming from the letters.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Keep Away Evil


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Keep Away Evil
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: A dancing or kneeling shaman

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The Spanish title given is, "Contra Enemigo", or what we would translate as, "Against Enemies."

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


Friday, April 18, 2014

Product Review - Selene Oil - Set Me Free


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Set Me Free
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Blue-Green
Label: A landscape setting with people walking near a tree and with mountains in the distance.

This is a nice oil with a light fragrance. The name in Spanish is, "Cambia Rumbo", which can mean in English, "Change Direction/Course", so I'm kind of confused about that. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Stop Evil


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Stop Evil 
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Orange
Label: A strange, African-like mask of a cow and a spear.

The oil has a pleasant, light fragrance. The color of the oil doesn't match the color of the oil shown at site. The name in Spanish is, "Contra Venganza", or in English, "Against Revenge/Vengeance."

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Patchouli


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Patchouli
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: An Indian chief.

Nice oil that is lightly scented with patchouli. I'm not sure why they chose to have an Indian chief on the label though. 

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


Product Review- Selene Oil - Rompe Saraguey


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Rompe Saraguey
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: A potted plant.

I have no idea what the plant Rompe Saraguey smells like so I have nothing to compare this too. However, it does have a nice, pleasant fragrance. For those who don't know, Rompe Saraguey is used for uncrossing and cleansings. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Sandalwood


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Sandalwood
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: Some type of weird tree.

Oil has a nice, light sandalwood fragrance.

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


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Testimony From A Client

This is Will (fake name for anonymity). Will hired me for some sweetening work and this is what he has to say about it.


----- Original Message -----
From: xxx
Sent: 04/17/14 11:16 AM
To: MySecretHoodoo@mail.com
Subject: Re: Work love

Doc,
Also the work you did for xxx went good, she texted me to come see my daughter.
Before u did the work she texted me last week to  never come to her house and that I would need to file for visitation right s b4 seeing my daughter. So ever since you did the work she changed her tune.
Feel free to use this has a customer testimony.

Product Review - Selene Oil - Rose


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Rose
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Pink
Label: A rose.

Nice oil that is only lightly scented of roses. I would recommend placing some rose petals in the bottle. The label is different than shown at site. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - House Blessing


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: House Blessing
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Red
Label: An image of a house. 

This is a strange one. The English title reads, "House Blessing" but the Spanish title reads, "Paz Del Hogar", or what we would translate as, "Peaceful Home." The oil has a nice, generic scent. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Canela (Cinammon)


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Canela  (Cinnamon)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Yellow
Label: An image of cinnamon stacks and name in Spanish.

This is a very nice oil. It does smell like cinnamon. I would also recommend adding some crushed cinnamon sticks to the bottle. The label differs from image shown at site. 

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Albahaca (Basil)


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Albahaca (Basil)
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: An image of leaves and the name in Spanish.

Nice, lightly tinted and lightly fragrant oil. I would advise adding some dried basil to the bottle.

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


Product Review - Selene Oil - Rosemary


Brand: Selene
Type: Oil
Name: Rosemary
Package: 1 oz Glass Bottle
Color: Green
Label: A laurel crown with the name in English above and in Spanish below, on a yellow background.

If you have never tried Selene oils before then know they are among the least expensive oils on the market. They are better than Seven Sisters of New Orleans and other lines carried by Indio/Wisdom. For one, they come in 1 oz bottles and not just the 1/2 oz sold by Indio/Wisdom. Second, they do no use heavy dyes. All of Selene oil are only lightly tinted and the oils should not stain your hands or clothing. I can not recall what Rosemary oil smells like offhand but this oil has a nice, pleasant, light fragrance. I really love Selene oils and if your purchase them I would recommend one adding herbs and roots to the bottles. 

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


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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Reed Candle Co. Shrinks It's 7 Day Glass Candles

I use Reed Candle Co.'s 7 day glass candles for my clients in my practice. I just learned today as I was buying candles that Reed has shrunk it's candles. They are the same length but are now smaller in width than they used to be. This is for all of their 7 day glass candles and Novena (saint) candles. They even had to design new silk screen and paper labels for their candles because of the change.

Old, larger candles on the left and new, smaller candles on the right.

Old, larger candle on the left and new, smaller candle on the right.

Old silk screen label on the left and new silk screen label on the right. 


I'm worried that this is the new standard. These 7 day glass candles have already shrunk considerably from the 1990s. I blogged on this a couple of years ago, which you can ready by clicking HERE.  I'm also worried because this will change the time they burn. The 7 day candles were originally made with high quality wax which meant they burned for about 9 days, as in novena candles. Then companies switched to this lower quality of wax which shortened the burning time to about 4 or 5 days. I wouldn't be surprised if these new candles only burn for 3 or 4 days. I think it's a form of ripping off the customer. I would rather they increased the price and kept the same, ideally original size they used to come in, rather than shrink the candles to sell them for the same price.