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SisterBridget
Spellmaker Newsletter
June 2019

Greetings, friends!  Here we are in June, welcoming another month long celebration of our man at the crossroads, dear Papa Legba! Our Papa Legba celebration has been a Spellmaker tradition for many years, with each year growing momentum and strength. We hope you will join in whatever way you can. Lots of details are located in this newsletter.

In honor of Papa Legba and his love of dogs and all animals, 5% off of all sales this month will be donated to our local animal welfare societies! Along with that, enjoy a 25% discount on nearly everything on our website! 

We also have two new, informative articles this month.  Mambo Sam talks with us about the Crossroads and their significance in spell work and working with Papa Legba. Also, an informative article by Khouzhan Kristene gives us a magickal look at Mid-Summer! 

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Universal Messenger.. We truly appreciate each and every one of you! 

Love, light, and peace,
Mambo Samantha Corfield
Parran Matt Corfield
Sister Bridget Corfield
Brother Menfo
Sister Sierra
...the Khouzhan Class
 
 
 

June is Papa Legba Month! 

 Atibon Legba, louvre port-la pou mwen! 
(Little good Legba, open the door for me!)


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Every June is Papa Legba month at Spellmaker - well, all months are Papa Legba month at Spellmaker, but we honor him especially in June! Papa Legba, as he is affectionately called, is the master of the spiritual gates to the spirit world. We ask him to open the gates to allow other lwa to pass over. Papa Legba is also the Master of Communication- and this means communication of any kind! He is also the Master of Crossroads and doors and locks. He can clear the road for a difficult situation or open doors in your life! He can also close doors on things in your life you would like to leave behind!

All month long, you will find our social media peppered with daily Papa Legba fun facts, tips, and simple but appropriate ways to honor him. You can also check 
our page totally dedicated to Papa and his special product line which is exclusive to Spellmaker and not available anywhere else.

Although our ritual for Papa Legba runs all month long, there are 3 days in particular which are notable. These 3 main rituals correspond with the feast days of the 3 saints with which Papa is syncretized!
June 13th is Papa's Feast day in New Orleans Voodoo. It is also the day we celebrate Papa's special relationship with Saint Anthony.
June 21st is feast of Saint Lazarus and June 29th is the feast of Saint Peter. 

As an added bonus, 
our online prayer ritual to Papa Legba will be held on Sunday, June 30th, at 2:00 PM Eastern (1 PM Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific) along with a special presentation by Mambo Sam! 

Please join us! 
 
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LET'S GET COMMUNICATING!
 
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Although we are a small, family owned and operated business, we strive to offer customer service levels on par with big business! Caring for customers has been a priority of ours for the nearly 25 years we have been in business. To that end, Mambo Sam has set up multiple routes for clients to reach out to us. Texting, chatting, Whatsapp, FB Messenger,  email and good old fashioned calling on the phone are all available! Please don't ever hesitate to reach out and let us know your needs, questions or concerns.
 
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Leave It At The Crossroads
 
By Mambo Samantha Corfield
 
 
“…and take your offering and leave it at any crossroads.”
 
That one phrase in our Spellmaker’s product instructions has been the cause of confusion (and sometimes panic) for many years.  No doubt some of the fear is borne out of movies, songs, and television shows where nothing good happens at the crossroads.  But more than that, there seems to be some misunderstanding about where and what the crossroads are. 
 
Simply put, for our purposes, the “crossroads” is an intersection, just like in the picture above.  What?? I know!!  For a magickally-minded person that might be a huge letdown.  But it is the truth.  All we are asking is that you to leave something at an intersection…any intersection, as long as it has four paths of travel.  If you were to look at it from above, it should make an actual cross.  This is valid for any kind of magickal work you are doing that asks you to go to, or leave something at, the crossroads, unless otherwise specified.
 
I have had people tell me that they couldn’t get a ride to the crossroads, there was no crossroads in their city or state, or that they don’t want to be out at midnight in the middle of nowhere.  Nevermind our instructions don’t say at midnight nor do they say go to the middle of nowhere.  But I completely understand our indoctrination to hear “crossroads” and expect that, in the middle of nowhere, at midnight, there be demons.  Maybe. But probably not.  (Not unless you are conjuring them, but why would you – they are aggravating, hard-to-handle creatures. I digress.)
 
People come by their trepidation of the crossroads quite honestly, though.  The Crossroads has had mystical, spiritual connotations for a very long time. Those ideas existed long before blues singers started singing about them. And certainly existed long before a Mambo from New Orleans by way of Albuquerque asked you to go to them!
 
Remember, in magick, the crossroads are a representation of the path between two worlds, ours and the spiritual.  While our dear Papa Legba is, for us, the keeper of the crossroads, he has some company.  In Greek legends, Hermes and Hecate are honored at the crossroads.  In Roman legends, Mercury is associated with the crossroads. In Germanic and Norse mythology, Odin is honored at the crossroads. So human fascination and attention to the crossroads is quite long-lived.
 
Of course, “the Devil” is associated with the crossroads and that is a much more interesting entity to bring into entertainment venues!  (Full disclosure, I don’t believe in the devil, at least not the way s/he is portrayed in religion.)  It makes sense, “the Devil” is one of those entities said to cross back and forth between our world and the spiritual world.  So aligning him/her with the crossroads makes perfect sense.  After all, of course, the crossroads is where you go to sell your soul to the devil so you can play that gee-tar real good!

Clarksdale, Mississippi’s claim to fame is what is considered the quintessential Devil’s Crossroads (Hwy 61 and Hwy 49). The site Is marked with a sign and three guitars on a pole – pretty cool place to visit, devil or not!  This is where blues singer and writer, Robert Johnson, purportedly sold his soul to the devil.  I don’t know about all that, but Spellmaker clients will recognize “Hwy 61” as being included in one of our oils “Hwy 61 Fast Buck Oil.”  But that is actually for a different reason.  Hwy 61 as it leads up to New Orleans used to be filled with gambling establishments!  Hwy 61 came to be considered lucky in New Orleans history.  

 
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However, I am sure a case could be made for that crossroads and gambling, too, since the ability to play dice successfully is one of the things traditionally asked for at a crossroads.  (People who I have told to put dice on their altar to Legba just went, click, OH!)
 
Okay, so, would it be great to get out to the country and find a crossroads and do your magick undisturbed? Yes.  Amazing.  I have done it many times.  Even better if there is a train track at the crossroads!  But that isn’t practical for many of us these days.  We have to throw those pennies, leave that offering, make that wish, at whatever crossroads we can find and know that Papa Legba is there to hear us and appreciates our efforts.
 
Some of you might be in the concrete jungle most of the time, but go drop those 3 pennies at whatever crossroads you can.  Don’t be frustrated at not being able to get to a more romantic crossroads.  Papa Legba will open the gate for you.  Your effort is not unnoticed.  He is there.
 
Ayibobo!
 
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The Celebration of the Summer Solstice and Mid-Summer
A Time of Magic and Flame


by Khouzhan Kristene
 
Hello Spellmaker Readers! As the days grow warmer and the promise of late night campfires and leisurely hours spent soaking up the sunshine are upon us, let’s explore the days in late June known as the Summer Solstice and Mid Summer’s Eve.
 
Known as Litha in many neo-pagan traditions, the solstice, which will take place on June 21,2019, denotes the longest day of the year; energies are high and wildlife is out and about in fervor-here in PA I delight in seeing plump little rabbits almost daily.
 
The word solstice has its origins in Latin, and roughly translates as “sun standing still”,because the sun appears to stop moving in the sky for a time. All over the world, magical festivals abound to celebrate the life giving rays of the sun.
 
In Norway, the first strawberry crops are enjoyed and gigantic bonfires blaze for Midsummer’s Eve just a few days after the solstice. Midsummer’s Eve, so named because the “summer” actually started in ancient pagan traditions on the first of May, is steeped in mystical folklore throughout Europe Ireland and England. The fairy folk, or Fey were said to roam freely between the realms of man and the Fairy Realm on this night each year. Divination was a favorite activity and young women in Denmark still fashion wreaths of fresh herbs and flowers lit with candles and set them upon the nearest body of water in hopes of catching a glimpse into their romantic future.
 
 Stonehenge in Wiltshire United Kingdom, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, and Macchu Pichu in Peru are just a handful of destinations where humankind created structures to denote the sun’s ascent into the heavens and honor it’s place in it our lives.
 
It really is as if the sun is high in the sky and as a result we are energized and healed. Solar energy has enabled Mother Earth to survive the long winter and as we watch her majesty in full bloom-her trees blooming, her crops growing-we see life thrive. In Iceland, where the sun never truly sets this time of year, people even play midnight rounds of golf!
 
So what can we do on a smaller level, to honor this spoke in the cycle of our precious mother Earth? How about some simple candle magic? Did you know that Spellmaker.com carries a full range of candle colors in every shade to help you in your magical endeavors? These high quality candles burn beautifully and are the same hue all the way through. You can use these candles alone or “dress” a candle with any Spellmaker oil related to your intended magical goals. Try some Mambo Sam’s Spiritual Anointing Oil on a white candle for healing or pair with Abre Camino Oil to help facilitate communication with your lover, co-workers or neighbors. The possibilities are endless! Green candles are great for prosperity and  pink are great for love work etc.As always, if you’re unsure of what to use, you can always ask your confidential free caseworker.
 
What will you do to brighten your life at this magical time of year?  I wish you peace and a beautiful solstice and midsummer!….Now get out there and dance,live and shine like the sun...get out there and thrive!
 
In Service,
Khouzhan Kristene
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