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Date: Sun, 7 Jul 2002 22:36:59 -0500 From: "E Bryant Holman" (email@example.com) Subject: My First Limpia, or, "Against the Gallina Negra" I have visited several times now with Carlitos who, as you know, is a powerful curandero who lives in Gomez Palacio, Durango. Carlitos is going to instruct me from some of the ancient books he has, and he is going to help me with the book on curanderismo and brujeria that I am going to publish. On Thursday of last week, I spoke to an American couple who have been here for about four months now - mostly staying at a place that they believe to be La Esmeralda, a small community near here across the Rio Conchos from Ojinaga: but where they actually are is a neighboring community of San Francisco, or San Pancho as it is popularly known, which is just over the hill from La Esmeralda. I told them that I knew San Pancho very well, as I used to visit there a lot, when I dated a girl from there, Eva, some ten or so years ago, when I was first working on this book. I said that I liked the girl, and everything was fine with her and her family, except that I finally got fed up with all of them because of their obsession with brujeria, which seemed to dominate their thinking, to the point that I finally just left the girl, because I didn't want to hear any more about it. The couple said that this was uncanny that I should mention this, and they had the same impression, and that this brought up some items that they had not discussed with anyone else. So, to make a long story short, it is clear that the woman, Connie, has been bewitched and that her life is in mortal danger. They have been staying at the house of a man who has certain characteristics related, in a way, to schizophrenia - he talks to himself and repeats things over and over again. He rides a burro around, and I have seen him many times, but I have never spoken to him. The funny thing is that I took a picture of him on his burro several years ago, and it is on the background of an old home page of mine, located at http://home.talkcity.com/GalleryDr/eduardo/index.html Recently, Connie said that she saw a mark on this man's arm - three red dots in the form of a perfect triangle - and when she asked the man what this was, responded by asking, "Sabes de las brujas?" Later, Connie saw these same three marks on her own body, and later on, when she looked they were gone. I asked Cuca about this later that day, and she said that Connie was in mortal danger, that she was going to die. I asked her if she could cure Connie, and she said that she could, but then the "mal" would go into her, and she would be in danger. She said that this was "La Gallina Negra" [The Black Hen or Black Pullet] - a particularly powerful and evil type of magia negra. You can look that up on the internet, on Google, and find references to this, which are taken out of the Book of San Cipriano, by the way. http://www.apocatastasis.com/trans_magn22.htm is an example of what I am talking about. [Actually, the name comes from the 18th century Frech grimoire "The Black Pullet," in my opinion -- cat] I asked her if Carlitos could cure her, and she said that he certainly could - that he was more powerful than any practitioners of La Gallina Negra. I knew that already, actually. So I told Connie that she didn't need to worry, that she was going to be all right, but that she had better not go anywhere, and that she had better be available when Carlitos got back from Gomez. What suddenly worried me greatly was when it suddenly occured to me that this was a Thursday, and that the next day, Friday, was one the days in which the witches can hear you when you are talking about them. So, I knew that Connie and her husband, Darren, would talk about this between themselves, and the witches would hear my name, and I would be in grave danger. So, it happens that Carlitos had given me his card and told me that I could call him there in Gomez any time I wanted to, and that he would be available for me. So I did just that. At first I tried him at home, and he didn't answer, so I called him on his cell phone, and I spoke to him, and I told him my situation. He told me what to do to be protected for now, and that when he got home, he would provide a protection for me on his own altar there, and I would be completely safe, with an "amparo". What he instructed me to do is the following: Take two images of San Miguel Arcangel, and place one above and one below a photo of yourself - or of the person who will given the amparo. Get a red candle (preferably a veladora of San Miguel himself, which I just so happened to have), say the prayer to San Miguel (which happens to be on the back of the veladora - that was handy!) and light the candle and set it on top of the images. Later, I talked to Carlitos again, and he said not to worry about a thing - that he had placed an amparo for me and that when he got to Ojinaga, he would fix everything. I thanked him for that, and I took home a novena of San Miguel, and I have started that. Last night I was on the third prayer. For my images of San Miguel that I placed my photo between, I used novenas, since I have a whole lot of them anyway. Connie and Darren were supposed to come back that evening, but I didn't see them until the next day, Friday. When they got there, I decided that, since Carlitos had an amparo for me, I would be safe in doing a limpia for Connie. So, I did just that. I gave her a copy of the novena of San Miguel, and told her to look at his picture, and meditate on that, and to take off her glasses and baseball hat. Next, I did three persinaciones, and I told her to, at the point that one usually kisses the cross and three nails that one makes with one's own hand, that she do that herself - on "amen" she kiss her own hand. After that, I got a small crucifix and just made the sign of the cross in the same pattern as one does with the persinacion, and I prayed the Doce Verdades del Mundo while doing so. I then pulled the evil ("males") out of her fingertips, and I said, three times: "Espiritu de Connie, ven y no te quedes", to which I instructed her to reply "Ay Voy". After that I annointed her on the head with Perfume de Siete Machos mixed with holy water, and I asked her to turn around, and, into the center her back, just below her shoulder blades, I blew one strong puff, and told her she was ready. I told her to bring me a photo of herself, which she did later, and I put it in with mine between the two images of San Miguel, and told her to pray the prayer on the back of the candle. She asked me if she should do so in English of Spanish, and I told her either one, and she chose Spanish. She said that she felt a lot better: That, up until then, she had felt a terrible depression, and that this ritual had completely lifted it. I was glad she felt that way, but I was not so sure myself about the effectiveness of all of this, and I called Carlitos again later, and I told him all of the new details. He did not say whether my efforts were worth the trouble or not, frankly, but he asked what her name was, and I said "Connie", and he said he would put up an amparo for her, too, and that she would be safe. Later on, I told her so. Connie has had sort of like premonitions, which I would say are probably like communications from her guardian angel, at various stages in this. And she is sure that she was informed that I am supposed to begin practicing what I have learned, and that this is what I was doing here. She said that she was pretty sure that the witches were spying on her, and I told her that they would probably just send ghosts to do that, but that she would know that they were coming personally to spy on her if she saw either a small owl - a lechuza - or a ball of light. She said that she had indeed seen a ball on light - in the room where she was the night before, up in the corner. She also said that she had heard a voice, and that she could not make out all of the words, but that one word that was repeated a lot was "regresar" and "regresando". I told her that the witch was complaining that Carlos was going to turn their magic back on them ("regresar el mal"). When I talked to him about that, he said that this was true. He was very angry because they would have tried to harm me, and that he was going to punish them. "Estan jodidas," he said. This is going to be a classic "pleito entre brujos". Cuca says he is going to take away their power. But I think he is going to do worse than that. At http://www.fundacionglobalnature.org/imagenes/gallina1.JPG there is a picture of the traditional gallina negra, a Spanish breed, which is what one uses in the ritual of initiation to the secret knowledge of the sect. However, these hens are not available, and so, the witches here perform another kind of sacrifice instead, which is so unspeakable, that I won't even speak about it. But, suffice it to say, that if you knew what I was referring to, you say to me - tell Carlos to to his worst! Connie and Darren are moving to another place. They were moving today, and they stopped by to see me a couple of times. Connie's sister in law is a publisher and movie maker, and Connie is going to help us get our book published (I say "our" book because I have a feeling that Carlos is going to contribute so much stuff that I will have to give him credit, in all fairness). Carlitos had some input from the spirits that guide him, concerning the book. They want to make sure this book has information which readers who have undeveloped "dones" (plural of "don" - to be clear here) will need. What their concern is (the spirits, that is) that these people, if they choose to take up magia blanca, that they have amparo, and so it is especially important that I include certain prayers from these very old books, which I must recommend for this purpose. http://ojinaga.com/carlitos/index.html Bryant
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