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Thoth Tarot Cards

  • OTO information card.
    Pictures of Mambo Sam's first US edition of the Thoth Tarot deck. This is a very rare deck, with really incredible art work. The illustrations of the Thoth deck are rich in symbolism, based upon Crowley's stated desire to incorporate symbols from many disparate disciplines, including science and philosophy, as well as to draw on his extensive knowledge of various occult system (as described in detail in his Book of Thoth). Hope you enjoy the photos.

Sobo Ritual 2011

  • Ti Hochet
    Pictures of Sister Bridget's Altar for the 2011 Sobo Rital.

Lwa Bottles by Sister Bridget

Bridget's Altar Spaces UPDATED June 2010!

  • Spring cleaning 2010
    Welcome! In this album are various photos of my altars, rituals I have done, and some of my tools used in this very special work. I hope you enjoy your time here ;-) In Service, Sister Bridget Corfield de la Familie Fleurette-Beauchamp

Papa Legba Ritual Altar Photos UPDATED!

  • 6/13/10 Leggo
    As many of you know, each June the Spellmaker Family perfomed month long rituals to Papa Legba, petitioning also to St Peter, St Anthony and St Lazarus along with Papa on each Saint's Feast Day. What a wonderful month June is for us, and how rewarding to petition for our beloved clients in each ritual we perform. This album has various pictures of the altars I set up all month. I hope you enjoy the pictures! Updated to include both 2009 and 2010 rituals Love Sister Bridget Familie de la Fleurette-Beauchamp-Corfield

Bridget's Fet Ghede Altar Photos

  • Fet Ghede 2010 Atlar Pictures
    Welcome! Inside please find some photos altar I set up for Fet Ghede over the years. Hope you enjoy! Light and Love Sister Bridget

Bridget's Fet Ghede 2008

  • Creative Candle Holder
    Sorry I couldnt make the convention and party with you all ;-( I would have been there if I could have. I did have a Fet Ghede celebration of my own, and here are a few pictures I took. Hope to see you all next year and have a really grand time ;-)

Helpful Hints and Tips

Make an Ancestor Altar Cloth!

Make an Ancestor Altar Cloth

Ancestor Cloth
 

An ancestor altar cloth is something you can make any time of the year, although it can come in particularly handy for Samhain/Fet Ghede, when many people choose to perform ancestor-focused rituals. This project can be as simple or as complex as you like, depending on your time constraints, creativity, and crafting skills.

You’ll need:

  • A plain white or cream-colored tablecloth, or other piece of fabric
  • Fabric pencil
  • Embroidery floss and hoop, or fabric markers
  • A genealogy of your ancestors

A few notes here, before you get started. There’s no hard and fast rule about how to do this — it’s a craft idea that is very personalized. Do what works best for you. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you can embroider the cloth - it will definitely last longer that way. If you’re not confident about your stitching abilities, you can use fine-tipped fabric markers (keep in mind that this option may limit your ability to wash the altar cloth if it gets dirty or stained during ritual).

As to your genealogy, you can keep it simple if you like, or if you’ve never done any genealogy research. You’ll need the names of your parents, of their parents, their grandparents, and so on. If you want to include your children, you can do that too.

Start by putting yourself in the center, and writing your name carefully with a lightweight fabric pencil — these wash or brush off easily when you’re done. Branch out, including your parents’ names above you, one on each side. Using lines to connect everyone, gradually add the names of your ancestors. You can even include dates of birth and death, or place names if you have the room.

It’s best to do all of this in pencil first — or better yet, use Post-It Notes, one for each ancestor’s name - to position people around the cloth. If you know the names of lots of ancestors on one side, but only a few on the other, it can start looking lopsided pretty quickly, unless you’re able to rearrange people (this is why sticky notes are great).

Once you’ve figured out everyone’s placement, add the names in fabric pencil until you’ve included as many people as you like. If you’re going to embroider the names, work from one side to the other, just to keep things simple — you may even want to do different branches of the family, or different generations, in alternating colors. If you opt to use fabric markers for the final work, be careful! Stitches can always be picked out, but markers are permanent.

Keep in mind that the very act of creation is a magical one, and you can utilize the crafting of this altar cloth as a ritual in and of itself. Particularly if you're stitching, there's a very meditative aspect to the creative process. After you’ve put everyone’s names on the fabric, use it as an altar cloth for rituals involving ancestor work.


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