Caribbean Magical & Spiritual Traditions: Myal & Obeah

The Caribbean is a place that always fills me with a sense of mystery and magic. Those tropical waters and lands have seen so much, have had so much happen upon them and within them that it’s no wonder there are a wealth if spiritual and magical traditions that abound there. In these videos, IContinue reading “Caribbean Magical & Spiritual Traditions: Myal & Obeah”

Summer Ramblings – Heron Folklore

The air over the water shimmers in the heat of the morning, warm even at this early hour. The light has that golden syrupy quality that holds the promise of a hot day. The surface of the lake is still, like a mirror, glassy reflections of the trees that line the lake and the blue sky that will later deepen to cornflower as the temperature rises. Dragon flies zip across the surface and a swan moves lazily across the water.

There’s a magic to such places, wouldn’t you agree?

Spirits of Obeah: Papa Bones, The Lady of the Pitch Lake & Anima Sola

If Sasabonsam is the Lord of the Wild Forest and Obeah, then Papa Bones is the guardian and protector of them. While it is Sasabonsam who ultimately gives the power of obeah, it is through Papa Bones that it fuses with the skeleton, filling the bones of the obeahman or woman and while Sasabonsam chooses whether one is worthy of such knowledge and power, it is Papa Bones who chooses worthy initiates to go before Sasabonsam.