With the onset of spiritual and ritual tools being added the Melanin Mermaid shop, which I encourage you to visit after your read, I wanted to discuss some of the different ritual tools and their uses.
Melanin Mermaid is bringing to us a few different tools in the shop to enhance the different ways we work and communicate with ourselves and spirit guides!
Florida Water is an American Version of Cologne Water, which is a citrus-based cologne that originated in Cologne, Germany. The Florida Water we use today has lavender, lemon, and orange essential oils, and the name refers to the Fountain of Youth, which was fabled to be located in Florida.
With Florida Water, a little goes a long way. The bottle in its smallest size can last for months. You can use Florida Water for a variety of different household things, you can mix it with your water before mopping. I personally sprinkle some in with my laundry before I start the wash, but you can also use it as a spiritual cleansing agent.
Florida Water can be used to sprinkle in your spiritual baths or in cleansing sprays, to dab on your chakras before stepping out, or to mix with Moon Water if that is something you set out during the moon’s phases. You can also sprinkle it on your hands to clean them prior to doing any work with divination tools.
Rider-Waite Tarot and Cartomancy
Cartomancy is the act of fortune-telling and divination using playing cards. This act of divination using playing cards was more common in Europe and in English-speaking countries. The most common form of cartomancy today is tarot card reading.
Reading Tarot Cards is a form of divination, and it can be used to gain knowledge of the past, present, and future. It is of utmost importance when using tarot cards to glean and divine information, that you set the specific intention of whom or what you’re speaking to. This can mean, if you’re asking any questions for yourself, that you use the full names of any Ancestral Helping Spirits, or the names and titles of your spirit guides.
The Rider-Waite deck was released in 1909 and was the first complete cartomancy deck other than those that originated from the Jean-Baptiste Atillete’s Egyptian deck in 1783.
Tarot, in theory, is simple. The common Rider-Waite deck has 78 cards, there are 22 Major Arcana cards, which chronicles the Fool’s Journey, and 56 Suit Cards, which represent different aspects of life. Cards can be read in the upright, the more…positive aspect of life, or the reverse position, which is the more negative aspect of life.
The earliest use of wicked candles is thought to be attributed to the Ancient Egyptians, though their candles had no wicks, and their rushlights they were thought to use them by lighting reed cores that were soaked in animal fat. Egyptians were, more than likely, using wicked candles in 3,000 B.C., and the ancient Romans were developing the wicked candle by rolling papyrus and dipping it repeatedly in melted tallow or beeswax.
Ritual Candles can be burned for a variety of different things. They can be burned to strengthen chakras, your connection to your Ancestral Helping Spirits, to set or intensify intentions. Colors of the candles are specific, at our shop in Melanin Mermaid there are White, which signify purity, cleansing, peace and virginity. White candles can also relate to work on the crown chakra, as it is sometimes portrayed as shimmery white in color. There is also yellow in our shop, which signifies the element of Air, the solar plexus chakra, intelligence, beauty, memory and the Orisha Ochun.
These candles are lit once and meant to stay alight for up to three days, and the fire is supposed to go out on it’s own.
Ritual candles can also be dressed with certain oils, herbs, and moisture-safe crystals to strengthen your intentions.
How do you use these tools in your spiritual work?