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What is a Limpia (and what is it NOT?)   2 comments

Greetings, Seekers!
Without question, the most popular post on my blog is (and has been for years) my post on Limpias – aka “Egg Cleansings.”  It involves using an egg to absorb energies from a person and then either disposing of the egg, or cracking it open to divine the insides.  The word Limpia just means “cleansing”, and not all ritual cleansings involve eggs, of course. However, the variety that uses an egg for the purpose has become an extremely popular practice, especially in areas with large Latino populations. And that popularity seems to be growing every single year – spreading with the rising awareness of the ATRs like Santeria and Cadomble.
Sadly, it is also absolutely infested with scam artists and frauds. My Limpia post generated so many responses from people who were obviously being scammed out of THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS by these pathetic creeps, I eventually had to create this post as a loud warning to those seeking readings:
A Warning About Limpias
And now even that post has been flooded with comments from people being scammed. Thankfully, the tone of the comments in this post has shifted from “have I been scammed??” to “oh hell I’ve been scammed!!” I just wish the post could have reached those people before they lost their money. Some of them have “only” lost a few hundred, some have lost thousands, and not one of them could truly afford a dollar of it.  😦
Even still, there are some comments in the thread with people scratching their heads and unsure of what is and is not a scam. Therefore, I just posted this basic explanation of what a Limpia reading really is:
An egg cleansing is simply a modern, and more humane, version of the far more ancient technique of using a live animal to cleanse yourself. The way it was shown to me, a bird was taken and held so its wings were free to flap as it was passed all over/around the person’s body. The bird was then released, with the understanding that it would have taken negative energies and magick out of the person and fly away with them – presumably to eventually die. It wasn’t mentioned to me at the time, but I suspect something similar was done in the ancient Temples – with the bird being left at the Temple as an offering. (There was also the famous “scape-goat” that took on all the sins of Israel and was released into the desert to die. Not to mention ancient techniques of reading animal livers, entrails, etc.)
In the Limpia, the egg is simply an analog to that bird (or goat or whatever). It is a living biological material that can, to some degree, absorb energies from you. When you crack it open, it is a divination. There are certain things you might see when you crack and egg into water – how it floats or sinks, bubbles, tendrils, blood spots, etc, etc. These are random factors that fall into place – just like Tarot cards are shuffled and fall into place – to give us a reading.
A Limpia is NOT a magick trick. Nothing is going to “appear” inside the egg because it “passes through your aura.” You are not supposed to find hair and tar and stones inside the egg. They have no divinatory meaning beyond “this reading is a scam” – period.
I also added this comment for someone who asked how to recognize the scam artists:

Finding a curse right away is always a red flag. (They ALWAYS find a curse. Always.) But, of course, that doesn’t mean an honest reader won’t find something like that too. Just look for the usual pattern: pay for cleansing/reading, find something wrong, ask for more money, what they do changes nothing, discover its because you need more work, ask for even more money, and on and on and on.

If it feels like things are developing that way, get out of there. And keep this in mind: If you were to pay a legit worker for a consult, then for a talisman, and THEN for a ritual to consecrate it AND even an evocation of an angel, you would STILL not pay more than $1000. So when someone starts asking for thousands – get out!


Keep these things in mind, folks, preferable before you cough up thousands of dollars to someone who isn’t doing a thing but depositing your money.


Posted February 21, 2018 by kheph777 in atr, hoodoo / witchcraft, rants, santeria

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A Warning about Limpias (Egg Cleansings)   42 comments

Greetings, seekers!

Without a doubt, the single most popular post on this blog has been my instructions for performing a Limpia (aka, “Egg Cleansing”).  Not only does that post have the most views, but keywords like “egg cleansing” and “limpia” are the most-used search terms that lead people to my blog.

The post also has the most comments.  Most of them are from folks who have performed the cleansing upon themselves, and want me to interpret the results.  At first I was happy to olidge.  However, I soon became overrun with requests for readings, and had to stem the flow by requiring a small fee for the service.  (It’s only $10, but it has stopped most of the unsolicited requests.)

The rest of the comments on that post come from those who have paid others to do a Limpia upon them, only to find some kind of horrific object inside the egg.  They are told this indicates a curse has been placed upon them, and that it can be removed – at an exorbitant cost to the client.

The ones who post in my comments are the lucky ones.  They bring the results of the reading to me because they have begun to suspect they are being defrauded.  Thy want to know if, for instance, iron shavings can really turn up inside a chicken egg.  (No, they cannot.)  These people come to me after losing only a few, or a few hundred, dollars.  But this seems to go on a lot out in the world – and some folks will hand over thousands of dollars to such a charlatan before they wake up (or merely run our of money) with nothing at all to show for their sacrifice.

Folks, if you ever pay someone to do a Limpia on you, and they find some kind of foreign object inside the shell, it is a scam.  The worst you should ever find in there is some blood spots, maybe some black material if the egg has begun to rot, or even an embryonic chicken. There can bubbles, discoloration, streaks of white, or a bad smell.  All of these things can be found quite naturally in the egg – and THAT is what you are trying to read.

But anything else:  iron shavings, dirt, hair, stones, other animals, bones, glass, copious amounts of blood or black liquid, feathers, etc, etc, etc, – all of these things are stage-tricks meant to convince you to cough up cash.

Charlatans that work this way can either use sleight-of-hand to make it appear the object came from the egg, or they simply poked a small hole in the egg-shell, inserted the object, and sealed the shell with white wax.  (These are old tricks – and I know them because I was once a close-up stage magician.)

If you see anything like that, the person doing it is a fraud.  Simply walk away and don’t look back.

Posted May 14, 2014 by kheph777 in hoodoo / witchcraft, magick

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Egg Cleansing Technique (Limpia)   285 comments

Since I posted the Egg Spell for Spiritual Defense, I feel it would be good to offer another magickal use for an egg:  Cleansing – also called a Limpia.  (Very useful as part of an Uncrossing!)

NOTE:  If you have paid someone to do a Limpa upon you, or are thinking about having one done, please read this important warning!

NOTE ABOUT READINGS FROM ME:  When I first posted this technique, I was more than happy to offer simple readings for folks who wanted to send me pictures of the results of their limpias.  Since then, this has become the most popular post on my blog, and I have become overwhelmed with requests for readings.  Sadly, this has meant that many of you have asked for readings and not received a reply…  😦

So, I have no choice but to put a bottleneck on the requests.  I will need to charge for a reading (payable by Paypal) – $10 pays fora very basic interpretation of the Limpia results.  You will need to send me pictures of the results (the more the better), and I will offer an interpretation.  If you want a full consultation, it will be $50 (this includes readings, advice, and followups).

However, before you pay for a reading, please read on and check the comments section of this blog.  I have already interpreted many limpias right here, and it is quite likely one of them will cover what you see in your egg.

I have seen this process done by Ocha Ni’Lele, using a live bird instead of an egg.  There was no ceremony to speak of – it was actually an impromptu action taken after a wild bird landed and simply allowed him to pick it up.  Assuming it was a gift from the Gods, he passed the bird over his entire body (making sure to allow/encourage its wings to flap) and then released the bird again.

Sadly, it was assumed the bird would have died.  I suspect it was already headed that way, or it wouldn’t have allowed a human to pick it up.  However, I have to admit I couldn’t bring myself to use a live animal to cleanse myself of negativity in any case.  On the other hand, I have heard of using raw eggs for the same purpose.  I recently saw the subject discussed on a Hoodoo forum, and it inspired me to post my egg material here.

What follows is simply what I learned from Ocha Ni’Lele, replacing the live bird with an egg and some basic Hoodoo technique.

Update 1-13:  As this post is perhaps the most popular one on my blog to date, I have decided to re-format it somewhat to make it easier for folks to perform the egg cleansing properly.  It contains all the same information – most of it mine, some coming from a post I referenced here in the older version of this post (but which I have expanded upon below).

Instructions for Egg Cleansing

-For a cleansing, you want a standard “Grade-A” white egg from the fridge.  It should be cold.

-Also, if you have an established altar for general spiritual work, make sure to power it up for this work.  Light the candles and incense you normally use there.  Have consecrated water on the altar and ready.  (If you don’t know how to make full-fledged Holy Water (such as done in the Solomonic and Wiccan traditions), you can consecrate it by reciting a prayer over it.  Or, you can obtain holy water from a church or from someone else who knows how to make it.)  Finally place pure spring water in a clear glass on the altar – not to be confused with the consecrated water.

If you do not have such an altar, setting up a temporary one for this process is not hard.  Cover a small table with a white cloth.  Place a white candle upon it, and a censor to burn holy incense like Frankincense, “Church” Incense or something Solar.  (Pretty much any incense you find that relates to the Highest Divinity will work.)  Don’t forget the consecrated water and the clear glass of spring water.  Also place your favored holy symbol upon the altar – a Cross or Rosary, a Pentagram, a Goddess Symbol or whatever fits your beliefs.  If you would recite specific prayers or Psalms, have the prayer book or Psalter there as well.

-Then invoke your spiritual patrons and guardians as you would normally do before any magickal work.

-Once the altar and tools are ready, light the candle and incense and pray for Divine help and guidance.  Then get the fresh and cool egg, bring it to the altar, and consecrate it with a prayer while passing it through the smoke of the incense and sprinkling the consecrated water upon it.

-When this is done, take your holy symbol from the altar into your left hand and hold the egg in your right.  (Or vise-verse if you are left-handed.)  Recite Psalm 51 as you perform the following actions:

-Begin at the crown of the head and pass the egg downward over every part of your body.  From the crown to the nape of the neck.  Then downward along either side of the face.  Then downward strokes along the chest and abdomen, down the spine, then from shoulder to fingers on each arm, then downward strokes between the legs in the groin area and finally long downward strokes along the legs to the feet.  Overall, this should appear as if the egg were a bar of soap, and you are using it to wash every part of your body.

Once done, you can break and flush the egg down the toilet, or toss it into a crossroads or river.  Or, you can use the egg as part of a divination to see what kind of astral gunk the egg absorbed from you:

Egg Divination Instructions

The following instructions are quoted from this link.  Also see the comments section of this post as it contains many examples of interpretations I have done for others.

[B]reak the egg into the glass of spring water [*not* the glass of consecrated water!], checking for abnormalities such as color, blood, shape and texture.

Some basic interpretations:

-If the water smells bad with blood present, this is a sign of evil work being done.

-If there are blood spots in the water, this is a sign of bad luck and harm being caused by strong spellwork especially if the water is murky.

-If the water turns murky with no smell or blood, this is a sign of susto (soul loss) as long as there is no blood present.

-If the yolk of the egg has the shape of a face, this is a sign of an enemy. A thin face indicates a male enemy, a round face indicates a female enemy.

-If the yolk is in the shape of an eye, this is a sign of the evil eye.

-If there are small bubbles in the water, this is a sign that the negative energy was absorbed by guardian spirits.

-If the water is clear, with no abnormal shapes, smells or blood, this is a sign that nothing unnatural is happening.

To the above, I would add the following from my own experience:

-If the egg white forms a “mesh” or “webbing” pattern, this indicates something that is entrapping you, holding you back and impeding your peronsal or spiritual progress.

-The egg should sink directly to the bottom of the glass.  If it floats, this is a sign that further cleansing – preferably an Uncrossing – is necessary.  This is also true if only part of the egg floats while the rest sinks – though that indicates a smaller or still-developing problem that you want to rectify right away.

The remaining egg and water would then be disposed of as previously described – down the toilet, etc.  Feel free to share your own results if you give this divination a try.



Posted November 22, 2010 by kheph777 in hoodoo / witchcraft, magick

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