Graveyard dirt and where to get it

Please don’t steal from someone’s house.

Please don’t go to the closest cemetery and offer something and then take their home, a magical ingredient needed for so many things.

Truth is, spirits can be mad, just like people, and can be vengeful. They will want justice for taking part of their place of peace. Imagine someone taking from your house. How would you feel about that? Angry? Vulnerable? Vengeful? Well, now imagine if you had the flexibility and fluidity of being spirit.

A student of mine had a recent problem. He did leave offerings both at the gate and at the plot of dirt of a cemetery and everything seemed find. He left whiskey, candy, coins, and tobaccoat a Jewish cemetery. He went home and had been having minor inconveniences left and right even small scratches on his nose.

“Should I give back the dirt or toss it out, I don’t think these people like me cause I’m not one of them,” he said.

I told him to give to back. My thoughts are that he probably left the wrong offerings. Jewish people don’t leave anything that decomposes as grave offerings. So no food, no flowers or other plant matter. Also, the probably would prefer to not be used and then dismissed.

What annoys me is that my student had asked a lot of experienced witches to make sure he did all the right steps, who all told him that if he did not have permission to take the dirt the spirits would have made it abundantly clear to him in that very moment and they didn’t. He even kneeled down and asked. But spirit isn’t a parlor trick. They’re at rest. A relationship must be cultivated and understood between both parties, and patience.

One of my lovely students wrote to him: “I think unfortunately people in a lot of witch groups have an unfortunate tendency to assume that they will be stopped if they did something wrong. But that’s honestly just assuming that there’s far more order in our world than there is. I think it’s another form of the good things happen to good people fallacy. Some people are just jerks. Some spirits are just jerks. You unfortunately got a jerk. I personally would return the grave dirt and take back the offerings the spirit didn’t like, apologize, and not work with that one in particular any further. There’s a Japanese tradition to rub sea salt on your back before leaving an area where there are angry spirits so the spirit doesn’t follow you any further. I would do that as well.”

Here is the reality about life and getting what we need. We shouldn’t just take. And we must be patient when we ask, because the answer can be no, and we must respect that. But we must be patient. Most of all, it is audacious to assume the answer would be yes from a singular chance meeting. Walk up to a stone’s house and ask for a chair in exchange for a gift. This request to take of their land is just as audacious. But if your nice came to your home with a gift in exchange for a chair that she needs, for which will better her life? Well, she will probably get her chair.

Even spirits don’t have to like us, right?

I don’t necessarily like every person I come across.

Think about the living. We have our own prejudices and our own preferences when it comes to people. So… simply go to a different ‘club.’ We don’t belong in every circle and we don’t make friends everywhere we go. This cemetery is just not for you.

Also, the signs from spirit aren’t necessarily shown right away. AND build the relationship with the rested before taking the very first time. In some cases, you may not be allowed to take from a site.

In Hawaii, all of the land is a burial. You can NEVER take lava rock as it is part of Pele’s body, life, and the resting place of her mortal body. Many have taken the land, wanting a token or a souvenir of their vacation, but this little rock is part of her resting place, her home, and her body. Wouldn’t you be upset if someone took one of your knuckles?

The great Goddess Pele will literally kill you slowly with bad luck and misfortune until you’re hit by a bus or something. She is a God, which the spirits at rest are generally, not; however, spirits have the ability to do the some major damage, especially in a group.

Cemeteries are like book clubs… not all of them are welcoming. Find a different cemetery. Maybe one that speaks to you culturally. Maybe one that just feel comforting. One that you can feel the peace. You are taking part of someone’s home, so shouldn’t you feel welcome in their home, too? Trial and error. Return the dirt, leave the gifts as a “thanks for seeing me anyway” and move on to another book club.

Published by Aly Cardinalli

Aly provides a place for belonging while encouraging everyone to find their individuality. Aly artistically educates with integrity through expression, class studies, philanthropy, and mentoring in a structured, safe, and inspiring environment. He is also a performer, having studied voice (opera, pop, and musical theater), dance (jazz, contemporary, Cecchetti ballet, tap, modern, lyrical, ethic studies), and acting (Stanislavski, Meisner). My vision is to help people feel they belong by helping people feel beautiful, wanted, valued, and help them grow and heal, either by performing or by watching performers. In turn, my students, performers, and trainees will be the best performers in the biz. Vocal Coach: Aly was trained in Opera, Pop, and Musical Theater, voice production and speech, breathing technique, and music theory. Aly was trained at Long Island University, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and under Marla Waterman, Mary Feeney, Rick Hip-Florres, Chris Neher, Angela Echard, Nancy Sacklad, Rod Hearn, Cathy Hearn, Darren Cohen, Thomas Morrisey, Jay Dias, Robin Clark, David Caldwell, and Casey Colgan. Director/Choreographer: Aly was a classically trained dancer who went musical theater, and after being wheel-chair bound from poor stretching technique and over-training, transformed his teaching to combine elements of Active Isolated Stretching, preventative stretch, Kinesiology, and stress retraction. Founder/Director of Visions Conservatory of Dance & Theater. Artistic Director for Tony ‘N Tina’s Hawaiian Wedding. Director/Choreographer: CATS, Ruthless! the Musical, Spirit of the Iao. Choreographer: CHICAGO, King & I, Sound of Music, Paquita, and many others. Co-Founder for the Sierra Ballet Theatre Co. Department Head for the Musical Theatre Program at the Academy of Dance Arts. Resident Choreographer for Maui OnStage. Master Choreographer in Cecchetti Ballet, Jazz, East-coast Tap, West-coast Tap, African, Modern, Lyrical, hip-hop, Fosse, Contemporary, and Contortion. Founder of Student Dance Organization of LIU, CW Post. Conservatory Degree in Integrated Theatre Arts from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. School Director and Administrative Director for the Studio Maui. Guest Choreographer for Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Alexander Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Prep Academy, Kihei Dance Academy, Theater Theater Maui, and Seabury Hall. Aly has also staged and re-choreographed "Thriller" for various companies throughout the country. Aly is a professional psychic medium and modern witch who grew up in Hawai’i and Nevada. He is a practitioner in Benedicaria, well versed in witchcraft, folk magic, Voodoo, Orisha, Stregheria, and world cultural occult studies. He holds certifications in mediumship, psychic training, magic, and the occult. Aly is still an accomplished performer, which is required by his beliefs for passing on history and culture so we connect to each other and the human condition. He uses his psychic abilities as a performing arts instructor to better his students’ education, and has finally decided to teach in the field of the supernatural. 15 years ago, Aly was the victim of a homicide attempt, which stripped the barrier between him and the spirit world, and Aly has communicated with those beyond ever since. He is a blogger for the new site http://www.benedicarias.com and is currently teaching at Zinzeudo Infinite Wellness. Aly lives in the Central Maryland Area.

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