On this auspicious first day of Mercury Retrograde I am celebrating the disposal of a troll who has stalked me for over a year. Marie Bargas
Mercury Retrograde can be an exceptionally frustrating time. Even if your own natal Mercury was retrograde (and thus you’ve been spared some of the harsher energy), almost everyone around you will be in a fog of missed connections, muddled communications, and general chaos. It’s never a good time to start anything new, but it doesn’t have to be a complete loss.
A great technique from the Haitian Vodou tradition that we use at any time of year, and not just something like Mercury Retro, is spiritual cleansing with herbal baths. You can make a special bath for yourself to cut through the Mercury muck, and help get yourself back into balance.
Take a cup of white milk, a handful of fresh basil leaves, and three limes into the bathroom, along with a large pitcher, bowl, or bucket filled with room temperature water. Slice up the limes and put them in the water, along with the milk and the basil, and stir with your right hand. Then get into the bathtub or shower and very slowly, pour the pitcher over your head.
Keep your eyes shut, because the lime juice can sting – but what it’s doing is cutting through all that Mercurial madness. If any pieces of lime or leaves stick to you on the way down, that’s fine – rub them into your skin and then let them fall. Let this air dry, then step out and dry off with a clean white towel. It’s best to do this bath right before bed, so you can leave the fragrant bath to do its work until morning.
ABOUT MAMBO T:
Mambo T Chita Tann (Mambo Tamara, or “Mambo T”) has been mambo asogwe (the highest rank of priesthood) in Haitian Vodou since 2001, when she initiated with a sosyete in the city of Jacmel in southern Haiti. In 2004, she was granted membership in another sosyete based inPétionville and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with a satellite house in Long Island, NY: the Sosyete La Fraîcheur Belle Fleur Guinea of Mambo Marie Carmel Charles. Mambo T underwent a second initiation as mambo asogwe in January 2006, at Sosyete Sipote Ki Di, a historical Port-au-Prince peristyle adminstered by Mambo Marie Carmel Charles and Mambo Fifi Ya Sezi. At baptism, Mambo T was honored with the public name Chita Tann, a name passed down through several mambos in the house’s lineage.
Mambo T has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, author, and lecturer on African religions. She is a professional Egyptologist and became the spiritual leader of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith (a modern form of ancient Egyptian religion) in 1989, decades prior to her involvement in Haitian Vodou. She considers Vodou not as her religion, but as a spiritual and magical service in honor of Haitian and Native American ancestors. Mambo T’s students come from all races, religions, and walks of life. Her first book on Vodou, Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti’s Indigenous Spiritual Tradition, was published in January 2012.
Her Store: LEGBA’S CROSSROADS