Lúcio and the Muiraquitã

As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of Overwatch, specially all the amazing effort Blizzard’s team had on character design and development. They have very interesting designs, characteristics and unique personalities. Not to mention they have a double care to create a multi-national and multi ethnic group of heroes. The same goes to my compatriot, Lúcio, the Brazilian DJ and a lovely support hero.

As far as I can see, they traced a very nice character with very precise and even natural Brazilian characteristics. Look at his full name: Lúcio Correia dos Santos is a very common name and sounds very natural to heard to us, differently from many other Brazilian characters in other games (I’m looking at you, Tekken’s Eddy Gordo). He also carries many of the carioca style on his voice manner (even more in the pt-br dub, since his VA here is from the same city) and, most of all, he’s a reliable character and carries his nationality nicely. Just look at his main colors: yellow and green (with blue details), all the colors of our flag, combine so great that doesn’t sound rude at all. He’s true to his favela origin and is a party lover who loves to cheer everyone around him.

With all this, I looked at his frog tattoo and found it… curious, to say at least. It reminded me of something from my region. But, I wasn’t sure if the Blizzard team would go THAT FAR to characterize him.

But then I received my Art of Overwatch’s artbook (really good artbook, but, I recommend it) and when I was reading about his conception, I read this:

“..they based his frog symbol on the giant monkey frog, a bright green amphibian from the Amazon basin that’s used in traditional healing ceremonies.”

This frog in specific is on the origins of a very popular amulet from where I’m from: the Muiraquitã.

This amulet (that from the native language can be translate as “knot of trees”, usually craft on greenish stones like jade and nephrite or even in woods, is an old artifact from the Low Amazon Basin’s Indians, like the Tapajós and Konduri to represent different kinds of animals, like fishes, turtles, but mostly frogs). The first reports about they are waaay back from the 16th century, back from the Portuguese Colonization period of Brazil.

This region right here.

According to some historians, the Tapajós women used this amulet to prevent diseases and infertility. As an extension of the original monkey frog’s curative properties they used.

Nowadays, this amulet can be found as a pendant and illustrate many decorative objects around my regions, usually sold as a souvenir.

Ultimately, I’m utterly happy to see an amulet from my region (so far away from Lúcio’s hometown, Rio de Janeiro) being used on his design to reinforce his healing and cheerful personality and style. Overwatch dev team, have my most sincere  gratitude and praise.

Obrigado!

Art by Aukki13

For more info: Muiraquitã’s article at Wikipédia

Fandom’s reaction to the Samulet during 11x20...

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Then…..

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And then…. The kicker! 

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In a word: eojfojntgoihnewfkjngpihmtpnfjngongrg

Gif sources: @sasquatchandleatherjacket and @holy-bull-honky-supernatural

Jewish Amulet: ‘the sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night’

This amulet draws on Jewish verse, traditional art and mysticism. The text ‘the sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night’ is taken from Psalm 121 (Shir Lamaalot). Inside the amulet are three mythical characters some believe to have protective powers: Sanvai, Sansanvai & Semangelof… These angels first appeared in a Kabbalistic text and have been around for hundreds of years. 

Designed by Meryl Urdang.

Alchemical Enchanting: Protection Circle

Today I’d like to talk about enchanting: the practice of charging objects with a magickal purpose. This can be done in many different ways; it is not required to follow complicated rituals and use specific ingredients to successfully enchant an object, but rituals are a great way to focus one’s will during the process.

This is the way I do it. 🌙

  • Start with meditation, trying to reach a very deep and focused meditative state. You have to feel your own power grow inside of you. I find that listening to music is a great way to make this process easier. 
  • Focus on your goal: in the case of a protection spell, you can try to visualize a protective bubble around you, or a shield that repels unwanted energies. Take your time to make the image very clear in your head.
  • Pick the object you wish to enchant. In this case, I used a round black onyx stone, which is known to have protective properties (but you can use whichever object you have on hand, as long as you feel a positive connection to it). Cleanse and bless the object however you see fit (I use New Moon Water and Chaos Water).
  • Draw the enchanting circle on a piece of paper. I start with a basic alchemical circle: I draw the three symbols of mercury, salt and sulphur around the circle and I draw a six-pointed star inside. Then I start drawing inside the circle, trying to remain focused on my goal as much as I can, and leaving a blank space where I will place the object I want to enchant.  
  • Surround the enchanting circle with salt to protect it from any external interference. I also place obsidian, clear quartz and carnelian around it as a representation of the alchemical transmutation. If you want, you can light a candle that matches your goal (for protection, use a black candle).
  • Place your object inside the enchanting circle and leave it there to charge for as long as you want. You either can remain focused on your enchantment, or you can leave the circle alone to do its magick. (But please, never leave candles unattended!)

Here’s a closer look at my protection circle. You can copy it down and use it as it is, or you can change it to fit your personal spell. 

If you feel that the object is losing its charge after being used, you can just put it back on the circle and leave it there overnight.

If you’d like to know more about the ideas behind alchemy, check my previous post on the topic here.

Happy enchanting! 🌙

Simple Protection Amulet

This is an enchantment spell I wrote a while ago for that lil extra protection boost. I’ve done this spell three times, for three different people (including myself), and it’s worked every time. This spell is especially good for baby witches and closet witches. Keep in mind that this isn’t a super strong spell, it’s kind of like the first piece of armour you buy in a video game. Although it’s not particularly powerful, it’s definitely one of my favourite charms - I like to take it with me when I go travelling, or when I stay the night at someone’s house, so that if I start sensing negative energies I can wear it and have some instant protection magic happening! (note: i have included extra steps for wiccans - just ignore them if you’re not wiccan; although obviously, wiccans are fully-welcome to use the non-wiccan method if they wish to do so)

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⛥ gather: black pepper (protection, inner strength, warding), whole cloves (protection, curse-breaking), salt (protection), any protective crystal (e.g. snowflake obsidian, fire agate, black tourmaline, etc; this item is optional), a small bowl, a necklace* to enchant

⛥ cast a circle, if you wish to (totally optional)

⛥ if you’re wiccan, call upon the god and goddess, and give them an offering (e.g. seeds, bread, fresh juice) and ask for them to assist you with this spell

⛥ mix the pepper, cloves and salt together in a bowl - the person who will be wearing the amulet should stir using their finger (on their dominant hand) to mix in their energies

⛥ next, the person who will be wearing the amulet should bury the necklace in the mixture

⛥ wave your hand over the bowl once, anti-clockwise, and say:

      wiccan version
     i ask the God and the Goddess,
     the all-father and all-mother,
     to bless this necklace, so that
     the wearer, (say name), may be
     protected from ill & injury.


      witch version
     by cleansing salt and earth-grown herb,
     beware, destructive beings of woe!
     you are kept from (wearer’s name),
     by this object’s midnight glow

⛥ wave your hand over the bowl once, clockwise, to seal the spell

⛥ (wiccans, thank the god & goddess and dismiss them)

⛥ you can now remove the amulet from the bowl, and dispose of the herbs/salt inside (keeping the crystal, obviously)

*it should be noted that any other piece of jewelry can be used: a ring, a bracelet, earrings, a brooch, etc.

Amulet for protection of brides and their households, North Africa, n.d. Each of the orbs is engraved with a quotation from the Hebrew Bible:

בן פרת יוסף בן פרת עלי עין מזל טוב (Genesis 49:22)
ישמך אלהים כשרה רבקה רחל ולאה (Ruth 4:11)
רבות בנות עשו חיל ואת עלית על כלנה (Proverbs 31:29)
קול ששון וקול שמחה קול חתן וקול כלה (Jeremiah 33:11)
שקר החן והבל היפי אשה יראת יי היא תתהלל (Proverbs 31:30)