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
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
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:
based his frog symbol on the giant monkey frog, a bright green amphibian from
the Amazon basin that’s used in traditional healing ceremonies.”
in specific is on the origins of a very popular amulet from where I’m from: the
(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.
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
this amulet can be found as a pendant and illustrate many decorative objects
around my regions, usually sold as a souvenir.
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.
Seated quartz amulet of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet on a gold throne, from the tomb of
Wendjebauendjed, NRT III at Tanis, senior official of Psusennes I. Gold, paste, quartz, height: 5.3 cms. 3rd Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1039-991 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.
Power of the Heart Self-Love Spell (W.I.T.C.H. Inspired)
A spell to open yourself up to your own love and sense of self-worth.
You Will Need:
💕 Jar or Glass container
💕 Rose Quartz
💕 A Necklace or Amulet
💕 Fill your glass container with water and place in your rose quartz. In a window or outside place your water over night, preferably during a full moon. (any moon will do if you’re in a pinch)
💕 Come morning collect your water and bring it to your work area
💕 Hold your necklace cupped in your hands. Whisper to it your desires to start loving yourself and building your self worth. Visualize it glowing as you whisper these words to it, a soft dim pink. Once you have finished your words kiss it gently putting more of your wishes to love yourself into it.
💕 Holding it by its chain/string with both hands via your pointer finger and thumb lower it slowly into the gem water below until the charm/stone/pendent is submerged fully
💕 Time for more intense visualization: focus on the bowl as it glows with a warm pink light that shines bright like a fire and pulses like a beating heart. See it fill the necklace and make the necklace’s glow more intense until the water is no longer glowing and the light is coming from the necklace, pulsing and beating.
💕 Lift the necklace from the water and gently dab dry then put it on. Feel as it lays against your chest how its energy pulses and beats, warm and close to your heart. Let it warm you. Wear it whenever you need to love yourself.
💕 To cleanse leave in the moonlight and to charge simply repeat spell process above.
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.
Ba amulet from the tomb of Prince Hornakht, son of Osorkon II. The Ba amulet, found on the body of the prince assured the deceased of reunion with his soul.
lapis lazuli, width: 8 cm, from Tanis, NRT I.
3rd Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 874-850 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.