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True Love Bath

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” –Rumi

What can be said about love that has not already been said before. It is a transcendent state of being that raises up the soul as it is entwined passionately with the soul of another. It comes in all varying shades from platonic love, to brotherly love, to deep erotic love. Sometimes it is an enduring fire that burns for years until we pass on, and sometimes it flashes briefly like a shooting star, lighting up the dark, but is gone all too soon. No matter the form or shade of love, it always leaves us transformed. Its sting is keen and its nectar intoxicating. Love can uplift into powerful mystical states of clarity, or descend into the fog of madness.

So powerful is love, that there is not a single magical tradition or system in the world that does not address love and how to attain it.

In Quimbanda, one may say that the message of one our primary spirits, Pomba Gira is one of love. She teaches the mysteries of love; the beautiful and liberating as well as the dark and enslaving. The arsenal of the Quimbandiero’s sorcery and macumba is filled with many means of drawing love, kindling passion, returning old flames, and even binding possessively what should be free. But one of the most effective magics to draw love is that which starts with the intent to find true love. For true love is defined by what the heart yearns for and needs. While some define true love as only the type discussed in movies and books, the reality is that its true definition comes from the heart that seeks it.

For some true love will be a passing night in passionate ecstacy and for others a deep and abiding rapport that lasts a lifetime. Who is to judge which is better?

An easy way to open the path for true love to come is this powerful amaci or bath used in Quimbanda. This powerful love spell is simple and straight-forward, but greatly effective whether you are seeking a new lover, trying to rekindle the flames of an old love, or drawing someone specific.

What you’ll need is :

Fresh Red and White Roses




Your Favorite Perfume


Place these ingredients in a pot of hot water and allow to boil. Boil the Roses, Cloves and Cinammon first while adding a dollop of honey at the end. Allow to cool and sprinkle a little Cachaça and three sprays of your favorite perfume.

While you are adding each ingredient focus strongly on your desire for true love however you define it. Next take off your clothes and stand in your tub. Pour this over your body as your pray from your heart that your true love be brought to you. If it is a specific person see them coming to you and loving you, or see your future lover coming to you.

You can also pour this into the tub with water and let yourself soak. Both ways work in this particular bath, though standing tends towards the traditional.

Once you’ve done this, step out and let yourself air dry. You can gather the raw materials left over from the bath and leave by a tree or bush in front of your house.

Now, the key to this work is that after you take the bath, you must go out with an open heart, trusting the spirits to bring to you what you truly need. If you keep your heart and mind open, love will find its way to you. This bath can be repeated over a number of days: 3, 7 until effects are realized.


ConjureMan Ali

Tata Alufa` Mavambo Ngobodi Nzila



Maria Padilha

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Maria Padilha2No conversation about Quimbanda nor Pomba Gira is complete without discussing the famed Maria Padilha. Known as the Queen of Candomble`, Maria Padilha is sometimes considered to be the ultimate proto-type of Pomba Gira. In Brazil, she is one of the most famous of spirits called upon and over the years her ability to come through for her devotees has increased her fame.

The historical root of Maria Padilha can be found in the mistress of Dom Pedro; a woman of humble origins she combined sorcery with enchanting beauty to ensnare the affections of the king. Though the king was married to another, the mistress soon became highly popular and the mother of his illegitimate children. Though she did not wear the crown, she became a power in her own right, even controlling who had accesss to the king. Other legends mention that she made a trip into the heart of Africa to learn the sorcery of the Angolan Muslims and the Congo Ngangas and therefore mingled the power of seduction with sorcery and divination.

Therefore, Maria Padilha is the ultimate manifestation of Pomba Gira: a spirit with historical and legendary roots, tied to the powers of seduction, European witchcraft, and the sorceries of Africa. She is the irresistible seductress who emobdies the free woman, rejected by society for her unabashed acceptance of her sexuality and the threat she poses to male-dominated society, she is a witch and force of nature who offers power and wisdom to those who seek her out.

In Brazil, there is no spirit more famed than Maria Padilha. Her fame springs from her ability to effectively carry out spells, especially those of love. Like all the Pomba Gira, Maria Padilha is legion and under her name are hosts that form the various roads of manifestation that contain her force. Maria Padilha’s power is irresistible and she can swiftly resolve any matter. To the heart broken woman yearning for her wandering lover, she offers solace and the swift return of the lover, to the man competing for love, she ensures victory.

But the most important lesson she teaches is the majesty that is womanhood. She is the victory of beauty, love, and Woman over all the forces that attempt to restrain, define, and control her. Society treats her like a whore and marginalizes her, but her force cannot be restrained, her power cannot be denied, and her lessons cannot be ignored. Though called the wife of Exu and the Devil, she belongs to no one, but herself.

But not all the lessons of Maria Padilha are so easy or light, for she also represents the power of obsession and the decent into the darker strains fo sexuality. Indeed, like many of the spirits of Quimbanda, Maria Padilha, while certainly not the devil she is made out to be, is neither a fluffy spirit to be trifled with. To those who do not respect her, she has harsh lessons, but to those whom she walks with, she can offer great bounties.

Among the many things Maria Padilha is given as her offerings, she takes anisette, champagne, lipstick, perfume, red/black candles, ribbons, jewelry, thornless roses, and fruits.

At The House of Quimbanda, Maria Padilha is one the Pomba Gira that we call upon to carry out our spells and works of macumba. We honor her for all she’s done for our House, for the wisdom she offers us, and hope to continue to spread her name.


Sarava Maria Padilha!