Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Twitter Replies

It's been sometime that I started fondling Tweeter. My first impression about this social media is that it is not really that impressive. I felt like the Tweets are too short and it couldn't carry the thought across. However, after sometime, I learned how to appreciate the short but sweet Tweets and started to post often...

I would comment about some topics that other people would talk about, especially if it has some socio-cultural significance and it captured my interests.

Twitter Mentions:

I have mentions from these FAMOUS people... hehehehe...

Howie Severino: One of my "IDOLS" when it comes to creating Award Winning, World Class Documentaries. I have been following him in I-Witness (my entire Family's KAPUSO and my sister's even working for the KAPUSO Network in Iloilo) and I would always admire how the team (Sandra Aguinaldo, Kara David, Jay Taruc and of course Howie) would look at issues objectively. Simply showing what GMA7 symbolizes- Walang Kinikilingan, Walang Pinoprotektahan, Serbisyong Totoo lamang!"

Andrew Wolff: A Half Brit- Half Pinoy Bench Model/Actor who is now a member of The Philippine Rugby Team- Philippine Volcanoes. The discussion on his Tweeter was about athletes who are "half-Blood" and I never guess that this guy has a 100% Pinoy Heart. He is very proud of his lineage and his being Filipino. Saludo ako sa yo, Andrew!

Dino Lazaro: A freelance Make-up artist from Manila.

It's nice to know that they read the Tweets of people following them, showing that they also care for the opinions/comments expressed by their followers. I really appreciate that they took time to click on the reply button and answer back.

Thanks guys, you will always have my support. More Power!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ego Sum Paganus

I think I finally understand what I am feeling. I have been thinking about this for a few days now and i now understand that no matter what Path of Magick I will adopt, or what paradigm I will follow, I just need the guidance and protection of my Goddess and God.

I am a Pagan, a Witch, one of those few people who see the fabric of reality on a different yet colorful perspective. I feel the energies around me and lately it is disorienting, I wonder if Gaia Herself is also stirring as reflected by the unpredictable changes in the weather patterns. As we all know, everything has a pattern, and these patterns are usually moving in a predictable manner. However, a few years back, the movement of the Forces are totally different and this world is thrown into Chaos.

Egosum Paganus- I am a Pagan, who calls on Ancient Gods of this world. Who worships in the threshold and on the crossroads, in the forest or on the sea shore. One who observes the movement of the cycles of death and rebirth, one who observes the mixture of magick- black and white. One who desires balance in the world.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Hanggab Chant

Here is the Chant used to Heal various illnesses.

The following is a Hanggab chant to cure various illnesses which is performed by a babaylan in Hiligaynon society:

Luhod na kamo saragudon
Luhod na kamo halaywan
Saka sa hagdanan
Indi mo na pagsawion sa hagdanan
Indi mo ron pagsawion sa pulongkoan
Diin ka na uris nga babaylan
Diin ka na uris nga dalongdongan
Dali-dali ginalawag kamo
Sunod na sa tupad ko
Luhod kamo sa tupad ko
Hamboy kamo sa abaga ko
Hay nalakat ko ron ang suba
Hay ako na si dagan-dagan
Bisan pa ang bukid natingadon
Parapit don kamo saragudon
Magkilala kamo kay _________ (name of patient)
Ang tanan nga baratyagon sa kalawasan
Bul-on mo ron ang hirab kang surok-surok
Bul-on mo ron and lingin kang ulo
Bul-on mo ron ang yami kang kalawasan
Ginalawag ta ron kamo sa kalag

Lingkod don kamo sa lingkuran
Magkilala don kamo sa natungdan
Indi don kamo kang paghinakiti
Basi nahinakitan kang tawo sa talon
Panghuksa ninyo ron
Magkilala kamo kang hitsura
Panghuksa, panglubda ang tanan nga baratyagon sa kalawasan
Laton don sa tulos
Laton sa bunang
Laton sa kalawag
Kay ako naghanggab don sa haranggaban
Basi kon natabuan sa hulot

Hay saragudon, haraywon
Bawion don ang kasakit
Bawion mo ang atay
Bawion don sa ampis nga itom

Laton don sa bunang
Laton don sa kalawag
Hay mabulos don ang kaupod
Ang akon iba indi ninyo ron pagyao-yauhan
Indi ninyo pagsundon
Indi ninyo pagbugnohon

Hay akon saragudon
Indi mo ron pagsindaon
Hay basi kon nalahog-lahogan ka ron sa laraywon
Hay kon nalahog-lahogan ka ron sang saragudon
Bawion mo ron saragudon
Bawion mo ron haraywon
Indi don kamo maghinakit

Basi ginsinda sa pagpanaog
Basi ginsinda sa pagparigos
Basi ginsinda sa paglagaw-lagaw
Basi ginsinda sa pagpamintana
Basi ginsinda ikaw kang tawo sa sidlangan
Basi ginsinda ikaw kang tawo sa seringan
Basi ginsinda ikaw kang babaylan

Hay ko ron ang kabangdanan
Hay indi ninyo ron pagpiriton
Ginahimo don ang kabangdanan
Ginsinda ang sinindaan

O, sinda, sinda
O, sinda, sinda
Laton don sa binuik
Laton don sa kalawag
Laton don sa ampis nga itom

Basi ginsinda ikaw sa surok-surok
O, sinda, sinda
O, sinda, sinda
Laton don sa pangalap
Kag dian kamo magpinitik-pitik
Saragudon, haraywon, bawion mo ang sinda kag aswang sa balay

Basi ginsinda ikaw kang diwata
Basi ginsinda ikaw sang aswang sa balay
O, maputi nga dalaga sa burotlakan kang adlaw kari ka
Bawion ang sinda kag tawo sa balay
Bawion ang tanan nga masakit nga balatyagon
Naghalay don ako kang patadyong
Tanda sang pakamatuod kon ano ang kabangdanan
Kon nabugnohan kang kalag
Pakaaydon don ninyo si _________ (name of patient) kon amo ang kabangdanan.

From the internet

Babaylanismo- Bringing Back the Old Ways

The Pagan ways of the people of Panay has been lost to us. The pure shamanic/animistic practice that was a part of our ancestors daily lives was demonized by the Catholic Church and anyone who practiced it were called Aswang, Heretic and worst a demon.

The practices of the Babaylans are very unique and powerful. As healers, advisers, seers and intermidiary to the Spirit Realms, they are sought out by nobles and alipins alike. They are wanted for their insights and their power to heal and if needed to kill. They commune with the denizens of all the three realms- the heavenly realms, the middle and the underworld. They do this communion to diagnose the sickness of people or get a glimpse of the future. They could utilize these kinds of rituals to collect contracts with powerful entities that would help them honing their craft and strengthening their magicks.

With the coming of the Spaniards and the conversion of the people to the Catholic Faith was unstoppable, the Babaylanes tried to blend in to society and even rewrote their Animistic rituals and mix Catholic prayers with it. The one existing in the form of the "orasyones" from the libretas of the mananambals or albularyos are not the pure form of magick of the baylans. These are already mixed with Pig Latin and Catholic Prayers.

My Pagan faith leads me to the worship of the Etruscan/Roman Gods- Hekate and Janus. The reason is quite obvious, the Gods has called me to this path and has given me signs that some may call coincidences. Though in this life, especially if you are studying the Occult, there is no such thing as a coincidence. The magick that I perform also stemmed from Ceremonial Magick, thus, when I cast spells I really prepare them and create magickal seals and sigils to serve as a focus of my intention. I also try to use Latin evocation and invocation to manifest my Will in this reality.

However, as much as I want to leave these long lost Ilonggo Rituals, my blood calls out to it more and more. As I have written on my blogs before, I can identify myself as a 5th Generation baylan. My Granma's grandfather was a healer though he uses orasyones in Latin. My grandmother, the last "Cunningwoman" alive in the family (at least the last that I know), uses rituals that are very basic. Using herbs like luy-a (ginger), bunga (betelnut), alibhon (comfrey) she would diagnose sickness and heal them. She would use the luy-a to know if it is an infirmity caused by a tamyaw (greeting) of the dead, the elementals, or even a live person, she also knows how to check the person's health by checking the pulse. Then, she would heal you by doing the "tuob"- covering the person in blankets while burning kamangyan (a form of incense) and other herbs. She could also do the "waswas", a form of cleansing a person using leaves of malunggay or other herbs. She would also give us red pouches (with stones and herbs inside it) or would pin a piece of ginger as protection to young cousins and siblings.

These practices in the Philippines are slowly dying and it is our responsibility to save and revive it. Though the practice of Babaylanismo is difficult to recreate because of the lack of materials (especially Babaylanismo is an oral tradition), we need to listen to our "ubay" since they whisper to us old and lost rituals. All we need to do is listen and acknowledge them.

Perhaps it is time for us to reclaim this ancient Tradition. We need to be "Hedge Witches" that our ancestors were and be a Babaylan. Though my faith in my Gods will not waver and change, my blood sings the songs of my ancestors. It is leading me to the old forgotten knowledge of the Babaylanes, after all, I still am a proud Ilonggo and a proud Tigadluman.

I will leave with you guys a chant I made...

Akon ginapangayo sa akon mga ubay, sa mga kalag sang akon katigulangan

Sa mga espiritu sa katalonan kag kalasangan

Sa ulan, sa suba, sa mga tamawo sang duta

Hatagi nyo ako sang gahum kag kaalam sang huna-huna."

"I ask from my Guides, from the Spirit of my Ancestors

From the Spirits of the Forest and the Plains

Of the rain, the river, and the beings of earth

grant me power and wisdom of thought!"