Devi Spring, Queen of Pentacles Conjure's Proprietrix
In a nutshell:
I'm Devi Spring, and I have been practising folk-magic since 1997, using knowledge gleaned from intensive independent study and practice, and through instructional interaction with other practitioners of various cultural forms of natural and folk-magic. I grew up in Florida, with a maternal lineage that spans back into at least the mid-1800's in New Orleans, mixed with Mexican heritage through my father.
I have a Religious Studies B.A. from the University of Toronto, and have been trained and initiated in the Western ceremonial magick tradition through Temple of Isis Urania, received initiation in the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math lineage of Gaudiya Vaisnava Hinduism, and have taken lay Buddhist vows at Tengye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. I am also a Usui Reiki Master-Teacher who has maintained an energetic healing practice in Toronto since 2000, called Prana Devi Healing Arts. From the years 2010 to 2018 I was also a member of the Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers.
The long way round:
The women on my maternal side have long been known to be possessed of various spiritual gifts. My mother is very clairvoyant and is a gifted reader. Clairsentience, claircognizance and clairaudience are the gifts that I have most strongly, but I do have flashes of clairvoyance from time to time, most often when in meditation or ritual. I also am quite capable of communicating and working with spirits, and this happens quite naturally and easily when I set out to make contact. I do not, however, consider myself to be a medium as the spirits are generally not that of those who have passed (with the exception of saints), but rather divine spirits, angels, or other non-physical entities. Some of these spirits, such as Santisima Muerte and Sri Ganesha, are constant guides and companions, whereas others I can call upon to work towards various goals.
I feel my practice has evolved the way it has due to my cultural and ethnic heritage. My maternal family line has been continually present in New Orleans (a hotbed for conjure) since the mid-1800s, and we have a family crypt in Lafayette Cemetery #1 that is still in use. I was brought up on my Granny's cajun cooking and her endless tales of life in NOLA, including more than a few bits of folk-belief. Visiting New Orleans regularly as an adult has helped me reconnect to this magical city that is so much a part of my heritage.
The folk religion of Mexico also plays a large part in my path. My father is Mexican-American, and I always had a deep reverence and fascination for Catholic folkways. In my attempts to understand and assimilate that half of my ethnicity, I've researched and been drawn into the practices of Mexican folk magic. On a 2008 trip to Oaxaca, I was privileged enough to have a limpia from a curandero, or traditional healer, who helped me understand my own spiritual practice and make-up more deeply. Along with being a devotee of Santisima Muerte, I have also developed a very beneficial rapport with with the blessed Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez, and also St. Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness and nervous disorders, incest and rape survivors, and runaways. I am happy to provide healing and blessing services tailored to these concerns that petition the aid and intercession of either.
I was also initiated and trained by a Western Golden Dawn Ceremonial magic lodge, Temple of Isis Urania, and received training in Qabalist ritual magic methods of invocation, evocation, herbs, incense, talismans, etc in a working temple. This is where I re-established a strong rapport with the angelic realm, that had been something my mother had taught me as a child and came naturally at the time, but had faded in my teen years. I am also very influenced by the Sophian Gnostic teachings, which embraces the magic and mystic practices within Christianity, while focusing primarily on the Divine Feminine manifestations such as Sophia, Shekinah, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Studying and practicing the techniques of esoteric Judeo-Christianity and the Qabalah provides me with a unique, inclusive, and more universalist perspective on energy and spirituality.
I earned my Religious Studies B.A. from the University of Toronto, with a focus on the Eastern traditions. The academic work led me into an ongoing journey into Hindu devotional practices. I've done a great deal of work with the IndoPagan communities (those that blend Eastern paths such as Hinduism and Buddhism with various NeoPagan faiths and structures), and am often commissioned to write about topics relating to that NeoPagan niche by BBI Media.
I am an initiated member of the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, in the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math lineage of bhakti yoga, and maintain a Krishna focused devotional practice. I am also a devotee of Sri Ganesha, Sri Lakshmi, and Durga Ma, and have strong experiential links with Shiva, Kali Ma, Saraswati Ma, and others as well. I regularly travel to the ashrams of my guru for further study and contemplation, and continue my pursuit of Vedic spirituality with pilgrimages to Hindu temples, the motherland of India, and through direct study of scripture, mantra, and through materials made available by teachers in the lineages of Guru Mahavatar Babaji, Satguru Rama Mata, and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. I have also taken several of the Buddhist lay vows through Tengye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple, and practice Zen Buddhist meditation regularly.
I particularly enjoy aiding people who wish to incorporate work with Sanskrit mantras, and the Hindu deities into their own path, by helping them find a way to integrate traditional Hindu elements into their practice in order to garner very positive and expedient results, while keeping everything accessible and understandable to a Western mind (as well as respectful of the cultural origins of the deities and spirits). I've found that working with the Hindu deities in a blended practice that includes conjure has been a very potent brew!
Since 2000 I have been a Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, and I have had a successful professional energetic healing practice that focuses on the needs of women. This understanding of energy manipulation and direction ties directly into my folk magic work, and also enables me to provide particularly effective healing and blessing services - including distance healing if requested. Teaching spiritual and energetic concepts over the past decade has helped me hone my skills as a teacher and mentor, and I have been told I have a real gift for communicating complex or abstract concepts in terms that are easy to grasp and put into action.
While I do not consider myself to be religious in any orthodox sense, I am a deeply spiritual person who is earnestly committed to continuing my evolution and growing continually closer to the Divine. I respect and honor all paths, and believe that each individual's personal relationship with and experiences of the Divine are of utmost importance. I try to live my life by cultivating the qualities of Love and Compassion within myself, living a vegetarian ahimsa-based lifestyle, and trying to live by the maxim 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. As you may have gathered from my training and background, my personal spirituality is most heavily Buddhist and Hindu, but blends Latin American folk Catholicism, with esoteric & gnostic perspectives of Judeo-Christianity. I'm also pleased to be a member of The Church of Good Luck.