In my own journey to Babalon I came across Pomba Gira (or she came across me) a vivacious gypsy slashed with lipstick, trailing cigarette smoke and promises of witchcraft. My heart skipped a beat, as it should, as it must. Who was this beguiling beauty in red, the devil’s mistress who like all lovers seemed so immediately familiar and yet so impossibly other? -Scarlet Imprint
At the end of my travels she left the taste of bitter red wine mixed with blood from the cut on my bottom lip. In dreams I saw images, intricate lines, symbols etched into skin packed with herbs, saliva, smoke, anisette, and the seeds of the pomegranate. She said “I will do for you as long as you receive my mark. We will be level, balanced, equal.”
The days of the retrograde passed slowly. I wanted to come into the ritual gift when the energy had cleared. It came with two eclipses and a promise to start anew once priorities had been set. A bottle of red wine on the altar and red roses. A small vessel to be purchased. It all sounded familiar and foreign at the same time. I sought three sets of divination and each said the same. The green light was given for a ritual tattoo.
When I messaged Jon Jon he simply said, “Come in when the time is right.” And I did, with a bag full of offerings that sat on my lap as he worked. After the lines had been traced I added the offerings one by one while singing softly under my breath. Outside Marty blew smoke into the ponto riscado.
I took this photo when I got in. Sherene wrote right away. “She’s changing you, for good, in ways you can’t imagine.” And I knew what she wrote was truth. I traced the lines with my fingertips. Over the course of the week, many of my favorite people did too. I took these as blessings, her ponto riscado attracting the attention she chose.
And just a few nights ago lying on one of my childhood beds in a house where dreams and secrets were told. I took a few more.
I’m not part of the Quimbanda tradition but I have a great respect and love for it and Pomba Gira. She has come through for me in ways I have never seen before and to this I devoted the ritual act of tattooing to her. As a note: Before you get any ritual tattooing done please have divination done to see if it is right for you. The spirits call us in many ways but each has their own personal declaration of faith.