WHY A BIRDSEED SPELL MAY NOT WORK
North Miami Beach City Manager Escapes Unbecoming Conspiracy
December 3, 2011
By David Arthur Walters
THE MIAMI MIRROR
MIAMI BEACH—A December 1, 2011, Miami Herald report about a so-called Santeria birdseed plot by a police officer and a police department office manager against the North Miami Beach city manager for his plans last fall to cut police pay has left police officers in other cities who desire to magically influence their respective city managers wondering how to effectively cast a birdseed spell and speculating on precisely what effect the birdseed might have. Ernesto Pichardo, a Santeria obo or high priest, said the only birdseed ritual he was aware of had a prosperity objective.
Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religion that sacrifices animals to appease its gods and denies that legitimate Santeria practitioners ever have evil intentions when casting spells. Apparently a birdseed curse cannot work unless the person casting the spell has evil intentions. The veteran police officer involved in trying to get a janitor to spread the birdseed around the city manager’s chair in his office said she meant the city manager no harm and was sorry if he felt hexed. She apparently had heard about the use of birdseed from family members familiar with Santeria, and thought it might get the manager to leave the police department alone. After all, her son and daughter had moved out of her place after she put birds and birdseed in a cage on her front porch.
The meaning of birdseed in evil rituals is intuitively clear to us: it is intended as feed for a manager, to be spread around his roost in his coop prior to his being sacrificed to the god of police unions, at which time he would be roasted and devoured, forever after to leave the coppers alone.
Whether the birdseed would have had its intended effect is another question. Since legitimate Santeria practitioners never place curses on people to hurt them, an illegitimate priest would have to be consulted as to the precise way to cast the spell, for the smallest error can ruin the perverse plan. And there is always the chance that the spell can be neutralized by a counter-spell.
For example, a secret book of spells by an illegitimate Santeria high priest describes how to destroy an enemy at a distance by placing his photograph on top of some raw meat, preferably the liver of a calf, then pin the photo to the meat by stabbing it through with a kitchen knife, and bury the whole affair under a cherry tree. He notes that many gored photos of Fidel Castro were discovered buried under cherry trees in Cuba by police seeking fingerprints, and that Castro only survived because, although he is professedly an atheist, he is also a Santeria priest, an illegitimate one, of course, and has placed evil counter-spells against the good curses of his enemies.