In the east there is an interesting relationship between paper, life and death. Money is of course in many cultures represented by paper - banknotes - and in China it is used in Ancestor Veneration.
The practice of venerating the ancestors is based on the belief that the spirits of the dead continue to dwell in the natural world but in a non-physical form and that they have the power to influence the good fortune and fate of the living. The goal of ancestor veneration is to ensure the ancestor's continued well-being and positive disposition towards the living and sometimes to ask for special favours or assistance. There are historical parallels with the West in the form of the Requiem Eucharists which were offered for the repose of the soul of the departed.
Eastern Rituals of Ancestor Veneration differ from the Western Practice of honouring the Ancestors in that they most commonly consist of explicit offerings to the deceased to provide for their welfare in the afterlife which is envisioned to be similar to the earthly life. The burning of spirit money or "Hell Money" enables the ancestor to purchase luxuries and necessities needed for a comfortable afterlife.
Paper is also used to record our most intimate thoughts, to express great joy and great horror. Contracts and law are written on paper, and so are love notes, being such a versatile medium we have been inspired to see if there were unexplored healing or magical applications to paper.
The most obvious magical or healing use to paper is for recording spells, correspondences, formulae, signs, sigils and mandalas for healing or spiritual workings. Second after this, is the employment of paper in rituals to cut and clear the past - often writing out the thing one wishes to clear out, then burning it. The next use which occurred to us, was to actually see how paper could be used to carry forward magical practice into the 21st Century.
In the past there existed the so-called 'Heaven Letters' - usually their authorship is attributed to some saint, particularly holy person or even the Master Christ. They were often carried like a talisman and had various commands aimed at negative forces to negate their power. Showing that paper can hold energy and transfer it in a different way to the normal use of paper.
This combined with the several factors mentioned above inspired us, with influence from our spiritual guides to adapt the concept of a 'mojo' or 'gris-gris' using paper and sealing wax.
We have begun to construct simple origami envelopes, inscribed with appropriate seals and charms, and filled with herbs, roots, stones and other secret curios and powders which are then sealed up during mystic rites to empower the charms. They can be made small enough to carry in a wallet or purse, or be placed underneath a specific meditation or spiritual altar as a discrete "energetic base" upon which to build your spiritual work.
For more details or to obtain one of our custom made Mojo Origami Packets, you could visit the Santa Lucia Botanica and ask Rev. Dominic about how best to obtain one. He has taken pictures of a recent effort and posted them on facebook.