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Eleggua

By rafh tzeenj | January 10, 2004 | Leave a comment

Portfolio: Gatekeeper, Fate, Messages, Justice, Divination, Luck, Opportunities.

Aspects: St. Anthony, Holy Infant of Prague, St. Benito, St. Martin, Holy Child of Atoshe.

Ileke: 3 red beads, 3 black beads, alternating one red and one black three times, repeat.

I anoint mine with Florida Water, cocoa butter and Eleggua oil (found at any Botanica).  Note: I don’t know of anyone who has successfully made an Ileke for Eleggua in less than three tries- he likes to mess with you while you’re doing it.

Number: 6/3

Colours: black + red

Objects: mousetrap, forked twisted branch, whistle

Secrets/tokens: shepherds hook

Holy day: Mondays. Third day of the month

Herbs: dried rosebud, Cuban spurge, saragasso, mastic tree, camphor leaf, senna, soapberry tree, foxtail, crowfoot, avacado leaf and root, coffee, corojo, guana, corn starch/leaf,silk, heliotrope, neats tongue, white pine nuts, jack bean, coconut husk, palm stem, ajete, black eyed pea, nightshade, nettle,

Offerings: Candy, Fruit, Run, Cigar, Aguardiente, white candles, toys, sugar cane (a favourite), palm oil, yam, smoked fish, toasted corn, guava paste, cowrie shells, balls of cornmeal, spiced corojo butter

Animals: monkey, sheep, bull, ox, deer, rooster, opossum, young male chicken, turtle, male goat, black fowl,

Demeanour: risqué, playful, fun loving, childlike, childish, tricky, smart, unfathomable, variable, temperamental.

Always call on Eleggua before any endeavour to open to door for it or to block obstacles.

He’s part of the Warriors group, including Oggoun (Warrior) and Ochosi (Tracker). There’s a fourth figure associated with the Warriors called Osun who’s a protector. The Palo Mayombe version is Zarabanda, who’s kind of a blend of Oggoun and Eleggua. As such he’s both Warrior and go-between for the practitioner. To develop a close relationship with Zarabanda one makes a Nganga cauldron. Also connected to the Brazilian Eshus (of which there are many- also linked by some to Satan {IMHO, more the Book of Job version of Satan}).

Other related entities: Papa Legba (seen by some as an older manifestation of Eleggua), Ganesh, Lucero. Female consort- Pomba Gira.

Due to a bargain made with other deities, Eleggua has no restrictions on his actions.

Presides over crossroads and corners.

A link with Eleggua requires the creation of a Head- usually made out of cement or a coconut with cowrie shells for eyes ears and mouth and a hook on top of the head, sometimes filled with stones representing the seven classical planets. A Divination is recommended (learning cowrie shell Divination is recommended) to determine where he wants the head kept- frequently near or behind a door.

Will play tricks, garble messages and close doors of opportunity if displeased.

Invokations: (original and translation):

Pour Eleggua, qui garde la porte. Eleggua, Espirit fourbe qui garde le sueil. Amenez mon message. Portex les mots, enfant qui joue dans le soleil. Acceptez nos offerandes. Entrez dans nos coeurs, dans nos bras, dans nos jambes. Entrez ici. Dansez avec nous.

“For Eleggua, who guards the door. Eleggua, trickster spirit who guards the threshold. Bring my message. Carry my words, child who plays in the sun. Accept our offerings. Enter our hearts, our arms, our legs. Enter and dance with us.”

James Lopez had this comment to offer:

“I saw your info on Eleggua and just wanted to inform you that The Palo Deity Sarabanda is closer to Oggun then Eleggua that’s why he is made in an iron pot some what like the Orisha Oggun and has a chain wrapped around the pot also like some Ogguns, My Oggun wanted his chain inside. The Palo Deity Lucero Mundo is closer to The Orisha Eleggua he’s made with palo’s (sticks) other things you don’t want to know know about with dirt and cement and usally is much larger then the Orisha Eleggua. Also Palm oil is used to cover Eleggua, Cocoa Butter belongs to the Orisha Obatala I have never seen it used in Ebo’s (offerings) to Eleggua. Also you might want to wash your Eleggua with water instead of Florida water on Mondays before your make your offerings. It cools him from the spiritual heat of the week protecting you from Osogbo (Bad luck) and is more traditional. I Hope you don’t take this e-mail offensively, Alafia (Blessings) and take care.”


Yemaya

By rafh tzeenj | December 30, 2003 | 2 comments

Portfolio: Great Mother, Lady of the Seas, Mistress of Sorcery and Ocean Storm, Sister or Oshun (raises Oshun’s kids), probably analogous to Mamiwater, doesn’t like Oya (Yemaya once ruled the cemetery and manipulated Oya in to changing areas of influence- never feed the two together), adoptive mother of Shango, allied with Eshu Aya, Queer Goddess, womanhood, fertility, maternity, children, lunar, very sensitive- wrathful if offended, stability, control over one’s life, gentle, kind, generous, dignified, lofty, graceful, “spicy” persona, gives and takes life, forgiving, protection, peace, benevolence, approach w. love, awe and honour, patroness of Brazil.

Lady of Regla, Olokun-(Siren/mermaid sorceress- possible tie to La Sirene), Diosa Del Mar/Star of the Sea/Stella Maris

Ileke: 7 crystal/clear or white, 7 blue, 1 crystal/white and 1 blue repeated 7 times, repeat pattern. Coral beads can make a nice addition in between sequences

Number: 7

Objects: long pleated gown (blue), fan, conch shell (blue + white urn w. maritime landscape on it + woman w. extended arms- snake in one hand, mask in other), cowrie shell headpiece, mirror.

Secrets/tokens: seashells or sea stones, coral, toy (or real, for that matter) canoes, feather fan, anchor, key, sun + 1/2 moon.

Holy day: Jan 2, Sept 7, Fridays or Saturdays.

Animal offering: duck, rooster, ram, female goat, turtle, lamb, pigeon, fish, hen, guinea hen.

Herbs: yellow mombin (?), indigo, water hyacinth, anamu (?), seaweed, purple basil, green pepper, chayote fruit, Bermuda grass, Florida grass, sponges, linden, salt water rushes, majagua (?), coralline (?)

Stones: Amber

Offerings: (can be put of small rafts and set adrift- ideally in a silver boat tied w. blue and white ribbons)-coconut balls, sugar cane syrup, melons (esp. watermelon), fried plantain chips, black-eyed peas, sugar cane molasses, pork rinds, sea water, mariquitas (?), banana chips w. pork cracklings washed down w. Chequette (?), seafood, seashells, blue candles mirrors, grapes, coconut milk, coconut cakes, light cigarettes, seven coins,

Litany:

Pour ma Mere Yemaya Mere et maitresse de l’ocean. Mere des Orishas, gardienne des enfants, reine des ondes. Je suis la fille de l’ocean, la fille des ondes, la fille de l’ecume. Yemaya, Mere l’ocean, oh ma Mere Yemaya, descendez et conseillez-moi. Acceptez nos offrandes. Entrez dans nos coeurs, dans nos bras, dans nos jambes. Entrez ici. Dansez avec nous.

“For my mother, Yemaya, Mother and mistress of the sea. Mother of the Orishas, guardian of children, queen of the waves. I am the daughter of the ocean, the daughter of the waves, the daughter of the seafoam. Yemaya, descend and counsel me. Accept out offerings. Enter into our hearts, our arms, our legs. Enter and dance with us.”

Dances involves spinning, circling and bending sideways to emulate waves

“Honey flows freely from Our Lady’s gracious bounty”.


Oshun

By rafh tzeenj | December 30, 2003 | Leave a comment

Portfolio: wealth, eroticism/pleasure, rivers, Magick/WitchCraft , art, dance, emotions, Witchy party-babe. Mother of Nations. Great similarity to Lakshmi. Sister of Yemaya. Related to Black Madonna. A.k.a.- Caridad del Cobre, Lady of Charity.

Ileke: amber/yellow and red/coral- one sequence of five beads of each colour then 1 of each repeated five times. I anoint mine with Florida Water, cocoa butter and Oshun oil (found at any Botanica- either Oshun or Caridad Del Cobre.

Number: 5

Area of body: abdomen.

Substances: copper, gold.

Objects: mirrors, fans, boats/canoes, coral, tortoiseshell combs, pumpkins (keeps gold and Magick tools in). I’ve seen a picture of an Oshun altar incorporating 5 rubber duckies floating in a pail of river water. Gourd w. festive feathers , peacock feather fan.

Ideal time: to do Green Magick aimed at receiving reciprocation Saturday.

Secrets/tokens: gold 5-rayed crown, 2 oars, bell, 5 bracelets.

Holy day: Sept 18

Animal: peacock. (Sometimes vulture.)

Herbs: rose, sunflower, indian lotus, sow thistle, oranges + orange leaves, papaya, marigold, river weeds, pepper grass, anise seed + flower, seaweed, plantain, vervain, lantana, white hamelia, purple grapes, maidenhair fern, rosemary, wild lettuce, creeping crowfoot.

Stones: Amber

Offerings: Honey (always taste the honey first- a myth has it that she was once given poisoned honey so she doesn’t trust it. Adding cinnamon sticks to it doesn’t hurt either), oranges, eggs (preferably scrambled- a shrimp ommlette with watercress and spinach is perfect) , gold, pumpkin (she likes offerings given in pumpkins too), cake, rum, white wine. Chamomile tea made with river water. Cowrie shells, yellow cloth, yellow flowers, mirrors, gold or brass bells, fans, peacock feathers, kola nuts, coral beads, amber resin, yellow candles, toy boats,

Animals: (included simply for completion) hen, female or gelded goat, female calf, pig, rabbit, or sheep. Guinea hen, white or yellow hen, quail.

Offerings made near a river or source of flowing pure water are good.

Castro is said to have dressed a statue of Oshun in a small replica of his fatigues when he assumed power in Cuba.

Dangerous, unforgiving, unforgettable, gentle, kind, seductive, tender, irresistable, insatiable, flirtations, loving, sweet, soft yet tenacious, generous, ambitious, self-assured. Skinny dips in rivers.

Has had flings with: Shango, Ochosi, Orumila, Oggoun.

If you can find it, there’s a handy little book called “Oshun: Ifa and the Spirit of the River”- if you can’t find it at a Boranica, AzureGreen should have it. If you want a copy and can’t find it, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do on this end.


Oggoun

By rafh tzeenj | December 12, 2003 | Leave a comment

Portfolio: Oggoun has several aspects- most notably Warrior, First Killer, Metalsmith. Barber/Surgeon, Cop, Butcher, Labourer, cars, railroads, blades, clears path, hospitals, employ, protection, vehicular accidents (protection from or induction of), pain, tragedy, war, strength, endurance, journeys, protect vs. criminals, transform stuck situations, industrial technology, tactics, mediation. Said to be connected to the destiny of the white people. Bhalin’dio also protects against poison- including environmental toxins and helps in conflict with the medical industry.

Aspects: St Peter, Archangel Michael, Bhalin’dio (healer aspect-scalpel, needle, laser), Oggoun Flambeau (berserker). Bedagaris (3-eyed), Joe Ferraile (Man of Iron, Smithy)

Ileke: 7 green beads, 7 black, I green, 1 black, repeated till it’s the right size. I anoint mine with Florida Water, cocoa butter and Oggun oil (found at any Botanica)

Number: 7, 3

Colours: black + green. Red

Objects: straw hat, palm frond kilt, machete, dogs. Hoe, awl, spade, rake, pick, hammer, 3 railroad nails. Military regalia.

Secrets/tokens
: arrow, anvil, pick axe, hatchet, machete, hammer, key. Likes them greased with cocoa or corojo butter. (tiger skin, iron pot)

Holy day
: Teusdays. June 29

Animal companion: dogs.

Herbs: eucalyptus, sasparilla, boneset, thistle, restharrow, sienna, datura, red and black pepper, mastic tree, indigo, guamao, guao.

Offerings: Iron or any forged metal (dusted with gunpowder for Flambeau, in seawater for Bhalin’dio), smoked fish, jutia, roasted yams smeared with blood, mango with peanut oil, palm wine, green plantains, small bag of salt, aguardiente (anise liqueur), corojo butter, standing pond water, bullets, flaming 151-proof rum (path from veve to other offerings) , toy soldiers, grenades, spicy food, gin, vodka, cigar, red palm oil, blades, single chain link,

Offerings specific to Bhalin’dio: hypodermics, medicinal teas, homeopathic remedies

Animals: possum, pigeon, guinea hen, ram, snail, dog, snake, turtle, young bull, white or red rooster, goat

Demeanour: brave, honest, direct, unforgiving, revolutionary, rough, militant, devoted, hard working,. Would rather smash obstacles than circumvent them.

Has had flings with Oshun: Shango’s brother (they don’t get along as Shango does Oshun too). Lives with Ochosi. Yemaya’s ex.

He’s part of the Warriors group, including Eleggua (Trickster) and Ochosi (Tracker). There’s a fourth figure associated with the Warriors called Osun who’s a protector. The Palo Mayombe version is Zarabanda, who’s kind of a blend of Oggoun and Eleggua. As such he’s both Warrior and go-between for the practicioner. To develop a close relationship with Zarabanda one makes a nganga cauldron (I’ve got the ingredients here somewhere if you’re interested, never done it myself but I’m told it’s a frightenly effective tool). Marik and/or Infek may be able to tell you more about this side.

Sometimes a blade dedicated to Oggoun is sworn on and kissed for justice Workings.

Tis said that Working extensively with Oggoun requires a “cooling” influence to avoid being carried away.

Funquie tells me that if you use Oggoun in Magickal attack, make sure you really want your target dead.

Oggoun takes the first taste of any blood offering as he embodies the blade- “Oggoun choro choro”- “Oggoun devours this offering”

Invokations: (original and translation)

Pour Oggun, guerrier, patron de ferraille et des travailleurs. Venez sur votre cheval blanc. Venaz avec votre epee. Protegez-nous. Acceptez nos offerandes. Entrez dans nos coeurs, dans nos bras, dans nos jambes. Entrez ici. Dansez avec nous.

“For Oggun, warrior. Patron of iron and of workers. Come on your white horse. Come with your sword. Protect us. Accept our offerings. Enter into our hearts, our arms, ourlegs. Enter and dance with us.”

Pour Ogoun la Flambo, qui marche sur les points de Mars enflammes. Ogoun la Flambeau. Dieu guerrier fache, chief des champs de bataille brulants, gorge de sang. Donnez-nous votre courage, votre puissance terrible. Acceptez nos offrandes. Entrez dans nos coeurs, dans nos bras, dans nos jambes.Entrez ici. Dansez avec nous!

“For Oggoun la Flambeau, who walks on the points of flaming Mars. Oggoun la Flambeau, God the angry warrior, chief of the burning fields of battle, gorged with blood. Lend us your courage, your terrible power. Accept our offerings. Enter into our hearts, our arms, our legs. Enter and dance with us!”

Pour Oggoun Feraille, qui marche sur les points des Mars. Maitre de la forge, Dieu de feu. Guerrier, heros. Protegez-nous, penetrez-nous de votre puissance. Acceptez nos offrandes. Entrez dans nos coeurs, dans nos bras, dans nos jambes. Entrez ici. Dansez avec nous.

“For Oggoun Feraille, who walks on the points of Mars. Master of the forge. Warrior, hero. Protect us, infuse us with your power. Accept our offerings. Enter in to our hearts, our arms, our legs. Enter and dance with us.”

Pour Oggoun Bhalin’dio, Loa qui guerit avec le fer. Pour vaincre la maladie, accompagnez- nous dans notre lutte. Guerrissez-nous. Donnez-nous la sante. Acceptez nos offerandes. Entrez dans nos coeurs, dans nos bras, dans nos jambes. Entrez ici. Dansez avec nous.

“For Oggoun Bhalin’dio, the Loa who heals with iron. Conquer illness. Accompany us into battle against disease. Heal us. Give us the victory of health. Accept our offerings. Enter in to our hearts, our arms, our legs. Enter and dance with us.”