By rafh tzeenj
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.”