Agayu: The Volcano’s God of Fire

Volcanic Eruption (fantasy) photo by Maxwell Hamilton. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Some know the sacred energy of the volcano as Vulcan, Pele, Konohana Sakuya Hime, or Chaifi, but in the Afro-Caribbean religion of Lucumi (Santeria) this divine mix of fire and earth is the domain of Agayu. This fiery Orisha, also known as Agallu, Agayu Sola, Argayu Sola, and Aganyu, is ancient and powerful. He is sometimes associated with St. Christopher, whose feast day is July 25th , although some Santeria houses celebrate on July 10th. He is served offerings of boiled corn, pineapple, okra, … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Sacred Santeria Baths for Money !

Oshun altar for the feast of Caridad del Cobre.

The religion of Santeria, also known as La Regla Lucumi, regularly uses scared baths and washes to bring about positive change in their worshiper's lives. These baths are traditionally used for love, money, success, and just about anything else you can imagine. The formulas below can also be used as spiritual floorwash by adding a few dashes to your regular cleansing mixture.Before you start any ritual cleansing of yourself, first be sure that your home is clean. My post Cleaning House with … [Read more...]

Eleggua’s Feast Day Falls on Friday the 13th

These new heli-halos allow you to hover above the faithful photo by Anders Sandberg. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Elegua/Eleggua also known as Eshu is often associated with St. Anthony. St. Anthony's feast day  this year falls on Friday, June 13th. Those who wish to honor him, who may not be attached to a traditional Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) house can light a St. Anthony candle. Say a novena for lost things ( I think this is always important,) sailors, the elderly, fishermen, horses or a plentiful harvest. Elegua is the guardian of the crossroads, the trickster, the gatekeeper to all the … [Read more...]

Three Kings, and Camels, and Sheep, and Santeria…Oh My!

Three kings, and camels, and sheep, and santo...Oh my! by Lilith Dorsey

It is time for the feast of the Epiphany. January 6 is the sacred celebration of the arrival of the three kings bringing gifts to the newborn Christ child. According to the story the kings were named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, and they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.Here in NYC the Three Kings are a big deal. We have parades with camels, parties, and hundreds of school kids lining the streets wearing paper crowns. In the Santeria religion, also better known as La Regla … [Read more...]

2014 Readings Have Three Santeria Houses in Agreement- Unprecedented!

Blue Dancer (Yemaya) Cuba by James Emery licensed under CC 2.0

According to El Nuevo Herald, for the first time in anyone's memory three separate Santeria houses, two in Cuba and one in Miami are reporting the same outcome for this year's divination, Egiobe or Ejiogbe. The houses' agreement  about the specific predictions are ongoing but the general feeling is that this means optimism for the coming year.In the religion of Santeria (La Regla Lucumi) the New Year begins with a divination. Many Santeria houses (spiritual centers) perform their own … [Read more...]

Yemaya Shines Her Beauty on New Year’s Eve!

Festa de Iemanja 2013 by Clarissa Pacheco licensed under CC 2.0

 New Year's Eve is a time for parties in this world and the next. In Santeria (Lukumi) the goddess Yemaya is often honored on September 7, the feast for Our Lady of Regla. In Bahia she is known as Iemanja, honored on August 15 or February 2, and is frequently associated with Nossa Senhora da Gloria. While in Rio de Janeiro she shines her radiant beauty on New Years Eve. New Year's is a time for huge ceremonies in the Brazilian traditions of Umbanda and Candomble. It is a time for p … [Read more...]

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe

Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey

It's Yuletide and there is a lot of holiday cooking going on, among Pagans and other religions, as there should be. When I was little I remember the holiday baking would go on for weeks. There would be coffeecakes, and cookies, and a ton of snack mix. My sister and I totally did not look forward to the cooking and decorating that went on for hours at my grandmother's house. We laugh about it today, and snack mix is still a guilty pleasure. The following is a much healthier alternative for a … [Read more...]


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