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...]

Oshun Mango Peach Salsa Recipe for Love

Oshun Mango Salsa photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Originally thought of as an exotic fruit from paradise the sensual Mango has now become a regular item in most markets. Here in New York City vendors carve the delicacies into artful flowers and sell them on the street corner offering a unique summer treat. In Haitian Vodou the serpent Lwa Simbi is offered mangoes. Cuban Santeria, meanwhile, as the fruit as a traditional offering for both Ochosi - lord of the hunt, and Oshun- the sensual Orisha of love and dance.The mango was used in the … [Read more...]

Orange is the New Black Puts On Santeria Whites

Orange is the New Black photo by Peabody Awards. Licensed under CC.2.0 Text added.

Rarely do we get a portrayal of the Santeria Religion, more correctly known as La Regla Lucumi, on television. It seems that Orange is the New Black is trying to change that. In the past media has made the religion a scapegoat for all dark and mysterious practices they wish to demonize. Television history has given us such sensationalized Santeria offerings as Eartha Kitt as Priestess Chata on the 1985 “Whatever Works” episode of Miami Vice. The episode opens in a typically trope-tastic way with … [Read more...]

FireFire Fireside Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained !

FireFireFire Side Chats: Voodoo and Santeria Ashe Explained with Lilith Dorsey

Ashe is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Voodoo and Santeria, or Lucumi, practitioners see it as the divine life force that permeates all things. It is both the unique sum of everything as well as the smallest atom of existence bordering on nothing. Almost every Voodoo workshop or interview I do people ask  me about Ashe. Here I am providing a short answer over the phone. Thanks for watching, remember to check out our other Youtube videos, and subscribe to our channel. You never know … [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...]

Santeria’s Ochosi Come and Live in My House

Ochosi photo by xenmate. Licensed under CC 2.0

In the religion of Santeria, more appropriately known as La Regla Lucumi, the trilogy of warriors called Los Guerreros are Eleggua, Ogun, and Ochosi. Eleggua is the guardian , the gatekeeper, the trickster translator who starts you off on your sacred journey. Ogun is the soldier, the warrior, the army surgeon, the machete wielding Orisha who clears your path of all unnecessary obstacles. Then there is Ochosi. The pataki about how these warrior alliances were formed is eloquently written on … [Read more...]


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