Category Archives: Palo Monte

Where did the spirit of Charity go?

Sarayeye or Spiritual Cleansing
The road to be a priest or priestess in Santeria, Yoruba, Haitian Vodou, Palo Mayombe, Ifa, Akan, is not an easy road. But, we should not let our personal trial and tribulation prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. That is not only to elevate our family and our lineage but to elevate people who come across our crossroad.

We meet people each day for a reason, each person that come across our path is a representation of a Loa, a Orisha, a egun, and/or a Nkisi.

I say this because if we keep this in mind then perhaps we would not always think about money when it comes to helping someone. I do not say that someone should not be paid for his/her knowledge. But, there are times were an individual just need a little boost to be where he/she need to be.

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The History of Lucero

A Representation of Lucero

Editor’s Note: The following article is a contribution from Tata Nkisi Luceroviramundo. Although it is not from the experiential point of view The Mystic Cup encourages, the information is very much welcomed as it presents a foundation about of Lucero. This foundation could be further enriched by other tatas and yayas who could contribute to the dialogue by telling us about their experiences with Lucero.

Gobernar Lucero
Lucero Prima, Lucero Gobernador
Lucero, Lucero Gobernador
Lucero Abre Camino, Lucero Gobernador

Lucero is the keeper of potential, possibility, and the great secrets of Cosa Congo Mayombe. Lucero is the hidden foundation that has stayed a constant throughout all the changes in Cosa Congo Mayombe history – changes that still continue as I write this. I think though, that it is important that people know a little about his origins, and what he truly has meant for people for untold centuries.

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Illumination to Egun (Part 2)

Lamp for the egun

Ritual execution of Illumination to Egun.

To execute this ritual properly, it would be good to be as familiar as possible with the prayers, this way they will flow naturally and you will have the force of your emotions behind it.

Direction to orchestrate the illumination:

1) Cover the altar with a white cloth; make sure your seven or nine glasses contain fresh water. Pour some holy water, Florida water, and sprinkle some cascarilla in the nine glasses.

2) In a white bowl pour some river water, holy water, Florida water, cascarilla, some basil leaves, mint leaves, Prodigiosa, and some rum. Crush everything together, you can add anything in here as you see fit. Such as other herbs and/or fragrances to your liking.
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Illumination to Egun (Part 1)

Egun Devotion a Cornerstone of many ATRs
This is the first of a multi part series on dealing with Egun or reverence to ancestors. I decided to name this article illumination to Egun, because what I would like to discuss how to activate your spiritual quadrants with prayers.

In the Catholic Church there is a group of people known as charismatic. According to Wikkipedia Charismatic catholic is define as this: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a movement within the church characterized by vibrant masses, it features ‘speaking in tongues,’ as well prophesy and healing. This movement is based on the belief that certain charismata (a Greek word for gifts), bestowed by the Holy Spirit such as other language communication and healing.
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Part 6: 10 Assumptions that New Comers to ATRs should not make

The World begins with one, therefore, lets choose carefuly those ones to lead our world
In 1573, Thomas Tusser wrote the following:

A foole & his money,
be soone at debate:
which after with sorow,
repents him to late.

In today’s world of shysters, scammers and Internet merchants of religions—all religions—it is easier than ever to feed the entitlement mentality of ‘the right to initiation.’ In the case of African Traditional Religions, we are observing an influx of people who come to collect titles and then set shop as soon as they ‘feel’ they are elders. What a joke! Some of them have not even bothered to have a good understanding of the cultural background, the language or the history behind their intended target religion. Some others have only a superficial Internet relationship with their godparents –to-be, perhaps aided by some Skype or a few telephone conversations…

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Top 5 Reasons why I Love Palo Monte

Jugando Palo

These are but 5 reasons, in no particular order. Everyone has their own top 5 and mine change from time to time.

1. It is ok to work at odd hours of the night. I am a night owl and enjoy the sounds of the dark, the smells of the shadows and the songs of the evening creatures.

2. I don’t have to wear my best whites; after all when I am done they will be pristine no longer.

3. It is ok to improvise some speech. Once I am done with formulas I can sing if I don’t feel like talking, I can use all sort of sounds if I don’t feel like using words my Nganga understands my raw energy.

4. My brotherhood is not fasenda; my Nso keeps regla. I am affirmed in traditions.

5. It is my connection to the universe. No words can ever explain that.

To all Tatas and Yayas out there, what are your top 5 reasons to love and honor our tradition?

Yaya 7 Nkele