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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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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Ancestor Staff

Egungun masquerade costume
I had started gathering materials to dress my ancestor staff. It is currently unadorned and was made by my own hands six months ago.

Inspiration has now spurred me to finish the staff by dressing it.

I recalled that I needed nine coloured ribbons, bells, beads and such, and as I described to my friend how I intended to use ribbons of about 12” in length, she looked shocked.

“No,” she replied. “That would look like a hula skirt!” She then proceeded to explain to me that traditionally dressed staffs have long ribbons completely covering the length, resulting in a look similar to Cousin It from the Addams family.

The Egun Staff (Opá Egun) is traditionally received from godparents and prepared with various ceremonies. However, until I get to that stage, mine is a representation, thus I call it Ancestor Staff.

After a search on Google for images of Egun staffs returned nothing like she had described, Omimelli went on to explain where the ‘dressing’ for the Egun staff seemed to have derived from.

The ‘dressing’ of the Egun Staff mimics the costumes worn by the Egugun during the Egungun masquerade in Nigeria, and more recently, in Trinidad. The Egungun represent the spirits of the dead, and as such, are clothed completely from head to toe in multicoloured cloth, disguising the fact that a living person is underneath the costume.

My ancestor staff is meant to call on my own lineage of ancestors and now that I have more of a logical explanation as to why use more length on the ribbons, I am quite set to start my handy work.


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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