10 Sweet Treats for Eleguá

Candy Corn and PopCorn Balls for Eleguá

When I started to develop a relationship with my Eleguá at first I was very much buttoned up, then as time went by, I started to feel as though this mysterious orisha was pointing things out to me in subtle ways. Then I decide to just let go and listen, it is not like I became wildly experimental. Of course, as an aleyo I made sure to follow my godfather’s instructions to provide the basic service every Monday first thing in the morning.

However, there is a great deal of uncharted territory that aleyos must discover when it comes to managing their very first orisha, and having Eleguá is a trial by fire. I have not seen an aleyo yet that stays within set parameters of a traditional service and does not try to go overboard to please Eleguá. It is just part of the developmental process of that aleyo to learn to listen to its first set of orishas and to discover what is his or her own inspiration and what are clues placed out there by that particular Eleguá. It is also an important task to learn to differentiate between whimsical ideas and what is logical and reasonable. Aleyos are open to many influences as they are still trying to sort out spirit voices, inspiration from orishas and their internal voice.

That said, there are no two Eleguás alike. Along the way I have discovered that my Eleguás—I have four of them, and no, I did not get them all at once—accept with eagerness the following sugary treats:

1. Caramel popcorn balls drizzled with honey and palm oil
2. Fresh plums
3. Coca-Cola, yes some may cringe at this suggestion but think about it, it is dark, it fizzles and it is fun to drink
4. Chocolate cakes
5. Oreo Cookies
6. Candy corn
7. Crackers with guava marmalade
8. Honey cookies
9. Sugared fruits or glazed fruits
10. Gingerbread cookies

The first time I shared with my godfather Omí Oké my discovery of the fondness my Eleguá had of Coca-Colas he strongly criticized me, but once he saw how Eleguá accepted the offering with an Eye ife, the matter was dropped. It is not like my Mr. Personality gets to enjoy his fizzles regularly, it is a treat and so are all the others. Normally these treats have been offered with a purpose, such as thanking Eleguá for a favor or to celebrate an anniversary. Ultimately it is up to the Orisha to accept gifts, be it that they are traditional such as water and coconut or unorthodox.

For aleyos, I think it is important to always run things by your godparents. They can help you to sort out good ideas from the not so very good ones. Initiates have different mechanisms to figure out what is a good adimú adún or not, chiefly using obí divination, and that should always be used when offering things just to make sure if they are indeed needed or accepted, how long to leave them down for Eleguá and where to dispose of them once their usefulness is done.

If you are still in the process of sorting out your relationship with Eleguá, here are some hints. When you offer your normal service, take a moment to sit by your orisha and open up your mind and heart to it. How do you feel? Does everything feel settled and balanced? Do you get a feeling that something is missing? If you sense there is more to your weekly service, then ask at loud and wait. The response will materialize itself if there is a need, just be open to listen. Speaking about listening…sometimes the best adimú adún are the words of praise and love we share with our orisha, so by all means, talk to your Eleguá, that itself may open up more roads than a truckload of sugar laden treats.

Omimelli
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  1. Aiko says:

    This is extremely helpful! Please please do a similar list for the other warriors Ogun and Ochossi. Thank you!

    • Omimelli says:

      Aiko,

      Will do, thanks for the idea. Eleguá is always the darling of the bunch but all are equally important.

      Omimelli

  2. Joy says:

    Hello,
    I have a question about Elegua. My cousin SORT OF entered this house, 13 years ago, and she’s finally decided she doesn’t want to be a part of it. When she joined her mother had just died a few weeks prior and she was vulnerable. Although she joined and received Elegua and Ogun, she never actually had the ceremony done. We’d like to know the easiest and safest way for her to… leave. She doesn’t want to offend them and I DEFINITELY don’t. I have a little more knowledge of Santeria and would’ve warned her but, we weren’t as close as we are now. Any and all help you can give would be GREATLY appreciated. If you need anymore info, please do not hesitate to ask. =)

    Thank you,
    Joy

    • Omimelli says:

      Joy,

      There is only one right way to exit an ilé, and that is by sitting down to talk to the godparents. We don’t sort of take initiations, we either do it fully aware or don’t. I do understand that there were circumstances, but your cousin needs to sit down and speak from her/his heart. Be polite, thank the elders and explain your reasons to leave. Do not make this about shortcomings or accusations, just explain where his/her path is and why the change of heart after 13 years.

      It is also advisable to bring an offering to the head orisha of the house. For example if it is Oshun, I would bring a large basket of fruits associated with that orisha, two candles and two coconuts. Request to leave them at the foot of the orisha and to be able to pray for the wellbeing of the godparent and for blessings as you exit.

      It is crucial to offer thanks for the support given and to observe extreme politeness no matter what happens in the conversation. Keep a cool head.

      Leaving a house is never easy.

      Omimelli

      • Joy says:

        Hi,
        Unfortunately, my cousin hasn’t been in contact with her godparents in 5 years. And she would rather not advise them. A friend of mine told me to tell her to not just throw him away but to take Elegua to a church. This feels partially right which is why I am asking you. Funny thing is, when I was researching what she could do, I was already “told” to give an offering and to have the one-on-one. However, the one-on-one was with Elegua not her godparents given the circimstances.
        She’d like to know what to do with Elegua. Where should she put him?? How should she do it and/or go about it?? She’s made the offering and she’s had the conversation. Now what?? Although I do know SOME things pertaining to Santeria, I’m a TOTAL novice when it comes to leaving.
        She’d like to do it today. Thank you, again and we REALLY appreciated it. =)

        Joy

        • Omimelli says:

          Joy,

          What is the logic behind leaving Elegua at a church? I would think that would be offensive to the church people and why would you leave a Lukumí orisha at the doorsteps of another religious temple? I don’t understand why abadon the Elegua when the issue is not with the Orisha but with the godparent. This makes no sense and it will open your cousin to trouble. If there is no contact with the godparents your cousin needs to go to an Oriaté and have a reading done to determine what to do.

          There are too many variances to consider and if things are done wrong it will more than likely lead to some interesting circumstances to say the very least.

          Good luck, I can’t advice any further on this matter. I have given you the responsible courses of action, the rest is in your hands.

          Omimelli

          • elegua68 says:

            Ana ashe abure went some recieve a warrior like man o boy control paths life.must go talk to ur elegua on park o open field .remeber u dont felt ur elegua,like before go have good reading .or u miss treat him o her our elegua are espiritual need give respect love caring. See poeple leaving behine they stuff or destroy then ur are i a trouble soo big u wont be same .remember never play with saint because dont play..

        • Omi Sainde Cynthia says:

          My papa is Elegua and he would be offened if you just threw him away. He opens the path to everything. I will tell you this story and it’s true, I didn’t know that my aunt was given Elegua and she was scared of it, she was receiving good luck and one day she decided to throw it away. Well, every since she threw him away, the door closed and she has been having finanical problems ever since. If you recive them, just put them away but leave Elegua at the door or an entry closet that is closest to the door. One day she might want them and she can take those santos to her next godparents or get advice from a Santero. Good Luck.

          • Omimelli says:

            Hello Omí Saindé

            I do agree with you. Eleguá is not to be taken lightly or abandoned…I can see the havock created in the life of a person who takes steps like that without the proper protocol. But hey, we are all grown ups here so folks will do as they please, and then later, face the music.

            I am glad you are blessed with having Eleguá as babá, you are in good hands.

            Omimelli

  3. Sand says:

    I have had my elegua for over 20 years, it has been quite a few years that my godfather is not in the picture to help me with my orichas, what can I do to take care of them the proper way?

    Sand

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Sand,

      Taking care of Elegua and I presume you mean the rest of warriors is a simple matter really. I think it would be goood if I write a post just on the subject where I can detail the information and it could be of benefit for you and perhaps others who are in a similar situation.

      If there are any particulars you want to know about, why not drop me a note to info@themysticcup.com and I will include those as well.

      Omimelli

      PS. I can post by the weekend and thanks for participating.

  4. eric says:

    Wow….I wanted so much to have elegua. I was attacked by an evil witch out to get my father’s wealth. I tried to get help from local botanica out here. I received Elekes and very little instruction from my supposed Madrina. Well God bless her but she ripped me off! Her family couldn’t get over the fact that I’m African American. How sad to use my ancestors secrets that my descendants lost thru the brutality and brainwashing of institutionalized slavery and deny me a need and want that should be my birthright because Mexicans seem to have a thing against me. Not to mention suffering from the evils of an unprovoked black magic attack. Now I am materially broke ansand hanging by a string. What’s so funny is there is a lot of mixture in my family I’m just darker. If there is anyone out there that love the Orisha please pray for me. I know suicide is not an option

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Eric

      I am really sorry to hear about your case. Unfortunately, you are not alone, I have seen much abuse and scam artists hurting people by stealing away their right to have a properly done ceremony.

      If you want some one-on-one advise write to me at info@themysticcup.com. I will answer as I can.

      In the meantime, keep your chin up and know that there are things that can be done to correct this matter. You are indeed in my prayers.

      And no, suicide is never an option. This life is worth living every bit of it, no matter how crummy it may seem from moment to moment. Pain is the shell that surrounds our understanding and sometimes, we must come across areas of deep darkness to appreciate the light. Our ancestors did, so can we!

      Omimelli

  5. eric says:

    One day I will have my true religion restored to me maybe not in this lifetime…maybe the next im just tripping that someone would want not to have their allegiance after thirteen years? Wow….reminds one of wealthy people that complain about life. I guess everybody’s got their own quirks ….

  6. eric says:

    Thank you Omimelli for your prayers and encouraging words. I still worship the Orisha with my little knowledge I am going to contact you at that email. First I need to refresh my boveda and meditate for my head is filled with a bunch of worries.

  7. eric says:

    I hear you loud and clear Omimelli. I am going to strive for a higher standard of morality and pray for wisdom and appreciate the blessings that have been bestowed upon me. Thank you for your knowledge and wisdom you are a tower.

    • Omimelli says:

      Eric

      Nah, we are all towers in our own right. Thanks for your words though :-)

      Omimelli

      • eric says:

        Well Omimelli God bless. I just can’t understand how can be allowed to cause harm to others using witchcraft and get away with it. Seems like if I do something wrong I almost immediately get punished yet there are people that can do great damage for years to others. I’ve had loved ones die tragically after being driven mad by black magic. Good people that treated strangers like family lose their minds overnight and within a few months be killed. I just don’t get it. How does one get devine justice to prevail. I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to cause so much suffering. I wish there was some reputable Yoruba/Lukumi out here where I live so I could get a reading
        Because I know there has got to be answers and reasons why beyond my understanding this evil woman has been allowed to infiltrate my family and cause so much damage and suffering. There are no such thing as mere coincidence right?

        • Omimelli says:

          Eric

          Devine justice and retribution are interesting subjects.

          Here the crux of the matter is that first those who know how to do evil are usually armed to the teeth and keep their protections up. Thus they can and will do considerable damage. Will it eventually catch up with them? It all depends on the streght of their protections and how well they keep up with them.

          I think you need to take more stock on what is it that you can do to change your circumstances rather than to focus on what others are doing onto you. There are reputable people in your area, I am sure of that. I don’t believe in remote readings, I believe orí and the hands of that person that needs help need to be present, otherwise I would read for you.

          Stop giving power to that evil woman by obsessing over it. Do more cleansings, one every day and stop obsessing.

          Omimelli

  8. eric says:

    I keep telling myself its gotta break sooner or later I can’t give up the good fight. I’m going to stay faithful and no matter how bad things get I am going to be a loving and respectful person. I am not going to return evil for evil. Maybe God is toughening me up for something greater. Maybe this is a test to see if deserve the blessings I do have.

    • Omimelli says:

      Good thinking, do not give up. Just build up your spiritual strength by praying at the boveda and by doing cleansings and do look for a good diviner in your area.

  9. Sand says:

    Eric, I was just reading your comment, please keep your head up and always have faith never give that up and never let anybody change the person you are. This person that live there life to hurt you will get there well deserve punishment. God will take care of you, never forget that.

  10. Una hija se Yemaya says:

    I can relate to Eric problem because I too got taken for thousand of dollars and no serious knowledge of what to do with the Orishas that I received. At first I was so mad I thought I was going to go to his house and go off beyond my errational mind! I found out that this santero freshly moved to Miami and was doing un complete work with out the proper materials, ceremonies or protocol. I took my gerreros, told me I needed more, then I took my Olokun, then Yemaya and then told me I need it this or that, well after his Misas got smaller and smallers and I felt in my gut he was just ranking the dollars cause he thought I was rich or something, the truth came out that he is gay not a babalaow so my gerreros were all done wrong. I found out from other person of his house that he asked them to lie to me in misas to try to scam me for more money ectectect I am Puerto Rican and I do believe in this magical beautiful religion, it’s in my blood and my heritage, but since this is not something to play with and now I am all alone with the saints, I’m so confuse who to trust at all…I’m discounted with the few I have explain cause I feel like they all tell me different things. No one is making science to me. In a few days a friend of mine will redo my gerreros, but what worries me is how do I know they are done right? I’m paying to supposedly get them done “right”. The las padrino even got me to take gerreros for my 3 yr old with out her being present, he told me just bring her clothes and did a quicky thing and send me home to even giving them Estrada like he did mine and my husband. I’m so scared that again I will be abuse by this and be left with another badly done gerreros. I wish I knew what’s right or wrong, who can give you gerreros or not. By the way my friend open my ossun and he said that a lot of stuff was missing. If this suppose to be my head and it’s done wrong then I don’t know what to do to make it right. I have invested too much time and money to back down. I just want to take my baby gerreros away, cause she was never there and it was not done right. How can I save my baby from bad karma from my mistake in trusting this looser of a man that used me and my family for two years? He is very protected because he had a room full of saints bigger than me and I am 5 ft tall.

  11. Una hija se Yemaya says:

    I can relate to Eric problem because I too got taken for thousand of dollars and no serious knowledge of what to do with the Orishas that I received. At first I was so mad I thought I was going to go to his house and go off beyond my errational mind! I found out that this santero freshly moved to Miami and was doing un complete work with out the proper materials, ceremonies or protocol. I took my gerreros, told me I needed more, then I took my Olokun, then Yemaya and then told me I need it this or that, well after his Misas got smaller and smallers and I felt in my gut he was just ranking the dollars cause he thought I was rich or something, the truth came out that he is gay not a babalaow so my gerreros were all done wrong. I found out from other person of his house that he asked them to lie to me in misas to try to scam me for more money ectectect I am Puerto Rican and I do believe in this magical beautiful religion, it’s in my blood and my heritage, but since this is not something to play with and now I am all alone with the saints, I’m so confuse who to trust at all…I’m discounted with the few I have explain cause I feel like they all tell me different things. No one is making science to me. In a few days a friend of mine will redo my gerreros, but what worries me is how do I know they are done right? I’m paying to supposedly get them done “right”. The las padrino even got me to take gerreros for my 3 yr old with out her being present, he told me just bring her clothes and did a quicky thing and send me home to even giving them Estrada like he did mine and my husband. I’m so scared that again I will be abuse by this and be left with another badly done gerreros. I wish I knew what’s right or wrong, who can give you gerreros or not. By the way my friend open my ossun and he said that a lot of stuff was missing. If this suppose to be my head and it’s done wrong then I don’t know what to do to make it right. I have invested too much time and money to back down. I just want to take my baby gerreros away, cause she was never there and it was not done right. How can I save my baby from bad karma from my mistake in trusting this looser of a man?

  12. Eric from Chicago says:

    I was born and raised in the catholic religion up until about a year ago when I recieved my Eleuga from my God father.
    My question is would my small shrine consisting of catholic saints present a conflict of interest with my Elegua?

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Eric,

      Not at all. Elegua could not care less if you have a Buddist shrine or a Catholic one. The Orisha is compatible with many other religions. Take for example our sharing space with Palo, Vodu and many others. Do what feels natural to your inside.

      Congratulations on getting your Elegua.

      Omimelli

  13. carmen says:

    I need help from elegua like asap me and my boyfriend r in lots of legal problems and he is in jail I want him to be released and that all charges against him be dropped so he can come home to me what can I do

  14. SONIA says:

    HI EVERYONE,
    I TOO HAVE A ELEGUA BUT IT WAS NOT GIVEN TO ME I ASKED FOR IT I GUESS. I ASKED FOR SOMETHING TO KEEP MY SON’S FATHER IN HE’S LIFE AND THEY ASKED ME FOR A PICTURE OF US AND IF I WANTED AN ELEGUA I ASKED ABOUT HIM THEY TOLD ME HE’S THE BEST IN GETTING THINGS DONE. SO I RECIEVED HIM. LONG STORY SHORT MY SON FATHER AND I ARE NOT TOGETHER HE DOES NOT SEE NOR CARES FOR MY SON THEREFORE I WANTED TO LEAVE THAT PART OF MY LIFE ALONE BUT KNOWING THAT ELEGUA IS NOT ONE TO PLAY WITH I JUST PUT HIM AWAY LEFT HIM ALONE. BUT I HAVE EXPERIENCED EMONTIONAL ANGUSIH/BITTERNESS/ AND THERE WERE TIMES I HAVE ASKED TO JUST END IT ALL BUT I DIDNT THANK GOD IN JESUS NAME. I’VE HAD CRAZY DREAMS AND THIS WAS THE CYCLE THAT KEPT REPEATING ITSELF FOR A WHILE THEN I STARTED TO READ THE BIBLE AND STARTED TO QUESTION WAS I GOING AGANIST GOD AND WAS SOOOOO CONFUSED. I KEPT DREAMING WITH BIRDS AND BEING CHASED THEY WERE SCARY. I RECENTLY HAD A CLEANING AND LIT A CANDLE TO ELEGUA. I DIDN’T SAY MUCH ON LIGHTING THE CANDLE FOR I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO SAY BUT TODAY AS I READ THE STORIES I HAVE LEAVED AND DO FEEL A BIT BETTER CAUSE I REALIZE THAT MY PROBLEM WAS THAT I FEEL I WAS GOING BACK AND FORWARD FROM ONE RELIGION TO ANOTHER WHICH IS NOT RIGHT! BUT IF HE IS COMPARED TO CATHOLIC SAINTS AND THE ONES THAT HE IS COMPARED TO ARE PRAY TO FOR PROTECTION THEN IS IT OK ?
    FOR THE STORIES TOLD ABOUT HIM HIS JOKES OR TRICKS AS YOU SAY ARE TO LEAD TO CORRECTION OF THAT PERSONS ACTIONS AND/OR CHARACTER WHICH SHOULD BE A GOOD THING RIGHT ?
    HE IS ALSO COMPARED TO A SAINT OR SPIRIT CALLED ANIMA SOLA MEANING LONELY SPIRIT THAT REPERSENTS THE SOULS IN PURGATORY WAITING TO HELP PEOPLE HOPING THAT IN RETURN WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER HEAVEN SO I HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HIM THANK YOU ALL !!!

  15. Ashley says:

    Thank you for that information. Please help me i would like to know how can i know when eleggua is asking me for something. I was givin eleggua to protect me and my kids from the evil that is being thrown at me.

    • Omimelli says:

      Ashley

      It is really important that you sit down with your godfather, the person who made the Elegua for your protection and that you ask this and other questions on how to keep your Elegua. If you are still not satisfied with the answer, then send me a note.

      Omimelli

  16. Erika says:

    Hi! Hope you are all doing well.
    I had an Elegua given to me by my Madrina who has since passed. I had him set in his plate at the entry way to my home with his coins and toys. My boyfriend decided one day to take up the plate wash it, Take the coins and caramel candies and throw in a junk draw filled with other candies and coins (I could not tell what was what). As far as I was concerned it was a mess of disrespect. Particularly because he has different beliefs such as meditation and speaking directly to his guides (that is until 12/04/2012 when he had an awakening). When my boyfriend did what he did I saw and felt the doors close. I know Elegua is not mad at me but just wants to be put back at his spot with his toys and offerings. I did ask his forgiveness on behalf of my boyfriend because he was ignorant, at the time. Before I could tell my mom what happened she called me saying that a friend of hers, who works with orishas, said she prepared me a new Elegua and I was to take the old one and place amongst trees. Was this right to do? It felt right.
    Thank you very much in advance!
    Erika

    • Omimelli says:

      Erika

      You have here a compound issue. Do not make it even more complicated by throwing away your Elegua. First, you must address a matter of gross disrespect. Your boyfriends needs to keep his hands completely off your Orisha, period. He has no right to touch that Elegua.

      Nevermind about the old toys or coins. It is you who needs to set the situation to its right balance by first establishing ground rules, second by going to your Elegua and doing a proper weekly feeding. Get new coins and toys and explain to him that you are in a learning process and what was done was not meant out of disrespect but ignorance.

      The Elegua you have simply needs to be taken care off properly. People don’t just get new Eleguas on a whim, you need a reading in person and you need to determine if you want to become associated with the person who would give you a new Elegua. I have news for you, that person not only gives you an Orisha, it becomes your new godparent. Is that what you want? Is this the person who you want in charge of your spiritual guidance and development?

      I hope this helps and thanks for reading and posting. :-)

      Omimelli.

  17. Yasmin says:

    Hi
    My mother is Cuban and as a child my mother had me kneel and ask Elegua for forgiveness whenever I did wrong . Im 31 and I just started going to a Botonica to have readings and cleansing done I’m not even familiar with the practice what I’ve learned is through the Internet I believe it is very important to know the correct information before asking for help from Elegua I would be honored to know more about Elegua and how to communicate to him properly. I’m in search of prayers and books that can guide me and inform me the correct And proper way to ask or thank him . My mother never spoke to me about the powerfulness of Elegua this is all new to me but I would love to learn more if you can recommend any books or people I should contact for more help on my search it would be much appreciated
    Thank you

  18. Omimelli says:

    Hello Yasmin

    I am glad that you have found the blog and that you decided to write. It is interesting to see that you were asked to kneel in front of Elegua. This clearly speaks of a mixed practice as Oloshas teach their godchildren to only kneel in front of Elegua once, when they are receiving it. One does not kneel in front of Elegua otherwise.

    There are many ways in which Christian believes have creeped into our practices, I personally do not care for them nor follow them.

    There are many books that deal with Mr. Personality as I like to call him. One of them is a booklet that I really like by the late Baba Raul Canizares igbae. You could start there. 2001 – Eshu-Eleggua Elegbara: Santería and the Orisha of the Crossroads (Original Publications) ISBN 0-942272-61-7

    Good luck and tell me how you like that one.

    Omimelli

    • Sefoniel says:

      You need to also focus on YOU……what are the things leading you into these situations..Once identified make a black candle….as you melt the wax put some protection herbs of your choosing in it..Not too much….then…consecrate the candle and state its purpose to banish all negative energy and obstacles within and without…..

    • Sefoniel says:

      then start working to fix the root issues

  19. teresa says:

    Hello,
    I am in need of desperate help.I have received my eleggua wmd I have had it for two and half week’s. And I am learning everything. On my own. I need help. I gave money to be cleaned and my luck to turn around and for my lover to come back to me. I am seven months pregnant and I am not having. Good luck at all.I am now broke and cry everyday. And ask eleggua to open the roads for me Ans turn my luck around Ans bring back my love. Help plz

    • Omimelli says:

      Teresita

      I am so sorry to hear that you are going through such stress in a time when you should be relaxing and enjoying a pregnancy.

      Let us start with the basics. One may receive Elegua with the expectation that one’s luck is going to change, what you do not know is that it is Elegua the one who will point the way and change your luck in the way in which he thinks is best for you…that may be really different to what you had in mind.

      Elegua is an orisha of great mysteries, but his role is rather simple, he creates opportunities and at the same time he creates chaos and situations that make us grow as human beings.

      Elegua is not there to bring your love back. That is not the function of this orisha. There are other orishas that may be more inclined to grant such favors. However, love is a force of nature in itself and very much like Elegua it is rather hard to harness and to predict its true course.

      So you wonder, where is she heading with all this blah blah blah.

      1. If you received Elegua under the promise that your life would change, yes that will happen. Change is unavoidable when Elegua enters our life.
      2. If you receive Elegua hoping to regain this person in your life…you may just sit down and wait…

      My main concern here is that you need to be learning from your godfather and from your godmother and or oyugbona. Where are your eleders and why are they not teaching you? You certainly did not go to a Botanica and got an Elegua off a shelf, did you? So you had a dilogun reading and the path marked was to receive the Warriors?

      Tell me more and I may be able to better help you.

      In the meantime, may Yemaya protect you and your baby. Relax and try to take it easy all that stress is not good for your little one.

      Omimelli

  20. r. boone says:

    Hi. Please, assist me kind Omimellli.
    I…don’t know anything at all about these….teachings.

    I keep having these dreams about Orisha.
    And have had them for several years now.
    I know its Orisha because when I am dreaming, that word comes up a lot and remains with me when I awaken. ( Among other terms)

    Sigh. I can find no one in my area that will tell me anything! Because no one here has ever heard of this stuff either.

    One guy I did find who is from coastal south Carolina just told me to stay away from this stuff.

    Butmy dreams have never lied to me before.
    And this one is persistant and consistent.
    I don’t know.
    Its frustrating.
    I know I need to learn more but everything is so….hard to find.

    I don’t know.
    Just….if u have any inclination to tell me anything , please do.

    I am of light & love only. No mean stuff or negativity from anyone please.

    • Omimelli says:

      R. Boone,

      Well, dreams are very private and loaded with meaning. However, I can tell you that the orisha are not negative forces and thus, the gloom and doom portrayal you got from the person in S. Carolina is possibly based on ignorace and bias. Oh well, it would not be the first time I see that.

      In any case, there is not much I can do for you if I do not know what is in your recurrent dream.

      By the way, you say there is not a soul in your area that knows about the Orisha. With hundreds of thousands of people practicing Orisha in the U.S. I think you should run into someone. I am of course assuming you are in the U.S. Are you?

      Omimelli

  21. r. boone says:

    I am in the us. In north Carolina. I do recall the dreams clearly also. But I don’t think it would be appropriate to share that content publicly.
    If it were just a dream or two or if I had seen a movie or read a book and then drempt the material, then I would let it go. But this is not the case.

    I can send u my email address if u would like.
    I would apopreciate your help very much.
    You do not give off bad energy.
    So my instincts say u are trustworthy.

  22. r. boone says:

    ‘appreciate’

  23. r. boone says:

    I have learned a lot today from things I have found online. I didn’t search hard enough before. So much to learn.

  24. r. boone says:

    Hi again Omimelli. Would you please inform me of someone near my area that could teach me?
    Thank you!
    Concord NC

  25. r. boone says:

    Omimelli! I found a term for what happened to me in my dream! I was reading other stuff hete on this blog.

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Mr. Boone

      Reading is a wonderful thing and particularly when we find answers to our questions. You can send me a note to mymysticcup@gmail.com. It may take me a bit to respond, I do get tons of emails and I rather post responses on the blog as they often times help other folks with similar questions.

      Omimelli

  26. Nieta says:

    I’ve been doing candle spells ans lighting incense for years, I recently went into a botanical and purchased some incense. Money has been tight so I have been burning the type to bring me success any money. I have been doin some research on the orishas and was most dream to elegua and yemaya so I purchased a st Anthony and a st Michael candle and lit them asking that roads that would lead to the success of my self and my family would open. I have never felt such strong power from any other little rituals I have done. I know my grandfather would make sweets for his saint and put little red flags on them but I don’t know anything else about how to offer respect. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Nieta

      I take it that your grandfather was a believer in the orishas and had a related practice or perhaps he had kariosha?

      In any case, let me suggest that instead of starting with the orishas you tend first to the Eggun. It is very likely that your grandfather, and I am inferring from your note that he has passed on, is the one guiding your steps here more so than Elegba or Yemaya. The Eggun must be tend to first. Also, it will cost you literally no money to do so and will be a powerful connection directly to your bloodline. Who better to protect you than those who came before you and upon whose shoulders you stand?

      Omimelli

  27. r. boone says:

    Eggun….I will research this term.

  28. nieta says:

    Actually my grandfather is alive but we don’t speak, not that there is any negativity but he lives far away and we have never been close. Don’t know much about my ancestors on my father’s side. Grandpa is from Trinidad and Tobago and my grandma is Venezuelan. They started their family in Trinidad and moved to NYC after maybe 5-10 yrs. Mom is French Canadian so not sure where would start as far as ancestors or eggun…

  29. Sofiaa shea says:

    Hello i have been on and off praying to elegua since i was 10 but i am in need of his help and since i have not been as deticated as i should be to my service i want to ask for forgivness how can i do this?i am in the works of making him a colage

    • Omimelli says:

      Sofiaa

      Do you have Elegua and the Warriors? Lets start there. Do you have good communication with your godparents?

      Omimelli

    • Jenny says:

      you need to sit with elegua, this is between you and him. girl go ahead ask for forgiveness, theres nothing to be afraid of, he would love to have you back in his life, don’t forget his cigar,bacardi gold, everyone wants godfather back, but no one mentions what you old the god father, its always about us what about our god father, hope I HELPED, POSITIVE.

  30. Sofiaa shea says:

    Another question what are palo’s? Do they mean different things? I want to draw one i found a picture of but i want to make sure it is spesific to what im doing.thank you

    • Omimelli says:

      Sofiaa

      I am not sure that I understand your question.

      Omimelli

      • Sofiaa shea says:

        I dont have god parents i learned the relegion from my mother and my grandma taught it to her im 20yearsold and im just getting into my spiritualside but since ive started a couple of months ago i have been deticated

    • Omimelli says:

      Sofia

      I think you are trying to learn on your own and that is good. However, try not to confuse things. Palo is a religion on its own. It has a lot of pictographic representations that are called firmas. Each of those have a meaning and a purpose and are meant to be used by initiates, that means people who have gone through formal process of being ordained and not just by anyone.

      Omimelli

  31. Sofiaa shea says:

    Even tho im not initiated being blessed spiritualy is in my family.and palos are like line drawings if you look up palo elegua you can see.my phone isent that hight tec.so im limited to how much i can right in a text and yes i have the orishas in my home

    • Sofiaa shea says:

      http://www.zoid.us/elegua1.JPG i want to know if these drawings have different meanings or dose this just represent elegua

      • Omimelli says:

        Sophia

        That is not representative of Elegua. That is a pictographic representation used in Haitian Voodoo. People tend to confuse the Lwa and the Orisha, they are quite different in their nature and the way they are served. Our religions may have similarities and the Lwa and Orisha may have points of crossed reference but they are not the same.

        Omimelli

    • Omimelli says:

      Sofiaa

      It is good to see that you have dedication to the subject. Let me remind you that Orisha is something you not just learn, you must also be initiated. Our parents cannot become our godparent or be our initiators. It takes a village to raise a child.

      Omimelli

  32. Sofiaa shea says:

    Thank you for helping me undertsand.i appreciate it. :)!

  33. Pilar says:

    I have a beautiful story about Elegua. My grandmother was a santera, and she had a statue of el Nino de Atoche they got when they came here from Cuba in the 60s. That beautiful saint was always by our door and I loved how she would put candy, flowers, fruit, and coins on a little plate or basket for him. I used to ask if I could have the candy, but she would warn me to not take it from el Nino. So I would leave it alone.

    When I was a young adult I had a very very powerful dream about Elegua/Atoche. In the dream, my mom (a devout Catholic) had put the statue in a closet because she said it wasn’t good. However, I opened up the closet and with a flood of tears and in great anger I told her “NEVER hide el Nino de Atoche. He BELONGS where he was!” I was crying and yelling at her and I put the statue back in its rightful place. As I turned to walk up the stairs a flood of light enveloped me and I heard a sound like I can never explain to you. I kept repeating “Don’t hide him,” and it was like a force of nature…a symphony exploding all around. My soul was vibrating and I awoke in tears and in joy. To this day I keep Elegua by my door and honor him with candy, coins, and flowers. He is peaceful and beautiful. Today I shook holy water over him and crossed myself 3 times (his number) and felt a deep and overwhelming peace, like being held by my grandmother. It is a beautiful bond, and he is a great and beloved spirit. Please honor him and love him, for he is great and pure. Feel his vibration and you will feel a peace and joy that is a channel to the most Great.

    Much love and protection to you!

    • Omimelli says:

      Pilar

      I am really happy that you decided to share this story with me and with those who read the blog. I will read it to my youngest son who is an iyawó Eleguá, he will really enjoy it.

      Ashé para ti.

      Omimelli

  34. Erica says:

    My mother had a stroke and is moving to another home for care. She received a 2-faced Elegua about 25 years ago and had stopped taking care of him. I also have an Elegua and have not tended to him. In packing my mother’s belongings, I found her 2-faced Elegua and bathed him and rubbed him with coconut oil. I do not remember how to properly care for them. I know Mondays are when we give him fresh liquor and baths and toys, but what do we do with the old food and dried out liquor? I had such a rush of love when I found them that I want to care for them properly again. Please help. Thank you.

    • Omimelli says:

      Hi Erica

      There is an article on the blog on how to take care of the Eleggua. Look under the santeria articles and you will find the Non-Nonsense Guide I wrote. Good for you to start doing this again. By the way, Elegua prefers palm oil, not coconut oil. :-)

      Omimelli

  35. Jenny says:

    that is right Erica, palm oil is what elegua likes, he doesn’t like coconut If you read and find out what happened to him coconut would never be in his menu.

  36. Jenny says:

    Elegua is my road opener,we want to receive we have to give,he does eat and drink just like us, to me hes no different,I have him buy my door with a crown over his head, gold crown,red beautiful cape, his cigar,bacardi. I haven’t had time for him, I feel that I neglected him, hes still in my heart, Im a caregiver, I work 24hrs, five or six days a week, I love Fridays, no matter what I shop for my saints, I know I could do more, just waiting on elegua to give me a full time job so that I have more time for him, give him what he deserves, what he loves.Im going to put it out there to the world, elegua is going to bless me with a good paying job and guess what, FULL TIME, AMEN

  37. Joe says:

    I don’t have godparents learning on my own and Internet I want to get an elequa but I have no godparents is it ok to do so

    • Omimelli says:

      Joe,

      You need to have godparents to get an Elegua and you need something called commitment. Furthermore, you need to have a reading to determine if you indeed need to receive an Elegua.

      Omimelli

  38. Joe says:

    The Santeria in the botanica wanted $121 I don’t have that kind of money but she said it cost for the elequa and the preparation for it so I thought maybe I can buy one and prepare it myself but Iam not a Santeria just learning from Internet and reading help me plz

    • Omimelli says:

      Joe

      Absolutely no. Look Santeria is not a purchasing process where you get a fancy to get an Elegua and you get it off a shelf. It is not a religion where you can self initiate and prepare your own orisha. Get to read more and learn more about who we are and our beliefs before you go about saying you want to prepare an Elegua.

      Omimelli

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  40. MICHAEL says:

    My name comes from YES ARCH iam proud of it I AMA good person with a kind giving heart. I have a passion for giving without Q? Aries but every thing seems to be against me. I had a tearing of de la ropa over all regeneration of spirit nothing changed why? I am not a come see come saw type person . Open to . But not oblivious. To I do believe in a tryoon god he ,him ,her it , they, have no limit and cannot. Be put in a jar who knows

  41. Callef says:

    Do u have to be initiated to honor an orisha I have a corner where I honor oshun with offerings and prayers. I used to have one when I lived with my parents but they made me get rid of it and my frame of caridaddelcobre aka oshun I left the frame by a beautiful spot by the river since I had to get rid of it. I wonder if that was disrespectful to oshun I now live on my own and created a space but I don’t feel the same connection. I feel like before I could feel her and ask her questions and she would answer and I felt and saw her blessings what should I do?

    • Sefoniel says:

      honor days and give honey offeringds…tell ellegua how you feel and that you wish to open the connection back up in a more real way than ever. try that…don’t forget to feed ellegua when you ask and thank him. maybe go to the four corners and ask ..leave a yellow candle in jar lit and toss three pennies over your head as you leave with out looking back…. then see how that goes

      • Sefoniel says:

        I mean honor Oshuns days and leave HER honey offerings but approach Ellegua first with your concerns and leave him an offering as suggested previously in my other comment..I hope it helps

    • Sefoniel says:

      honor days and give honey offerings…tell ellegua how you feel and that you wish to open the connection back up in a more real way than ever. try that…don’t forget to feed ellegua when you ask and thank him. maybe go to the four corners and ask ..leave a yellow candle in jar lit and toss three pennies over your head as you leave with out looking back…. then see how that goes

  42. Curt'ez the god child. says:

    Accomplish everything by doing nothing….Confuscius.Blessed be times three to my ancestors, eleggua, oggun, my guardian orisha yemaya & obatala for walking with me during war & peace.

  43. cookie says:

    I am asking this question again, WHAT DOES AN ALEYO DO WITH HIS ELLEGUA IF HE IS TERMINALLY ILL..can someone please answer this question..thank you

    • Omimelli says:

      This is pretty simple. When a person is terminally ill and eventually dies it is the godparent’s duty to do divination to determine what is to be done with the Warriors or with Elegua if only that was given. If the godparent and godchild are estranged then the owner of the Elegua must look for a new elder and agree to the same terms.

      Omimelli

  44. Sefoniel says:

    Ellegua loves Reces Peanut Butter Cups….His candle sometimes pops just as you place it there…..;o)

  45. Ericka says:

    Hello I came across your comments on a page that I was reading and your email address was listed if any questions were needed to be answered. I am not yet initiated but I follow Santeria and I had a reading with a Santera and she told me that first you must go through Elegua before you can work with any of the other orishas, I would like to pay my respects to Elegua and ask for his help and protection but can you tell me am I allowed to do this without being an initiate? and what can I place in my home and where as an offering to Elegua? Any advice you give will be greatly appreciated. The Santera I went to only said she will tell me which Orisha is over my head but she does nothing else and I’m not sure if anyone else practices this religion where I live.

  46. sheena says:

    I have not received elegua but I was told he watches over me along with yemaya and chango, I had reading done and elegua came in he’s overseeing the situation I’m in, I was told he rules over the stomach and intestine my question is every time I think of a certain person my stomach gets tight heart pounds and can’t eat because my stomach feels like someone squeezing it does this mean he doesn’t want me thinking of this person this is where my path should go and what should I do to help me help him not to do it

  47. lisa says:

    Gi I had mine for a yr and had never felt the conection, can you advise me on how to talk and care for him I have asked him to help me find work put honey and candy I even put a white canddle but not sure if it will work

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