Orisha Love- Elegua

I am very interested in learning the Orishas/Loa, the 7 African Powers, I’ve written about Yemaya and Oshun already and today I am talking about ELEGUA!!

The reason why I’ve began my studies on Elegua is because in the past couple of days I’ve had a lot of weird encounters, with animals and fire alarms, weird I know, but also through a divination reading for myself I have got this message, the KEY is in the WARRIOR. I also got the message that whatever information that comes to me on Tuesday (today) is very important.

“The Key is in the Warrior”
This message could not be more perfect for ELEGUA, as he is the gate keeper, associated with Papa Legba (haitian vodou) they are the road openers. He is found at the crossroads and this is a great place to leave offerings and do magick at for protection and luck. Elegua’s day is Monday, so I will begin to spend a little time honoring him on this day.

He is one of the most sought after Orishas known to be very powerful and fast acting, as a warrior he is extremely protective. Said to have a childlike spirit, he loves candy and toys.

Offerings and Symbols of Elegua (and Papa Legba):
-The Crossroads
-The Colors Red and Black
-Monday, Friday for Battle
-Chicken
-Black Eyed Peas (this is a traditional New Year food, perhaps a road opener for the New Year?)
-Sweets
-Fruit
-Cigar
-Hard Liquor
-Absinthe
-Coffee
-Spicy aromatic incenses, cinnamon, frankincense, oudh, rose.

Leave offerings at the crossroads, behind or near the front door, or in a space between buildings.

The more I learn of Elegua the more I feel like he’s been with me for awhile, he is a lover and protector of children and elderly. I’ve been working with elderly for most of my adult life and the amount of patience I have for them is amazing, thank you Elegua. Do not try to work with Elegua if you are manipulative especially to children, the elderly, or the poor. He is known to have trickster energy and can be very dangerous if you attempt to “use” him for your own selfish gain, if you thought your life was bad Elegua has the power to make it so much worse. Be honest and upfront with your intentions at all times.

Thank You for reading,
Magically Bree

 

Orisha Love: Oshun

Hey loves, I’m learning about Orishas now and want to share the things I have learned. So far I have done a post on Yemoja (or Yemaya) and up next in my studies is the charismatic and clever Oshun (Osun, Ochun), West African goddess of love, fertility and beauty, daughter of Yemoja. In Yoruba religions she is one of the many lovers of Shango (Chango), the god of thunder and considered one of the favorite Orishas due to her beauty and sensual nature, she is often able to accomplish what others cannot simply because of her flirty nature, remember you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

She is sweet, kind and graceful, she loves her children greatly but if angered it is believed she will cause flood or droughts. She can be found in rivers or other fresh water bodies of water, there is a river that bares her name in Nigeria.

Oshun is the ultimate wifey archetype, and by adopting her behaviours you will keep a man happy:
Stay naturally pretty (avoid following trends)
Make your home clean and beautiful
Keep away from debt (Oshun hates being broke)

Oshun Symbolism to use in rituals, offerings or altars:
Gold and Yellow colors
Yellow Butterflies
Yellow Roses
GOLD
Pumpkins
Honey (she is known to wear a honey pot around her waist) Also, honey needs to be tasted before offering it to her. Failure to do so can lead to problems. Someone tried to poison her with honey; because of that, we taste the honey we bring her to prove that it is untainted.
Lemons (other citrus fruits as well)
Coconuts
Yams
Chicken
Topaz
Quartz
Citrine
Sunflowers
Jewelry
Money
Mirrors

In pop culture Oshun has been portrayed in the media many times, you may recognize her likeness in this Beyonce moment…

She represents all the sweet things in life, the things that make life worth living such as new love or dancing in the rain. She loves beauty and can be very vain at times, always carrying a mirror to admire herself. I liken her to a Libra or Taurus who are ruled by planet Venus.

-Magically Bree

Orisha Love-Yemoja

Yemoja (May also have other spellings like Yemaya or Iemonja) is the mother of all orishas, having given birth to the 14 Yoruba gods and goddesses (including: Shango the God of thunder and lightening, Ogun the God of iron, Oya the goddess of the winds and more). She is worshiped throughout the world especially in Yoruba religion, Umbanda, Candomble, Santeria, Haitian Vodou, and Folk Catholicism.

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Call on Yemoja if you need…
to express a love for children,
to feel sincere caring feelings for others
the ability to see from other perspectives,
help being more domestic,
protection of offspring,
to forgive more easily,
help manifesting money with ease 
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Yemoja Symbolism & Associations:
Mermaids
The Moon
Women
Water (beaches,rivers,creeks)
Fish
Children 
Sea Shells & Sea Stones
Secrets
Ancient Wisdom 
Motherhood (pregnant and breastfeeding mothers)
Fruits (watermelon, oranges)
Silver (jewelry, dishes, coins)
Coffee
Light Blue 
The number 7 (The 7 seas) 
Pork rinds
Fans
Ducks
Perfume
Flowers
(use on her altar and rituals)

You may be a child of Yemoja if…
Have had children (especially multiple and at a young age).
Any of the above symbols present themselves a lot in your life.
You are very creative, caring, and make money easily. 
Sensitive to violence and blood. 

(You should get a reading/consultation with someone familiar with all Orishas before you assume you belong to one)

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and will lead you to learn more about traditional African deities. 

-Magically Bree