Daily Meeting

Found Ezili Danto a few months back, holding Ti Jean Petro in her arms. I make it a point daily to go and bring her some water. A little libation left to show my appreciation for everything that had been done for me until now. You don’t need to do something elaborate to recognize the Spirits. Remember them, and they will remember you.

Principles of Vodun (Continued)

Principles of Vodun

Greetings, I come with honor. I hope that you take this knowledge and value it, if you find it useful for you.

  • Vodun, is not a religion. Religion is the deification of a culture. Religion typically goes about convincing people if you want to save your soul, you must be apart of this particular group. Vodun only asks that you be of service to others.
  • Vodun means, In all that you do, know that the spirit is present.
  • In Africa Vodun was known as Ifa, in the Yoruba, Afa in Ghana. In Cuba we know about Obeah, or Palo Mayombe, Quimbanda, and Santeria. These are all children or branches of Vodun.

While there are many different entities and paths in Vodun, the common thought of the 7 African Powers are heavily observed. These are a few notes, and sparked the basis for my walk in Vodun. With these principles, none can go wrong.

  • Bondye -The Most High comes before all, and is already with you at all times.

-The Lwa is already with you, you just have to know how to call on them.

  • The Ancestors gave us the word “Loa” they did not give us “God.”
    • French word for Law= “Loi”; pronounced the same way as “Loa” (low-uh, or low-ah) .
    • The word Loa or Lwa = Law
    • this poses the question, is a law a God?

Da / Damballah Wedo

In Haiti known as Damballah Wedo, or Damballah La Flambeau. In Africa the spirit is known as Da. Da is respresented as a white snake, pure and flexible. Da represents the Law of life. The law of basic biological material life. This Lwa tells us in order to have life you must have flexibility and mobility.  If none of these are present, no biological material life can be successfully had.2000px-VeveDamballah.svg.png

 

 

 

 

Legba

Papa Legba holds the 1st principle of “Social Life”. In africa Esu Ellegba,

Esu means,” The Divine Interpreter”Dominant term for many parts of Africa. Ellegba means, “The One who Fights”.

  • When speaking on the aspects of Legba within Haitian. It is held by some that between the names, the best aspect for the particular situation at the time would be, the aspect of Legba.

legbaveveLegba is the law which demands, that in order for us to have a successful social society, we must  open the doorway of oppurtunityfor others.

“Give your brother a chance, help your sister advance.”

This is the spirit of Legba. Legba is nota spooky little something that pops up and makes mischief. This is why we serve the loa and not adore them. Secondly, we must always build upon ourselves, and develop a good character. We must work on ourselves, and build in ourselves the traits to help towards a better society for all. This is the principle of Legba.

Ayizan

Ayizan holds the principle of organization and structure. Two people cannot co-exist if there is no organization and structure. Ayizan is a female principle. If we are to follow the first principle of Legba, opening opportunity for others, then it must be organized and structured and cannot be done in chaos.220px-VeveAyizan.svg

 

Ogoun

The Fourth principle is Ogou or Ogoun, in Africa also known as Ogu. The principle of Ogou teaches us to have courage.800px-VeveOgoun.svg

  • There is no life if there is not courage.
  • Courage is truth, that is served for the betterment of the community. When you are courageous, you speak the truth.
  • Courage has source. Gains power from the truth.
  • Courage must not be confused with greed, as courage is for the benefit for the group as a whole. If this principle is not taken to benefit the group as a whole then there is no courage.

Oshun 

oshun

The Fifth principle is Oshun or Ochun. The principle of Oshun teaches us to love

  • Love is to create harmony amongst different things.
  • One must have good character to produce a proper basis for love.

(Mutant Principle) Jaltibwa

The principle of handling immediate confrontation. Fighting and handling business on the spot. 

Ghede

The principle of facing, that which you don’t see or don’t want to see. 

 

Principles of Vodun

The First 4 Principles of Vodun

Greetings, I come with honor. I hope that you take this knowledge and value it, if you find it useful for you.

  • Vodun, is not a religion. Religion is the deification of a culture. Religion typically goes about convincing people if you want to save your soul, you must be apart of this particular group. Vodun only asks that you be of service to others.
  • Vodun means, In all that you do, know that the spirit is present.
  • In Africa Vodun was known as Ifa, in the Yoruba, Afa in Ghana. In Cuba we know about Obeah, or Palo Mayombe, Quimbanda, and Santeria. These are all children or branches of Vodun.

While there are many different entities and paths in Vodun, the common thought of the 7 African Powers are heavily observed. These are a few notes, and sparked the basis for my walk in Vodun. With these principles, none can go wrong.

  • Bondye -The Most High comes before all, and is already with you at all times.

-The Lwa is already with you, you just have to know how to call on them.

  • The Ancestors gave us the word “Loa” they did not give us “God.”
    • French word for Law= “Loi”; pronounced the same way as “Loa” (low-uh, or low-ah) .
    • The word Loa or Lwa = Law
    • this poses the question, is a law a God?

Da / Damballah Wedo

In Haiti known as Damballah Wedo, or Damballah La Flambeau. In Africa the spirit is known as Da. Da is respresented as a white snake, pure and flexible. Da represents the Law of life. The law of basic biological material life. This Lwa tells us in order to have life you must have flexibility and mobility.  If none of these are present, no biological material life can be successfully had.2000px-VeveDamballah.svg.png

 

 

 

 

Legba

Papa Legba holds the 1st principle of “Social Life”. In africa Esu Ellegba,

Esu means,” The Divine Interpreter”Dominant term for many parts of Africa. Ellegba means, “The One who Fights”.

  • When speaking on the aspects of Legba within Haitian. It is held by some that between the names, the best aspect for the particular situation at the time would be, the aspect of Legba.

legbaveveLegba is the law which demands, that in order for us to have a successful social society, we must  open the doorway of oppurtunity for others.

“Give your brother a chance, help your sister advance.”

This is the spirit of Legba. Legba is nota spooky little something that pops up and makes mischief. This is why we serve the loa and not adore them. Secondly, we must always build upon ourselves, and develop a good character. We must work on ourselves, and build in ourselves the traits to help towards a better society for all. This is the principle of Legba.

Ayizan

Ayizan holds the principle of organization and structure. Two people cannot co-exist if there is no organization and structure. Ayizan is a female principle. If we are to follow the first principle of Legba, opening opportunity for others, then it must be organized and structured and cannot be done in chaos.220px-VeveAyizan.svg

 

Ogoun

The third principle is Ogou or Ogoun, in Afria also known as Ogu. The principle of Ogou teaches us to have courage.800px-VeveOgoun.svg

  • There is no life if there is not courage.
  • Courage is truth, that is served for the betterment of the community. When you are courageous, you speak the truth.
  • Courage has source. Gains power from the truth.
  • Courage must not be confused with greed, as courage is for the benefit for the group as a whole. If this principle is not taken to benefit the group as a whole then there is no courage.

Madam Lavaeu- strengthening the deck.

It’s raining outside so I couldn’t put the cornmeal on the ground like normal….guess Oya wasn’t having that. No worries, I dropped some mason jars outside to collect some essence of summer. But that’s for another time.Tonight I seek a closer connection to Madam Marie Laveau. Madam is one of the spirits I speak with when performing a divination.  This is a tiny  peak into my reading altar and divination set up.. If’n you want a reading please contact me via email at Baronaswadee@gmail.com . or send me a message on here. I would be glad to respond as soon as possible. $10.00 for a 10 card reading. I perform my readings via email. So ask a question and I will petition it to the Lwa and we can receive your answers. Good luck out there.

–Bawon 

Marie Laveau

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Tonight I paid tribute to Marie Laveau. I recently had a reading done and she came up in the cards. Oddly enough I received this statue weeks before this reading but I had never lit a candle for her. So since she had been reaching out to me, I decided to go ahead and see what the wise woman has to say.

Can’t forget about the Ghede

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What can I say, I love the Ghede! Bawon Samedi! He found me and first. And he treats me like a son. I love Papa Ghede and I walk with him daily. Ayibobo! He is currently a little lonely and beckons that I pull Maman up for him.

— She is coming. I will make her for you this weekend.

This Baron doll always, and I mean always gets himself into trouble. He is currently traveling about the country getting out and seeing the world. But we are most definitely attached, as he forced the person that I left him with to come to my state after I separated with them while away from home. Either way, Bawon Samedi, the Ghede and spirit I walk with more often than naught. There isn’t a day or a libation that is poured out where he isn’t a part of –Unless it’s to Dambala.