Vodun FAQ: Elekes, Ilekes, Collares, Pearls, Necklaces

What is an eleke? An eleke is basically a string of beads.  It can be in the form of a necklace, a bracelet, an anklet, a kneelet, an armlet, waist beads or breast beads.  In the context of Vodun and derivative systems, it is a string of beads that represents Vodun itself or a Spirit or Deity within or syncretized with the system.  They can be dedicated to one or multiple Spirits, including one’s ancestors. …

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Bone Reading of the Day for March 25, 2011

Today’s reading is fairly straightforward.  Oya’s mirror is up, so we’re talking about the future.  Eshu’s protection face is up and he is touching the Sankofa symbol, and Death is facing both, which means that someone will be protected from death because of something they learned in their past. The sun is at the center, and note that Oba, Oshun, and Oya are triangulated with Oya in the water level of the water quadrant.  This represents a balanced individual …

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Vodun FAQ: Are the Orishas Aliens?

It is possible that some Orishas are physical extraterrestrials, where others are spirits or higher dimensional beings, and still others forces of nature to which we apply personalities so as to better understand them.  We can speculate, but it is difficult for anyone to say who is who or what objectively.  Each person who has experienced something can only speak from their own perspective. One should approach this in terms of what works.  The most …

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Vodun Holidays and Orisha Birthdays

This is a list of Vodun holidays.  It is by no means complete.  These are just the ones I know of and have gathered from a variety of people and sources.  Different cultures have different days.  Some synchronize them with Wiccan or Catholic holidays.  Follow your own soul on this. January 10: “Voodoo Day”, or Traditions Day, which is celebrated in Benin and by some in the diaspora to give thanks for and remember our …

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Bone Reading of the Day

To get people familiar with the use of Sheloya’s Hoodoo Bones, help beginners to learn to read them, and give the message of the Orishas to the world, we’ve begun to do a daily reading.  Here is what the bones have to say today. Here is how the bones landed from my point of view (click to enlarge): ………………… …………………. …………………….   and here is how they look oriented according to the Direction Finder bone, …

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