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Festival of Oshun 2011

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Sheloya Giving Offerings to Oshun

Sheloya Giving Offerings to Oshun

We are celebrating the festival of Oshun here in Haifa, Israel from Saturday August 27 through Saturday September 3, 2011.  This year’s main theme is prosperity.

If you’ve been planning on having some root work done to bring you more money, this is the best time of the year to do it.  Since it is a community festival, the normal price for an Oshun and Aje Shaluga ceremony does not apply.  Everyone can send what they can afford or take the DIY (do it yourself) option and give offerings to Oshun on their own, knowing that over here, we’re taking care of the ceremonial side.

To get in on the community ceremony, you need to click here to fill out the form to add yourself to my altar so that when the ceremony is done, your name and concerns can be brought up specifically.  If you would like to give a donation so that more offerings can be given on your behalf, please click here to use the donation form.

Those who donate will be sent special nkisi and whatever other items we’re inspired to make during the festival week.  We hope that you’ll join our celebration.

Eshu Summer Festival 2011

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Here at SoulMindBody.net, we’re celebrating the summer festival of Eshu.  We have some special package deals at Sheloya Mystical, but those are for people who can afford them.  Many in the world are having a tough time financially, some because of  evil politicians, and some because of evil bankers.  This time of year, our doors and our hearts open to all, regardless of income.

Making Eshu ElekesEshu will be at the forefront of our altar for the whole week through next Monday.  So please send us your requests and concerns that you would like us to bring to Eshu on your behalf.  For those who may not be too familiar with Eshu, he is the gatekeeper between the spiritual and physical realms.  He is a guide and protector, but also a trickster who sends obstacles to teach us important life lessons.

At this time of year, we give him special focus, and show him appreciation for both his blessings and the lessons we’ve learned.

The schedule for this week is fairly standard.  Yesterday evening was a private ceremony to ask Eshu to open the gates and bless the festival.  Afterwards, we began to make the special elekes and macutos for the festival week.

Monday evening, we are having a food offering and feast of chicken, black eyed peas, rice, and cornbread.  Tuesday through Thursday, we’ll be doing readings and specific ceremonies for those who have ordered them.  Friday night, we are having the Warriors’ ceremony for soldiers in combat and sensitive assignments, and war veterans.  If you or a relative fits the bill, please send us their first name or nickname.

On Saturday and Sunday, we will be working hard to finish the elekes and macutos, and on Monday we’ll be having the closing ceremony.

This week we ask that those of you who may not be able to afford a donation or specific ceremony, give respect to Eshu in your own way that is within your means.  Even if it is just to take some peanuts to a crossroads and meditate awhile, Eshu knows your situation, and will help you if you listen to him.

Feel free to comment and share your Eshu stories and words of gratitude in the comments.

Happy Eshu Holiday!

Vodun Holidays and Orisha Birthdays

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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 African heritage and spirituality.

January 17: Yoruba Feast of Ogun

February 2: Feast of Oya
Video

Sometime in February or March: The Festival of Obatala and Oshun

March 19: Feast of Osayin

March 25: Feast of Oshun

April 23: Santeria feast of Ogun

May 25: Feast of Ochossi (If hosting an event, you must have a dance on this day.)

June 16: Anniversary of the death of Marie Laveau, the most famous New Orleans Voudou priestess in U.S. history

June 21: Feast of Babalu Aye

June 29: Feast of Eleggua (This is an excellent day to do readings, so if you’re hosting, have an area just for this where people can have some privacy.)

Friday closest to August 15: Festa de Boa Morte (Festival of the Good Death) in Bahia Brazil.

Last Friday of August: Feast of Oshun in Oshogbo, the town in Nigeria whose official Orisha is Oshun.  Yes, you can get tickets.  Call your travel agent. Videos of the Festival of Oshun.

September 8: Feast of Oshun

September 10: Birthday of Marie Laveau

September 24: Feast of Obatala

September 29: Feast of Eleggua, also Initiation Day

September 30: Feast of Shango (Must serve some spicy foods on this day, and if you can drink but don’t get too drunk.  It’s also a good day for sparring, demos, and/or wrestling matches.)

October 4: Feast of Orunmila

October 24: Feast of Erinle

November 1-2: Day of the Dead – Synchronized with the Catholic All Saints’ Day, it’s a day when the ancestors are honored.  Different cultures have different ways of doing it, but generally, food offerings are given to the dead. 
Day of the Dead in Haiti

November 25: Feast of Oya

December 4: Feast of Shango

December 17: Feast of Babalu Aye

December 31: Feast of Yemaya