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New Year’s Day: an anniversary, offerings and insight

Posted in Agwe, Art, Divination, Erzulie, La Sirene, Legba, lwas, Mermaids, Ogoun, Religion, Vodou with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2010 by cheshirecatman

After sleeping through all the New Year’s Eve noise (and this is a good thing, as I don’t much care for the sound of fireworks and screaming from the neighborhood), I awoke to a wet New Year’s Day. It’s strange to think that today is the second anniversary of the day my girlfriend Anne discovered the tumor on Puck’s jaw. I’ve been thinking about Puck a lot lately, although that is nothing new–pretty much a daily thing for the past two years.

The spirit doll I purchased from Studio Nocturna arrived yesterday, and it’s beautiful. I visualized her as being a little too large for my current shrine area, but it turns out she fits in perfectly. I lit candles and offered it to Erzulie today. I also made offerings to La Siren (a small shell-shaped dish to put her food items in) and Legba (a Native American-made fur pouch that I thought was similar enough to a makout that he would like it). I stood in front of the shrines, meditated, and talked to the lwa a bit. The area was energized, and by the time I extinguished the flames, I felt the same ache in my forearms that I felt during the Fet Gede (but a much milder version).

Contrary to what some might think, when I feel this ache I smile, because I believe it is my body’s way of sensing energy. Back in February of 2008, I went to a Zimbate workshop at East West Bookshop in Seattle, and received an attunement. Afterward, when we were practicing techniques on each other, I had wished that I was able to feel the energy more intensely. Now that I have my wish, I’m not complaining about it.

On the topic of energy work, the artist that created the Erzulie doll is a Reiki practitioner. I mentioned in a previous post that, prior to purchasing the doll, I asked Erzulie for her thoughts and drew the Thoth card from the Cartouche divination deck. On the Thoth card is the caduceus. Initially I thought that Erzulie was indicating she would assist a sick friend (and I still think that was part of why I drew that card).  I also think that Erzulie was acknowledging the Reiki energy that the artist infuses into each of her dolls. When I handle the doll (and even when I handle the box she was in), a feeling of peace and well-being passes through me.

Below are some photos of my shrines, per a friend’s request. I doubt my shrines are traditional, but they are set up according to my lwa and my personal ascetics. Ogoun’s candle flame always burns brightest, either because of his fiery nature or the ingredients in the particular candles I buy for him. His area is a little undeveloped at the moment, but I’m hoping to purchase another spirit doll from Studio Nocturna to remedy this problem.

I also want to find a statue or doll for Legba, and an image or figure for Agwe that more closely resembles the way he looks when he appears to me. For now, the Neptune/Poseidon figure is fine, as the image/figure I want for him may take a while to find. I’ll know it when I see it.

My crowded shrine shelf

Legba's shrine

La Sirene's shrine

Agwe's shrine

Erzulie's shrine with her new spirit doll

Ogoun's shrine


Gifts to and from Erzulie

Posted in Erzulie, Religion, Vodou with tags , , , , on December 26, 2009 by cheshirecatman

Every year, on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, my girlfriend Anne and I go to her mother’s house for dinner. At least two family members are shutter bugs and dozens of photos are shot throughout the evening. Within the next day or two, I get to view pictures in which I look horrible. Now, I do not consider myself an ugly person at all, but in photos I tend to appear tired (eyes half or fully closed), bloated or my skin looks blotchy. I look like someone who just stumbled out of rehab. Even my girlfriend will agree that I usually do not photograph well. Maybe one in ten photos will be decent, if I’m lucky.

So on Christmas Day this year, I was sent a link to Anne’s uncle’s photo page and….just about died from shock. In ALL of the photos I looked alert, healthy and decent. This has never happened before.

So, if you want to be photogenic, make an offering to Erzulie! I’m not joking….I purchased a beautiful spirit doll for her shrine just hours before we went to the dinner. I was not expecting any benefit other than making her happy, but apparently the lady is very generous when she is pleased.

Divination, dolls and symbols

Posted in Art, Divination, Dreams, Erzulie, lwas, Ogoun, Vodou with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by cheshirecatman

Today I bought a very fancy doll for Erzulie’s shrine from an artist I admire (see her work at Studio Nocturna). Upon asking for Erzulie’s thoughts, I drew one Cartouche card from the deck. Interestingly, the card was No. 5, Thoth. I guess I should not have expected a simple yes or no (chuckles), but this card seems significant because it shows the Caduceus, the symbol of healing and the medical field. I have a friend who was just diagnosed with acute leukemia, and this card seems to suggest that Erzulie is willing to assist her. I plan to commission the artist to create an Ogoun doll for me, as I am having trouble finding a doll or statue that I like for his shrine.

Last week I was seeking input on another Vodou-related purchase and drew card. No. 21, the Sphinx, which made me reflect back upon the dream I had about the winged woman in the tree. (I’m still unsure about the meaning of the dream.)

It’s funny how certain symbols repeatedly surface in our lives at certain times.