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Important Note – the medals used for these necklaces are vintage stock; that means that, while they have never been used, they all have small scratches or blemishes because of being stored for over two decades. This, of course, doesn’t detract one bit of their magical power, but keep in mind this detail when making your purchase.
Seven African Powers necklace for ritual use, or to be given as an offering to the Orishas. Czech glass beads of the finest quality – white for Obatala, yellow for Ochum, red for Shango, purple for Oya, blue for Yemanya, green for Oggum and black for Eleggua. Around 80 cms/ 31 inches long, made in a continuous line, fits all sizes. As traditional Santeria necklaces, it is strung with a double strand of extra strong cotton thread, so it can be fed as needed. For feeding it, we recommend Blessed Water, Florida Water, or any other water/perfume of your choice.
We strongly recommend not to keep it hanging for long periods of time, as the cotton thread may stretch. Wrap it around a statue, keep it inside your sopera, or in a dish/bowl/box.
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Sacred Heart Of Jesus / Obatala
On September 7 and 8, Ochum and Yemanya are celebrated worldwide. This year we have a big spellwork to make for a customer today, and we already celebrated with Yemanya on August 15, so yesterday we celebrated the Golden Orisha of the rivers. I have been working overtime all week to finish a new painting of Her, which obviously was the centre of the altar we made in Her honour. The gorgeous fabric in the back was a gift of my beloved Kallista Silverheart – thanks so much dear sister!
We cooked a special meal for us (spiced chicken with pumpkin sauce), gave special treats to our furry children, and after lunch we offered Ochum candles, cake, fruit, wine, cigars, orange flower incense and of course, music. My brother visited us unexpectedly, which made the celebration even more perfect!
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Seven African Powers Bracelets – back by customers’ demand!
Bracelet with the colours of the Seven African Powers – white for Obatala, yellow for Ochum, red for Shango, purple for Oya, blue for Yemanya, green for Oggum and black for Eleggua. Wear it to honour the Orishas and get their protection, specially when you feel negative energy is too much around you! Bracelets are made with a wire core, double wrapped for extra durability and with a secure lobster clasp. I have added to each bracelet a handmade African Fair Trade clay bead – they are all different, making a unique piece of each bracelet.
Eye Of Protection – One Of A Kind Charm Bracelet And Earrings Set
Set of bracelet and earrings featuring seven gorgeous eye charms – the eye charm is used mainly as a protection against negativity and curses, but it is also a symbol of deity’s providence. The blue and red glass dangles also follow the tradition of Mediterranean evil eye charms, as these strong, positive colours enhance the magical power of the metal charms.
Hand Of Fatima / Hamsa Bracelet And Earrings Set – Available In Red, Blue And Green
The Hand Of Fatima / Hand Of Miriam/Mary / Hamsa amulet is probably the most extended and used protection amulets of the Mediterranean magic, as it is used by Muslims, Jews and Catholics alike. This charm is used both as a protection against evil eye and curses, as well as a bringer of good luck and fortune. To add even more positive power to each of these sets, a handmade evil eye glass bead has been placed in the middle of the bracelet.
Catholic Rosary I – Marie
This rosary is a reduced version of a regular Catholic rosary – ten beads for the Hail Mary prayers and one for the Lord’s Prayer, which is to be repeated five times. This type of rosary is more portable than a regular 50 + 5 bead rosary, without losing any of its power as a protection amulet. This unique piece features a beautiful winged cross, symbol of Angelic power and of the Holy Spirit, and the connection charm depicts the Jesus Of The Sacred Heart on one side, and Mary Of The Sacred Heart on the other. All beads are faceted aubergine glass, a colour strongly related to Christianity – in Spanish, this colour is often called “Nazarene Purple”, because many images of Christ are dressed in this colour, as well as the clothes of the Nazarenes, the penitents that accompany the processions during the Holy Week.
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Ekeko is one of the Central America gods of abundance – dressed as a travelling seller packed with goods, he is much revered in Santeria and every house and business has one to protect them in all areas.I have worked with him extensively and he is very generous!
These sets have been created completely from scratch by us. The Ekeko figurine (about 1,5 inches tall) was handsculpted and painted resembling the traditional ones, and the word “Suerte” (Luck) written in his belly. Besides the figurine, the set contains several items to offer to him:
- Three Orisha Money banknotes, so you always have financial abundance;
- A bag with lentils, rice, corn grains and one African fava bean, so you always have food on your table;
- A cowrie shell, to unblock your paths;
- Three beautiful Mulberry paper roses: red for romantic love, pink for family love, and white for spiritual love;
- A miniature wine bottle, so you always have something to celebrate;
- A charm holding three Huayruro seeds and a horseshoe, so you are always lucky.
- A vial of Abundance oil, for anointing candles, mojo bags, or even yourself.
You can also add any offerings you want – some traditional offerings are rum, cigars and cigarrettes, sweets, coins, small toys, and anything that represents your wishes.
The tray and the candle are NOT included – it is a suggestion of how to present the items in your home.
Santa Muerte Altar Box
Handpainted wooden box, 11 x 7 x 5 cms./ 4.2 x 2.7 x 1.9 inches. Painted dark green on the outside and sage green on the inside, and depicting the Santísima Muerte / Holy Death / Iku. This could be perfect for a shell/bone/rune oracle, to store incense or stones, or to be offered as a gift on your Ancestor Altar /Boveda Espiritual. One Of A Kind.
Spiritual Herbal Bath – Seven African Powers
Seven powerful, organic, homegrown and wildharvested herbs are united in this bath, representing the Seven African Powers. This bath is made to eliminate negativity, cleanse your energy, unblock your paths and tune with the energy of the Orishas. The herbs are:
Eleggua – Wormwood: unblocks the paths;
Obatala – Oak Tree: gives stability and clarity;
Yemaya – Almond Tree: brings creativity and love;
Ochum – Orange Tree: brings passion and sweetness;
Oya – Lavender: brings business and connects with Ancestors;
Chango – Fig Tree: brings strength and justice;
Oggum – Wild Grapevine: brings endurance and truth.
How to use it:
Option 1 – make a tea out of the herbs, let steep for seven mintes and strain. Take your regular bath and after you have finished pour it over your head and body while still warm; dry yourself gently, patting on the skin or leave it to air dry if temperaure allows.
Option 2 – pour the herbs on a muslin bag and place in the hot water of your bath. Immerse yourself in the water three times. Remember not to add any soap, herbal salts or any other bath product to the water (so we recommend you shower before doing it). Dry yourself gently, patting on the skin or leave it to air dry if temperaure allows.
The third post on this mini-series (post I here and post II here) shows the final step of the rebuilding of the Eleggua head – calling the Orisha to accept and inhabit the statue. As I’m sure you understand, I cannot describe every detail of the ritual, but I can tell that the whole process – filling the head, waking it up and working on the offerings – took us about 12 hours.
Offerings consist in black coffee with lots of sugar, a handmade cigar, a bottle of strawberry-infused orujo made by a friend, herbal incense made just for the ritual, candles and a dish of our roof garden’s herbs, including three okras that were completely full of seeds. After the ritual, several consultations with different oracles were made to make sure Eleggua was accepting the offerings (he was), and he was placed on the main altar – no pics of that because we were so tired that we simply forgot it. Actually, when we finished the work we crashed in bed and slept 10 hours!
In this post, I shared the process of rebuilding a broken Eleggua head that we were given, with the intention of “upgrading” the one you’ve been seeing in this blog, which was made many years ago and really needed a replacement. After the rebuilding, restoring and painting, I worked on a new crown for him, using leather, guinea hen feathers, vintage sequins, and an antique french gold fringe that was a gift from a friend. These pics have been taken before it is filled, sealed and “awakened”, which will be the first ritual we make when the Temple Room is finished. Isn’t he handsome? Maferefun Eleggua!
Virgin Of Candelaria plaster statue, 36 cms / around 14 inches tall, completely handpainted and one of a kind.
I am offering it first to our blog readers before I list it on Etsy, so if you’re interested, make me an offer! SOLD!
The first candle on our little Yemaya altar has been lit, on behalf of a stressed friend. On the left, a basket with herbal gifts for our friends coming tomorrow, which we have asked Her to bless. Yemaya nurtures, gives and cares – and so we do to Honour the Great Mother.