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The Many Faces of Ellegua

African masks Loas and Orishas

Ellegua Elegua Exu Eshu Papa Legba MASK

Ellegua God of the Crossroads

This is the mask of Ellegua that I have and thought I’d share it with everyone.

Ochun Love Oil

photo credit Frances Osborne Austin Tx

Freshly Made Oshun (Ochun) Love Oil

Oshun (Ochun) Love Oil. The Yoruban goddess Oshun has many names. She has 16 caminos (roads, pathways). Her name is linked with love, beauty, sexuality and fresh water. Oshun is worshipped because She rules the rivers, ponds and other forms of fresh water that sustain life. Her influences are the aspects of love, flirtation, sensuality, beauty and the arts.  Streams, rivers, lakes and waterfalls are sacred to her.

Spells for Oshun would include love, relationship, and marriage spells. If you are doing a marriage spell, be sure to include Shango in your spell because Oshun was once married to Shango.

Oshun Oil is made for people who want to draw in the energy of Oshun, the Yoruban Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Sexuality. There are many ways you can use this oil. The oil can be used to anoint yourself or dress a candle.

Suggestions for using Oshun Oil:

  • Gather 5 sunflowers, place them in a vase with fresh water and pour in a bit of the Oshun Oil. Place the flowers in the center of your home.
  • Mix Oshun Oil into some of her favorite foods such as oranges and honey and place it on your altar.
  • Pour 5 drops in a bowl of spring water and leave it by the front door in order to draw in her energy.
  • Anoint 5 chakra points on your body.
  • Pour 5 drops into your bath.
  • If you were born under the sign of Libra, there is a good chance that you would connect well with Oshun.

Recipe Suggestions for Oshun Love Oil (offsite links)

Oshun Incense Recipe and Oshun Oil Recipe

Oshun’s Prosperity Oil

Ochun Candle Spell


Ochun Candle

Ochun Candle Spells.

Ochun Love Candle Spell

Ochun Love Spell


Take a pumpkin, empty it but leave some seeds in it, write your lover’s name on a brown piece of paper, place in the bottom of the pumpkin with 5 fish hooks. Cover the paper and hooks with honey, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Then on top of that carefully place 5 egg yolks.  Over that (carefully) cover it all with cooking oil — you want to try and keep the layers though some stuff will float.
Once you have filled the pumpkin with the oil (fill it to about 2 inches below the top of the pumpkin.  You now need 5  floating wicks.  Light the wicks and let burn for one hour, repeat the lighting and burning for one hour for 5 days (so make sure you have enough oil in there) After 5 days go to a river with it. Offer the pumpkin to Oshun with 5 cents.

Obatala Calming Spell

This working is done for an individual beset by anger and rage. Before starting, I would spritz yourself and the other person with Florida Water to cleanse yourselves. Don’t forget to cleanse the candle, the ribbon, and the white cloth as well.

What you will need:

A long white ribbon
A small white cloth (napkin sized)
Cascarilla (powdered white egg shells)
Cocoa butter
Tranquility (Calming or Peace) Oil Blend
White candle
White piece of paper

Place Obatala or a image of him in a corner where he will not be disturbed. You measure the height of the person with the white ribbon. Make a total of 8 knots with the ribbon from one end to the other asking Obatala with every knot to calm this person, bless this person, clear this persons path, etc. On a white piece of paper, write the persons name after every knot. Place the knotted ribbon and the paper in a jar with the Tranquility Oil, and cover it with cocoa butter and cascarilla. Light a white candle to Obatala.

A suggested prayer to Obatala when lighting the candle:

Obatala, Creator of the Universe and Creator of humanity. You are the compassionate, the essence of peace, and the source off all that is pure. Protect us from all evil, Most Beloved Obatala. Give us your peaceful blessings so that there may be tranquility and calm for [name of person]. I give you heartfelt thanks for your help.

Leave the jar covered with a white cloth until the job is done. (Which means, when the candle has burned itself out).

Ochun Love Bath

This is an easy bath for those of you who have no experience or want to work with Ochun. The bath will help you attract a lover at a club or bar.  It will help your confidence and increase your flirting skills, making you more attractive to the kind of person you want to attract when you go out on the town. 

Cinnamon sticks
Champagne or a Cider
5 of your perfumes or colognes
Patchouli perfume or oil

Now there is two ways you can do this and they both bring good results. You can either fill your tub and do this or put everything in a bucket, shower then throw it on top of you. If you are going to take a shower or that your in a rush to go to the club or something, take a bucket and add warm water to it. Get a small pot and add some water and boil the patchouli, hops and cinnamon sticks together. Once it comes to a boil you are going to have to strain it and add the liquid to your bucket of water. Add an entire beer and some of the cider or champagne to the bath. Add a little bit of honey and depending on your perfumes or colognes, spray or pour from each of the bottles.

Once you have done that, light 5 small yellow candles (tea lights if possible, otherwise use the smallest yellow candles you can find, like birthday candles or if you have to, use votive candles) and call upon Oshun’s essence and tell her what the bath is for. You shower normally and after you have rinsed off your soapy water you then throw the bucket all over your body. Now you might feel a little bit sticky because of the beer and cider but this will make everyone  stick to you. Air dry yourself.

When you get dressed for going out, make sure you dab a bit of each perfume that you put into your bath onto yourself.  I recommend: one dab on each breast, one dab on your pudenda, one dab on the inner part of each thigh. It would be best to incorporate gold jewelry into your outfit, as well as the color yellow in your clothing.

Papa Legba

Papa Legba is always invoked at the beginning and ending of every ceremony. Before speaking to any other Lwa , you must consult with Papa Legba, because he will determine who passes between those gates. Papa Legba decides if you will be able to speak to any other lwa or not.  It is necessary because he stands at all the crossroads.  This is why so many hoodoo rituals are done at crossroads.

Legba likes candy, toys, and coconut as offerings, or anything children would enjoy. The dog is sacred to him. His favorite color is red and black, and his number is three.

Papa Legba is the first one you call and the last one in a ritual. He is the opener and the closer of the gates.Papa Legba is also associated with Saint Peter. He is connected to St. Peter because St. Peter is the saint of the gates to heaven, and has the keys to the gates of heaven.  This is why Papa Legba is often associated with keys.

Here is a list of Legba’s corresponding saints.

Eleggua / Elegua/ Legba: Messenger, Opener of the Way, Trickster:

Saint Simon Peter

Saint Anthony (of Padua)

* El Nino de Atocha

St. Lazarus

When calling on Papa Legba to either open the gates or to petition him, you want to light  candles for him and always give an offering of rum. Decorate his altar with candy, red and black items, cigars, rum, and coffee.

Set up your altar on a Monday night, to bring Papa Legba into your life. You can use a coconut to represent him.

Place on your altar 3 coins with the glasses of rum and the cane.

Say the following while shaking a maraca:

Papa Legba, open the gate for me Ago eh, Papa Legba, open the gate for me Open the gate for me, Papa for me to pass When I will thank the Lwa!

Or you can chant:

Papa Legba open the gates for me.
Papa Legba open the gates so I may pass through
Papa Legba open the gates and let me pass
Papa Legba open the gates so I may pass through

Papa Legba I give you this offering as a payment
So that you may open up this gate and let me pass

I must speak to the (add name of lwa family or single Iwa here)
Papa Legba open the gates so I may pass through

Then smoke the cigar smoke onto your altar.

No you may tell him what you need or want. Promise him a cigar, Candy (7 pieces), rum, and candle if he grants your request.
When he does grant your request, it is best to make these offerings of gratitude to him on a Monday, along with any prayer you may know to personally thank him (you can write one of your own to him if you wish). It is important to say goodbye to him and ask him to close the gates.


Ochun’s Pumpkin Love Spell

Get a pumpkin and hollow it out with a spoon.. Using a pencil, write the name of your beloved on a brown piece of paper and put it inside the pumpkin. You can also do this with a photograph of your beloved.

Then you drop 5 fishing hooks on top of the photo or paper with your beloved’s name on it.  Pour honey and beer, preferably a sweet ale all inside the hollowed pumpkin.

Replace the top of the pumpkin and make sure it’s fixed on very well, even if you have to pin it – do NOT remove the top of the pumpkin.

Then you call out to Ochun, the Santeria orisha who rules love. marriage and money. Ask her to sweeten the heart of whom you wish to enchant.

Light a yellow candle as yellow as Mama Cachita’s color (yellow-gold). Put the pumpkin on a white dinner plate and place it in a closet or a corner, out of view of visitors, etc.

After 5 days (since Ochun’s number is 5), you carry the pumpkin to a river, only a natural river and throw it in. And pray to Ochun to have the love of this person for yourself. Again, this is a powerful spell and be prepared for irrational love and desire from the person you put the spell on.

Contributed by Randy Strahin a member of Hoodoo Arts https://www.facebook.com/groups/hoodooarts/

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