Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Puerto Rican Espiritista Templo

Templo Espiritsta y Sancista en el pueblo de Guynabo.  Templo de la mama de Mi vecina, Mama Chabela. Templo Fe Esperanza y Caridad, Espiritista Puerto Riquena, Templo Sanse y Espiritista. Fundado y Rejistrado en la Isla de Puerto Rico 1938

My neighboors, Mama Chabela's mothers Espiritista and Sanse Temple in Guaynabo Puerto Rico, Templo Fe Esperanza y Caridad, Founded 1938.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014



The Axis Mundi is the central pole of the universe,  it is where the energies of the Astral plane manifests itself into the realm of the material.   It connects the realm of the dead, with the realm of the living and into the realm of the Highly Elevated Spirits.  It connects Heaven, Earth and Hell, It connects all as would a spiders web.  The roots of the Tree or the Axis Mundi are life a magic mirror that reflects and mimicks its branches above and represents the many ancestral roads that lead you to whom you are today,  the trunk represents you now in the realm of the material, while the branches that reach out in every direction symbolize the many roads that your soul will take in this life and in the next, it also symbolizes your future descendants.  

Every culture make use of the Axis Mundi, and it is known as the cosmic axis, world axis, world pillar, columna cerului, center of the world, world tree, May pole, Palo Mallo, Palo de Muerto, Palo Mita, Poto Mitan, Totem Pole and so forth.   It is the World Tree, or the Tree of Life that symbolizes one's D.N.A and ones connection to everything and all, because all is of Bondye's, and all is connected in a cosmic dance, that swirls around the Cosmic Tree like a whirlwind which is represented by the Orisha, Oya and symbolize, life, death and rebirth.  Each root, each branch and the trunk symbolize the roads, and is governed by Legba, the leaves that sprout out or down are ruled by Dambala, and the tree in itself is Papa Loquo, "alive" Papa Boquo "dead" or one of his many children, Iroko, or the Great Penis that springs from the earth and resides wirhin the woods Gran Bwa Ile.   Within the roots one finds the Ancestors, the Dead, the Ghede, within each branch one finds the Lwa, the Orisha, the Misterios, while the trunk represents you and your connection to your past and to your future, to your dead and to your Angels   If you are part of a Haitian Voudou Sosyete than you will always honor infront of the Poto Mitan, and if you are a part of Palo Monte or Sanse you will have your Palo de Muerto, and if you are European Pagan, I am sure you have danced the May Pole in May.  The many colored ribbons we place on it represent the cosmic sperm of the Simbi, the waters "cosmic sperm" which trinkle from the heavens and into the womb of the Earth, which bring forth the magic of life, then death,  and into rebirth or reincarnation.   The bells placed at its roots or near the ground is a reminder to those earth bound or intranquilos Spirits, that it is sacred and the natural order and balance of the universe is under the control and watchful eye of Bondye Sambi or one of his many escorts, the Mysteries "Lwa". 

If you are a part of a Vodou Branch you will honor always before the central pole, you will honor your dead and the arrival of the Lwa.  If you are Native American you will dance infront of the Totem Pole, and if you are Athiest I am sure you have gone to the Town Square, or City Hall where a central Plaza sits with a Fountain of Water, a Pilar or a Statue of a great leader is placed, these are modern representations of the belief in the Axis Mundi.  If you live near a tree, honey, water, and palm oil is always poured at its roots, so that it will bring fortification, strength and ground you and strengthen your connection to your Spirits, and if you are Spiritual, you will never willingly poison or cut down a tree, as this will be like cutting the life force, the Ache, which brings abundance to your life. 

You will see people of all cultures tie ribbons, in yellow, blue or gold to symbolize a safe return or to celebrate a feast such as the Fourth of July.  If you are a part of a Palo Branch or Sanse you will soon recieve if you have not yet your Palo Mallo, (palo de muerto) and if you have not you can decorate a tree with multi colored ribbons and in Easter place colored eggs on its branches and white ribbons to bring forth the cosmic dance of the Simbi which will reflect like an image in a mirror, and bring forth abundance, health, and stability; not just for yourself, but for the earth, your ancestors and your Saints.


Monday, April 21, 2014



The Marassa are the divine twins within the various branches of Voudou, such as Haitian Vodou, Dominican 21 Division and Puerto Rican Sance, and although divine twins is the image mostly associated with them, triplets are also well known, may they be masculine or female spirits or a combination of the two.  The Three Virtues also known as Las Tres Marias commonly known as Faith, Hope and Charity are often associated with the Petro Lùa, while Saint Cosme and Saint Damian are La Marassa or Divine Twins often with a third Spirit hidden to make them a triplet and are associated with the Rada Lùa.  This third spirit speaks of the spiritual, healing and psychic connection held with twins, and is termed as Marassa Twa or Marassa Tre.

In Sanse, La Marassa Tre are mainly associated with Taino Zemi Spirits and go by the name  Boinayel and Marohu, ( ying and yang, day and night, negative and positive, aggressive and passive, masculine and feminine.)  The third of La Marassa Tre is more of an African Spirit often called Dajome in honor of the Dahomey Kingdom of modern day Benin Africa.  Dajome is a Ghede Spirit that is said to have never been born into material existence, and if Dahomey was born, he would have not made it past his/her seventh "7" year.  Dajome stands as a link between the realm of the living and the realm of the dead, and is an Ere "spirit of sorts"  which stands as a Centinela for the Marassa.  Dajome embodies the ancient Irunmole Mawu and Lisa who embody the cosmic duality of masculine and feminists.  The Spanish word for Ere is Seres which stands for Spiritual beings.  While the Ere is connected to la Marassa as a Spiritual being the Marassa embody the incarnate energy of the Lùa which provide a spiritual link between heaven and earth, between the material and spiritual planes. 

Offerings to the Marassa consists of candies, sweets, pastries, cookies, cakes, soda pop, balloons and toys.  Their feasts are similar to children parties, with seven or more children invited and when they mount their servitors they can be a bit glutinous as they sit on the floor and partake of their offerings before consulting those that have come to attend the feast.  As they consult they enjoy pulling pranks on those around them. 

They are very connected with the Ghede and the Legba Division, and also pertain to their own nation of spirits which is called Divicion Marassa or Divicion Niños Gemelos.  There colors are pink and baby blue, although some also use red and blue.  They enjoy instruments such as rattles,  whistles, and drums, and their services or altars are always decorated with pacifiers, lolly pops, baby bottles and a gourd jiguera or whicker tray full of popcorn, coconuts, and candies which always comes in sets of two or three.  In nature their offerings are left in the woods by the trunks of two trees or on a bridges, while the offerings in the dita jiguera or palm wicker tray are given in handfulls to all who attend.  

In Africa the divine twins are known as Mawu and Lisa, and were the offsprimgs of the ancient Spirit Nana Baluku, and they fathered 7 sets of twins "14", one being Dambala.  In Taino oral tradition two set of divine twins "4" were born from the joining of the Grey Serpent of the sky and heavens and the mortal ancient mother of the Taino nation, this woman's name was Itiva Tahuvava,  Itiba Cahubaba ), whom after dying while giving birth to the two sets of divine twins became the Zemi spirit of the earth, each of the sets of twins became the Spirits of the four cardinal points and its elements.  

In Sanse the Marassa where raised by a number of Lùa, such as Cachita Tumbo, and Lasirena Yemalla del Norte, but their parents are Papa Marassa Jumeaux "San Nicolas del Sol", and Maman Gembo Jeremux. ( Mama Marassa ) "Our Lady of Fatima.

The Catholic Saints syncrenized with La Marassa are Saint Cosme and Saint Damiam, and their feast day is celebrated on the Saints days which is September 26th and 27th.  The veve sygil used to invoke the Marassa energy is that of 3 circles within three crossroads similar to that of Papa Legba and has its origin on how the Marassa where the only Lùa to be able to trick the ultimate Trickster Legba Kafou Petro at his own games.



La Marassa son los Divino Gemelos muy conosidos en las varias ramas del Vodou, sea en el Vodou Haitiano, en la 21 Division y en el Sanse ( Sanci ) Puertorriqueño.  Pero tambien existen los Trillizos, sean Femenino, Masculino o mescla de los dos.  Fe, Esperanza y Caridad son las Tres Marias, que pertenecen a los Lùa Petro mientras que San Cosme y San Damian son la Marassa o los Divino Gemelos que pertenecen a los Lùa Rada, y con el tercero que simboliza los Divino Trillizos, o La Marassa Tre "Tres" , Marassa Twa, o Marassa Twazyèm.

En los Sanse muchos atributan a estos dos Santos con Cemises Tainos llamados Boinayel y Marohu, Dia y Noche, Dia Nublado y Dia Soleado.  El Tercero es mas Misterio Africano llamado Dajome, por el antiguo reino de Dahomey en Africa.  Dajome es mas un espiritu Ghede o Muerto que nunca nacio en materia, o si nacio murio en los primero 7 años de vida, pero que aun guia a la Marassa como un Ere "espiritu en escultura" Centinela, y representa a Mawu y Lisa dos Espiritus gemelos antiguos del reino de Dahomey que representa la dualidad de la masculinidad y la feminidad.  Los Eres son llamados los Seres en Español y la Marassa oh Los Gemelos Divinos son la encarnación de los misteriosos lazos entre el Cielo y la Tierra, mundo espiritual y mundo material. 

La Marassa, sea Divino Gemelo, o Trillizo como ofrenda le gusta todo lo que sea dulces, bombones, globos, biscochos, y juguetes; ellos son glotones, juguetones y les encanta las travesuras.  Fiestas para ellos son como fiestas de niños infantiles, y ellos en cabesa se sientan en el suelo a disfrutar de la fiesta, y hacer sus travesuras. Son muy conectados a los Ghede y a los Legba, aunque pertenecen a su propia Divicion que es la Divicion Marassa o Divicion Niño Gemelos.   Sus colores son rosado y azul claro "bebe", aunque tambien se usa el color rojo y azul como se usa en la Ocha para los Ibeji Melli.  Le encantan los instrumentos especialmente maracas, pitos, tambores y baterias, y sus altares se colocan muy bajo o en el suelo en un mantel, son decorados con paletas de dulces, chupetes "bobos" y teteros de leches "bibi".  (En Puerto Rico se usa las palabras Arawaque bobo y bibi que significa tetillas del ceno de la madre.)  Sus ofrendas son dejadas en puentes y en las raizes de arboles.  

En las fiestas a la Marassa siempre hay una bandeja hecha de higuera o de paja con dos velas, una rosada y otra azul, llena de palomitas de maíz, maní, nueces, almendras, coco y chocolates que es repartida por el caballo montado con un Marassa a todos que atienden la fiesta, mientras baila con la bandeja colocado en la cavesa.

En la Africa antigua Mawu y Lisa eran hijos de Nana Baluku y los padres del Lùa Dambala; mientras que en la cultura Taina dos conjuntos de Divino Gemelos eras hijos del Serpiente Gris "cielo" y Itiva Tahuvava ( Itiba Cahubaba ) "tierra", la antigua madre de la nacion Taina que se convirtió en Cemi madre de la tierra.  En los Sanci como en la Ocha, las que crio la Marassa eran Cachita Tumbo y Lasirena Yemalla.  Pero sus padres son Papa Marassa Jumeaux "San Nicolas del Sol", y Maman Gembo Jeremux. ( Mama Marassa )  Nuestra Señora de Fatima.

Como padre de gemelas, nacidas Junio 5 Géminis y gemelos "mellizas y mellizos" fraternas, hijas que en el momento de esta lectura tienen 22 años y dos varones que partieron de esta senda material ante de cumplir unas horas de vida en materia senti que era mi responsibilidad y muy importante escribir este articulo, ya que todo gemelos son hijos y desendencias de la Marassa.  Tambien mi padre era gemelo y mi abuela materna era gemela.  

Los Santos Catolicos usados para representarlos son San Cosme y San Damian y su dia festivo es Septiembre 26 y 27.  El punto firmado o veve  comúnmente utilizado es de tres circulos que representa a tres tambores o tres firmas unidas parecidos a los de Papa Legba, esto tiene su origen en una leyenda Africana que cuenta que los Divino Gemelos vencieron a Eshu "Legba Kafou Petro" con sus propios trucos.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Servicio YEMAYA

Every year on September 7th and 8th we celebrate La Sirena, Yemaya and all her courts of the Oceans and Seas. Olokun, Agwe Tawollo,  We where lucky that on Saturday we got to do services to this 
beautiful Misterio Orisha on Saturday, following by a quiet Sunday for Cachita Tumbo who is the equivalent of Ochun,.  Here is the ceremony documented by photos, of what we could take.

Maria Tormenta and Sancista Brujo Luis blessing and cleansing the children. 

Sancista Brujo Luis 




Velando de la Materia.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Los Ghedes

El Mani de los Misterios


El Mani
y, Los Servicios y la Firma

Papa Lwa

Papa LWA
Sancista Manuel

Fluidos en los Fuentes


Papa Lwa

y sus Ahijados en Sanse

La Sociedad


Los Misterios
de las 7 Diviciones del Panteon Sancista

Thursday, April 25, 2013




"Papa Sobo my lwa, I am assured.  Oh Papa Sobo my lwa, I am assured.
I have money in my hand, money in my pocket, money in the bank. Papa Sobo my lwa, I am assured."
I am the Wrath of God,
 I am his Roar when the Earth Trembles, I am near!'

Belie Belcan "el Viejo San Miguel" is an Ogun Loa who is viewed as the general of Papa Buen Dios Todopoderos celestial army, and manifests God's energy on earth through storms, hurricanes, the frightening sounds associated with earthquakes and tsunamis.  He is Bon Dye's wrath and justice personified here on earth.  He is the thunder and lightning that strikes the earth, and when he strikes the oceans, which is the domain of his brother Agwe Tawayo, the earth will tremble.  Belie Belcan has a brother of the Agua Dulce Division known as Tindjo Alawe who is synchronized with Saint Rafael, and is a Loa de la Raiz who is a younger indigenous vuelta of the ancient Dahome Agwe.

In Haiti Belie Belcan is akin to or is a vuelta "road / path" of the fierce Lwa known as Agaou, and both are viewed as Bon Dye's divine justice on the earth, they enforce balance and justice.  Agaou is envisioned as a much younger and violent Lwa who is both feared and loved,  while Belie Belcan is viewed as a much older, kinder and benevolent Lwa.  Both are viewed as Lwa of great justice and defenders, not just of ones enemies but also malevolent forces.

Agaou is always accompanied by his younger twin brothers Sobo and Bade.   Sobo is known by various names, such as Papa Sobo, Gran Sobo, Sobo el Grande, Sobo Ke-Souh, Sobocoso, and Sogbo while his twin brother Bade is also known as Badessy.  Papa Sobo or Sogbo can be broken down to mean, Sô "Thunder" and Gbo, "Medicine Man', so he is the Thunderous Medicine Man, who brings forth lightning, but also heals.

Papa Sobo is the great harvester of Lightning and Badeh is a Lwa who harvests wind.  All three are ancient Misterios and belong to the White "Rada" Sky Division, and work under the puntos of fire and air, while Belie Belcan in his vuelta of Agaou is the Jefe chief of his Division, Sogbo and Badessy are viewed as his trusted generals, and each of these Warrior Lwa are well known for their legendery bravery, wisdom and strength. 

Papa Sobo is also known as General Sobo, as he often wears earthly Army Generals garments.  He is a great guardian, who protects his children and followers from malignant, supernatural forces, and evil spirits.  He is also known as a Santiguador, and Sobador, "a healer" and is called upon when an individual is suffering a causa, discomfort or problems due to black magic, sorcery. and punishes thieves, liars, criminals, sorcerers and other evildoers who harms those he defends.

Papa Sobo is synchronized with the Catholic Saint Roque, and Bade is often his trusted mascot dog that walks along side him.  Also Saint Cosmos and Saint Damián are often used to represent them, although they are also used to represent the Divine Marassa twins,, these Saints are also used to represent Papa Sogbo and Legba Carrefour, or any divine manifestations of twins and opposing forces.  In this interpretation they are the younger versions of Saint Roch and Saint Lazarus.  Thus Papa Sobo maintains his persona of the great healer, while Legba Carrefour becomes Sagbata / Sakpata, who is known as the Misterio that brings on plagues and diseases, while Sogbo with his lightning heals and purifies.  In this aspect Sakpata "Pata en Llagas / Babalu Aye" is also known as a Misterio of air and wind, that can bring upon airborne illnesses and diseases and is viewed in this concept as a vuelta of Bade.

A West African legends tell the tale of how Sakpata was the lord of the earth while Sobo was the lord of the skies, but at the time both where bitter rivals.  Now at this time Sakpata who was "and still is" the lord of the earth and was one of the Lwa who helped bring civilization to mankind.  This of course was a good thing, but because of his bitter rivalry with his brother Sobo, Sakpata little by little dwindled the veneration and offerings to Papa Sobo.  This of course offended Papa Sobo who punished the earth and its inhabitants by halting the rains of the earth.  This act in turn brought upon a great drought on the face of the earth, that dried the lakes, and rivers, which soon brought with it pestilence, diseases, then death.  The starved, thirsty and disease ridden inhabitants of earth blamed Sakpata for It's misfortunes.  The once handsome Sakpata had become old from the heat of the scorching Sun, his skin wrinkled, his lips chapped, and his skin became rough and dry which then brought scars and lesions all over his body and face, which from half shame and half to protect his fragile skin, he covered his body in straw raffia and sack cloth. "Both materials of earth and air."

Sakpata could not bare to see the misfortunes of his people, and this made him offer what was left of the earth to Papa Sobo, which was the only healthy wild Ram, male Goat left on earth.  He did this In the hopes of appeasing Papa Sobo, this act did appease Papa Sobo, and he let loose a cleansing storm that covered the earth.  When the rains finally stopped, the earth was cleansed, new life grew and the earth was populated once again. 

Sadly from that day on Sakpata became not just the lord of the earth, but also the Lord who brought death and disease to the world, a title he carries to this day.    Although Sakpata is known for bringing diseases, like Papa Sobo, he is a great healer, who purifies, heals and cleanses with air, the wind and the making of sacrifices.

Following Cristian tradition Sakpata as a healer and in his Catholic persona of San Lazaro is accompanied by las Tres Marias, las Marassa Trillizas known as María Jacobe, María Magdalena and María de Betania which embody Truth, Love, and Justice or as the three virtues, Faith Hope and Charity.  The version of this story has similar ties to the Biblical story of Noah's Arc, The Plaques of Moses, as well as the Greek and Roman mythology of Pandora's Box.

Papa Sobo is a brave warrior Lwa of strength, labor, hard work and force, this associates him to his brother Ogoun.  He is also a great healer as he heals wounds with the healing properties of Goat horns and in the African Deer antlers.  He is a labourer, who as most of the Ogoun Division works tiredly.  He is petitioned for healing and removing curses as he is petitioned to help one find work, prosperity and all money matters.

His messenger is the Goat, which is symbolic of his brother Bade, and which also became his symbol when Sakpata made the sacrifice to him, and offered him the horns.  Like most thunder deities in other cultures such as Zues and Thor, Papa Sobo is always accompanied by his weapon of choice which is a Double headed ax made out of the goat horns that Sakpata gave to him, which symbolizes the Goat's horns, and his abilities to strike from both sides, from behind as well as from the front.  Papa Sobo uses it also as a reminder to all those who dare offend or cross him, and as a reminder of when Papa Sobo and Sakpata butted heads, as male goats often do. The Double bladed Ax is often made of wood to represent Sakpata, the Lord of the Earth's offering as well as the sound that is made by the horns of goats that collide in battle, which symbolizes thunder.

Papa Sobo is a gentle Lwa by nature, he is the ideal Vudu Houngan Priest which brings the life giving rains to the earth, but he can be a bit inpatient and is quick to anger, backlash, and when offended becomes the ferocious Bokor Sorcerer who brings thunderous storms.

His colors are white, lime green, red and lime yellow and some add dark royal blue, which is used in his sacred Collares and the fula / pañuelos, his servitors use to adorn Papa Sobo's ritual items.  These colors represent the night sky and the light of Papa Sobo's lightning.

Papa Sobo's feast day "within Sance" falls on the feast day of Saint Roque which is August 16th and he falls under the fire sign of Leo. 

Papa Sobo is known by many names in various traditions and each is a vuelta of the same Misterio, he is Chango Macho, Ogou Shango, Hevio Ső, Amadiora and even the Taino Lightning and Thunder Cemi Spirit known as Guataubá.

Papa Sobo in his aspect of Hevio Ső " Heviosső', is not just only a Lwa of rain, lightning and thunder, but also of fire, where he strikes, if life giving rain does not follow, death spawning fire will run ramped; thus he is also a Lwa who can sustains life, but can also take it away.  In this aspect he is close to Papa Ghede and the Barones whom have one foot in the realm of the living and the other in the realm of the dead, thus it is Papa Sobo, and Belie Belcan who taught the Muertero Candelo Cedife the mysteries of harnessing and controlling fire on the earth.  As he is depicted as a twin force with Bade, and Sakpata, he is also in some traditions viewed as the twin brother, who works alongside Ogoun, to harness electricity and to create metal.


O great St. Rocco, deliver us, we beseech thee, from the scourges of God; through thy intercession, preserve our bodies from contagious diseases, and our souls from the contagion of sin.

Obtain for us salubrious air; but, above all, purity of heart.

Assist us to make good use of health, to bear sufferings with patience; and, after thy example, to live in the practice of penance and charity, that we may one day enjoy the happiness which thou has merited by thy virtues.
St. Rocco, pray for us, Amen.

Oh, Glorioso Roque!, a quien el Padre Todopoderoso concedió la gracia especial de librar de la peste a los pueblos afligidos con tan espantoso azote; cuya virtud fue objeto de admiración en la misma Roma, a donde fuisteis cuando estaba tocada de aquel mal, empleando vuestro valimiento con el Señor para que de él la librase, como así lo hizo; presentad nuestras súplicas al trono del Altísimo, interesándoos por nosotros, para que por vuestros méritos e intercesión nos preserve el señor de semejante calamidad, y seamos libertados así de ella como de todo lo que pueda turbar nuestra tranquilidad, y sernos de obstáculo a la salvación. Amén.