Haitian Vodou Ritual to Papa Legba and Ancestors

Taken from my now defunct LJ. 

I wanted to repost here to ensure I kept a copy for my own records and future reference.

This was the first Fet I ever attended in 2011/12.

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Mambo P was in Melbourne and held an invite only workshop/ritual  which I attended due to being on S’s FB group where it was advertised.

The ritual started an hour late due to us waiting for stragglers (H who is notoriously late was picking up a voodoo initiate from NZ who has recently moved to Melbourne) and it was held at Ceres which I finally got to see after hearing about it for so long.

Since I got there on time, I helped Mambo P set up and I also purchased her two books and cd for my own studies/information which she signed for me.

After everyone finally arrived Mambo P briefly spoke about what we were going to do and how Haitian Vodou works from her training, experience and perspective and then we got started.

We learned a song for Papa Legba, the Keeper of the Cross-Roads and two chants for our Ancestors as well as the Rada salute to greet our Ancestors and greet our Peristyle.

A pe was created for everyone’s Ancestors and Papa Legba beforehand and each person put something from their Ancestor upon it as well as offerings to Papa Legba.  For my ancestors I had my father’s pipe and a picture of my mother and for Papa Legba I offered rum (which was consumed during the rite) and pasta and canned food was offered for the homeless.

We ended our Service with a farewell and goodbye to the Spirits.

I did become tipsy during several occasions in the ritual (and I only had two small shots of rum earlier in the evening) and I feel I would of been tipsy moreso or even attained possession if I hadn’t been so self conscious of the fact my partner was having an awkward time of it.

Unfortunately my partner didn’t have a good time due to H being there (he was throwing death stares towards us throughout the workshop, most probably because he doesn’t like us due to calling him out on his lack of duty of care 10 years ago when he was running a yearly specific weekend workshop and he still hasn’t got over it).  Predominately it was due to my partner’s own words that the Mambo was being rather blunt and tactless when it came to instructing those of us who had never attended a vodou group ritual before and he felt that he was constantly being picked on and embarrassed and therefore couldn’t let go and connect (she did the same thing to a few of us as, myself included and the vodou initiate who was there mentioned to us that Mambo P was prone to behave like this in ritual and not to take it personally). My partner was upset that he wasn’t warned beforehand since we had already paid for the gathering and being a teacher himself he found a lot of her teaching style lacking due to its scattered and abrupt/calling out nature.

I have to say for me it was a double edged sword and has been very hard for me to talk about this publicly so have only confided in a few people in a safe and private environment.  Personally I did get something out of it and at first I was glad I went.  Its true what Mambo T Chita Tann told me about learning by participating in ritual – it does enrich your practice and the only way to learn other than learning the basics from her book.  I learned things which I had only read about before and I was shown how to sing and/or execute properly.  I have to add however that I did completely agree what my partner said about the style of teaching so I wont be attending any of Mambo P’s events in the future.  I found that afterwards I was dissecting what happened (her behavior towards other attendees and myself) and I found she was rather rude and tactless towards myself and others and not the style of teaching I align with.  Yet her contacts and friends who attended didn’t receive the same brash treatment and actually had more preferential treatment.  At the end of the Fet, Mambo P asked if we had any questions and when I did ask one, I was quite aggressively dismissed that H picked up on it and came over to diffuse the situation and comfort me. This was when I had enough and decided to leave with my partner instead of staying on for the social aspect.  Unfortunately I have come to find out many contacts and long time friends both here and OS have had quite terrible experiences with Mambo P and it confirmed for me that her manner of treating people is something I’d rather avoid in the future.  I don’t know why this is VERY common here in Australia  but many teachers and facilitators tend to have that priestessitis vibe and come from a place of ego.  

 

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Sacred Mother Blessings Ceremony

(taken from my now defunct LJ)

I love being a Priestess….

Fascilitated B’s Belly Blessing this past weekend which is the first one I’ve ever done.

It was a lovely day and B and her fiance D were very pleased and loved my ritual.

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Basic Belly Blessing Altar with items from nature guests brought along which B made into a dreamcatcher.

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B Making her dreamcatcher.

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Beaded necklace I made for B as part of ritual – I asked all guests to bring a bead in which symbolised B and explain to all assembled what it meant and how they met B

By the end of it the whole party was in tears and it was a very warm and loving circle.

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B made this broach for me as a thank you.  She painted/drew the fairy inside which is one of her original designs and set the enamel herself which was one of her first.

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I won this as one of the prizes in the baby shower game before the ritual – its a baby bottle filled with chocolate and condoms lols

 

FOI and my role…

As a Priestess Heirophant within the Fellowship of Isis and my work, a few months back I had the pleasure of being voted in as a member of the Archpriesthood Union:

http://www.fellowshipofisiscentral.com/

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(C) T Georgitsis 2007

Also as an aside, my Lyceum which teaches the College of Isis curriculum is once again taking on new students. Fore more info see my Lyceum page on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyceum-of-Heka-Fellowship-of-Isis/223016837711229

Hekatecentric Events From The Past

I have hosted a few Hekate-centric free public gatherings/events over the last few years other than Hekate: Her Sacred Fires which I have been running since its inception.

Here are a few I’d like to share with you:

Feast of Hekate, Dandenong Mountains
(BBQ, Picnic and impromptu ritual)

Feast of Hekate August 2011 - public rite

 

Magick of the Sea – Sandringham
(Picnic and workshop on various forms of oceanic magick)

Sanctuary of Hekate's Crossroads - Magick of the Sea Workshop February 2013 - public rite

Hekatesia Ritual, Sandringham
(Hellenic Hekate Ritual and Pub Moot)

Sanctuary of Hekate's Crossroads - Hellenic Ritual November 2013 - public rite

Hekate Her Sacred Fires: My Event Altars from 2010 – 2013

Having contributed to Hekate: Her Sacred Fires book (article: Illuminating the Path – http://avaloniabooks.co.uk/catalogue/paganism/hekate-her-sacred-fires/)  I took part in the first Hekate: Her Sacred Fires ritual in 2010 (http://hekatecovenant.com/rite-of-her-sacred-fires/) and have been hosting public events here in Melbourne, Australia ever since.

I am one of the founding members of the Covenant of Hekate which was born from the Hekate: Her Sacred Rites ritual, and I was also one of the first torchbearers who in turn opened  an official sanctuary through the covenant called The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesanctuaryofhekatescrossroads/).

Here are the shrines I have worked with for Hekate: Her Sacred Fires with respects to the event as Hekate’s priestess over the years:

2010 – 1st/First Hekate: Her Sacred Fires Ritual (Private Event: SE Melbourne, Australia)

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2011 – 2nd/Second Hekate: Her Sacred Fires Ritual (Public Event: Kilmore, Victoria (Australia)

Hekate Her Sacred Fires 2011

2012 – 3rd/Third Hekate: Her Sacred Fires Ritual (Public Event: Sandringham, Victoria (Australia)

Sanctuary of Hekate's Crossroads - Hekate Her Sacred Fires Public Ritual May 2012

2013 – 4th/Fourth Hekate: Her Sacred Fires Ritual (Public Event: Sandringham, Victoria (Australia)

Sanctuary of Hekate's Crossroads - Hekate Her Sacred Fires Public Ritual May 2013

 

Sekhmet Sekhem Workshop on 9th February 2014

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(Sekhmet Shrine (C) image copyright T. Georgitsis 2014)

On Sunday 8th February 2014 I taught a Sekhmet Sekhem workshop in Sacred Mist in Malvern (Victoria, Australia) as Sekhmet’s Priestess and as a Master Sekhem Practitioner.

It was a hot windy day as I set off in the early morning to set up and prep for the vibrational modality I was going to teach with the guidance of Sekhmet.  

The owner Lesley had done an AMAZING job setting up and the workshop space was beautiful and perfect for my needs:

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I got there half an hour early and set up a Sekhmet shrine, the odds and ends table which the students would need throughout the day ( which included stationary and their manuals), as well as some morning tea/afternoon tea in the kitchenette behind the partition.

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I had specific Ancient Egyptian themed music playing throughout the day and burned my own Sekhmet incense blend to clear and prepare the space.

Throughout the workshop I also used other complimentary vibrational tools…I placed my Sekhmet statue in a crystal grid with some gem stones sacred to her which were given out to the students at the end of the workshop, I had the students use pomanders to clean their auras before the commencement of the workshop , I also used sacred waters to purify my students and the space as well as natron which was offered, kyphi was burned throughout the day as was a specific candle I had made,  I anointed my students with specific oil blends, I had offered various heka amulets which I had pre- made under purity conditions and then handed out to students as a way to record their personal symbols received during the initiation.

The workshop itself consisted of various prayers, ritual gestures, meditations, initiations and information presented in discussion, notes and interaction with one another.  Overall the energy of the workshop was quite healing and centered.  Everyone in attendance was very respectful and was there to learn and I am truly blessed to have been able to initiate and share the current of Sekhmet Sekhem with everyone!

 

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Beltaine Celebration – Silver Birch Grove (ADF)

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This past Sunday I attended the Australian ADF’s local Beltaine celebration run by the Silver Birch Grove (https://www.adf.org/core/index.html).   It was my first druidic ritual run by Shazbeth and her grove and I was so impressed.  The attendees were friendly as were the facilitators who were organised, open and explained the ritual with handouts provided, which made me feel safe and welcome.

The sounds of the local wildlife and the natural landscape provided a beautiful backdrop score as we gathered in reverence within a liminal place, underneath a natural canopy of native trees and flanked by a stream.

Shazbeith had written the rite and her eloquent words, songs and actions along with some other members of the grove, connected me to the energies of the natural flow of the festival, as well as the environmental surroundings.

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The rite itself consisted of honour and veneration to the to the Gods/Goddesses (Manannan mac Lir & Danu), Ancestors and Spirits of Place as well as libations, singing of prayers/chants/hymns, divination, offerings and partaking of the oblation.

I felt and saw the devas of the land surrounding me and I experienced the power raised as it resonated through the sacred space.  I sensed some of my own ancestors watching from just beyond the clearing in the north west as well as one of my own patrons (Hekate).

Throughout the celebratory rite it felt familiar – true there were similarities with the way the prayers and libations were performed with my personal Hellenic practise but it was something more than that…it was the reverence and connection to nature whilst also acknowledging those who came before us and the gods who are ever watchful and present in our lives.

After the rite, we all enjoyed a picnic where we shared what we had brought with one another surrounded by wild herbs, flowers, grasses and trees which was uniquely Australian and picturesque.

Thank you Shaz and members of the Silver Birch Grove!

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