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The Cemetery Division 

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The Black Division

The first division in Sanse is the Black Division. This is the division of the dead. There are four family members and also four points in the graveyard for honoring them. Each of the four mysteries also have four ways they can work. To create a relationship with them is essential and cannot be accomplished if one does not have the gift. The spirits will be called by one of the family members for us. Also, there are groups of the dead, unassociated with the family, like Gypsies will work in a group, or Native Americans Indians. These groups are independent from the family but can be called upon as they are in the realm of the dead. We call these groups a chain. The power in Sanse is to call on the dead for the betterment of ones light and for protection. Baron must touch all humans prior to a new incarnation. The spirit world is made of the baron and Legba who controls the gates. Legba helps with clairvoyance, opening passage to the spirit world. Baron guides in the spirit world.

Name

Baron Del Cementerio

Story

In Dominican Vodou, it is Baron Del Cementerio that allows passage from spiritual to physical worlds. While Legba is still served and he is the gate-keeper, it is Baron who is much more popular, and also a gate-keeper in his own right. Papa Legba rarely mounts, instead Baron comes to open the way for the spiritual world. Baron is married to La Barona. She is his wife, although he still flirts with other women, and she is known for being a very powerful witch. She carries around a straw bag with which she performs her magic. Papa Bokos and Mama Mambos know many secret works that are done in the cemetery with Baron and Barona. 

Baron has Gede to work for him. Papa Gede, in Dominican Vodou, digs the graves for the dead. He is also known for his laid back attitude. Yet Baron also has a number of other Centinelas (Messengers) that are there in the cemetery keeping him always informed.

Associations

San Elias del Monte Carmelo (St. Elijah) Elias Viejothe, and the sorcerer.

Day Served

We service Baron at his altar on Mondays, friday or saturday. Here he is often found to be represented by a cross or a skull with a fula tied around it.

Celebrations

Services

Three drops of gin and a cigar. He will be offered black coffee without sugar and a small white candle. We pray an Our Father as we smoke a cigar in his honor. He is also offered gin. Baron is also known to have a machete that you may find in his altar as well.

Eats / Drinks

To feed him we will have a moro cooked. This is black beans cooked with white rice. We will serve him cassava bread and smoked herring. We serve him an orange sliced in four with a white candle in the center, platanos (plantains) cut in small slices and baked sweet potatoes. He also likes gin, roasted peanuts, coffee, corn, coconut, money, and sesame seeds.

Colors

Black, white.

Magical Works

He is served to destroy enemies, remove obstacles, reverse malefic works, send the dead, get debts paid, and chronic illnesses. We take his works to the cemetery. His is the grave of the first dead man in any and all cemeteries. The first grave buried in the cemetery is Barons.

Point of Power

When he mounts, the horse’s body is knocked out cold. It is stiff and is laid on the ground. Baron’s fula is placed on his head and stomach. A cross is placed over top of this and then the congregation will begin to pray an Our Father, and Hail Mary. Candles are placed around his body, four at the head and four at the feet. Cigar smoke is blown to increase the time of possession. A request may be made of the spirit if possessed properly. Baron foams at the mouth and as he is in possession and the prayer being said, his stomach will slowly lift. He mounts for a very short period of time, usually not lasting more than two minutes. Thus Baron has removed all obstacles that may lie ahead and the party/work may commence. Some people will whisper their desires while Baron is in the head. He does not eat or speak at all. Afterwards, the Horse will recover and other spirits will be able to mount. Baron Del Cementerio is served with the image of Saint Elijah of Mount Carmel. He is served with black and white, and his fula is usually black with a white cross sewn in the center. Others may use a white cloth with a black cross instead. But, either way, it is black and white and includes a cross.

Elevations 

Prayer

Baron, Selected of the Cemetery, three times I call on your holy name. With the help of the powerful strength of Sansón, you will give me your three selected spirits, so man or woman born may not do an act of treachery against me, and no injustice will condemn me. Let all evil and perverse ideas that ______ may have against me be revoked.  Make them come humiliated and repenting with all their hearts to me, by the order of the Baron of the Cemetery.  Aibobo, Amen and Ache!

Current

Cold, low-frequency, death.

Pyramid Association

First three levels and all lower levels, Baron works in both sides of the Pyramid. Level seated in aura Inner most layer the foundation and stabilizing force.

Aura

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

Besides serving and connecting to the current, the work here is on building a strong foundation to reality. Your work, home and environment. Creating these strong foundations sets your stage for engaging with the spirit. 

The Earth Division 

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The Legba Division

In Dominican Vodou, Papa Legba is the cosmic gate keeper as he is in Haitian Vodou. He is saluted first, even though he is not a spirit that usually mounts. He is seen as an old man, in the same manner of Haitian Vodou, and usually wears clothes made out of potato sack material. He is the leader of all the divisions.

Name

Papa Legba

Story

Papa Legba is also known to bestow protection upon children. He loves children a lot, just look at St. Anthony! In any of his festivities, one will usually find many children in attendance. Some parents choose to baptize their child under his special protection.

Associations

Papa Legba is associated with Saint Anthony of Padua.

Day Served

Celebrations

Services

He is given keys to open the doors, a macuto to keep his things in and, sometimes, a cross.

Eats / Drinks

His offerings include hot chocolate, rum, tafia, red wine, and bread. Some people also occasionally feed him rice and corn.

Colors

Green and brown.

Magical Works

He is known to be a great miracle worker! He is the patron of finding lost items, and many call upon him when they have lost something, a job, a loved one, etc. He is known to find them quickly and then will expect his payment. Many individuals will set his statue upside down in order to further motivate him to find something, by giving him a shove, so to speak.

Point of Power

He is seen as an old man, hunched over when he arrives in possession. He wears a straw hat and is given a cane to help him walk. He will then be given red wine or tafia and a cigar to smoke. Most people will also give him a brown fula. He speaks in a very low voice and usually does not stay for long. This is because he is a great force and thus a human body cannot sustain him for long periods of time.

Elevations 

Prayer

Papa Legba, open the door for me, Papa Legba, open the door for me, Papa Legba, I go to when I again thank the Lwa!   Open the gate to the Lwa, open the gate, open the gate for the Lwa for me Papa Legba, open the gate, Papa Legba and I will wait for then here.

Current

Coming in and out, difficult to hold because he is moving in and out of doors.

Pyramid Association

On the second level to clear cords, ties and ancestral infancies. Migrates sometime to bellow for healing of ties. Can also make ties on the lower portion up to level two.

Aura

Sits within the second level of the aura, the level of connections and manifestations.

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

Because legba opens doors, the work here is to redirect negative influence on you from relationships and interactions. This is a time for clearing ties creating healthy commitments and rewriting past survival patterns. Contemplation on what doors should be open to you and which doors should closed. 

The Fire Division

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The Candelo Division

Name

Candelo He is one of my favorite Lwa of the 21 Divisions. He is wise and serious and knows his stuff! Candelo is a mystery that can be found in many locations.

Story

Candelo works with fire, in fact he loves fire. 
Candelo speaks with a very heavy accent. He gives out great advice, but is rarely angered – only when he isn’t being taken seriously. He is old, and as such we sometimes call him Papa or El Viejo (the Old Man) Candelo. He has seven paths, but few are actually seen in possession. The most common path of Candelo that mounts is Candelo Cedife. In Kreyol, Ce Dife means literally “Is Fire”, therefore Candelo is Fire. When one sees Candelo, one can see that his personality definitely demonstrates this.

Associations

He is served in Puerto Rico in Sanse and Brujeria under the points of the dead, sometimes known to be the Baron Del Cementerio there. He is powerful yet humble and is known to be strict.

Day Served

Celebrations

Services

To serve Candelo, one would light a red candle for him. He is served with the image of Saint Charles Borromeo (San Carlos). A glass of yellow rum and a cigar would be served in his name. Some choose to smoke the cigar blowing the smoke all over him while invoking for their desires. Then the cigar is placed horizontally over the glass, balancing it there for him to smoke the rest.

Eats / Drinks

He enjoys heat and cannot stand the cold. His color is red and he loves his tafia (rum) and tabaco (cigar).

Colors

Red

Magical Works

Wherever he goes, he demands respect. He cures the sick and bestows protection. He also gives protection to children and is known for his love of them. He loves for a fire of Florida water to be built, and then he will walk through it, stamping it out. At times, he may decide to light his hands with Florida water and cleanse people with it. He is good for uncrossing those who have been hexed.

Point of Power

When he mounts a candelo (horse), he will ask for his fula which he will tie around his head. Then he will be given three candles with which he will heat himself up and then eat the fire. Afterwards, he is handed his cigar and rum and he is ready to consult.

Elevations 

Prayer

Current

Hot, electric, fierce, dancing and moving.

Pyramid Association

Third level up,the level of completion, transmutation, release and inspiration.

Aura

Sits within the third level of the aura, the level of willpower and interactions.

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

Temperament of power issues or increasing power depending on how you are. Tempering power requires you to separate from your identity in honor of personal development. Sometimes running hot is good but you need to learn how to direct the heat. Some individuals may run cold, their power weak these people may want to increase risk and heat up their life for bringing forward more will power. Balance and direction of energy is the work to be done here. 

The Pleasure Division 

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The Matresa Division

The most beautiful Metresa of the 21 divisions is by far Metres Ezili. 
She salutes individuals by giving a special handshake with her pinky finger. She does not do consultations during her possessions. She will bestow premonitions. She may speak a little about what she desires. During possession, she will be found weeping. She is saddened by the manner in which we choose to live.

Name

Matresa Ezlli

Story

Associations Commonly known in Haiti as Ezili Freda, Metres Ezili is a Lwa of Love and Prosperity.

Day Served

Celebrations

Services

Just as in Haiti, in the 21 Divisions she is served with the image of Mater Dolorosa. You will find that in this method she is commonly served with white, light blue and light pink. She is served on Thursdays. She is the wife of Ogoun Balendjo (Santiago) and is usually seen on an altar right beside him.

Eats / Drinks

She is attended with a glass of champagne, fine perfumes and women’s powders, a red soda pop, and a pink candle lit in her honor. Jewelry and a mirror are always present, and she enjoys sweet foods.

Colors

Pink whit, and blue.

Magical Works

Point of Power

During a party for the Divisions, she must be the first one to mount. Otherwise you will not find her present amongst the guests. She dislikes the smell of strong alcohol, cigars and cigarettes, and as such she will not come if those have been recently present. She is extremely pure and delicate and will not tolerate any type of dirtiness around her. She won’t mount just anyone either! It must be one who serves her well and pays her the attention she demands. The person must be extremely clean and well dressed for her to decide to mount him or her. The person must not have had any sexual relations for at least three days. They must have bathed that day, especially right before the ceremony. There is also a special bath that can be given to increase the chances of her possessing a particular person. 
She doesn’t usually stay in possession for long. She is very delicate, and makes sure that her feet do not touch ground. For this reason, we lay down a clean white sheet for her to stand and enjoy the party. We also make sure that everyone who desires to speak to her washes their hands. Some houses use straight perfume, others make a special hand wash for this purpose.

Elevations

Prayer

Current

Frigid, stable, prudent.

Pyramid Association

Third and fourth

Aura

The fourth level out from the center. This is the heart level. This is the place of feelings passions, demands and connectivity. Where you really begin to develop courage to live by your spiritual truths.

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

Moving negative thinking and feeling sorry for ones self into positive thinking and acting to help others. Do not try to become a positive thinker, take your sorrows and use them to help others rather then digressing into your personal problems. This helps move a person into excepting pleaser in their life. 

The Air Division 

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The Belcane Division

Name

St. Michal Belcane

He defends us against our enemies and defeats them for us, just as he defeated the devil. He is seen as a short old man who holds a machete in one hand. He has a limp in his right leg, due to all the battles he has fought.

Story

He is a gentleman with women and sometimes acts a little shy. He is known to work with Anaisa Pye and one will always find them next to each other in a Dominican Badji. They assist each other in the destruction of evil wanga. 

Even though he is old, he has some very fast reflexes. He is quick to punish his servants for their misdeeds. He is very protective over his children. He will dispense wise advice and is very understanding of human frailties. Speaking in a low voice, he will let you know when you have done wrong. He has been known to destroy altars.

Associations

Belie Belcan, associated with Saint Michael, is the defender of truth, justice, and everything that is right.

Day Served

Celebrations

Services

To serve Belie, give him an image of St. Michael.

Eats / Drinks

You should give him a glass of rum and a cigar.

Colors

His colors are red and green.

Magical Works

Revocations can be done with him. Revocations are works that return the evil to the sender. They are usually done by filling a clear glass with some item inside the glass (depending on the type of work, Misterio, and other things) then a saucer is placed over the top. This is flipped over and a candle is lit on the bottom of the glass. Revocations prayers are made for a number of days depending on the revocation being done.

Point of Power

When he mounts, the horse never falls to the ground. Belie will then tie a green fula on his head and a red one across his chest. He is given his cigar which he puffs on contentedly, and given his tafia. Some houses also give him a green and red cloak that he may don. 

He is commonly called upon to prepare resguardos (protections) for people. He is known to work with Candelo in order to do strong jobs for people. Many times Belie leaves and Candelo is the one who replaces him. They are compadres (like best friends) and the only time they fight would be in order to claim the head of a new caballo.

Elevations

Underhanded Works Antidote

Prayer

Oh great Saint Michael Archangel Belie Belcan, as you are the Angel in charge of all the works in the world, I implore you at this solemn hour and this sacred day, to seize any witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment, or black magic done against me.  I implore that you take this time so that you will see the light, candle, and work I have done in your honor.  Come sorcery, evil spirit, demon and corruption and revoke it away from my body. Let the flesh and blood of my enemies treat me well.  Let my enemies suffer as our Lord Jesus Christ suffered on the Cross, bitterness, torment, kicks and slaps. Let them go into a desolate world. Let them take the three falls that Jesus took, until they comes to my home asking forgiveness for their sins against me. As Ponchos Pilot, let them either wash their hands of me, or pay the debts to karma.  Let the Sun, Moon and Stars in Heaven bear witness to my pleas. So be it. Amen

Current

High frequency, bold and electric.

Pyramid Association

Works on most levels as a protector and guide.

Aura

Fifth level out from the center the level of voice of truth. This is the value of air where people can identify there intellect with the power of the word.

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

This is the power to create and determined by intellect and reason balanced with heart and will. The work here is to balance out your internal processes with the external world. The voice communicates internal truth balancing them with the external realties in the world. How do you speak, what do you say and is it backed by spirit? 

The Sweet Water Division 

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The Indian Division

The Indian Division makes up 1/3 of the divisions within Dominican Vodou, and is one of the biggest. This division is highly neglected, however, so very little accurate information can actually be found on it. I hope to clarify and enlighten you on this mysterious, powerful, yet rarely served Division. The Indian Division is often referred to as Agua Dulce (Sweet Water) and these Misterios often work with water. This is a beautiful Division with many different Lwa within it.

The Indians usually served are Taino, although there were other lesser known Indian tribes on the island of Hispaniola.

Name

Chef Indian

Story

Caonabo was a chief among the Manguana tribe and his wife was the princess Anacaona. Caonabo died when captured, and Anacaona was hanged by the Spanish. Anacaona is now served, in Dominican Vodou, as one of the vueltas (paths) of Anaisa. 

Like Anaisa, Anacaona loves perfume. As such we serve her by pouring perfume on her statue or sometimes sprinkling it around her. She is served with beer in the same manner as Anaisa is, and is given a red candle. Some will light a lamp in her honor. Like I said, this Division is highly neglected. 

Tin Djo Alagwe is highly known in the Division as well. He is associated with San Rafael. This is because of this angel’s connection to water and healing. He is given light blue and pink fulas (kerchiefs), is also served beer, cigars, and fed baked fish, often herring in particular. He is a fine healer within this division. 

Indio De La Paz, or The Indian of Peace, is also served here. We give him a cigar and rum. He often sings when in possession. He will sit on the floor with a great chief’s headdress (as typically seen, with many feathers). He is served with the color white, although he is sometimes also given light green. 

Carmelina Dan Soley is yet another, lesser known, part of this Division. She is served with bright yellows, golden yellows, and orange colors. She prefers oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit. She is served perfume, beer, and some give her cigarettes instead of cigars. 

Indio Bravo or Indio Guerrero is the Brave Indian Warrior of the Division. He is served with dark Green and Red. He is often seen holding a double headed axe, although there are also images of him with bows and arrows. When he comes, the horse’s eyes will often be crossed, though not always. He smokes cigars and drinks dark rum. 

There are many others within this division. Some of them are Enriquillo, Gamao, Carmela, Carmelo, India del Agua Azul, Mencia, Tamayo, and others.

Associations

Not associated with a Saint.

Day Served

Celebrations

Services

People will take a clay jar and place seven stones from a river within it. Half filled with water, this jar is kept perfumed and sometimes decorated with various items, such as seeds, ribbons, beads, etc. Some individuals will place different herbs inside the water to attract these Indian Lwa. Others place perfume and flowers inside. This often reflects the messages given by the Indians as to what is to be put inside. Some Houses have very specific items to place in the clay jar. The Indians are also kept away from the other Divisions. They don’t mix in with them, and thus they are often kept away from the altar, having their own altar. Sometimes, they are kept in a different location all together.

Eats / Drinks

The Indians are given cigars to smoke. They eat cornmeal, love sweet smelling incenses (such as fruit based or often copal resin), fresh fruit and flowers. Water is always present. They are given vegetables such as cassava, yams, and other vegetables of an earthy quality, as well as bread. We will also give them rum, which they are highly fond of. Certain Indians are known to drink beer instead.

Colors

Brown

Magical Works

Point of power

Elevations

The leaders of this Agua Dulce Division are Caonabo and Anacaona. During a Bautizo, the initiate to be is taken to a river to receive the punto of this Division. The point bestows clarity, clarifies spiritual abilities, prosperity, and healing. We also work with this division for all the aforementioned as well as spiritual cleansings.

Prayer

Current

Pyramid Association

Aura

Sixth

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

This solid and stable power gives people the ability to have vision.

The Sun Division 

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 The Soley Division

La Division Soley or Division del Sol is comprised of all the Misterios that bring about illumination, spiritual abilities, spiritual communication, wisdom, truth and knowledge. As can be expected, this Division is VERY VERY IMPORTANT during the Sanse Initiation Process.

Name

The leader of the division Grand Soley Story

Associations

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Day Served

Celebrations

Services

Eats / Drinks

Colors

The color of this Division is yellow, orange and white.

Magical Works

Point of Power

Elevations

Prayer

Current

Pyramid Association

Aura

Work for Stabilizing in Aura

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