Music: Drums music - I recommend a CD called Drums of Trinidad, and whatever else you like, I happen to like some old school calypso by Lord Invader.
Music is whatever you like however.
(if your interested just ask and I will send it to you)
Food offering: rice and black beans, corn, peanuts, black coffee, grilled meats heavily peppered. Rum in which habaneros have been steeped.
Preparation and Opening
Invocation of Legba – Opening the Gates
Legba/Ellegua candle is lit (optional), take a small sip of rum (not the hot pepper rum unless you can handle it!) and spray it in the air in the 4 cardinal directions and your hands and then invoke Legba.
Asson is rattled vigorously or bell is rang for few seconds to attract the attention of Legba.
Papa Legba open the gate for me!
Atibon Legba open the gate for me!
Open the gate for me, Papa, so that I can pass,
When I return, I will thank the lwa.
(In Haitian Kreyol)
Papa Legba ouvre baye pou mwen, Ago eh!
Papa Legba Ouvre baye pou mwen,
Ouvre baye pou mwen, Papa
Pou mwen passe, Le'm tounnen map remesi Lwa yo!
Listen spirits of the ancestors!
Welcome to the spirits of my ancestors!
Be welcome and content in this place!
I light this flame that you may see me and be with me.
I greet and honor you!
Light ancestor candle or flame.
(Ancestor call and flame is optional)
Face each cardinal direction and call:
West – Met Agwe of the vast Ocean hear me!
East – Loko Ati Sou of the Winds hear me!
South – Ogou of the Flame and Forge hear me!
North – Damballa of the Earth hear me!
Asson is rattled or clank two machetes or a metal bar.
Florida or Kananga water is sprinkled at the 4 quarters and altar.
Bell is rang three times to end sequence.
Invocation of the Lwa
Priest or priestess takes lwa offering bowl from altar and performs the following action. Offerings in to the lwa in general non-specific are usually grain or dried corn.
It may sound goofy, odd or peculiar, but Cornnuts which are dried corn you can get at a convenience store are ideal for this and highly recommended although any grain offering will suffice.
Place offering in bowl.
Place hands over bowl, raise energy and project.
Say: This is for the future.
Now carefully put bowl behind back, hold with both hands and extend arms out as far as possible.
Say: This is for the past.
Offer bowl to right extending arms.
Say: This is for the astral world.
Offer bowl to left extending arms.
Say: This is for the material world.
Light lwa candle and repeat:
May the earth bear witness that in this place,
I salute the powers of all of the lwa.
With these gestures I forge a link in the present time with the ancestors from the past so that the lwa, who knows everything about my past, may chart my future and my path.
Baron Samedi Sevis -
Speak to Baron Samedi. Pour out a little pepper rum three times on the ground. Light a white candle. Light some incense.
Say: Baron La Croix! Master of the Cemetery! Maman Brigitte, Queen of the Dead, beautiful woman, healer of the sick! Brav Gede, first among Ancestors, Papa!
Come here and accept these offerings!
You can put a small white candle in each food offering, and present it individually if desired. Breathe on the food, touch it and put it on the altar. Light the candle in the food offering.
My own ancestors! I offer you food and rum.
I offer incense.
Hear me! Make any requests you have at this point.
Dedicate any candles, herbs or mojo hands or do any other magical work you have in the name of Baron Samedi.
Note: If you are making a mojo hand at this point, you will need to have already burned the candle, and gotten all of the roots, herbs, lodestones and items ready for it beforehand. This is the point you feed it with magnetic sand and lodestones bundle it all up, dedicate it to Baron Samedi. It is the putting of the roots such as High John the Conquerer, mandrake or ginger and lodestones that make it a "mojo hand" specifically. The magnetic objects and roots make it a "hand" meant to draw something to you or attract something such as protection or money.
This is different than a mojo bag or wanga/ouanga packet. Mojo bags are usually carried on you or put in your car or whatnot, whereas a mojo hand is kept on or near the altar or is hidden.
Now sit down and spend some time in front of your altar. Do some divination if you feel like it. You can read cards or throw coconut or use cowries or whatever you usually do.
Bell is rang 3 times to announce the closing of the ritual.
Asson is shaken alternately.
Water is drank from the cup on the altar to take the gifts of the lwa but to also begin to “cool” and refresh yourself. Wash your face off with mineral or spring water,
When this is finished water is flicked at each cardinal point.
Say the following:
I now return. I thank you Baron Samedi and all of the lwa and other spirits that have helped and aided me in this ritual. May you hear my requests and accept the offerings we have given. We shall now go our separate ways in peace, until I shall have need and will call upon you again.
Au revoir Baron La Croix!
Baron candle is extinguished or you can leave it burning until it goes out if it can be done safely. You can leave the candle burning until it goes out, and use the wax from it for a particularly potent mojo hand ingredient, BTW.
Baron Carrefour - Lord of the Crossroads, Papa Legba - Keeper of the Gates we now thank you for opening the gates to the lwa and spirits and now request that you close the gates, and accept the offerings I have given and be propitious and heed our requests and speak on my behalf with the lwa.
May you protect and watch over me Papa Legba at all times.
Now may we go our ways until such time as I shall have need and shall call upon you again to assist us in the sacred rites and rituals.
Au revoir Baron Carrefour!
Papa Legba, Ago-e!
Hail and farewell.
Legba candle is extinguished.
Return to mundane.
Ground, and eat.
Offerings and candle wax (unless using) and other leftovers are left in a specific spot post ritual. I have a large flat rock in my backyard that suffices.