Elegua is also known as Esu in the Yoruba pantheon of Orisha. One of the Warriors, Elegua is the guardian of the crossroads, and is the one who opens the way to any opportunity in life. When one comes to a situation in life that requires a decision or action, this crossroads in your path is ultimately governed by Elegua, and he is also the master communicator between humans and gods. He translates human thought into nature and natural law into conceivable human thoughts. As a divine trickster, he helps humble the self by illuminating your faults with difficulties in life that help you grow stronger.
Yemaya is the Mother Goddess, and goddess of the oceans. She is a patron of all mothers and protector of children. The ocean is believed to be the source of all life, and she protects this process, as well as curing infertility in women and healing impurities both spiritually and physically. She rules the surface of the oceans that are rich in life, and the cowrie shells represent her wealth. She is also associated with Olukun, who represents the depths of the ocean and the unconscious. This balance helps purify the soul from within bringing a sense of serenity. Just like the ocean, do not confuse her boundless love with weakness.
Shango, King of passion and fire, spirit of thunder and lightning. Shango, also known as Chango, Xango, or others, he represents the spiritual force that brings courage, specifically the courage to bring justice and to do what's right. He is the spark that causes personal transformation, giving the strength necessary to overcome the difficulties along your path. A powerful Orisha, he is known to bring karmic justice, strength and victory, virility and prowess. Shango is closely linked to Obatala, and he encourages the building of good character, the ultimate goal of spiritual transformation. He gives strength to those who will not abuse it.
Oya, goddess of the tempest and winds, guide for the newly deceased in the realm of the ancestral spirits. A fierce warrior and strong protector of women, Oya is known to cut through stagnation with her sword, making way for new growth like the hurricane bringing down dead forests so that new life may grow. In this way, she also looks after the recently deceased and helps them transition into the spiritual realms. She is the daughter of Yemaya, and wife of Shango, together they complete the tempest, an expression of the earth's sobering voice, continually renewing itself and ridding all stagnate matters. Oya is the one to call to for communicating with or ensuring a safe passage for the deceased.
Orunla is the master diviner and patron of all Babalawos and priests of Santeria. He holds the secrets to the mysteries of Ifa, a body of knowledge that translates the will of God. Orunla is wisdom personified, and is the one to call to when seeking answers or guidance beyond your view and comprehension. According to the mysteries of Ifa, choice and free will are what materializes into the world around us, and this is the substance of human potential. Within the scope of each person's potential exists layers of choice that can enhance or inhibit your destiny. Orunla can see all your potential destinies, and how to maneuver into your fullest expression of personal growth.
Ogun, one of the Warriors and the spirit of Iron and technology. He is represented by the sword, and is the action required to help evolve humans to where they are today. It is Ogun who taught us to use iron to make the weapons and tools necessary to advance and survive in nature. Ogun is the one who cuts through all obstacles, including the obstacles that stand in the way of spiritual and cultural development. As a general rule, Ochosi finds the path, Elegua opens the path, and Ogun clears the path. He is known as a fierce protector and patron of soldiers, police officers, and guards of all types. He is also known for his relentless action, and gives strength to all hard workers, often being called upon when labor and determination are the key.
Obatala, Chief of the white cloth and father of mankind. Obatala is the essence of consciousness and the white cloth, which refers to the substance that binds the universe together. According to the Ifa tradition, the object of spiritual transformation is to develop Iwa Pele, which translates into good character. When someone is making decisions and actions that build integrity, trustworthiness, objectivity, patience, and inner peace, they are said to be weaving white cloth. When you wear this white cloth, you are able to face any situation without fear. Obatala is called upon for purification of the self, protection from negativity, and working with dreams.
Ochosi, spirit of the tracker and hunter. One of the Warriors, he is the one who finds the way. Spiritually, Ochosi also helps one to balance between the self and nature. His knowledge of the forest and plants is essential for cleansings, healings, and fortifications. Ochosi is a close friend of Ogun, and together they represent the fundamental principles of advancement: observation and action. Ochosi's expertise in hunting can be credited to his keen eyes, and the ability to discern details impeccably. This is why Ochosi is often called upon for justice in court cases, alertness and initiative, and entrepreneurship.