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About spiritual protection

I am sure I have written about the importance of spiritual protection before, however this topic tends to be ignored.

What is Spiritual Protection?

I compare spiritual protection with the natural antibodies we have in our bodies to protect us against fight diseases, even during childhood years we have vaccines to boost our defenses against viruses and diseases, as we grow older, the antibodies get stronger and keep our bodies healthy by fighting disease when we come in contact with germs, if our antibodies fail protecting us, we get sick.

This is a natural process and we never know exactly when or how it is happening because we cannot see it.

Spiritual protection works in a similar way. By maintaining and reinforcing the “antibodies” which will fight against negative spiritual energies that come in contact with us during different times of our journey. If these antibodies fail, we become weak and vulnerable.

Spiritual protection is the way to give our spiritual guides the tools needed to fight negative energies before they affect us directly.

When is the best time for spiritual protection?

With spiritual protection, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The best time for spiritual protection is when things are going right, when you feel strong, when you feel happy, when you are working to reach your goals, when you feel stable and successful.

Most people only reach out for the help from the spirits when something goes wrong, when they lose the job, the partner, the house, the opportunity and in every case I consult, I am able to see how easy some situations could have been avoided with the right protections in place.

This does not mean that having spiritual protection will make your life perfect and that you will never have problems or difficulties in your life, most difficult situations we go thru are meant to happen anyways and is the way we grow and learn, but there are 2 important things we can receive with spiritual protection:

1) We are less vulnerable during difficult times, it makes our falls easier and it is easier to recover.

2) It makes it harder for negative spirits and energies to reach us and create unbalances, chaotic energies and tragedies in our lives.

Just like keeping your physical body healthy is an everyday task, keeping your spiritual protections in place should be an ongoing task of anyone involved in the spiritual word.

Weather you do any spiritual work to influence others, receive or give spiritual readings, or call your spirits to help, the first thing you need to learn is how to activate and strengthen your own spiritual protection.

One easy way to activate your own spiritual protections is by working with your guides and ancestors and finding ways to strengthen their own protection capabilities.

Some people are more sensible than others, some people are born with weak spiritual protections and they must continue reinforcing them in the regular basis.

Every spiritual practice and religion has different ways to work with the spiritual protections, I talk about my own experiences and personal knowledge with spiritism, santeria and palo.

One way to boost the energies and protection abilities of your own spiritual guides is by preparing amulets; these amulets are usually prepared with natural ingredients (sticks, stones, beads, feathers, crystal) to attract protection forces to your realm.

In some cases, initiations are needed to get the person to a good protected state, it is hard to generalize, because every solution is unique to the needs of the spiritual guides of the person.

The key is to find the spirits with the energy, which is compatible with you, willing to bring the protection forces to you.

I usually call it a good spiritual hygiene, without spiritual protections, we as spiritual beings, are vulnerable.

Always remember, the protection is best to have in place before things go wrong, it will make it easier for you to bounce back.

I have listed few protection ceremonials in the store and it amazes me how they are way less popular than attraction or other types of work.

Protection, protection, protection, never let your guard down and your journey will be much easier and happier! It will make it easier for you to recover from difficult times, it will make it easier for you not to fall deep, and if you are struggling now, it is never too late to get you strong and to help you find the balance you need In your life.

There ere different types of protection ceremonials I do in my spiritual practices, however there is not such a thing as one size fits all, this is a general guide:

1) Overall Spiritual Protection: This protection is done with your own spiritual guides to help them be stronger and defend you in your everyday life

2) Child protection: We do this for every child in our family (sometimes for the unborn children when needed) to ensure their protections are in place and the child can grow up to be successful adults. I always tell people that this is the type of protection you would like your parents did for you.

3) Protection against spiritual attacks

4) Protection against your enemies spiritual and psychical 

5) Financial – Carrier Protection

6) House protection – To protect peace and harmony in your home and family

7) Evil Eye Protection – This is needed for people who are more sensible to negative energies coming from others, when your own defenses are low, you are most vulnerable to these energies affecting you

8) Relationship – Love protection

9) Specific protection when spiritual work or spiritual communication is being performed

10) Protection against witchcraft – Any witchcraft done against you is as strong as weak are your own spiritual protections

11) Protection against sickness – If your spiritual protections are hight, your own health will improve

Every situation is different, there is no one size fits all when it comes to spiritual work.


Yaya Maria

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Espiritu Burlón – Mocking Spirit


There is a joke in my country:

A farmer hears a voice that tells him: “Sell everything and play Red 21 in the roulette”
The farmer goes to his wife and tells her that he is ready to change his luck
He sells everything he owns and goes to the casino
The voice continues repeating “Red 21 … Everything at Red 21″
At the casino the farmer bets everything he owns to Red 21 and looses
And the voice says: “Nos jodimos” – “We are screwed up” ….

Most people who have ever walked the spiritual path can relate with this story, one of the first lessons we learn is to understand that we can not trust, listen and follow any spirit that comes forward as tempting and appealing the offer may be without first verifying its source.

What we call Mocking Spirits (Espiritu Burlón in Spanish) are everywhere. These are spirits and entities of the lowers range and they acquire their energy from manipulating vulnerable and ignorant people. These spirits make it easy to connect and to the untrained eye, they may look “powerful”, but at the end of the day they will create chaos and confusion.

The truth is that it is easier to make contact with these lower spirits than with the strong ones. Unfortunately, many people come to the spiritual world looking for the easy way out, just to find themselves let down, manipulated and used. Spiritual growth is a journey, not a destination, you learn and grow in the path; the easy and fast solutions always come with a high cost.

Most spiritual religions have a path, initiations, steps to follow; serious spiritual practices can not be learned in the internet and/or practiced in solitary. Every spiritual practice in the universe has its own divination and ceremonial system, the idea that a beginner can master them without training and guidance is wrong and misleading.

The only successful solitary practitioners I have met are the ones who come with strong ancestral connections and had spiritual guidance and connections to their ancestors during their childhood years. But for the people who do not come from spiritual background, with no prior knowledge about spiritual practices, working with spirits without proper investigation, preparation and spiritual protection is a recipe for disaster.

The internet is full of “free” instructions and guides on how to do things, however I am sorry to tell you that most of them are incomplete and inaccurate because they represent the experience of one person which more likely does not apply to everyone. And most of the spiritual books are missing key information that is only learned from practice, training and spiritual guidance.

If you are serious about receiving spiritual guidance, you must be ready for it, be honest with yourself, be humble and listen. You will receive it in the way the spirits want, you can not rush it, you can not make it happen when and how you want it, always remember, it is a path, not a destination.

Before reaching to any spirit, a person MUST reach and investigate its own guidance and ancestral spirits, there is no spiritual development without the assistance of your own ancestor spirits, every single spiritual practice in this universe pays respect to ancestral forces. Ignoring your own ancestors is the easiest way to end up being a puppet of the mocking spirits.

In my spiritual practices, we need guidance, training, learning and initiations. Every master was a student and learned from another master, do not think you can do it yourself without the basis because you will be another one playing in the hands of mocking spirits. Perseverance and determination are the key of success in any spiritual journey.

The highest spirits will not come to assist the ones seeking for an easy way out. Just because you liked a prayer or read an article about a particular spirit you feel drawn to, it does not mean you are ready to reach to it, the first step is spiritual protection and it comes from your own guides and ancestors.

Most successful spiritualists are born with the gift, but they need to learn how to cultivate and nurture it before they can use it, you may even be one of them, it is never too late to learn, but do yourself a favor and find a way to verify all the information you receive from the spirits before following them blindly. Create a close connection with your own guides and ancestors, it can not be done in one day, it takes time and resources, it may even take initiations, years of study, preparation, mistakes and some tears, but you will be going in an steady path and your life will be much easier.

In my practices, we use specific ceremonials to make sure the lower spirits do not infiltrate our work, and believe me when I tell you that I deal with them regularly, that is why working with strong divination systems is the secret and key of success in any spiritual practice. Always remember that mocking spirits make it look easier to connect, feel, listen than real spirits and that is why so many people end up being their puppets.

Most people under the influence of mocking spirits will not listen to their own guides and will dismiss anything or anyone who tries to tell them the truth, it depends how far are they being manipulated, I have helped some, but others still believe that “Oshun” or “Yemaya” or “Siete Rayos” or “The Santa Muerte” … etc.… are answering them just because they burned a candle or did an altar after reading a book without a prior divination, the required initiations, ceremonials, protections, offerings and without the guidance of their own ancestors.


Yaya Maria

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Babalu Aye ~ Saint Lazarous

babalu-aye1Babablu Aye, San Lazaro, Azojano is one of the most loved, respected, feared and venerated Orishas in the Cuban Santeria tradition.
Babalu Aye is the Orisha who reigns over all matter related to health, psychical and spiritual.
Babalu Aye is the protector of the sick, the weak, the hurt, the injured.
Babalu Aye is a miraculous and humble Orisha, the Orisha of healing and disease.
Babalu Aye appears as a sick man with sores and trembling arms and legs that is why it is syncretized with Saint Lazarus in the Cuban Santeria tradition.



Babalu Aye teaches compassion, love and responsibility.
Babalu Aye is worshipped and respected for all the miracles he performs, he is particularly known for his healing powers.
Babablu Aye is accompanied by two dogs and wears cloth made of burlap with purple adornments.
In the lukumi tradition, Babalu Aye was punished by Olofi (God) with sickness & afflictions. He lost his health, riches & prosperity for not having good character and for being disobedient. Babalu Aye’s trials on earth are a lesson of humility; perseverance, integrity and good character.
Babalu Aye is also protector of all animals, especially dogs. Dogs were his only companion (besides Elegua) when he was suffering his trials & tribulations.
Babablu Aye is loving but stern, no one wants to be on his bad side and meet his wrath. Bablu Aye is loved, respected and feared.

Babalu Aye’s colors are royal purple, yellow and brown. His sacred number is 17. Burlap is sacred to him and used in his offerings & items made for him.
December 17th is a day we honor Babalu Aye, many celebrations are done on December 16th waiting for midnight.
In the Santeria tradition, the ceremonial for worshiping Babalu Aye is called The Awan

In this ceremony, Babalu Aye is placed next to a basket lined with burlap material with offerings are placed around it. At nighttime, the lights go down, the only lighting used are the candles, everyone gathers around the basket and cleanse each one with the contents of the plates to remove negativity, for protection, health and prosperity. After cleansing, the items are cast into the main basket. 


This ceremony brings the Ashe of Babalu Aye to the lives of those present.

Babalu Aye represents health and the sickness, humility and pride, abundance and the scarcity, love and fear.


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Prayer to Babalu Aye

Jekua Babalu Aye Agronica!

Ashe, Babalu Aye, Ashe

Babalua Aye
Patron and assistant of the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden
Helper of the forgotten, forlorn, the disrespected ones
With this prayer I request your compassionate assistance
And with the aid of Olodumare,
May you always protect me during sickness

And also in good health
Babalu Aye, give me the strength to overcome obstacles
And to achieve my full potential during my sojourn on Earth
Babalu Aye, help all those who cannot help themselves
And remain always by my side

Ashe, Babalu Aye, Ashe


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But all I want is my ex back…

But all I want is my ex back…

You broke up with your partner/husband/boy/girlfriend and you are devastated. You want him/her back and cant stop thinking about it. You have to make it happen! 

You turned to Google and found a psychic, the psychic told you exactly what you needed to hear: “He/She is your soul mate and is missing you, he/she is confused at the moment but you will be back together next month”. This is all you need to hear, it gives you courage, hope and expectation, and you believe it is worth to wait.

Next month comes and you decide to try a “love spell” to make things happen, you spend few hundred dollars in a “Return My Love Spell”; months go by but nothing happens, you continue stalking you ex’s Facebook page and cry of desperation when you see happy pictures, how can he/she be happy while you are miserable? … Time to call the psychic again…

Sounds familiar? Many people who contact me are in this same situation.

First you need to understand something about the spirits, spiritual practices are learned and developed over time, all of the sudden you want the spirits to do something for you when you have never spent any time or energy trying to get to know your own spirits.

The secret of any spiritual work is in the connection that can be established with the person’s own spiritual guides. If your spiritual guides are weak and chaotic, if you are carrying spiritual baggage from generations, if you have obsessor spirits with you, any work that does not address these problems first, is always going to make things worse for you in the long run.

Every single spiritual work I do starts with cleansing and offerings to the spirit guides and ancestors of the person; it is the most important step. The stronger you are in your own spiritual being, the easier it would be for the spirits to help you and make things happen in your life.

It cannot be done in one day or with one prayer, sometimes it takes multiple spiritual sections to get to the bottom of it and sometimes it takes a lifetime to clear the spiritual baggage we tend to carry.

That is why I try to explain and teach people who reach out to me for help; the importance of strong spiritual protections, connection and development of your spiritual guides, this is not about your ex, it is about YOU!

Why do I need a cleaning if all I want is my ex back? ….

If all you want is your ex back and do not care about your spiritual wellbeing, please do not ask me to help you because I am here to help, I am not here to perpetuate your obsessions, create more spiritual luggage and contribute to spiritual confusion.

Lets go back to the roots, why did your ex leave? If there was any external influence, it means that you were not spiritually strong enough to stop it, why would you want to continue adding to it.

It is very simple; lets say you visit a surgeon because you want a tummy tuck surgery; when the doctor sees your blood work he tells you that you have anemia and the surgery that you want so much, the only thing that you think can make you happy is not recommendable at that time because there will be complications, you need to address and resolve other health issues first.

That is exactly why we have to consult before offering spiritual work, doing binding or break up work on a person who is in a weak or fragile spiritual state is not advisable and it never works at the end. The weak and chaotic spirits tend to take all the energy and the person ends up being more obsessed and consumed by the situation.

The first question I ask my spirits before I open a consultation is: Can I help this person on its spiritual journey?
If my Egun answers NO, I will not be able to offer you spiritual work. It does not mean you are helpless, it just means I am not the person who can help you at this point of time.


Yaya Maria 

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What can you do with the Santeria Orishas without being initiated?

We all love the Orishas, their energy is out there, it is everywhere.
Santeria is a traditional folk religion, we follow the traditions and teachings of our ancestors and we do not make the rules, the Orishas do!
Most ceremonials in Santeria require initiation, however there are some things “aleyos” (non initiated followers) can do safely and efficiently.

  1. Altars: You can build an altar to pay homage to a particular Orisha, however, it must be understood that building an altar does not mean that you have that Orisha in the physical form or that you have been initiated into Santeria. That is another process all together, you can not self-initiate into Santeria.
  2. Offerings: It’s always a good idea to speak to a Santero or Babalao to discuss your plans if you want to make offerings to an Orisha.
    For example, let’s say that you want to give Oshun honey, five oranges, sweets and leave five pennies. That sounds great, but what if she doesn’t want that from you. How would you know? Oshun may only want you to bring her sunflowers or maybe Elegua is the Orisha who wants your offerings. This is where a consultation comes in. It’s wise to consult an initiated priest to find out if you can: first give the offering, and secondly what is required of you. Always consult before you do the offering, not after you start.
  3. Orisha’s Prayers: A deeper understanding of what and where the Orishas are will help if you would like to pray/talk/propitiate them.
    The Orisha’s energies are in nature. For example, if you want to talk to Oshun, you go to the river. If you want to talk to Yemaya, you go to the ocean. If you want to talk to Obatala, you go to the highest mountain you can find. If you want to talk to Ogun, you go to the forrest or the railroad … But once again, you should know who to approach and when, that is why consultations are so important.
  4. Promises to the Orishas: Since the beginning of times, people have been making promises to the Gods, if you ever make a promise to any Orisha, make sure you pay it.
  5. Summoning or invocation: It’s NOT wise to try to summon the energy of one Orisha if you are not initiated to that particular Orisha.
  6. The Orishas are raw living energy and without the help of an initiated Santero(a) it will become a big problem.
  7. Head Orisha: Everyone has a head Orisha, and it is not always the Orisha you may feel attracted to.
    The only way to find your ruling Orisha is by consulting Orula with the mediation of a Babalao, that is the way we do it in my house, some houses use the reading done by an Oba/Italero. Either way, it has to be done IN PESON and never over the phone or internet.
    There may be times when an Orisha will “stand up” to help you, but it does not mean it is your head Orisha.
  8. Animal Sacrifice: An uninitiated in the Santeria religion should never do any animal sacrifice offering to the Orishas.

Most rituals and consecrations to the Orishas in Santeria require initiation, however, to pay homage or talk to the Orishas, just look around you, their energy is out there, it is everywhere.


Yaya Maria

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OrishaAshe Store moved to a new design – Page Not Found Message

Our store moved to a new design on August 11th, 2015 some of the old links may not work.

If you receive a message Page Not Found, please link to the main page OrishaAshe .

Our email failed the first few days, the problem has been resolved, should encounter any problem, please Email Us.

To login your account, please select the option to reset your password at this link My Account .

We have a new Section for Questions and Answers, feel free to ask your questions about anything related to the OrishaAshe store, the spirits, Santeria or Palo Mayombe Ask Orisha Ashe.


Yaya Maria


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Message from Yaya Maria – Don’t shoot the messenger

Recently I have been dealing with emails from clients who were disappointed and unhappy because my spirits did not offer custom spiritual work for them, and every time this happens, it shows me how correct my spirits are when they choose who to help and who to turn down.

Still some leave me speechless, I do not want to take their money if the spirits say is not going to happen and if I know I cannot help them, yet some still feel the need to be rude? Is this for real?

I am making this post for new customers to read before they contact me asking for spiritual work.

First and foremost I will say that I am only one person, and contrary to what some want to believe, I am only human, I am not connected 24/7 and I do not make things happen for you, it is my Eguns, the Orishas, the Nkisis and the spirits who make anything possible, I am only the messenger.

With that said I can only take limited amount of clients at once, I can only do a limited amount of consultations a week.

Now, the most important part, spiritual work is not a drive thru window  where you order what you want from a menu, when you work with the spirits, it is not about what you want, but about what you can receive and what the spirits are willing to give you.

Before I am able to commit to any spiritual work I ask my Eguns and they choose who they will help and who they will not help, my spirits normally turn down more requests than what they accept, Tata Jose, my main guide in Palo is very picky on who and what we use his Prenda (Spiritual Cauldron) . It is out of my control, I trust my Eguns and I know there is a reason for everything in the spiritual world, but once my spirits take someone in, they make me go the extra mile.

One of the many reasons why working for some people is very difficult and the spirits turn down so many is because of spiritual build up, we all have it, I clean myself daily, any person who does spiritual work needs to include cleansing rituals, when we call upon spirits, when we tap into the energies of the universe, we must be able to absorb the energies the spirits make available to us, if we are not ready spiritually to absorb these energies, they create unbalances and what I personally call, spiritual junk, like build up of spiritual energies and spirits that cannot get anywhere. One of the basis of any spiritual practice, essentially in Palo Mayombe and Santeria is cleansing and depuration, sometimes we carry energies and spirits with us that we need to depurate to give room to other energies to reach up to us.

For example, when someone is initiated in Santeria it needs to be a whole year in white without doing any spiritual work, and there are reasons for that. There are many cleansing ceremonials that need to take place before a person is scratched (rayado) in Palo Mayombe and the most important part, the spirits guides of the person must agree to the work, that is why spiritual investigation misas are so important in my religion.

When someone reaches too many spiritual energies at once, it causes build up, just like taking overdoses of multivitamins thinking you will get healthier sooner, the ones that are soluble get eliminated from your body and others cause build up and will make you sick in the long term, this is one of the things the spirits look into before starting a new work, I always ask my clients to stop any additional spiritual work while the work from my spirits is in progress, some do, some don’t, I do not argue, the spirits always know what is going on.

Unfortunately some people cannot take the world NO for an answer and they get all upset and feel the need to be arrogant and insulting, one of the first lessons the spirits taught me is to be humble and honest, it is a very intrinsic part of my religion, we need to learn to be humble to our Godparents and Brothers and Sisters, we need to learn to be humble to the Orishas, the Nkisis and the spirits, I am humble and respectful to my clients, I treat others the same respect I expect to be treated, unfortunately some try to take advantage and confuse it with weakness, nothing further from the truth, that is where spiritual strength comes from.

When you consult me about spiritual work, there is a good chance the spirits will turn your request down, in some cases the spirits will offer you something else, or nothing at all, as bad and hurt as you can feel, do not take it personal, you asked for advice and my spirits are being honest, I am being honest, I am not taking your money, if  the spirits are giving you an honest advice, do not disregard it, do not argue it, listen to it, it is up to you whether you follow it or not, but please don’t shoot the messenger.


Yaya Maria

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Welcome Caridad

It is my pleasure to announce that Caridad (we all know her by Cacha) has offered her help to run the online store.

Caridad is a childhood friend, we met in elementary school in Camaguey, our natal town, 25 years later, after going on different paths around the world, fate let us meet again in Miami.

Besides being  a friend, Caridad is my Godchild, she recently completed the first year of her Iaworaje. I was honored to initiate Caridad last year in Santeria as an Iyalorisha Olo Oshun, Oshun is her mother and Elegua is her father.

Caridad is a woman of great character and spiritual knowledge, her guides are powerful and she has developed her own spirituality over many years of practice and study.

Caridad had studied different magical traditions. She was initiated into Santeria last summer and we just celebrated her first birthday. I am proud to have her as my Godchild and friend.

It is my honor to accept her help and I know it will make the online services easier for me to run and for all our clients.

With the help of Caridad, we will be able to list spiritual baths and other spiritual tools, she will take care of the shipping, writing instructions and email communication.

Caridad will be in charge of answering most emails, some are simple questions answered in the FAQ, but they can fill my mailbox and make it harder for me to concentrate on the communication with clients.

Caridad will also help me with schedules and updates on the spell work, basically she will help me in all the areas of customer support.

The existing system still in place, customers will use the Contact form or email us at, all the emails are to be directed there and they will be answered either by Caridad or by me.

The signature of the email will tell you who the email is coming from.

Caridad brings with her over 20 years of spiritual work, she a Spiritist above all and has been active in many spiritual centers in Cuba, Spain and Miami. Spiritism is her calling and her strength, she was initiated into Santeria last year as a call from her guides and her Guardian Angel Oshun.

As many of you will notice, emails were answered faster the last few weeks, it was a time that Caridad came for training, I am blessed to have my friend, sister and Godchild help me with this store.

Caridad is also an artist, she does handmade jewelry and dolls, we will be listing them in the store, watch out for her works with Oshun, they rock!

For our new and existing customers, do not be surprised if you receive an email signed by Caridad, Yaya Maria’s Assistant.

With Caridad’s help I am sure the service to our existing and new clients will improve and we will be able to share our help, knowledge and Ashe with anyone in need of our help and guidance.

May the spirits be with you and protect you always

Yaya Maria