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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.


I want to be initiated into Santeria or Palo Mayombe

First you need to find a house that will accept you as a Godchild and should be in your geographic area, you need to get to know your Godparents and learn to respect and trust them.
Look for their relationship with their own Godparents and other members of the house, it is a good sign to find houses that stick together with respect. If you are local to the Miami area, make a personal appointment with me and will be able to guide you. But you need to stay local, Santeria and Palo initiations can not be done online or over the distance, a personal relationship with your Godparents is extremely important.

What type of magic do you practice?

Santeria and Palo Mayombe are forms of  natural shamanistic magic, we work with the powers and the spirits of nature, roots, herbs, minerals, animals and everything the nature has to bring us.
Santeria and Palo Mayombe are two different practices, different systems and ceremonials.
I work closely with my Spiritual guides and do not mix both practices. Many of my custom works and rituals in Palo Mayombe are sealed by the spirits into spiritual possessions, meaning the spirits use my body and complete the work.

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Who are the Santeria Orishas?

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The Important Role and Legacy of Women in Santeria

Women were the shapers of the Santeria traditions we practice today.

Now days Santeria, The Ocha Rule, is practiced all over the world, Santeria originated in Cuba, every single Santeria Priest anywhere on the world has a link of origin to a Santeria house in Cuba and most of those houses have a woman at its root, it is very important to learn to respect our religion, its roots and the women who made it possible.

Up until the mid 1930’s, women wielded tremendous power as heads of almost all of the most influential Santeria houses and almost all of Santeria’s family trees have a woman as the root.

Women in fact held most of the power in the religion, ruling as heads of houses and as Oriatés until well into the 20th century.

It was relatively recently that men have come to take over the roles that were exclusively held by women. Since the 1800s most houses of Santo were formed and ruled by women.

Women were the real movers and shakers and they were the main force who shaped Santeria and its initiations into what it is today. Almost all the branches of the religion were founded by women.

Today I want to honor tribute and my respects to all the women who created the legacy of the Santeria religion, the famous and the not so famous, they are important part of our history and I feel empowered and honored every time I name them in my prayers.

Today I Mojugba (I give praise) to the effort, hard work and contributions of all the important Santeras (Santeria High Priestess) who left their legacy to the new generations and I hope the new generations of Santeros do not forget their roots and learn to respect the role of women and the roots of the Santeria tarditions

Aurora Lamar (Obá Tolá) – Founder of Branch La Pimienta
Timotea “Latuán” Albear – Founder of the Branch La Pimienta.
Ña Belén Gonzales (Apoto) – Root of the pimienta, culo verde, and trapito branches
Rosalía Gramosa (Efuché Warikondó) – Founder of La Rama de los Millonarios- The Reformer of the Religion
Susana Cantero (Omí Toké) Founder of the Rama Coral
Ña Margarita Armenteros (Aina) Founder of the house San Jose 80
Ña Caridad Argudín founded the Cabildo Africano Lucumí
Josefa Herrera ruled The Cabildo de Yemayá in Regla
Susana Cantero ruled another Cabildo de Yemayá.
Fermenita Gómez (Ocha Bí), founded the Cabildo de Ferminita Gómez, one of the great centers of Olokun worship.
Ma Monserrate Gonzales (Obá Tero) a core foundation of the religion in Matanzas

And so many more…..

The founders and leaders of most of the Santeria houses were women who ruled entirely or shared that rule with their Babalawo husbands.

Women traditionally led all the major ceremonies and performed all the rites involved in the initiation of new Santeros that are now the province of the Oriaté and the role of Oriaté was first held by women.

Notorious woman oriatés wereTeresita Ariosa Eni Ochún and Guillermina Castel.

Timotea Albear (Ayayí La Tuán) was the Oriaté used by almost all of the houses up until the time of her death. She, in fact, was the one who trained the first male Oriaté Octavio Samar Rodriguez (Obadimeyi).

It was only after the death of Timotea Albear in 1935 that Obadimeyi began to gain power as an Oriaté, but before long all the Oriatés were male.

But now we are beginning to see more women training to become Oriatés. Perhaps before long Santeria will be ruled over by women once more.

Yaya Maria