Here’s a picture of last week’s Ancestor altar containing a few simple offerings to Elegua, the Opener of the Way (even to the Egun), to Oya, the One at the Cemetery Gate, and to my Ancestors. As mentioned in a previous post, I did some cleromancy to see what my Ancestors wanted for offerings, but that process was sidetracked by Elegua who demanded his due first. Once I acknowledged him, then Oya also voiced her opinions regarding offerings. I have yet to do a full divination session with my ancestors since Elegua appropriated my attention back in the day, but last Saturday I used my intuition to determine what they might like.
So, Elegua received two candles – one red and one black – dressed with Florida Oil, and a shot of Smirnoff Vodka. Oya also received a shot of the same type of vodka. And, my ancestors received vodka as well and a small dish containing an Ancestral Floral Water blend that I made myself (It smells amazing but I actually seem to have lost the formula so I doubt I will be able to recreate it). They accepted the offerings given this time around. However, I have this nagging intuitive sense that they would prefer rich, dark alcohol. So, in the future, I think I will offer my Ancestors some whiskey, give dark rum to Elegua, and cinnamon-infused vodka to Oya. I also owe Elegua some candy. I am thinking peppermints because my grandmother loved them, they are classic, and they contain one of his sacred colors. I hope that they like that a little more that what I was able to muster for last week’s offering.
I am really excited about moving forward with my Egun and with the deities who have taken to guiding me through the process.