The Santeria Church of the Orishas is dedicated to providing spiritual guidance and services for those who seek communion with the Orishas or their Ancestors. We recognize the importance of community outreach and spiritual service as part of being representatives of the Orishas on earth.
- To help our communities with spiritual service through cleansing, divination, setting of vigil lights and ebó
- To educate those who seek information about Santeria (La Regla Lucumi/Lukumi) and dispel misconceptions about our faith
- To cultivate good character and restore spiritual balance with guidance from the Orishas
Spiritual Services Available to the Public
Setting of Lights / Vigil Candle Service: We firmly believe in the power of prayer and the offering of candles to the Orishas or Egun as ebó (sacrifice) to make great change happen in people’s lives. We dress candles with appropriate oils and herbs, and bless each one with a traditional prayer in Lucumi, then set them to burn at our Orisha shrines. If you wish to have someone set lights for you, Rev. Dr. E. (Ekun Dayo Oní Shangó) offers setting of lights services through his website ConjureDoctor.com.
Diloggún (Santería Cowrie Shell) Readings: The diloggun is the preferred official oracle of Santeria. The diloggun are consecrated to act as mouthpieces for the orishas. We utilize the diloggun of the Orisha Elegguá who has the authority to speak on the behalf of all the other Orishas. In your diloggun consultation, Eleggua will reveal the energy pattern around you and help you orient yourself with your destiny. If you are found to be in an unbalanced state (osogbo) your diviner will mark ebó (sacrifice/offerings) to help bring you back into a balanced and blessed state (iré). If you wish to have someone read diloggun for you, Rev. Dr. E. (Ekun Dayo Oní Shangó) offers diloggun readings through his website ConjureDoctor.com
Kobori Eleda (Rogación de Cabeza): This powerful and effective ritual aligns your Orí (higher self and personal orisha) with your conscious mind, brings alignment to your spiritual body and restores a calm demeanor. It is a great way to strengthen your Orí and cool your head to regain clarity of thought and spiritual purpose. Rogacion de Cabeza can be performed at any time, but is best if marked through diloggun divination. For information on how you can receive Kobori Eleda (Rogación de Cabeza) in person, please contact Rev. Dr. E. (Ekun Dayo Oní Shangó). Kobori Eleda must be performed in person and there are some limitations as to who can receive this ceremony.
Spiritual Cleansing: Spiritual cleansing can take the form of spiritual baths or sarayeye (cleansing with bundles of herbs or by passing an animal over the devotee) and are best if marked as a necessary ebó in a cowrie shell reading. Spiritual cleansing can be performed either at a distance or in-person. If you seek a worker that can perform spiritual cleansing for you, Rev. Dr. E. (Ekun Dayo Oní Shangó) offers spiritual cleansing as part of a Rootworking Consultation on his website ConjureDoctor.com.
Spiritual Services Available in Private
The Santeria Church of the Orishas offers spiritual services in private by appointment or for select members of our church. These are typically reserved for those who seek initiation or building a personal relationship with our ilé (spiritual lineage). These services are either marked through divination or are offered to individuals with an established relationship with our church.
Spiritual Masses (Seances): Spiritualist style masses are performed for our godfamily and for those who seek union with their spirit guides, ancestors or to investigate issues in their spiritual life. Spiritual masses are conducted in the style of Espiritismo Cruzado (Blended Spiritism). It is traditional to compensate the mediums present at a spiritual mass with a stipend for their energy and contribution.
Elekes (Collares, Necklaces): The ritual of the elekes is the first ceremony that most people seeking participation in Santeria experience. The elekes are the sacred banners of the Orishas and confer the new initiate the protection of the Orishas. Once a person received his or her elekes they are considered a member of their godparent’s ilé (spiritual lineage). They are not yet a priest but they are taking the first steps to building a deeper relationship with the Orishas. Elekes are a religious ceremony that is marked through Diloggún Divination as a required ebó (ritual).
Warriors (Guerreros): The reception of the Warriors is often the second initiation that many faithful go through in their journey in Santeria. The Warriors are a set of Orishas – the first Orishas a person receives: Elegguá (Orisha who opens roads and witnesses fate), Ogún (warrior Orisha of iron, work and tools), Ochosi (Orisha of hunting and divine justice) and Osun (Orisha that looks out and warns of danger). As part of the initiation, these Orishas shrines are consecrated and given to the initiate. At this point the initiate becomes an Aborisha (follower of the Orishas). While he or she is not yet a priest they have received the mysteries of these four Orishas and they now live in the home of the Aborisha. With this initiation comes the responsibility to tend to your Orishas and to honor your godparents on the anniversary of their initiation (Orisha birthday). The reception of the Warriors is marked through Diloggún Divination.
Classes, Public Lectures and Interviews
As education is one of our primary spiritual missions, we always make ourselves available for public lectures, newspaper interviews or appearances at local universities and colleges. On occasion, Rev. Dr. E. (Ekun Dayo Oní Shangó) will also offer classes to the general public about Santeria, the Orishas, ancestor reverence or other aspects of our spiritual path. If you are interested in our services for public lectures, appearances or interviews, please contact Rev. Dr. E.