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Volume I, March, 2007, Issue #2
Editor: Mambo Samantha Corfield
Happy Spring! Definitely this is the time of year to start to think of the planting of new seeds of growth in our lives One very special lwa, Azacca, is the very essence of spring, growth, and renewal! This makes him our "Lwa of the Month!"
Hail to our dear Cousin Azacca (Azaka, Azaca)! Sometimes considered one of the simplest lwa, he brings a good nature and warmth into life. He is syncretized with the Catholic saint, St. Isidore the Laborer, sometimes called St. Isidore the Farmer. This is not be be confused with St. Isidore of Seville -- this is a different person altogether! This makes perfect sense as St. Isidore was a simple farmer, and his feast day is May 15!
Since Azacca is one to make all things grow, this May feast day is a perfect time to honor him. He is such a good natured and easy going lwa, he is always considered one of the family, hence the "cousin" moniker. He is, of course, the lwa of agriculture, farming, all things to do with planting and growing. He is a wonderfully hard worker, a peasant, nothing sophisticated about him. I always consider Azacca sort of an everyman. He loves good profit, good girls, and good food!
He doesn't care much for "city folks" and is extremely down to earth and doesn't mind getting his hands dirty with honest work. He will have little to do with anyone with a pompous or condescending attitude. Azacca appears barefooted, in denim overalls, carries a straw bag, wears a big straw hat, and is rarely seen without his pipe and smoking tobacco. He should serve as a reminder of our roots and our dependency on this earth for our very survival! He is the ultimate conservationist living off the gifts of nature.
He loves a good song and has a penchant for the being the town gossip. He is often the quiet observer, taking in all the doings around him, saving the knowledge for later when he can use it to his best advantage. Azacca knows who is who in the zoo! He generally will have all the info on who is dating whom, who is trying to swindle whom, and all the details that people sometimes try to hide! When possessing someone, it is not unusual to have him start telling everyone's secrets! Luckily for those who have something to hide, his voice is gravely and rough and he is somewhat hard to understand. However, if you suspect someone is keeping a secret from you, do a service to Azacca and ask him to reveal that secret to you and watch what happens.
He can, however, be very suspicious and does not always seem to want to give his favors easily. If you motivation for calling upon him is less than honest, he may refuse you. However, usually he can be won over with some white rum and a plate of boiled corn. For the most part, he is a good-natured lwa. He is entertaining when he appears at ceremonies, singing you songs about how he would he would rather take charity than steal, all the while "stealing" everything he can get his hands own, usually while he is dancing in his unique fashion! These things are then returned to the distracted owners with everyone having a good laugh at his humorous antics.
He usually will be found in a corner of any party where there is food, voraciously eating his food, looking with suspicion at anyone who might eye his plate. He is a greedy eater and drinker with little in the way of table manners. But this is easily forgiven because of his good nature and good humor.
He is also is generally seen as the brother of Ghede. Author Bob Corbert writes, "There are interesting similarities between the sophisticated Ghede and the more bumbling Azacca, as though a younger less sophisticated brother were imitating a more secure older brother. Like Ghede, Zaka loves his food. But, unlike Ghede, he is rude and voracious in his eating habits, often running away to hide with him food and eat it quickly."
As the lwa of agriculture and plant life, it is natural that Azacca is also an herbal healer. He is said to carry his healing herbs in his djakout (a straw shoulder bag) and is often called upon when there is sickness in a family. In Louisiana, animal fat candles are burned for him and bread is offered to him when someone is ill. He is said to sop up the illness with the bread from the melted fat from the candles and eat it, thus curing the patient!
We here at Spellmaker.com call upon Azacca in many ways. We call upon him to "grow" things for us, even though they may not be considered the usual way to call on our Cousin! We call upon him to grow love between two people, to help people "grow" their finances, etc. He has always responded well to these petitions and we certainly can suggest that it is a wonderful way to broaden this powerful lwa's scope in your life! Look at your goals from the perspective of wanting them to grow to be big, beautiful plants and call upon Azacca to help you make that happen.
Of course, it probably goes without saying that he is also particularly wonderful to call upon if you are planting this spring. Pour a little rum into the ground around your garden and ask Azacca to help that garden grow! We make a mixture of corn and boiled peanuts and spread it around our garden for him. We just leave it there to mix with the soil and help the plants grow better.
No matter what you are trying to grow in your life, May 15 is the perfect day to offer a feast to Azacca! Set up a small altar using his colors and offerings: A piece of denim makes the perfect altar cloth for him, yellow and green candles, a container of dirt, small gardening tools, etc. Spend some time thinking of what plants need nurturing in your life garden and ask Azacca to nourish them and help them grow! Ask him to renew and rejuvenate any wilting plants and cut out all the weeds!
Feast Day: May 15
Saint Syncretization: St. Isidore the Farmer
Colors: Green, yellow, brown - earthy colors.
Foods: Avocados, corn, peanuts, beans and rice, strong coffee that is highly sweetened with sugar, yams, sugar cane and cane syrup (pour it all over his food and he will love you for it!), heavy breads, coconuts and coconut candy.
Drink: Light or white rum (kleren).
Offerings: The above food and drink, a straw bag, a straw hat, pipe with pipe tobacco, small gardening tools. We usually put a container of rich earth, something like nice potting soil, on an altar to him. Later on, put that dirt in your garden! Azacca and your plants will reward you.
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SPELLMAKER.COM OFFICE NEWS
Astrology Forecast for May 2007 - General Tendencies for All Sun Signs
Author: Janet (Sparrow) Moon
My goodness, the planets are going to be busy this month. We are going to be under some kind of major planetary influence almost every day. We will get a short reprieve towards the middle of the month, and then things will start up again, all the way through the Blue Moon on May 31.
The Month begins with the Scorpio Full Moon on May 2, and we may be extra sensitive around that time. Try not to let other's negative feelings get to you, and my best advice is stay close to your "happy friends." Mercury will be beginning a fight with Saturn and Neptune over the weekend of Cinco de Mayo, and Venus and Pluto will be arguing. But, Jupiter and Saturn will be at the peak of their harmonic angle. What this means, is Mercury, the god of communication and transportation, may bring some confusion and even criticism. We may get lost, or lose our sense of direction. We may find ourselves putting up with verbal abuse, or addicts, or both. And, some of us may get swindled or busted. If it sounds too good to be true, on this weekend, it is. Venus rules relationships and money, and Pluto can bring up deep issues. There may be power struggles or jealousy crop up in
relationships. There is also a potential for theft, because
Pluto rules the criminal. But, Jupiter and Saturn will keep
business going well, and any kind of investments we make will
probably pay off .
Venus will enter home loving Cancer on May 8, and we will have a couple of minor planetary influences motivating us to try something new, and to put some of our thoughts into action. But, there is also a strong probability that we will be dealing with financial losses, or our energy will be low. Also, Jupiter and Uranus will be coming to their peak, and that means we may go off onto some tangents that are completely unrealistic through May 10. You can read more about Jupiter Square Uranus in my Article, "Eccentric Behavior Dangerous Cranks, Managing Our Lives."
Mercury will enter his home sign of Gemini on May 11. This will give those of us with dominate Gemini in our charts a boost, and the rest of us may just be ready to talk. But, the weekend of May 12 and 13 brings more problems (just in time for Mothers' Day). The Sun will be arguing with Neptune, and that's going to bring out addictions. Our judgment will be poor, so no major life changing decisions this weekend. Also, Mars and Pluto will be in a major battle. Mars is our energy and our sex drive, and when Pluto is negatively aspected, the nuclear weapons may come out. (I mean that figuratively. Not forecasting any global wars.) There is a very strong potential for fights, and many will lose their tempers. With our addictions coming up, and with a tendency to lose our tempers, it is very likely there will be some bar brawls. Try to practice moderation with Mom, no matter how much she complains.
After Mothers' Day, we will get a little reprieve. The planets will be fairly quiet for the next few days. The New Moon in Taurus will be on May 16, but all should remain calm until Saturday, May 19. Over the weekend, Mercury will be fighting with Jupiter and Uranus, and he will be winking at Saturn. We won't be thinking in a practical manner, and some people will be just plain sarcastic. But, if we can keep our heads level, there may be an opportunity to get ahead.
The Sun will enter Gemini on May 21, and the Moon enters Leo. We may be ready to play on this day, and competitive type games will go well. On May 22 and 23, we will be feeling the effects of Mercury singing with Neptune as Neptune turns retrograde. We may find ourselves feeling very creative, but if we are not careful all the creativity may get focused into a negative part of our lives. An example would be that we are wishing to express our love for someone, but we get drunk before we tell them. Neptune will be at retrograde station on May 24, and Venus and Uranus will be singing their own song. It is very likely we will be ready for something different, and with the Sun and Mercury in Gemini, we may just want two. Extra marital affairs are likely, but if we can focus the energy correctly, we may create something beautiful.
Mercury will be upset with Pluto as our Memorial Day Weekend begins on May 26. People could be rather outspoken or impulsive. There is also a strong tendency for quarrels. Mercury will enter domestic Cancer on the evening of Memorial Day, May 28, and we will be ready to come back to reality. We have a special Blue Moon on May 31, and we may be ready to let go of some of the addictions and emotional crap we have been carrying around all month. It will be an excellent day to look ahead.
About the author:
Janet (Sparrow) Moon is a professional psychic and astrologer.
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