Mangoes and Machetes for The Big Man on Campus
Greetings Spellmaker readers! July is traditionally General Ogoun month here in the Spellmaker family The embodiment of the warrior spirit lives in Ogoun Feraille and he is known to manifest great change in difficult situations, earning him the nickname “papillion”, or butterfly. As the weather grows hotter, his feast, traditionally obserbed on July 25th, grows near.
Ogoun Feraille is one of the best known lwa in the Voudou pantheon. He is a fierce fighter and wise protector. Services to Ogoun generally include dark rum and cigars ,machetes, swords or knives and he loves fire and iron. Pro tip: Sister Bridget our lovely resident Priestess of Ogoun once told me he also likes mangoes. As I am a huge fan of the fruit, I tried that offering once and have made them a staple offering in his services ever since. I make my voice louder when I serve him and present him with a fire in my little iron cauldron.
Services with General Ogoun are intense-and his guidance is brutally honest, but he offers fair and excellent counsel. Spellmaker actually has many wonderful products made on the point of Ogoun. Ogoun’s Fire and Iron Ritual pack is made exclusively for you to perform your very own service to him. I wear my Ogoun Feraille physical protection charm daily, and I must say I feel a difference in my energy and balance. I like knowing I have Ogoun’s protection whenever I venture out and about.
Ogoun is strong bold and brave. He truly will offer himself up for our physical protection. I once stopped late at night for a cold can of coke from a machine near a local store which happens to border the woods. The streets in my small town were deserted and I had stopped there many late nights after a 3-11 shift. But as soon as I exited my car something felt very off…someone or something was watching me. I live in a little town, but it isn’t always free of crime these days. I froze in terror and all I could think was that my arthritic little legs don’t move very fast so running was not an option-and I’d left my car running and unlocked-anyone could push me over and steal that car. Silently I made my plea to Ogoun to please, please protect me. In a state of near panic my eyes darted around looking for the threat. I glanced onto the ground beneath a nearby tree. In that grass lay a large cement butterfly. Had it always been there during my midnight pit stop? Was it new? The thing I knew for certain is that the frightening feeling immediately left me and I knew-General Ogoun had chased whatever-or whoever-was lurking nearby. That was perhaps the best “sign” I have ever received that Ogoun always has my back. Ayibobo!
But its not just protection that Ogoun has graced me with. I find him encouraging me to walk stronger and straighter when I am having pain-I find him helping me see through manipulation and nonsense from people and helping me to set better boundaries for myself in all aspects of my life. And most of all I find that Ogoun really likes me, I think, because I am a woman! He has a very flirtatious way about him that I really enjoy. I sing him songs in service that I feel he likes. From Peggy Lee’s “Fever” to the sultry Joss Stone remake of “Its A Man’s World.” I enjoy his company and presence immensely because he is a hard working spirit but he is also a lot of fun!
Ogoun is at once a charming rogue and a formidable warrior. And although I love his fearless strength in the physical realm and his unabashed charisma the greatest reward I have received from serving Ogoun is finding strength and belief in myself, This confidence was a gift Ogoun gave me freely. Like a butterfly he helps me grow, change and reveals my wings to help me fly.
If you are having problems and are feeling like you need to boost your strength, will and power in a situation I encourage you to get to know Ogoun. May you together face your challenges with grace, courage and dauntless will. Honor to you General Ogoun Feraille!
“Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
Makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter.”
-Fighter/ Christina Aguilera