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Erzulie Freda...spirit head?

First and foremost let me say that I am a pagan and I worship the goddess Hecate, but I made friends today with a lovely Haitian lady today who seems to be in voudou. After thirty minutes of talking she told me she saw signs of Erzulie Freda around me and that she is my ''spirit head'', that while I worship another deity that Erzulie Freda has a strong influence in my life and that has caused some problems for me. I am not sure exactly what she means I have looked into somewhat Erzulie Freda (google/wikipedia) it does sound like me and her have similarities but I am not sure what ''spirit head'' means, my realm is european witchcraft and ancient Greece/Rome. I am curious as to what others think and I must admit that the concept is interesting but I know little about it.

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meb21
Jul. 3rd, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
I've not heard the term "spirit head" used in the Vodou house with whom I work (I'm a Vodouisant, someone who serves the lwa). The Haitian lady may have been talking about Erzulie Freda being your "met tet" or "master of your head". Vodou practitioners believe that every human has a spirit (or lwa) that "rules" their head. By coming to know this spirit and how they act, one can gain better insight and balance in one's life.

Erzulie Freda is the lwa of beauty, luxury, refinement and all the "finer" things in life. Some people call her a "love goddess" but nope, not really: she's kind of the first flush of romantic excitement. She's more about the possibility of love happening, she's what makes humans strive for love and beauty. A wonderful spirit and very widely served in Haiti and beyond, but don't piss her off :)

My advice, should you want to look into this further, is to find a good mambo (Haitian vodou priestess) or houngan (Haitian vodou priest) and get a reading; they can determine which spirits are "walking" with you. I don't know where you are located in the country but on the East coast, New York City and Boston have large Haitian communities. They CANNOT determine who your master spirit or met tet is through a card reading; the only way a priest can find out who your met tet is is via a ceremony called a head washing or "lave tet".
lotus_in_bloom1
Jul. 3rd, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
I am also a gay male, and I do have a bit of vanity and love of pretty things. Erzulie Freda does make since, I have nothing against her, to be honest I haven't delved deep into Vodou until I met this lady. I am not knocking anyone's practices I just at this time feel very drawn to goddess Hecate...I will say even more interesting to me is that I do card readings and I always do readings by my Black Madonna statue, I never worshiped her as a Vodou deity I just referred to her as ''Great Mother'' and I entered in on google Erzulie Freda and a image of the Black Madonna came up. Anyway thank you for your help...now I have to figure out how I want to proceed as I am very loyal to Hecate and don't want to betray her and also if Hecate is even compatible with Vodou....Thank you very much for responding
liminalia
Jul. 3rd, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Erzulie Freda isn't the Black Madonna, that's Erzulie Danto, her sister, a much fiercer lwa.

You don't need to abandon your loyalty to Hecate if you don't want to, and you can syncretize Paganism and Vodou, but the one thing you can't do is make a commitment to Vodou and then drop it. That tends to tick off the lwa something fierce.
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