An spiritual bracelet is a string of beads that can be worn by man or woman to help achieve their goal for the problem at hand.
It represent the energy of the various Orishas, Saints, and Spirits to guide us with spiritual awareness, inner peace, and positive transformation.
The spiritual bracelet is a vehicle to connect you to that energy on a daily basis. It’s like a mini shrine being placed on your person.
Adjustable size from 6" to 10" bracelet
Holy Infant of Atocha or Santo Niño de Atocha is a Roman Catholic image of the Christ Child popular among the Hispanic cultures of Spain, Latin America and the southwestern United States.
The Child of Atocha is the patron saint of those unjustly imprisoned, protector of travelers, and rescuer of those in peril.
The Infant of Atocha first manifested in Atocha, Spain when the Islamic Moors were holding many Christians captive.
The imprisoned Christians were held without adequate food and water, and a small child began to appear with provisions of food and water to distribute to the captives.
This Child of Atocha was seen as an answer to the desperate prayers of the faithful for the preservation of their beloved friends and family in prison.
A child appeared wearing pilgrim’s clothing and carrying a basket of food and a gourd of water.
After the child gave food and water to the prisoners, his basket and gourd miraculously remained full.
He is depicted seated and wears a cape and a brimmed hat with a plume, and holds a staff with a gourd in his left hand and a basket of flowers or bread in his right.
Call on him for help with court and legal matters; cases of false imprisonment, abduction and kidnapping and to succor those who are in jail.
Some devotees also petition Him for protection against rape and for the safety during travel.
In Cuban Santeria, the Infant of Atocha is associated with the orisha Eleggua and hence with the Seven African Powers.
Depicted as a seated child who holds the basket and staff of a pilgrim and wearing the sea shell emblem of one who has undertaken a journey to the Holy Land, the Infant of Atocha is usually shown wearing a hat and robes such as would have been common in medieval Spain.
Elegua is syncretized with Holy Child of Atocha El Nino De Atocha
Eleggua (also spelled Elegua, Elewa, Elegba or Legba) is the most important of the orishas in Santeria. Elegua was the first orisha created by Olodumare and he existed prior to and witnessed creation unfold. He is the key to any of our religious practices, for without Elegua’s blessings nothing can proceed, transpire nor succeed in the world. Eleggua is the owner of all roads, crossroads, and doors. He is the power that allows all of the ache in the universe to move from point A to point B. Elegba allows our prayers to reach the orishas. Elegba allows ache to flow in ebó so that our fate may be changed. He facilitates divination (diloggun, obi, okuele or any other form of divination) by communicating to and for the other orishas, and to Olodumare herself.
Elegua is said to be present everywhere and at all times. Because of this Eleggua has many aspects or “caminos” (roads) each encapsulating a different area he rules over, or a different personality. Eleggua is the great divine witness to all humanity’s actions. He is also the first to test our integrity and our word. Because of this quality many followers of Santeria consider Elegba to be a trickster or a troublemaker. At our church we prefer to think of him as the great experimenter, always testing humanity to see what will happen next. Eleggua is always propitiated first in every ceremony that we do (after the ancestors have been honored, that is) so that he can open the road and our ebó will reach its destination.
Elegua along with Ogun, Ochosi and Osun is one of the orishas received during the reception of The Warriors (Guerreros) in initiation. Every person receives Eleggua as the first orisha in his or her life emphasizing how important his presence is in our spiritual life and in the religion of Santeria. Eleggua’s diloggun (cowrie shells) are the ones used for general readings as he can speak for all of the other orishas.
Symbols, Numbers, Colors and Attributes of Elegguá
Number: 3 and 21
Sacred Place in Nature: wild places, the crossroads, truthfully Eleggua lives everywhere (including the river, the ocean, the mountain top, and everywhere else)
Colors: Red and black
Tools: a hooked stick called a garabato
Temperament: Inquisitive, curious, talkative
Syncretized Catholic Saint: Saint Anthony, Saint Martin of Porres, The Holy Child of Atocha