The Seven African Powers refer to the seven Orishas that we call upon in times of need.
Often depicted with their images linked together in a chain circling an image of the crucified Jesus, these deities represent all that is sacred and powerful.
The Orishas that make up the Seven African Powers are: Elegua, Yemaya, Oshun, Chango, Obatala, Oya, and Ogun.
Elegua opens and closes the path to mankind. He rules the crossroads that men journey across and is considered the first Orisha created. All prayers pass through Elegua before reaching any other Orisha. Pray to Elegua in matters of destiny and fate.
Yemaya is the Orisha of motherhood and the queen of the sea. She is prayed to in matters of fertility and spiritual growth. Yemaya is a source of comfort and strength in times of emotional crisis.
Oshun is the goddess of love and abundance. Often seen as the Aphrodite of the Orishas, Oshun is called upon for guidance in love and desire. She helps to support those who are going through a period of growth and transition.
Chango is the Orisha of lightning, power, sensuality and passion. Together with Oshun, Yemaya and Obatala, Chango is one of the four pillars of Santeria. He is widely beloved and a beacon of strength and dignity.
Obatala, the eldest of the Orishas, is revered as the creator of all mankind. He is called upon in times of legal strife. Known to be a fair and honest judge, Obatala provides strength to the innocent and justice to the guilty.
Oya, a whirlwind of fierce energy, is the Orisha of communication between the living and the dead. A favored lover of Chango, this female warrior summons tornadoes and lightning to battle her enemies.
Ogun, a protective father figure, is the Orisha of tools and weapons. A lover of the wilderness, Ogun offers strength and protection to those with a battle to fight.
Use with incense charcoal to release its intense fragrance.
How to burn resins:
The charcoals used to burn resins get very hot.
Use a burner made for resin incense.
Light the charcoal with a lighter or match, when it starts to spark, put it in the burner.
Let the whole charcoal begin to glow hot before adding any resin.
Then sprinkle on the resin as desired, a little bit at a time.
If you add too much or cover the charcoal completely, you might put out the charcoal.
Also, most natural resin incenses smell better when burned in small amounts at a time.
Keep away from kids and pets.
Let the charcoal burn down completely, make sure it's all ash before throwing out because it could set trash on fire.
Store unused charcoal in a zip-lock bag or in a jar, because they won't burn well if they collect humidity from the air.