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To Elegua, the Lord of All Paths, illustrious warrior, immortal prince, I offer this humble prayer. Keep away from my abode all matters of evil and guard my home and those who reside in it when I'm awake or asleep, present or not. I ask Olofi God to bless you, Elegua, beloved Lord of all roads. Ashe (From Helping Yourself With Selected Prayers Volume 2)


Elegua, energy of opportunity, with all my respect I honor and praise you. With humble respect, I ask for you blessings and ask you to allow all good opportunities to reach me and to help me take advantage of all the great possibilities that life presents to me today and every day. With your help let me choose the road to success and help me open the doors of opportunities. Allow all positive things to reach me, and block all possible things that may cause me harm. Help me live a winning and positive life. Elegua, you are my guide and my leader. With your blessing all is possible for me. With you, I start my day, and with you, I finish (From Awo Orumila Ogundache- Prayer to Elegua).


With the permission of God,  the Father, I call upon Elegua.

If you are near and I am worthy of your time,  please hear my plead. I am at a crossroad in my life. I don't know where to go or what to do. I have tried everything along my path to move forward and have failed. All the doors of my life have been shut tight. I continue to move on only to face the same obstacles and rejections.  Perhaps, this has to do with my karma or life lessons I must face. If it is, let it be God’s will.  However, if it is not karma or a life lesson, help me to open the doors that are in front of me keeping me away from my true destiny. You have been blessed by God to be the keeper of the keys to all life doors.  Open the door(s) and allow me to move forward. Guide me to find my true path. In you, I place my trust. For you are one of God ‘s beloved messenger.





Ellegua is one of the most respected and loved orishas in the Santeria and Candomble religions. In addition, he is an extremely important orisha. He is a messenger of God and known as the Lord of all roads. He is responsible for opening and closing the paths in our lives. Also, he is the symbol of the beginning and ending of life.  During religious ceremonies, he is the first orisha that is called upon. This practice is necessary because without his permission practitioners are not able to communicate with the other orishas. He opens the door that connects the person with the orishas. He is the gatekeeper between this world and the spirit realm.

Offerings to Ellegua are done on Mondays. People pay tribute to him by offering his favorite treats. Such treats consist of cigars, alcohol, coconuts, toasted corn and more. His colors are red and black and number is 3. 

Below are brief stories of his greatness.

Mr. R was facing financial problems. Things were going from bad to worst. His financial woes kept pulling him down into a dark, endless abyss.

He decided to visit a Santeria practitioner for spiritual assistance. The solution to his problem, according to the practitioner, was Ellegua. He was told that Ellegua had the power to open doors and remove obstacles.

He received Elegua in a form of a stone. Cowrie shells were used to form eyes and a mouth.  The stone was charged with special energy. He was introduced to Elegua and given instructions on the do's and dont's. From that point, Elegua had adopted him into his family- guiding and protecting him along the way. 

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ELLEGUA -In stone form

The practitioner instructed him to take Elegua to his job. It was essential in order for Elegua to see his job environment. From that point, his situation began to disentangle. He started working more overtime and received a pay increase. He began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Recently, he has been promoted to supervisor with a salary increase, and no longer has financial problems.


I was in my young teens when I first heard the name Elegua. It was during a spiritual consultation with a Babalawo- a high priest in the Santeria religion. The name of Elegua was mentioned briefly. At the time, I had no clue who or what was an Elegua. It was later in life that the true essence of Elegua began to reveal itself to me.

Although the consultation was focused on receiving collares or necklaces- sacred representation of the various Orishas, and a symbol of their presence and protection, I believe it was Elegua who was preparing  me for a new spiritual adventure. He was at the crossroad of my life waiting to direct me into unknown territory.

It took a while before the final decision was made to receive the necklaces. Certain decisions require full attention. Undoubtedly, this was one of them.

When the decision was made, the preparations commenced immediately. It took several days to prepare the necklaces. When the process was completed, I was called and informed of the upcoming activity. The ceremony would take place as soon as possible.

The ceremony was an all-day event that consisted of various rituals. The experience was unforgettable. Later, I received Ellegua, The Warriors and Osun. My Elegua was in a form of a large sea shell.


ELEGUA - ln shell form

The cost of all the items I received was relatively inexpensive. Nowadays, I am told that some individuals are charging hundreds of dollars for the same items. This is outrageous.

While visiting a friend of a friend, I heard the most intriguing story. It was the story about a woman and her experience with Santeria.

Some time ago, the woman was going through a difficult time in all aspects of her life. In a desperate attempt to get her life back on track, she went to see a santero- santeria practitioner-for a spiritual consultation. He immediately told her what she needed to do. It included the Orishas’ necklaces, Ellegua and Osun. The cost would be in the hundreds. She agreed and received seven necklaces, Ellegua and Osun. The Guerreros or Warriors were not part of the deal. As she waited patiently to see some improvement, she saw none. In fact, she felt her life going deeper and deeper in a downward spiral. Frustrated and angry, she took all the items and placed them in her closet, where they were hidden and forgotten for an incalculable amount of time.

When I asked her if I could see them, she agreed. After digging in her closet, she came up with the items. What I saw was shocking. The items she was given were not prepared. The Osun, which is carefully prepared and sealed, was empty as if just purchased from a religious shop- botanica. Her Ellegua was a morbid-looking coconut with some cracks on the surface. It looked more like a discarded coconut. No cowrie shells were used.

As for her necklaces, no ceremony was performed. She was just told to go pick them up. For that, she paid several hundreds of dollars.

It is my opinion that a con artist pretending to be a santeria practitioner swindled her.

If you are searching for a santeria practitioner, it is extremely important to take proper precautions. Get as much information as possible about the person. Remember, a true santeria practitioner is not out to exploit people. Their goal is to educate and assist people to live a better life.

Although I am not a santera-priestess, and never will be, I respect all the good aspects of santeria. I cherish my Ellegua, and believe that he placed me in the path of santeria to show me its beauty and power.

Although I have traveled on many different spiritual paths in this lifetime, I have not forgotten and will never forget Ellegua–The Lord of Paths. 


Comment 1

Recently, I received the following text.

"I have an elegua first. I wasGoing through a rough time in my life when this lady came into my life and she told me that she will help me live the path that I needed to live. I was crying and crying and didn’t know where to go or who to turn to. She came into my life so I thought to myself that God brought her to me. She told me that I needed to buy an elegua. That he was going to help me open my doors and shut all the bad doors.  I asked her how much. She said 1800 and I said OK, if this is going to help me.  She said she would also give me a mass with it and things will go better. She gave me the Elegua and all she told me was to light candles and that I had to buy ochun and oya and Chango and obatala and each one cost thousand 1800.  I got all these santerías items and she said good things were coming to me. Well, I started to notice that everything was going wrong. Then, she started telling me that I only had three days to live and that she needed money from me to save my life.  I asked her, 'Isn't  my elegua suppose protect me ... when are you  going to do my mass?" She started ignoring my calls.  I haven’t heard back from her. Now, I have all these santería items. I’ve been praying,  keeping lit my candles,  giving them their liquor,  coconut and food offerings.  I’m trying my best. Is there any type of advice you can give me or send me a number to anybody from anybody to help me, I’m just looking for help. I’m looking to be set on the right path thank you for listening to my story."

Thank you for sharing.

Beware of wolves in sheep clothing. This is a sad story but true. It happens everyday. 

This person did not help the person in need. She was only interested in attain monetary gain for self. She did not possess the spiritual gift to connect with these pure entities. She only possessed a dark soul guided by dark entities. 

Comment 2

I want to give a thank you to an unknown reader who shared the following:

"Elegua’s help and Love

I must say that ever since I received my warriors Elegua of all of them has been a tremendous positive force in my life. I received them in 2015. My experience with Elegua has been life changing. YOU MUST BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK HIM FOR. He will usually bless you with what you ask but if the request is really not what’s right for you in the long run he will let you learn this the hard way to teach you. Thing of Elegua as a messenger from God and him being able to deliver messages to God in a timely manor. You must stay true and faithful. To show him thanks light candles to the left of him on Monday’s and every third of the month. Cook him chicken and rice and let it be by him for 3 days. Fill his bowl with candy, he enjoys rum, agutiente, cigars, and coffee. Do not only give him offerings “oti” when you are asking for something, instead make it a habit every Monday and 3rd of the month. If this is done faithfully and with a pure heart the benefits are endless. Those of you that are scepticle I understand your ignorance towards this but please do not knock it until you have a good understanding on how it works and the True meaning behind it all. Elegua is a master warrior and takes care of the ones that love and believe in him and this is a Fact! Ashe Ire"

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