The 7 Gates of Guinee, 2 ounce plastic mister. For ancestral veneration. Use this mist along with your workings to honor your Ancestors, or to smudge the area of your Ancestral altar.
Fragrance is warm and masculine, with a few special favorite ingredients of the Loas, to serve as offerings.
In the Voodoo tradition, Guinee is a plane that the deceased pass through before being reunited with their ancestors in the Deep Waters. The soul passes through each of the 7 Gates of Guinee, in order, to be by Baron Samedi at the 7th gate, and escorted to the Deep Waters.
It is believed that each of the 7 gates have a physical counterpoint in this world. They are believed to be in various locations in New Orleans, such as the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No.2, St. Patrick Cemetery, Cypress Grove Cemetery, and Greenwood Cemetery the crossing of Canal and Basin Street, or other various monuments. No one can say for certain where the gates are located in the city, but there are many theories.
There is also a belief that during the time a soul is in Guinee is 7 days, the time that the soul stays close to its corpse and is at the highest risk for becoming zombified by a Voodoo practitioner. A traditional rhyme amongst the voodoo practitioners of New Orleans is said to describe the proper timing for opening the Gates of Guinee; “Seven nights, Seven moons, Seven gates, Seven tombs.”
It is of utmost importance that the gates are approached in order, and that proper respect and offerings are paid to the Loa guarding each gate. Otherwise, consequences can be dire. Meaning, dangerous spirits could enter the world of the living, dragging a soul back to the land of the dead. The Loas at each gate are responsible for keeping the living out of the land of the dead.
The Guedes who guard the gates, in order, are as follows according to a list compiled at the time of Marie Laveau:
The First Gate: Baron LaCroix
The Second Gate: Guede Nibo
The Third Gate: Guede Plumaj
The Fourth Gate: Baron Cimitiere
The Fifth Gate: Guede Babaco
The Sixth Gate: Baron Kriminel
The Seventh Gate: Baron Samedi
Fragrance is blended with essential oils whose metaphysical properties correspond with the goal, intent, and purpose of this mist. Every ingredient in our ritual mists serves a purpose, with the finest essential oils and distilled water or other sacred waters. Your ritual mist will arrive to you after being prayed over and blessed on my altar, charged and ready for your use in your spiritual work.
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