Saturday, November 17, 2012

La Sirene and Met Agwe

La Sirene & Agwe by Haitian Artist Gerard Valcin
In haitian vodou Agwe is the lwa or Spirit of the Seas, Agwe can be compared to Greek God of the Sea poseidon, He is the husband or counterpart of La Sirene Queen/Goddess/Mother of the sea. He is also one of Erzulie's husband's. 

Mariage du La Sirène et Agoué' Artist: Mompremier, Madsen

All boats and ships that sail the seas, as well as all sea/ocean life are under his authority. He is also  seen as a patron for sailors and Navy men/soldiers. 

Agwe's Veve-Sigil

Small Petition made to Agwe-La Sirene Botanika
His colors are blue and white and his symbols are boats, seashells , oars, fishes, military uniforms and gunfire and some  of Agwe's favorite offerings include Champagne or  white rum. 

Agwe is usually syncretized with the catholic Saint Ulrich. 

Small service I conducted-La Sirene Botanika

La Sirene again is seen as the Queen/Goddess/Mother of the sea. She is often said to be an aspect of Erzulie and is depicted as a beautiful Siren or Mermaid. Some also depict her as a whale. She is beautiful , charming and sensual as well as fierce and powerful. She is seen as rich or upper class , she loves gold and jewels and carries all the riches and treasures hidden under the seas, especially those hidden inside of the sunken ships deep within the ocean depths.  

She is often invoked for wealth and prosperity , she also rules over the moon, arts, especially music and beauty. 

Her colors are also baby blue and white, her symbols are also sea shells, sea stars, fishes, and she is given offerings of white rum, champagne,wine, desserts, sweets, cakes, mirrors and brushes,  fruits, coffee, watermelon. 

Many use the image of La Diosa del Mar as La Sirene. 

Sirene Avec Miroir, By Fernand Pierre
In Haiti it is said, much like the siren of European lore, that La Sirene will lure or charm an individual and take people to her kingdom or realm underwater. Some stories say there she will teach and  reveal secrets of magick and spirituality while others say when she takes you, you must work as  her servant and again while some say she gives people a choice of whether they would like to stay or not others say the only way to escape is by making mistakes and doing everything she asks incorrectly as she has a low tolerance for stupidity. Once a person returns to land it is said they return with great mystical knowledge and riches.

"La Sirene" by Wilson Bigaud
Rituals for Agwe and La Sirene are usually conducted on or by the Sea, A raft with offerings to them is floated over the sea, usually in areas considered sacred where they may reside.  

Mistress de oseyan , manman nan lanmè a, mo pa ka esprime sa ou vle di pou mwen. Geri m 'ak dlo kalme ou , benyen m' nan bon konprann ou an. Larenn mwen!pwoteje m 'nan men lènmi, ak fòs kouraj ou. Gade! bote ou, ak pouvwa ou ! La sirèn! La sirèn! La sirèn! La sirèn! Lasirèn! La sirèn! La sirèn!


Mistress of the ocean, mother of the sea, words can not express what you mean to me. Heal me with calm water, and bathe me in your wisdom. My queen! Protect me from the enemy, and your strength. See Your beauty and your power! The siren! The siren! The siren! The siren! Lasirèn! The siren! The siren!
-Original Prayer by Metres Diana-La Sirene Botanika

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