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Three Kings Night, and the Good Luck Bath

January5

Good Luck Bath (Christmas Baths part 2, continued from our previous passage)
This one is a bit simpler in process when compared to the cleansing bath from a few weeks ago, but no less effective. For this particular recipe, you’ll want the following:

  1. Pleasant and warming spices: Cinnamon sticks, star anise, ginger, cloves, allspice, etc
  2. Fresh Basil
  3. A little bit of your favourite perfume/cologne, or a small bottle of a sweet scented perfume or rose water
  4. A touch of sugar (like half a teaspoon or so, just a little bit)

Begin by taking a good cleansing shower or bath to clean the body.

Light a white candle and announce to your spirits that you’re making a good luck bath for the coming year. Say your opening prayers to center and bless your space.

Simmer the spices in a saucepan full of water; we’ll want the liquid to be able to cool in a fair amount of time so don’t set it all the way to boil, just a light simmer to pull the goodness out of the spices. When they’re good and fragrant, turn off the burner and let them cool for a bit.

Pour the liquid into your bath basin and add any water you may need to increase the liquid level in the bowl/basin. Add the sugar and the perfume, and then the basil.

Rub the basil, the way we did in the previous bath with the parsley, until the leaves have all been worked and the perfume pervades the bath liquid. While you’re working the leaves, talk to the bath about what you want it to bring you in the coming year; happiness, blessings of good health and prosperity, everything. Talk to it, nurture it, and call those blessings into being while you work the liquid.

To take the bath, carry the bath basin to your shower and bring the candle; as long as the candle is lit, Spirit is present and working with you. This bath is swept UP the body, from the feet up (and you can get this one on your head; the previous, being a strong cleanser, was inappropriate for the head, but this one is gentle and light; getting it in the hair or on the face is fine.) Splash in it; revel in it (it’s quite a heady experience and smells *divine*) When you’re done bathing, allow the bath to air dry (DO NOT WIPE IT OFF) and change into comfortable clean and white bedclothes.

Epiphany, January 6th, is the day the Wise Men arrived to present their gifts to the infant Jesus… what better day to present ourselves with a year worth of Good Luck and blessings? ;)

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My name’s Houngan Matt… my initiatory name and title is Bozanfe Bo Oungan Daguimin Minfort, pitit Antiola Bo Manbo, pitit Selide Bo Manbo, pitit LaMerci Bo Manbo… and so on into time. Im a Houngan Asogwe serving at home in Kansas City and in my spiritual mother’s temple in Boston (and Jacmel, Haiti)… our House is called Sosyete Nago, in honor of the Nago Nation of lwa. Im a typical Bostonian-turned-Midwesterner with a few extra dimensions to his world (tell me, how many Bostonians do you know who serve African and Haitian ancestral spirits through the lens of Haitian Vodou? Actually… more than you may know.)

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