In the Yoruba religion, santeria necklaces or bracelets represent a sacred emblem that is believed to be a bridge to the kingdom of saints and gods.
The santeria necklaces represent a personal amulet that offers the wearer protection, communion and control over the spiritual kingdom.
Now, there are many santeria necklaces , all handmade with colored beads, so we will help you to know how each one differs and a little more about these elements.
What do the colors of Santeria necklaces and bracelets mean?
What differentiates Santeria necklaces and bracelets and their meaning are the colors of the beads. Each color represents the Orishas and the ways of these on who uses them, as we detail it below:
- Red and black beads: Represents Elegua, god of the roads.
- Blue beads (light and dark), white and transparent: Represents Olokun, god of the sea.
- White beads: Represents Obatala, almighty god.
- White and blue beads: Represents Yemayá, goddess of the sea and motherhood.
- Purple beads with blue: Represents Babalu Aye, god of diseases.
- Blue beads, honey color and amber color: They represent Oshosi, god of hunting.
- Green and black beads: Represents Oggun, god of metals.
- Red and white beads: Represents Shangi, god of fire and passion.
- Yellow beads: Represents Oshun , goddess of love and wealth.
- Yellow and green beads: Represents Orúla, god of divination.
- Red, white, brown and black beads: Represents Oyá, goddess of the storm and cemeteries.
The main necklaces delivered are those of Eleggua, Obatalá, Yemayá, Shangó and Oshún. The rest of the necklaces are delivered under special rituals.
How to have a santería necklace
It is important that you know that to use a Santeria necklace you must first have faith in the Orishas and that they will take care of your problems, but they will become just another accessory.
On the other hand, the meaning of a Santeria necklace or bracelet is synonymous with protection, help, so it is not necessary that you consecrate yourself with a saint to have it. In reality, everything will depend on the seriousness of your problem, and it will be the orishas who will communicate to the babalawo, through the Ifá board, which path you should take and which Orisha will help you with the problem you are presenting.
Many times we want to use these necklaces, but if the Orishas do not consider it necessary you will not be able to do it, a cleaning, a ritual, an offering or a prayer will suffice.
The santeria necklaces are placed before health problems, destiny or religious vocation before which the Orishas consider that they must intervene.
How to take care of santería necklaces
Well, for all that has been said so far, it is to understand that Santeria necklaces are not simple fashion accessories that we use and we take off without any care. So it is necessary that you take into account some considerations:
- Do not use them when sleeping, bathing or having sex.
- If your necklace or bracelet is strained, it may be due to the passage of time or negativity. In these cases it is recommended that you do a refreshing cleaning, with honey and coconut water for 24 hours.
- When you do not use them, place them in an Orisha’s tureen or wrap them in a white handkerchief. It is considered disrespectful simply to take them off and roll them up.
- If your necklace or bracelet is broken is a sign of problems that are surrounding you, in these cases do not use them again or try to repair them, ask your sponsor to take action on these problems and impose a new protection.