Pay attention to films and the images they flash on screen. In this movie named “Catch Hell” they display a few Sigils that are at the end of the film. Sigils can be good or evil. Magic can help you or it can hurt you. It all depends on the person and their reasons for creating the Sigil. So whenever you see one, be aware it may be bad for you. Now let me be clear, Voodoo is not bad. It is a religion. We are fed bad information and fear to keep us away from it. Now with anything powerful, bad people can use it for bad. Lets dive deep in the meaning the Papa Legba Sigil so that we can understand it better. When I first saw this Symbol it scared me, but…..now that i have researched further I realize I was wrong.
The image in the film is for Papa Legba. Legba is possibly the most important of the Rada Lwa, in that no human can converse or work with other spirits before him first allowing them through the gate. He is the guardian of the gateway between one world to the next, and so whether you simply nod towards him before ritual, or build an intricate relationship with him, an awareness of him is entirely necessary. A crossroads is symbolic of Legba, in that a crossroads is where paths split apart. Travelling along one path leads you away from another, and vice versa. In Haitian Vodou, the cross is seen as the meeting point between Heaven and Earth. One of the key differences between Vodou and Catholicism is that the cross represents the creation of the universe, instead of the crucifixion. In Haitian Vodou, when God created the Earth, he moved to four different points in the universe, creating a large cross in the centre. This is the same viewpoint as In many West-African religions, the crossroads symbolising the crossing point between our world and Heaven, the place that allows the intermingling of us and the spirits. Legba appears as an innocent old man, and has often been seen walking his dogs with an eery, out-of-this-world kind of smile. He is always accompanied by his cane, a pipe for smoking tobacco, and a large grin on his face. However, Legba is a famous trickster and likes to judge his followers before working with them, and as such, can appear as a beggar in the street wearing any disguise! Be careful how you treat others less fortunate than yourselves, for you may just be turning down your only chance from one of the most powerful spirits in existence. In any case, his appearance is deceptive, and we shouldn’t see him as weak or frail. His limp isn’t caused by age, but by the constant dragging of one foot in our world and one in the other, and his cane is not to counteract this limp, but to open the gate that stands between us and the spirit world.
Working Magic With Legba
By now you should be clear on how easy it is to please him, but a brand new cane or a fresh pipe should be dedicated when something more serious is being asked of him. The Vodou spirits like to trade fairly,so the extravagancy of your gift should represent the gravity of the gain your are asking. Remember to keep his gifts by the door, so that he may guard your household from evil. One of Legba’s specialties is helping one gain mastery of a certain hobby they enjoy. Try going to a crossroads and sitting down out of sight, sticking a white candle into the floor and drawing his veve out on the ground while calling out to him(carving in the mud is fine). Light the candle and sit quietly for a few moments, asking him to help teach you whatever it is you wish to improve in. Now practice that hobby while you sit there, whether it be playing guitar, whittling wood or writing novels. Keep practicing for at least half an hour, but don’t stop until you feel ready.