Traditional Colors: All colors (but he says purple has been way over done). He likes bright, bold colors like burnt orange and earthy red.
Number: 13 and 9
Areas of Influence: Sex, death and endings.
Entities associated with: The other loas of death. In a way, all the others works for him.
Symbols: Gravestones, crosses, phallic symbols
Offerings: Big fat cigar (see if you can blow a circle with a circle), red meat that is burnt on outside, raw on inside (which means cook it frozen), peppered bacon, black licorice, toasted coconut flakes & pecans, strong, black coffee (no sugar), avocados
Feast Day: November 1st and/or 2nd (Day of the Dead)
Astrology: Scorpio, Earth
Tarot: Death, Ace of Swords, Lust
Gemstones: Mother of Pearl and obsidian with gold
Animals: Vultures, centipedes, wolves, black widow spiders and ants
Plants: Orchids, avocado trees
In some ways, Baron Samedi seems to be a walking contradiction. He rules over sex and death, he loves a party but also enjoys his solitude, he has a wonderful sense of humor (the dirtier the better) but yet is reverent towards the dead, especially as they cross over to the other side. When the Baron shows up, you know something big is going down. He is extremely honest. Don’t ask him a question if you don’t want to know the answer. One of the most important ideas that Baron teaches us is that life is too short to be unhappy.
He wants to find our true happiness. He also tells us that the dead are to be honored and respected, especially our ancestors. He appears as a man with top hat and tails with a skeleton face. The color of his suit is important. If it is white, then he is being elegant, if it is black, he is being reverent and if it is red then he is horny. He loves children and they will become very curious when he is around. Because of his lordship over sex and death, some might be think that the Baron is involved with necrophilia but this absolutely not true. Any form of disrespect towards the dead would be absolutely taboo.
Death & Endings
Baron Samedi is Lord of the Dead. We cannot connect with those who have gone before us without him. He doesn’t just end life either. He can end a situation, an argument, a relationship, etc. Baron is also there at the end of a job well done. When you take that deep breath after finishing a big project, you are feeling him. He helps the newly dead cross over and find peace. In this aspect, we should not fear him but appreciate him for the care and concern he will show us all in the end. If someone is so bad off that are lingering on the border, the Baron will make the ultimate decision whether they live or die.
Normally the question I get asked most often is how can the Baron be Lord over sex and death? Aren’t they complete opposites? So, I asked him one day and the answer I got was “Good sex is the closest to death the living can get without crossing over.” If you think about, “true” sex is about joining souls in a blissful union. Death is about crossing back over to join with the Great Spirit. As spiritual beings, two of the times we are most open and vulnerable is the moment of orgasm and the moment we die.
Properly Showing Respect to Baron Samedi
Be respectful to the dead. Remember your ancestors. Invite the Baron to group ritual.
Where to find Baron Samedi
You can find the Baron in cemetaries, deep caves, hospices, hospitals, adult bookstores and strip bars.
Baron Samedi’s Children
They would be rare (meaning I don’t think I’ve ever met one) but theoretically possible. He or she would be probably be drawn to medical or hospice work or sex industries. They would need periods of solitudes, possibly also a shaman with very earthy energy and would love children.
Baron Samedi Story
The Baron showed up in our lives a couple of weeks before Hurricane Katrina. He just showed up with no warning. He didn’t seem to want anything, he just hung out and drank coffee. Now, let me tell you…the Baron has a definite presence to him. Generally, he makes people horny and sleepy. We got to know the Baron pretty well in those couple of weeks. He has a wonderful sense of humor and he loves coffee…Especially Starbucks coffee. And porn. He’s a big fan of porn. He is a jovial guy. He’s tired of black and purple. He feels that it’s way over done. Sometimes he’s hard to understand because he comes from a dreamy place. He commonly comes in your dreams. More than once I have woken up not being able to remember my dream but just knowing he was there.
The Baron has obvious connections to sex and death but really he can help end any situation. He’s also the last doorway between life and death so some people will ask him to intercede on behalf of a sick person. If the Baron doesn’t take them, they will not go. Don’t try to do spells to him. Just ask him to do something. He’ll either do it or he won’t. He doesn’t have initiates or priest/priestesses but I have heard him refer to his “favorites.”
So, for two weeks we sat around staring at each other wondering why he was around. And then the hurricane hit. We watched on the news as New Orleans drowned. It was surreal. The Baron watched with us, silent but present. Suddenly, he had nothing to say. San Antonio, Texas (where some of us reside) started accepting evacuees pretty quickly. Our city ended up hosting a large number of folks from Louisiana. After awhile I got tired of watching the news and crying all the time, so I went down and volunteered with the Red Cross for a couple of days. It made me feel better.
Quite a few of the folks from evacuation ended up staying in San Antonio. San Antonio is a city that’s always been pretty racially diverse and now we have the benefit of a little more New Orleans flavoring. We are lucky in that several new Cajun restaurants have opened (yeah!). Now, if we could just get a Café du Monde! The Baron has also stayed here in our lovely city. I don’t know how much the Baron knew about the hurricane ahead of time. I do believe that’s why he came. I am glad he did, I just wish the circumstances had been different but my spiritual ohana is better for it.
Disclaimer: You may find that some of the information on this page differs from the traditional beliefs of some African Diaspora practices. The information on this page has been gathered from personal experiences and while we respect those who walk the more “Traditional” paths, we have some different beliefs concerning the Orishas and Loa.