Lou Florez (Awo Ifadunsin Sangobiyi) is an internationally known Spirit worker, medicine maker, priest, activist, and artist who has studied with indigenous communities and elders throughout the globe. Lou grounds his teachings and practice in the idea that connectedness to ourselves and our physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental landscapes is a fundamental necessity for any long lasting change to occur. He holds that through creating these living, dynamic relationships we become conscious of the inherent power available to us in every second of our lives.
Orisha & Bacongo
In 2015 Lou traveled to Ile Ife, Nigeria to undergo the Itefa initiation, which crowned him as an Awo, full initiate of IFA and High Priest in training. In 2008, Lou was confirmed as an Olorisha and Priest of Shango under Iyanifa Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti of Ile Ori Ogbe Egun, and is a Tata Nkisi in the Bacongo Tradition. Following the mandates of his Italogun, Lou has also received tutelary initiations to various Orisha and is a senior priest in the Ile. He is currently helping to form an Oakland hub for the Ile. For more information on Ile Ori Ogbe Egun visit: http://www.ileoriteacheslove.com/
Hoodoo, Southern Conjure, and Folk Magic
Conjure has been present in one form or another throughout my entire life and my formal training in these varied traditions lead me all over Texas and Louisiana. Lou is also a graduate of Catherine Yronwode’s Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course, and is a member of The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers, a gathering of professional practitioners of African American folk magic, hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork, who provide psychic readings and spiritual root doctoring.
Paganism, European Witchcraft, Wicca, Western Herbalism and Energetic Healing Modalities.
At seventeen Lou joined the House of Light, a Neo-Egyptian/ Kemetic Pagan Coven lead by the Presiding Priestesses Mariah Prosper and Sharon Varner. He completed his studies in 2007 and continues to circle with the Coven.
Curanderismo and Latin American Folk Traditions and Herbalism.
These practices are personal and are not taught publicly at this time. Lou has worked with several Elders throughout Texas, Colorado, and Arizona, but his most his most extensive training is with the Rattlesnake Elders in Southern Texas.
~Lou offers the following services at The Sacred Well shop in Oakland~
Southern-style Tarot Readings & Mediumship sessions: $60/30 minutes, $100/hour
The first card that I learned to read was the Nine of Pentacles and in Conjure traditions of the South, she is considered the mother of Tarot. When viewed through her lens she illuminates the methods for manifesting our Wills and informs how we position ourselves to the blessing we are looking to create. Divinatory Meaning: The client is looking to form and create a bigger life for themselves, and wondering what is missing from the picture.
Dillogun (16 cowrie shell reading with the Orisha): $100/hour
This form of divination is a direct connection to the Orisha through the use of sixteen cowries that have been opened, consecrated, and empowered to be the mouths of the spirits. Each Orisha are birthed with a set of dillogun, though Eshu’s shells are the most often employed for consultation services because he has the ability to speak on behalf of all Orisha. A diviner must go through years of training, observation, and apprenticeship before their elders in order to have license to read for a client. The reason being is that the system is one of the most complex and extensive forms of divination in the world. It has sixteen parent Odu, or letters, and when cast twice the resulting composite results in 256 unique combinations. A talented diviner dedicates their lives to the study of these sacred symbols, learning not only their meanings, but also their associated stories, taboos, legends, offerings, ceremonies, initiations, and strengths.
To book a reading with Lou, please call 510-444-9355 to find about about his availability.