Getting started in santería is something very serious and delicate, because you are acquiring a commitment for your whole life, therefore I have given myself the task of compiling some important considerations that you must take into account
- Do not look for a person who starts you because they know more than others, because they have more money or for reasons unrelated to the relationship you will sustain with whom you choose.
Keep in mind that your godfather / godmother is NOT ONLY you will see them during the ceremonies, the ties that are established are for life.
Meet the people who will initiate you, share with them days or weeks before the ceremony, invite them to go out with you, look for the depth in the social relationship BEFORE the ceremonies.
Keep in mind that ¨give coconut¨ to the saint of the godfather asking for his consent in case it is granted does not mean only that the saint gives permission to do the holy BUT that is endorsing that person as godfather / godmother with everything that entails.
Regardless of your personal inclinations NEVER accept a person against the indications of your saint, it will lead you to personal ruin.
- Do not be in a hurry to select your sponsor / godmother, only if it is an urgent ceremony and in that case you will have to compromise in the same way with them.
DO NOT become holy with strangers simply because they have renown, a close person that you can relate to her is much more advisable for your religious path than a celebrity you will see once in your life.
When selecting your sponsor / godmother keep in mind that from the religious point of view, the initiations, especially the saint one, imply that the initiate practically places his life in the hands of the godfather / godmother, so that the latter can save or displease him life, that is not a game.
If possible, meet your future religious family, the godchildren of the people you have selected as godfather, exchange opinions, ask for them, establish links that will be useful in your religious journey.
Do not judge your future godfather, try to help them in whatever way they are imperfect human beings like everyone, but you placed your trust in them, learn to be consistent with your actions.