Maitre Carrefour

Carrefour, Maitre – Master of the Crossroads Maitre Carrefour, master and guardian of the crossroads, may be the alter ego of Eshu Elegbara, his mirror image, shadow side, or nocturnal counterpart. Eshu Elegbara (Leg ba; Elegba) is a solar spirit. Maitre Carrefour emerges with the moon. Papa Legba is a trickster: Maitre Carrefour is a trickster taken to exponential extremes. Crossroads are places of decisions; the road chosen (or not) can impact one’s entire life. Be careful: crossroads spirits are invoked to point you to the right road or direction. If Maitre Carrefour is feeling tricky, he may point you in the wrong direction or make you lose your way. Crossroads are favourite haunts of witches, spirits, and ghosts: those magical crossroads are under Maitre Carrefour’s jurisdiction. Maitre Carrefour walks the crossroads at night, in the company of malevolent spirits. He is their master and gatekeeper. Maitre Carrefour controls comings and goings of ghosts and malevolent spirits. Carrefour unleashes the secret spirits of the night: he may be petitioned to keep them far from you. He is, however, usually a spirit of last resort. Don’t invoke him until other avenues and attempts have failed. He is a great, powerful, and potentially dangerous spirit: never summon him for trifles. Don’t get too comfortable or familiar with him. He is the master. It is not necessarily to your benefit to attract his attention without very good reason. If you feel you need him, it may be advisable to request the services of a reputable Vodou priest or priestess (houngan; mambo) to intercede for you. Maitre Carrefour is an aggressive, effective spirit. He works quickly, and so devotees love him. There are no Demons that he cannot command. However, he also punishes quickly: he’s not a good-natured, patient spirit. Never promise him what you’re not absolutely certain you can deliver immediately. Maitre Carrefour is not a spirit for beginners. He doesn’t care whether you’re just learning. Pleas for mercy may have little effect. He has a cold nature; hence he can behave cruelly although he does possess a sense of justice. He is not an evil spirit per se but a hardened, tough one. He didn’t get to be master of evil spirits by being nice. He is a brilliant, quick-thinking, tricky spirit: don’t even think of outwitting him. Maitre Carrefour is petitioned to keep malignant spirits, ghosts, and people far from you. He can break hexes, curses, and spells. If sorcerers have set ghosts or spirits after you, Maitre Carrefour can redirect them and prevent them from drawing near. Maitre Carrefour owns the night: there’s little he can’t do. • Maitre Carrefour is the Bizango counterpart to Legba, the first invoked in rituals and ceremonies. • He is syncretized to Saint Andrew, the vampire saint. • Carrefour is sometimes classified among the Barons, in which context he is Baron Carrefour (French) or Bawon Kalfou (Kreyol).

Also known as:

Kalfu; Mèt Kalfou






Black pig




3, 7




Carrefour is the sun at midnight and the moon to Legba’s noonday sun.


Maitre Carrefour typically has his own altars, not shared with other spirits.


Rum set ablaze (be careful!); cigars; lace his food generously with hot sauce, cayenne, or habanero powder.

See Also:


Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

You may be also interested in :

Roots of Haiti's Vodou-Christian Faith: African and Catholic Origins - R. Murray Thomas
The Spider & The Green Butterfly: Vodoun Crossroads Of Power- E.A. Koetting
Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English - Benjamin Hebblethwaite
The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook - Denise Alvarado
Tell My Horse : Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica  - Zora Neale Hurston
Faces in the Smoke: An Eyewitness Experience of Voodoo, Shamanism, Psychic Healing, and Other Amazing Human Powers -  Douchan Gersi
Voodoo Sorcery Grimoire - Brujo Negro
The Book of Vodou: Charms and Rituals to Empower Your Life - Leah Gordon
Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti -Leslie G. Desmangles
Invisible Powers :Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture - Claudine Michel & Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
Vodou Saints: Lessons on Life, Death and Resurrection from Haiti - Arthur Fournier
Vodou Money Magic: The Way to Prosperity through the Blessings of the Lwa - Kenaz Filan
The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook - Kenaz Filan
Famous voodoo rituals and spells - H. U Lampe
A Guide to Serving the Seven African Powers - Denise Alvarado
Secrets of Voodoo - Milo Rigaud
Hoodoo, Voodoo and Conjure - Jeffrey E. Anderson
Voodoo Dolls In Magick And Ritual - Denise Alvarado
Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti's Indigenous Spiritual Tradition - Mambo Chita Tann
Vodou Shaman: The Haitian Way of Healing and Power - Ross Heaven, Tim Booth
Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora – Elizabeth McAlister
Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie -  Wade Davis
Cord Of Blood: Possession and the Making of Voodoo - Nadia Lovell
Mysteries and Secrets of Voodoo, Santeria, and Obeah - Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
The Mysterious Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveaux – Ina J. Fandrich