Here is the ritual of empowerment. Essentially, this is exactly what I did. http://thefirst.magical30.com/2013/12/talisman-challenge-day-1-simbi-makaya-empowerment-ritual/
What happened that.
Did the working after paying Legba, doing the ancestor work, and feeding Ogun ( and its my birthday). I did this work with Becky. Becky immediately got the spiritual meaning and influence of what a Garde does. How it works with Simbi Makaya, why it works… just a whole bunch of imagery about that. I just got super energized. Complete body buzz and near possession a couple times. Even and nice flame.