What is Traditional Medicine?

7 Aug

Traditional Medicine
(definition from the World Health Organization – http://www.who.int)

Traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.

The Wonders Performed By IFA Cannot Be Destroyed

6 Aug

IFA says:
A bride doll does not make her arms go akimbo to greet others
And a ram doll does not actually eat grass
Nobody is considered beautiful in Apa land
If somebody is beautiful in Apa
He is usually compared to a tree in the forest
They will say this child is as beautiful as a doll
Cast Ifa for Isaga
The one who mounts wonders upon wonders
And mounts marvelous things upon marvelous things
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
The wonders performed by Ifa cannot be destroyed!
It is in perfect condition by the sea shore
My destiny shall be in perfect condition
At the feet of the king of all Orisa

Oyaseye’s Odun Oya 2013

3 Aug

Iya Oyaseye’s Odun OYA / Annual OYA Festival 2013




Saturday, August 3rd, We are inviting everyone and anyone to come and greet Orisha Oya at Oyeku Ofun Temple. It will be in honor of Oyaseye’s Odun Oya, her Oya festival as we celebrate 2 years since her life devotion to Oya. On Saturday, between the hours of 12:00 noon- 2:00, we invite you to bring offerings, prayers or donations to Oya. If you are seeking change or blessings in your life, you may also schedule divination and readings with Oya for this weekend.
(for more details, questions, or directions, please contact us at Oyekuofun@yahoo.com Or Call 707 583 9432

Praise to Oya, Winds of the Heavens and Earth
May we be blessed abundantly this year.

Suggested Offerings for Oya:
Cooked Beans
Pounded Yam
Corn Meal
Slimy Veggies
Bean stew


Oya Oriri
Owner of the Place of Worship.
An inhabitant of the city of Ira
Mother who possess honey breast for her Children.
She who is fiercer than her husband.
She who is hot like fire.
She has fire in her pockets.
She wears Fire as her cloth.
The one who blows like fire.
The Fierce Warrior who uses air as her cutlass.
Oya, you have control over the wind.
Oya, you have control over the rain
Mother, you are the bad wind that befalls the evil doer.
You are the powerful wind that will destroy the wicked.
You are the turbulent tornado that collects blessings and drops them at my door step.
When people are asking for Orisha Oya,
Where will they find her?
They will find her at the camwood shop, where she beautifies herself with camwood.
They will find her at the Kola nut shop, breaking kola nuts into her mouth.
They will find her at the bata drum grounds, dancing to the rhythm of Elekoto Beats.
Oya, the neat wife.
You accompany your husband, you stand in the front and he is behind.
Brave Woman, guide us, protect us, and bring us all blessings in life.

The Queen of Nupe

Oya is the winds of change. The change that blows through our lives and pushes us to places that we never though we could go. Oya is the turbulent tornado that swipes away blessings from the evil doers and drops them at the door steps of her children. Oya is that gentle breeze that caresses your spirit and cleanses your soul.
Nothing strikes faster than Lightening. Oya holds the lightening bolt as she is the mother and ruler of the storms. She fights side by side with her Husband Sango, the thunder king. She is the electrical discharge that can quickly strike a fatal blow.She is the mother of Egungun, The Ancestors. She protects the Ancestor Society. In Cuba she is known as the one who guards the gates of the Cemetery.

Itadogun 8/1/2013 for Oyeku Ofun Temple

2 Aug

Itadogun 8/1/2013 for Oyeku Ofun Temple

On this Itadogun (Ifa worship date), Ifa says that we must keep pushing forward on our paths, and that we must keep progressing. Ifa says we should all be grateful and happy to be alive. We should be basking in the light of all creation. Also we should be loving and kind to all those around us.

Ifa says that in praising Olodumare through the Orisa, we will all see prosperity and success. Ifa says we should make offering: (1) to Ifa with one obi abata (kolanut), one eja Ifa (dried fish), and ataare (guinea pepper), and (2) to Osun (Oshun) with gin, one obi abata, and honey.

On this Ifa says:
If we do not die young we will be happy
If we live long in poverty it brings sadness
Anytime death comes let us be greatful to god
That is policy of the truthful person
This were the declaration of Ifa to the six elders
When they were going to Ife to ask questions from Orunmila
Why was human beings dies
Orunmila responded that Olodumare used death as benevolence for human beings
Any river that does not flow forward
And does not flow backward
That river has become a pond
And the pond is full of filth
The river is carrying them forward
And the river is carrying them backward
Let the invalid go and bring a new body back to the world

Ifa explains part of the mystery of death — Ifa says that those who do not continue to progress and grow will become stagnant. Ifa says that death is actually a benevolent service of renewal and that we should be giving thanks to Olodumare, even when one dies. Ifa says that dying a process by where one leaves their current body and returns to Orun (Heavens) and comes back to life in a new, healthy body with a fresh start. Ifa tells us this process of coming to and from the spiritual world to the physical world is much like the flow of a river.

May Olodumare protect us, heal us, and keep us in the land of the living until our missions on Earth are complete. Ase O

Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Osunyemi Fakayode,
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple

August (Osu Ogun) 2013 Orisa and Ifa Calendar

1 Aug

August (Osu Ogun) 2013 Orisa and Ifa Calendar

1 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun ***

2 Ogun/Osoosi

3 Sango/Oya

4 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

5 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun

6 Ogun/Osoosi

7 Sango/Oya

8 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

9 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun

10 Ogun/Osoosi

11 Sango/Oya

12 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

13 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun

14 Ogun/Osoosi

15 Sango/Oya

16 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

17 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun ***

18 Ogun/Osoosi

19 Sango/ Oya

20 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

21 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun

22 Ogun/Osoosi

23 Sango/ Oya

24 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

25 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun

26 Ogun/Osoosi

27 Sango/Oya

28 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

29 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun

30 Ogun/Osoosi

31 Sango/Oya

*** = Itadogun

Priests and Priestesses of ORISHA do not proselytize…

27 Jul


Priests and Priestesses of ORISHA do not proselytize… We should not ever be pushing our own beliefs on any other person.

IFA: The Answer to All of Life’s Troubles

23 Jul

IFA: The Answer to All of Life’s Troubles
By Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode

IFA is an ancient sacred science that has been passed down generationally for thousands of years. IFA is also known as FA or AFA in different parts of West Afrika, as it is practiced by various ethnic groups in the area. IFA is a science of divination – a means of communication and interaction with the unseen, spiritual world. Through the practice of IFA we can see what cannot be seen – in the past, present, and future – and thus diagnose problems that are beyond our scope. Therefore when we place our trust in the word of IFA, we are always ensured hope, no matter how dire the situation may seem to us.

Much like when one goes to see a modern medical doctor, going to the Babalawo or Iyanifa (IFA priest or priestess) starts off with something much like diagnosis. Instead of the doctor physically checking you out with instruments such as stethoscope, thermometer, etc. the Babalawo will consult the IFA oracle on your behalf to ask IFA what the energies in your situation are. Even if you do not reveal any symptoms or details to the Babalawo, they will consult IFA and IFA will reveal all. The Babalawo must interpret the divination and they will most usually do so with the use of Ese IFA, verses of divine poetry that has been passed down for thousands of years. The Babalawo will unravel details of your own situation from the poems and then they will help you make sense of it all and how it applies to your own personal current situation. Often the patient or client will have an internal reaction to the messages of IFA and they themselves will come out and tell
the Babalawo further interpretations and insights into their own situation or problem. The Babalawo and the patient will discuss the interpretation and there is much healing psychologically. Certain things that were before overlooked or subconsciously “swept under the mental rug” are now brought to light, by IFA and by the person’s own Ori (divine head/consciousness), and the whole issue is given a new shade of light. These new perspectives, and this outside divine word of IFA, help the patient to reexamine their situation and to look at it from an externalized view. Much like modern counseling or therapy, this helps the patient to deal with their situation and their problems.

On this IFA says:
Ogbe touches the matter for it not to break
Ogbe touches the matter for it not to bend
A beautiful bride is desirable when passing by
When she moves into the home
She becomes trouble
Cast IFA for Orunmila
When he was in debt in six different places
And IFA requested a goat from him
He then made his cry a cry of shouting
And made his song a dirge of lamentation
Now those who write one off do not know tomorrow
If one is not yet dead
One’s chances for achievement have not yet ceased
Those who write one off do not know tomorrow
Travelers to Ipo and Ofa
Join us in the midst of abundant Ire

Next, again much like a modern doctor, the Babalawo will interpret the Odu IFA to prescribe medicines and sacrifices necessary to ensure blessings and to keep away all negative forces. If the patient is sick with a disease, IFA will have revealed the sickness even if the patient exhibited no symptoms, and then IFA will at the same time offer solutions to overcome the illness. The prescribed remedy may be in the form of medicine to be ingested, topical medicine, medicine to be used in the form of a soap or other substance, and many times the prescribed remedy will include sacrificial offerings on behalf of the patient to the ORISHA, the Primordial Forces. By giving prescribed offerings and placating the ORISHA, the Divine Spiritual Energies, we are able to overcome all obstacles in life. The issue is knowing what to offer and to which (out of hundreds and hundreds) ORISHA to give the offering to. IFA oracle will reveal this information and more, and thus
help the patient to overcome their issues in life.

All of us came to Earth with certain individual EEWO, or taboos. These are things that before we came from Heaven (Spiritual World) to Earth (Living World) we decided and swore oath not to eat, drink, keep, etc. These EEWO are very close to the negative forces in the world (loss, contention, sickness, death, etc) and when one breaks covenant and eats, drinks, comes into contact with, etc. their EEWO’s, they are inviting those negative forces into their lives. The way to discover what those taboo items are is through divination with the IFA oracle. During divination and other rituals such as ceremonial initiation rites, IFA will reveal the person’s EEWO. It is through full itefa (IFA initiation) that one can learn their destiny including their EEWO (do’s and don’ts in life). Then once the person is aware of their EEWO’s, they can avoid them and follow them.

By complying with the directives of IFA such as following taboos, and by offering the necessary prescribed sacrificial offerings, we can ensure ourselves that the blessings which we have selected to receive in life will come to us, and at the same time we are assured that any misfortunes which lay in our path can be avoided, that any obstacles can be overcome.

On this IFA says:
IFA is the master of today
IFA is the master of tomorrow
IFA is the master of the day after tomorrow as well
Orunmila is the master of all the four days
Established here on earth by the divinities
Cast IFA for Orunmila
On the day that all the malevolent supernatural powers
Were repeatedly haunting his household
Death disease loss paralysis affliction
Were all glancing at Orunmila
They were saying that
One day they would be successful at killing him
Orunmila then consulted his Ori
Ogunda Meji was divined
He was advised to offer sacrifice
He offered the sacrifice
After he had completed the sacrifice
His Ori provided protective shielding for him
Death could no longer kill him
Nor could diseases affect him
He was dancing he was rejoicing
He was singing the praises of his IFA priests
His IFA priests were singing the praises of IFA
He opened his mouth
Joyous IFA songs came out
He stretched his legs and found himself dancing
he said it is exactly how his priests predicted:
IFA is the master of today
IFA is the master of tomorrow
IFA is the master of the day after tomorrow as well
Orunmila is the master of all the four days
Established here on earth by the divinities
Cast IFA for Orunmila
On the day that all the malevolentsupernatural powers
Were repeatedly haunting his household
The day death comes looking for me
IFA spread out and provide protectionfor me
Just as ewe nla spreads out to shield oori
Just as a big river spreads out to shield the sands of its bed
The day all the malevolent supernatural forces come looking for me
IFA spread out and provide protection for me
Just as ewe nla spreads out to shield oori
Just as a big river spreads out to shield the sands of its bed
It is etiponola that spreads out and shields the soil
IFA spread out and provide protection for me
Just as ewe nla spreads out to shield oori
Just as a big river spreads out to shield the sands
Of its bed


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