As of this past Sunday, Ile Ajebidan is back in action with revitalized purpose. We will be training in drumming, singing, prayer, and trance work to build solid and powerful skills for personal and community work. Our goal is to celebrate with the Orisa and other spirits, both African and local, in regular festivals and parties utilizing those skills to facilitate further connection and understanding.
At Sunday’s divination and teaching, Awo Fagbemiro (Reno Magick High Priest Scott Reimers) shared his recollections of some of the basic information about the Orisa that the Ile will begin working with. While the Traditional Yoruban Offerings are very different, this work has been inspired by other American traditions. These sometimes literally oppose Yoruban tradition, but they seem to work here in the Americas.
Esu, a trickster, holds all Ase/Ashe (power for existence and change). He maintains balance, facilitates communication between humans and Orisa, and brings ebo (offerings) where they need to go.
Colors: Red and Black
Offerings accepted in the Americas: Gin, Rum, Cigars, Coffee, Chocolate, Fruit (berries), Red meat and chicken
Ososi is the hunter and tracker. He uses astral projection, camouflage, and concealment to hunt and assassinate.
Colors: Yoruban: Charcoal Black and Green Camouflage – Americas: Orange and Blue
Offerings accepted in the Americas: Dancing, Being present in the moment, Coffee (possibly); Traditional to offer alcohol, but depending on the moment and situation, he may not be interested food, drink, smoke, or alcohol.
Ogun is a warrior and protector of the community, both revered and feared for the ferocity with which he performs those duties. He is also a blacksmith, builder, and creator.
Colors: Yoruban: RED – Americas: Green and Black
Offerings accepted in the Americas: GIN AND CIGARS, Red meat, Chicken (sometimes), Coffee; Accepts sweets from Osun.
Obatala is the King of the Orisa, often considered the “oldest Orisa on Earth.” Some stories indicate he may have created humanity, and that he feels particularly responsible for the infirm and disabled which happened due to drinking. He is easily underestimated, but remember: it is hard to become so old without having the ability to be very scary and powerful.
Colors: White, white, white, silver, gold, white. And white.
Offerings accepted in the Americas: If choosing to eat, he tends toward fruit, vegetables, rice, and white foods. Alcohol is NOT recommended, as a rule.
In Yoruba, Yemoja is the goddess of the Ogun River. In the Americas she abides over the topmost part of the ocean. She is a mother, nurturer, and provider of wealth and plenty.
Colors: Blue and White
Offerings accepted in the Americas: MOLASSES, Melons (especially watermelon and cantaloupe), Fish, Salt Water
Olokun is a provider of excessive and overflowing wealth, ruling over the entire ocean. Color combinations tend to reflect the area of the ocean a tradition associates with Olokun’s primary domain.
Colors: Yoruban: PURE WHITE – Americas: Blue and White, Blue and Black, Black
Offerings accepted in the Americas: FISH, Alcohol (variable and eclectic tastes), Salt water, Fresh water from a distant source
Osun is the goddess of the Osun River and Queen of the Marketplace. She has many children, but in the tradition of sister-wives, others raise them. Different stories have her married to Ogun, Ososi, or Sango. In those stories, she is not the first wife, but often the favorite–which causes trouble.
Colors: Yellow, Gold, and Orange
Offerings accepted in the Americas: HONEY, Fresh fruit and berries (especially Oranges), Chocolates and sweets, Kente cloth, Red meat (rarely raw), Fish (sometimes),
Oba is the exiled senior wife of Sango and goddess of the Oba River. She is a planner, keeper, household manager, and can also represent the strength of single women. In looking for ways to regain Sango’s attention, she was tricked by another of his wives into cutting off her own ear to serve to Sango. Either because she was trying to manipulate him or because she maimed herself, Sango cast her out.
Offerings accepted in the Americas: Coffee, Wine, Chocolate
Sango is the god of thunder, married to Oya. He is first and foremost a leader, and often can not accomplish anything unless his wives are present to provide the power to act. He can be represented by horses, axes, and swords.
Colors: Red and White; more red indicates youthful pride and recklessness, more white indicates more wisdom and humility.
Offerings accepted in the Americas: Drumming and Dancing, Raw spicy meat (red or chicken), Spiced alcohol (gin, rum, red wine), Yams (pounded, fried)
Oya is the goddess of lightning, Queen of the Marketplace, and Queen of Witches. Sometimes called “Mother of Nine,” she raised many of Osun’s children. In Africa, she is also Queen of Storms, Wind, and Fire. In the Americas, she is THE goddess of the dead, protecting and calling on the ancestors, and doing work with her in graveyards can be very effective.
Colors: Purples, Golds, Purple and Dark Toned Rainbows
Offerings accepted in the Americas: Alcohol (BRANDY and red wine), Chocolate (possibly), Red meat (possibly). She appreciates rain water, but this is also a spell to go to war or create intense change, so offer with caution.
Generally speaking, the following offerings are okay to use for all of them:
Pounded Yams, Gin, Rum, Cigars, Chocolate, Coffee
As you develop your relationship with the Orisa, you will gain a better understanding of what your Paths prefer.