Every June, the Odu of the year is pulled in Ile-Ife on behalf of the world. Though we in the Disapora do follow the word of this Odu, many groups, ours included, also pull an Odu for the new year at the end of December or beginning of January. Late post, but below are a few photos performing the ebos for the new year, mid-January 2016.
This Sunday September 27, 2015 is significant for moon watchers and spiritual practitioners alike – the moon is full, the moon is eclipsing for the final time this year, and the moon will be at its closest point in its orbit around Earth. This unique combination lends to a reddish hue on the moon, giving it the name “blood moon”. This particular lunar event is happening for the first time in over 30 years, with the last time being a supermoon eclipse in 1982, making Sunday’s event worth staying up to sneak a glimpse of.
Assuming it isn’t too cloudy where you are, you can watch the lunar event beginning around 9:07 PM, EST, and peaking around 10:47 PM, EST. After that, the extra bright, extra close moon will be visible through Monday.
The lunar event occurring this weekend coincides with Ose Obatala day according to the Yoruba calendar of Ifa and Orisa worship. Obatala represents Creation – the action or process of bringing something into existence. Obatala is an Orisa that represents light emerging out of darkness; he also represents expansion.
Our emotions wax and wane – just like the moon. The full moon often reflects a time of reaping the benefit of hard work (fruition, harvesting). While the new moon can help us to ponder on about planting seeds for growth, the full moon will amplify and bring to the forefront (fruition) whatever is going on in body, mind and heart. The eclipse occurring on a full moon like this can be utilized to assist us in analyzing what is or is not working and bringing ourselves into a new balance.
Let us not forget that Obatala is the embodiment of purity within a conscious existence – “the struggle for perfection in a flawed universe”. This more than anything highlights the power of our minds (as Obatala is the owner of all heads, and hence the mind) to choose a path, take a path, and transform on that path, that journey and toward that destination. Now is a good time to reflect and ask – what path am I on and am I, are my ancestors, is my inner essence satisfied with the transformation I am undertaking on this path.
If the weather permits, I invite you all to take some time, alone or with your spiritual group, to take a walk (or a walking meditation) outside to soak in some of this rich harvest moon’s light. And if the weather’s not cooperating, don’t worry! Meditate just the same – cleaning out those mental cobwebs, making room for bringing to fruition whatever is needed on your path and preparing to send away that which is no longer needed. Enjoy!
A whole new site!
Hello, and welcome to the improved Oracle Ifa, a small house (Ile) for the study of Ifa and Orisa, headquartered in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area, led by myself, Baba Ifagbemi. I am a skilled diviner, healer and ritual leader, and my goal in all my interactions with clients and associates alike is to help you reach the highest destiny of your highest self by the shortest route possible.
This site is meant to act as a portal for the willing and interested to step into a conscious transformation of their life.
When we learn to step out of judgement and self-imposed fears, then true awakening can begin.
I invite you today to set aside fear and step out into the world and into yourself. Transform your life, equip yourself with the hidden knowledge you need to succeed and begin on the path of the study of nature (Ifa).