What to expect when going for Divination

What should you expect when going for a Divination. Within The Lucumi tradition. There are several ways of connecting with the Divine, depending on who is the Diviner and what the purpose of the Divination is. You may go for an Ifa Divination where the trained Babalawo will interpret the word of Orunmila.   OR you may go for a divination with the Dilogun, from an experienced Olorisha who has had training and experience in divining with 16 Cowries. On this occasion, the Cowries will be the mouthpiece of Elegua who is the witness to your destiny.  It must be…

Repost! Please Vote!

Hey everyone! The Lukas Awards are awards which honour contributions associated with the Latino Community in the UK. We have been nominated every year since the Foundation of the awards. We have yet to win so please VOTE FOR US!! We are being nominated in the Folk/Classical Music Category and also as Best Album of… via Lukas Nominations! — Everyday thoughts of a Lucumi Choir Director

Can we not just Co- Exist?

These are my thoughts following a performance that my Choir did as part of “Faiths In Tune”, a Festival using song and music as a means of uniting people from different faiths. It was a truly magical day and there were some beautiful performances. Hearing the singer, Faisal Salah, representing his faith and singing songs that he had wrote inspired by his faith, resonated a lot with how I feel about mine. It is a reminder to all of us that we all have our own path to the divine or not if we don’t choose to connect.   Atrocities…

“Oshun, how can I be of service?”

Featured photo by Rebecca Radmore ( Fire Soul Media ) This episode of my Blog is inspired by the question posed by someone who had come to me recently for more information regarding the Lucumi Path and Oshun in particular. His question was ” how can I serve Oshun?” I answered the  question as best as I could when put on the spot, but it did make me think quite deeply about the spiritual path that we walk and La Regla de Ocha and what following this path actually means. There are so many different layers to this question. So…

A guide to receiving what, with whom and what it means!

I have noticed that there is a general confusion regarding initiations, the reception of certain things, and what it means. So here is a general breakdown of what to expect and from whom. Just a reminder to let you know that in Lucumi, there are houses that work with Ifa and houses that do not. There is no “correct” way. There are different ways of working and each way is legitimate. ELEKES: WHAT ARE THEY: Elekes are the reception of the  sacred beaded necklaces of the four Pillars of the Regla de Ocha. Obatala, Chango, Yemaya and Oshun. Some houses…

Be careful of False Prophets.

I have been aware for some time that there has been a massive rise in posts, videos, personalities claiming to be giving the answers regarding Orisha Worship. These include individuals who are NOT initiated and who seem to be focused on their ego and building up followers.  “Spirituality” is a buzzword these days. Everyone is claiming to be “woke” spiritually.  Some of these individuals obviously seem to have a complete lack of awareness of what it is to be leading and informing people and there is a huge deal of irresponsible Bullshit ( for want of a better word) around…

Black History Month in the UK 2017

Every October the UK celebrates Black History Month.  Although I have always asked  ” what about the other 11 months?”, it is a good opportunity to highlight history and also contemporary artists and events going on in the UK. JON DANIEL AFRO-SUPER HERO: First of all. It was really sad to learn that Graphic Designer/ Artist Jon Daniel, the man behind the Afro-Super Hero concept, lost his battle for life at the beginning of this month. His striking images and use of art in a visually stunning and educative way led to exhibitions at the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood…

Sign the Petition – Religious Freedom Now!

Originally posted on Candomblé Cultural Center of NY:
The last two weeks have seen an unusual surge in violence against terreiros in Rio https://latuffcartoons.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/sai-tolerancia.gif de Janeiro. Drug dealers, who are being paid by Evangelical pastors, are breaking into religious temples, threatening baba and iyalorishas, and forcing them (sometimes at gunpoint) to destroy the sacred images of their ile. ? The global Orisha community is outraged. While it’s difficult to make a true impact from abroad, there are things we can do to show solidarity with our Brazilian brothers and sisters in the struggle. A petition was started by the The National…

Can following this path help with depression?

This will probably be one of the most candid blogs I have ever written, and also will ever write. In addition, it has taken me along time to put pen to paper since it is a subject that is difficult to talk about. September has been a hard month for me over the last couple of years. In addition to the fact that it is suicide prevention month, it is the month where my son’s father ended his own life. For so many people he was the life and the soul. A generous, positive person who was extraordinarily fun to…