Support your community this Christmas. PART ONE: BOOKS AND RECORDS and CALENDARS

If you are going to buy presents this year. Support those you know, those who are in your community. Here are some suggestions for presents this year. Books:  “On the Orishas Roads and Pathways: Yemoja” by Miguel W Ramos.   Available from Eleda or also in the UK from Treadwells bookshop This book is the third of a series of books investigating the history, and energy of Orisha. The third book investigates the complex nature and history of Yemoja ( Yemaya). her relationship with other Orishas, her growth from Orisha of the Ogun River to Orisha connected with great expanse…

Q and A at Goldsmiths

Questions from students at Goldsmiths. Last year,  I was invited by Adom Philogene Heron to be a guest lecturer on a course he was teaching in Goldsmiths. It was a daunting experience for me. For some stupid reason ( it’s been a long time!) I was expecting a small intimate classroom scenario, but it was a huge lecture hall and no microphone. The subject that I was asked to discuss was ” Becoming Creole:   Continuity, Creativity and Cosmology” In relation to the Lucumi Tradition. I rejected the term Creole to describe our practise gave my reasons why, but the…

Why my previously public ceremonies are no longer public.

    This is just a little note to let anyone know that I am not here to provide material for your PhD or your book chapter, If by chance you are intending on using any information gathered whilst attending something in the Ile Oshun Kayode. Have the courtesy and respect to ask me if it is OK first. Put it by me. Mention who I am and my Ocha name. I am representing Oshun. Have some damn respect. Do not write me out of the story, because you will be disrespecting Oshun and her Ashe. And so be it….

What makes practising in the UK Unique?

UNDERSTANDING AND PRACTISING LA REGLA DE OCHA IN THE UK:   The rise in social media attention to African Traditional Religions in general and Lucumi in particular has given the impression that these practises are wide spread and that there are communities everywhere. I have received emails recently asking me to make recommendations of practising Iles (Religious houses) all over the UK. This is a reminder that what you experience on Social Media is a false reality. Social media does not determine what is going on in the UK and there is a big difference between what is going on…

Lineage, Initiation, entitlement and appropriation: Part 1

The other day, I came across a Facebook/instagram friend posing with two cards from an Orisha tarot deck, with “messages” from the Orisha. The messages quite frankly were very general, superficial  and flippant.   I was surprised and concerned since I know the person not to be involved in the Orisha way of life, and if she had been, she would not be posing in the park,  giving messages  from the Orisha on social media. I picked her up on it and pointed out nicely that Orisha do not communicate via tarot cards. The mouthpiece of Orisha is the Dilogun. We…

Why you will not find a description of any ceremony within this Blog.

It has been very interesting for me to read what leads people to this Blog, and over the last week, I have been noticing that people are googling ” description of Ocha ceremony” or “description of Eleke Ceremony” . This is a short paragraph to clarify that although I am happy to answer questions and I am happy to inform  and clarity is really important, it is not necessary to know what happens within initiation ceremonies. Expectations can ruin the experience of individuals, and it is my experience that people that ask too many questions about what happens instead of…

Elekes, who wears them and why!!

I spent all last night beading. I am beading a set for someone I am about to initiate. I love to make my own Elekes for my godchildren and feel that there is a lot of  worth in a set of Elekes that you have made with love and passion. This does not mean that they still don’t go through a spiritual process. Each set of Elekes have to go through a process before they are received. An Ide and Eleke for a new initiate also goes through a process before being bestowed on the new initiate. Not everyone enjoys…

Overwhelmed!!!

It’s coming to the end of the year, and I will be going back to Cuba, my “Towering Rock of Safety”  for respite from the madness that is social media!!! We are entering an era where our sacred traditions are being undermined and at the same time, there seems to be an explosion of people on the internet selling services including readings with the Dilogun without being ordained as an Olorisha. Just a point of information:  Only those that have Orisha crowned  have the authority to read the Dilogun. Furthermore, it takes years of study before you are are competent….