My Response To The Here and Now. Negotiating a mixed Ile.

I feel that it is necessary for me to post at this time of unrest and justified anger, in response to the murder of George Lloyd. First of all I have to say that just as I believe that the personal is political, I believe that there is power in this Spiritual Tradition, and as a Mentor and Iyalorisha  of Oshun, I see my role as a medium to enable all those that choose me to be their Spiritual Mentor  to align  with their destinies. I am here to use what I know to empower my Godchildren.  However, as time…

Educational resources for adults. Part 2

      Let us be honest. No amount of  books and online resources are a replacement for practising this spiritual path with guidance from elders and real human contact. It is a community religion and it is not meant to be practised as a solitary practitioner. What you can learn these days on line is the background to our practise and there are excellent community pages where you can have your questions answered by trustworthy and knowledgeable practitioners.  I have always been quite critical of the online world, however, there have been excellent resources and and trustworthy practitioners sharing…

Contemplations on living in the times of a Pandemic.

I had a trip to Cuba planned for a month. I was supposed to be initiating my Goddaughter to Ogun. My Iyawo Oya was finishing his year. My Iyawo Obatala was supposed to be doing his Ebo Meta. Such a lot of preparation and logistics from me and saving and sacrifice from them.  Just over a week ago, I had my bags packed to fly to Cuba despite the uncertainties of the news. My flight was not cancelled and Cuba’s borders were still open.  Just over two weeks ago there were no cases in Cuba and I was looking forward…

Listen when your hear the bells ringing!

This blog is appealing to your better judgement. Learn to listen to yourselves.  Listen to the Bells! Warning signs of unhealthy spiritual relationships. ( which are really the same as any relationship that requires human interaction) If you feel bullied, unhappy, humiliated or attacked in any way, walk away.  You are under no obligation to stay in abusive relationships. Do not be blinded by so called mentors who sell themselves as all knowing, all powerful, almost guru like, sometimes offering miracle cures and unrealistic solutions. Be careful with those who have an over zealous social media profiles. Those that are…

Thought of the Day. Be careful what you wish for.

It is not what you want, but what you need, and what happens to be part of your destiny as you walk this journey. We choose our destiny before we are born into this world. We then forget, and spend our lives trying to work it out. We are lucky on this path, to have the tools of divination which reminds us where we are and how to realign ourselves with our destiny.  Not everyone will have an easy path, and no two people are the same. Be careful not to envy the journey of others. You don’t know where…

Lineage, Initiation, entitlement and appropriation: Part 2

As we come to the end of the decade, I am reflecting on some of the personalities that have crossed my path. One of the most disturbing trend I have found is the general  idea that Orisha are universal energies open for all too manipulate. This has led to many people building altars, selling produce,  creating rituals and also filming it for all to see. So there are a lot of  misguided individuals who think they have the entitlement to work with Orisha or the equivalent in other ATR religions, when they have no idea what they are doing. Then…

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…