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….

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…

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…