The Spiritual Energies of Nature Orisha Community

Living with values

ESHU

God of order, organization, discipline, patience, a messenger between Orisha and between Orisha and Humans

He is worshiped in order to gain all his qualities into one’s life. Eshu is most important in our life but is truly worshiped by few people, as we all speak about these virtues but only few people can really say they posses them. None of us is organized, disciplined enough, our lives are more frequently led by chaos than order, patience is being equalized to forbearance and we think this is the sign of weakness…

 

PATIENCE IS THE CAPABILITY OF THE HUMAN BEING TO ACTIVELY WAIT FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT IN LIFE, TO RECOGNISE IT AND TO MAKE USE OF THE OPPORTUNITY WHICH HAS OCCURRED; TO ACCEPT THE GIFT IT BRINGS. THIS IS THEREFORE AN ACTIVE WILFUL ACTIVITY.

Forbearance is in opposite passive subordination – the word itself includes the verb to bear. It is a virtue, which is being imposed with an intention to subordinate someone!

The colors of Eshu are red and black.

 

 

IFA – ORUNMILA

God of destiny, wisdom and secrets of human life.

The divinity is called Orunmila; the system of divination for reading of human fate is called Ifa, but because of the importance of Orunmila’s mission, he is often simply named after this system.

He is worshiped in order to fix our destiny, to reduce unpleasant, unwanted events to the minimum, to increase one’s potentials, to gain opportunities for one’s life, to have wisdom about our life and to be able to keep secrets.

The colors of Ifa are green and brown.

 

 

OBATALA

God of creativity, inner peace, harmony, purity.

Obatala is worshiped in order to gain all the mentioned qualities into one’s life. When we are creative we know how to create solutions to our problems. If our energy is pure we have peace in our life. It increases also our creative potentials in all aspects.

Obatala created the physical aspect of human beings. This was his first mission. With assistance of Ogun, he marked human bodies.

The color of Obatala: white

 

 

OGUN

God of war; when we speak of war we also speak of the turbulent way of life that we have. He is also the god of civilization, motivation, who shows the human beings the right path. He is the god of renovation and the god of generosity at the same time.

We say: Ogun, the generous god, who built a big house without windows and doors, so that people could freely come and share the good things with him. He is that generous. If somebody feels that his paths are closed (his lifetime opportunities) we invoke Ogun to attract new opportunities into his life so he can make progress and go on. If someone has constant failure in his life, we give an offering to Ogun. If a person lacks of courage; to work, to go on, to invest in something or for the simplest things in life or to risk. The risk is also our daily ritual, which includes trust, faith and other things.

Color: blue and white

 

 

SHANGO

God of justice, social responsibility, thunder...

He is worshiped for attracting the sense of justice and social responsibility. If somebody has problems in court, we can make an offering for Shango to bring peace into such case. Shango is worshiped in order to make us winners in life, especially when we are under intensive attack of our enemies, visible and invisible – under invisible enemies are treated problems, that we have, are aware of and feel them, and of those which we are not aware of, and don’t feel them yet. He helps us to get rid of unnecessary fear.

Color: red and white

 

 

OYA

Goddess of tornado, female warrior and symbol of faithfulness, devotion, perfection, speed.

Oya is a very powerful energy. The most magnificent thing in life is to worship our energy. From the mythology it is known, that Oya can walk through fire without burning a single inch of her skin. She is worshiped because of this courage. This is why the worshippers of Oya must always use courage in their life. The worshipper of Oya has to be fast. Intentionally or unintentionally one has to create speed in one’s mind – one has to gain speed. We know that if we have courage we can do anything anytime in our lives. Oya is worshiped in order to attract all these energies, to bless us in our life, to direct our courage, our speed in the right direction, to reach our dreams.

Color: brown

 

 

OSHUN

Goddess of love, fertility in all senses and of multiplication (for more of everything – children, money, success, good luck, hope, protection ....)

She is the keeper of our love. She is worshiped in order to have luck in love, to have luck in business too, so that our efforts would be crowned with success. Her symbols are the fresh waters (fresh rivers, lakes, streams, brooks). She is the kind of Orisha, which is worshiped by majority of people. If she is not worshiped for love then she is worshiped for progress, family, health. Regardless of the conditions we are in, the energy of Oshun can be the answer to our problems.

Whenever we are in need of love, we worship Oshun and invoke her either for attraction or for protection. The same goes for financial and professional life. If someone is restless in business, experiences a lot of failures at what he/she does in his/her life, doesn’t have constant progress in his/her life, he/she can worship Oshun, to bring him/her stability into his/her progress.

Color: yellow

 

 

OBALUWAYE

God of healing. The god who has knowledge of all illnesses.

He is the god, who should be worshiped as prevention, as well as curative and especially to preserve our health on a good level. And by health we not only mean the physical aspects of human body; let us not forget the feelings, thoughts etc.

One must not expect that with an offering to Obaluwaye one could achieve perfect health without changing harmful habits and by eating unhealthy food.

Obaluwaye can decrease our problems, but only with our help!

Color: black, red, white

 

 

OSANYIN – OSOIN

Without Osoin there is no Orisha. We say: Ko si ewe ko si Orishano plants, no Orisha.

One can offer him all kinds of plants for he is the god of plants. He is worshiped in order for us to have knowledge of plants, their usage, their meaning and useful way of their usage.

With the energy of the plants we revitalize the energies and implement life and energy into Orisha–symbols. Osoin has one more quality. According to the mythology he is the god who was created by the supreme god Eledunmare with the purpose to civilize human beings in the sense to find solutions to their problems with the help of the green planet, with the help of the plants that is. Osoin is the god, who was created to teach us how to identify illnesses and how to cure them. He is also the god of healing. The difference between Osoin and Obaluwaye is in Osoins specialization in plants. Obaluwaye is the actual god of medicine. What is offered to Ogun can also be offered to Osoin. If one wishes for wisdom and knowledge about how to worship plants, how to manipulate them, how to use them and so on, than one has to worship Osoin.

Color: green and/or white

 

 

AJE

Aje is the goddess of progress, good luck and money.

If one doesn’t have good luck, one can’t have money. If one doesn’t work, one can’t have money. Aje doesn’t make money. What she does is an opportunity to earn or to attract money. This is a female energy. She is worshiped in order to multiply one’s progress, to attract good luck, the energy of good luck, into one’s life, to attract progress, money into one’s life and to retain all this in one’s life.

When we speak of illnesses, we do not mean just the illnesses when one has to lie down or is taken to a hospital. Constant lack of money or good luck or good opportunities is also an illness.

There are also other types of illnesses:

  • emotional illness
  • energetic illness

 

By feeding other people, energy is released by their satisfaction while eating and this energy comes to us and brings good luck with it.

Color of Aje is white.

 

 

ERINLE

Goddess of hunting, of our inner war.

She was trained by Ogun. Erinle simultaneously symbolizes the energy of courage and the energy of eternity. Erinle means something very wast; something with very extensive energy, with energy that expands all around, energy that radiates to all parts of the universe. Erinle also possesses the energy of Osoin that is why they have the same symbols. Erinle has the energy of Iya – mi (mothers of the universe) therefore a part of Iya – mi symbols is found in her altar (the birds) as well. The symbol of Erinle is the Forrest.

Color – all colors

 

 

OSHOSI

Oshosi is worshiped to attract good things into our life, for focus, direction, precision and protection, to direct us to the right direction in our life.

Oshosi is the male equivalent to Erinle. Everything that goes for Erinle goes also for Oshosi. The only difference is that Erinle is a female energy and Oshosi is a male energy.

The symbols of Oshosi are an arrow and a bow therefore one gains better focus while worshiping this Orisha – one can hit the target of one’s direction in his/her life more easily.

Oshosi's color is blue (it can be light blue).

 

 

ESHUMARE

Goddess of wisdom, rainbow, luck, secrets.

The symbol of Eshumare is the cobra. Eshumare is also the goddess of wisdom, who attracts longevity, order and peace, courage, persistence. By worshiping of Eshumare, one is always ready for defense. She brings special energy of sensitivity to people. Their senses and perception improve, therefore they are constantly alert. Her colors are the colors of the rainbow. She is connected to the god of the day – Ogun and to another independent Orisha that is also the god of the day – Olojo. Olojo is the real god of the day, but Ogun is so important that he is named god of the day as well. Eshumare is also honored to be called the goddess of the day because of her importance. Eshumare has direct impact on our daily lives.

Color: all colors of the rainbow

 

 

YEMANJA

Yemanja is the energy that soothes our suffering. I

The ocean, the sea is the symbol of Yemanja but also fresh waters (rivers, lakes, streams). Everywhere where there is water there is Yemanja. It is said she is the one who cleanses ones pain. She takes our sorrow, our suffering and gives us the feeling of satisfaction and happiness. She is considered the mother of many Orisha. She is known for her ability to save people when they are ill, restless, when their good luck abandons them. When we are abandoned by our energy, our good luck, when we are abandoned by our friends, we make an offering to Yemanja.

Color: blue (light blue). It can also be transparent (transparent beads – water is transparent). The silver kalabash can be used for Yemanja and Obatala as well.

 

 

EGBE

Spiritual fraternity – neutral energy, that can provide us stability, good social projection, socialization.

Egbe is a plural energie, considered as our great savior. Egbe is the symbol of our friendship with our spiritual friends. This energy can liberate us from illnesses. Worshiping Egbe can mean the breaking of a pact with our suffering. It saves us or keeps us in this universe. Regardless of the source of one’s problem, regardless of the type of one’s suffering, Egbe – our spiritual friends and brothers from the parallel invisible world – will help us, they will give us health, make us strong, so our life will be valuable to us, our life will be important to us, so that we will liberate ourselves from destructive ideas and feelings. Some people say they don’t care if they died, became ill; this kind of people usually have supernatural powers and a restless temper. They are born with the purpose to provoke their parents and their surroundings therefore they are often misunderstood. They are called Abiku. The energy of Egbe soothes the Abikus; by receiving this energy through an initiation they calm down and finally start to live on this planet on both feet. Through the fraternity of Egbe they can receive useful messages and visions even better.

If we notice that someone is losing his/her time and his/her life isn’t headed into a good direction, that he/she is experiencing one suffering after another, that he/she doesn't have a direction in life, we call Egbe the savior.

Color: all colors.