Eriwo ya! Eriwo ya! Eriwo ya! Greetings on this blessed day of Orisanla. Traditionally, every lineage and community will convene in the shrine to consult Ifa on behalf of the collective at the beginning of the New Year. It is a time to give thanks for last year's blessings and to learn the best way to proceed in the upcoming season. This year's reading for the SF Bay Area promises to be especially enlightening because it reflects our local resilience and strength in the face of ongoing adversity, as predicted by the Holy Odu Idingbe at Oke Itase in June of 2014:
Ifa says that too many Awo are facing series of tribulations and seemingly insurmountable crises at the moment. Ifa says further that there are grand conspiracies and intrigues against all Awo the world over. Adherents of other faiths are making all efforts in their power to suppress and overwhelm all Awo in order to ensure that they do not amount to anything in the scheme of things, either in their social circles, communities, nations or in the world at large.... Ifa says that our Mother Osun will be instrumental in setting all Awo free and restore them into their rightful positions. Ifa says that all Temples or Awo need to offer ebo and to propitiate Osun in order to enjoy the favor of women folk. The ebo materials are as follows: two pigeons, two hens, two roosters and money. The stanza states thus:
Idin gbe mi ki n gbe o
Orisa gbe mi l’atete o j’ori ako esin lo Dia fun Orunmila
Ti n loo ya’wo l’owo Iku
Ti n loo sin’gba l’odo Arun
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
Idin lift me up and let me lift you up
“Orisa, please lift me up” cannot be higher than being placed on a horse This was the message of Ifa for Orunmila
When he was going to borrow money from Iku, Death
And was also going to serve as the pawn in the hands of Arun, Ailment He was advised to offer ebo
- Holy Odu Idigbere
And so, it is with great confidence and inspiration that Chief Yagbe Awolowo Onilu and Obafemi Origunwa invite the SF Bay Area community to join us to consult Ifa in order to know what we must do and what we must avoid in order to fully enjoy the blessings 2015. For details on the protocol of the ceremony, please visit: www.OrisaLifestyle.com/communityworship.
Aboru aboye abosise.