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The Sixteen Truths of IFA

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)



"This is to help Us all to find Our Similarities and is not intended to Heighten Our Differences. These 16 Truths are Ancient in their Origins.They encompass the Basic Beliefs of All World Religions in some form or phrasing. These "Truths" are African in their origin,and are testimony to the Spiritual Sophistry of the Traditional African Religions (pre-"Christian" and pre-"Islam") that have existed for over 10,000 years. Feedback is welcomed...Enjoy"


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The Sixteen Truths of IFA (intended to Share and not cause conflict)

The Sixteen Truths of IFA

 

1. There is a single Supreme God.

 

2. There is no "Devil" or Absolute Evil.

 

3. Heaven is "Home", and Earth is the "Market Place". We are in constant passage between the two.

 

4. We are Reborn through your Blood Relatives.

 

5. It is Our Birthright to be Happy, Successful, and Fulfilled.

 

6. We should Grow and Obtain Wisdom in Our Lifetime.

 

7. Except for the day that We are Born and the day We are Supposed to Die, there is No Single Event in Our Life that cannot be forecast and when necessary, Changed.

 

8. Sacrifice guarantees Our Success in This Life.

 

9. Our Ancestors are Alive Spiritually and must be Honored.

 

10. We are a part of this Universe in a Literal Sense.

 

11. We must never Harm the very Universe of which We are a Part.

 

12. We must never initiate Harm to another Being.

 

13. Our Temporal and Spiritual Capacities must Work Together.

 

14. We are born with Specific Path that We Have Chosen. Our goal is to Travel it Well. Divination provides Us with a Road Map.

 

15. The Orisha Live within Us.

 

16. We have no Need to Fear


Baba Ifalade:

"Please mention that these came "through" and are not by me (Baba Ifalade)*. These 16 largely came from a collection of Elders. Oluwo Afolabi Epega figuring prominently in the group. Thank you for re-posting.* I fully welcome any other "16" that any other may have. This is an attempt to give Us a full and adequate definition of Common Ground. From "basics" like this example, we can come to better envision the similarities encompassed in one another's Body of Knowledge - even when there are differences of Region or Time-line. - Baba Ifalade"


* I, Ale OmoOsun, asked Baba Ifalade's permission to re-posts this valuable information on the BeadZoneJewelry.com Blog Page.



Ifa Odu for June 2011 Yoruba/Ifa New Year

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (0)


This Ifa Odu was Divined for Ile Tifase of Atlanta, Georgia;

June 3, 2011 by Iyanifa Osuntokun Fatunmise, Chief Tifase

for The June 2011 Yoruba/Ifa New Year




This year’s Odu is Irosu’Tura.


In celebration of the harvesting of the new yams as traditionally acknowledged in Yorubaland and the Yoruba/Ifa New Year as celebrated in the United States of America at Ile Tifase, divination was performed on June 3, 2011 by Iyanifa Osuntokun Fatunmise, Chief Tifase.


This is the time of year to reap the harvest of the past year, plan for the coming year and insure an understanding of where we are as individuals (and community) as it relates to the various choices and turns we’ve taken on the way to our destinies. With the collective guidance of the universal energies, we can focus on developing the next steps (a roadmap if you will) to our destiny over the coming 12 months.


This year’s Odu is Irosu’Tura. It comes from Ifa in Ire (with blessings) for the good of humankind. Ifa speaks of things being good for us even if we do not like them.


Ifa asks us “to behave as our Ifa tells us, if we refuse, we will never make headway in life. We should try to look back to remind ourselves of a particular thing which we left half done; we should go back and restart it otherwise our lives will not be fine.”


This particular Odu is considered quite deep and slightly difficult to understand and interpret in it’s entirety, but one of the Orisa who can help is Orisa Olokun. Only Olokun and Olorun know what lies at the bottom of the ocean and at the core of this Odu.



 

Ifa says: “honesty is the only way to achieve peace of mind and harmony”.


To know more about this year’s predictions, precautions, offerings and how your destiny is impacted by them, feel free to contact me via email.


Just remember, Ifa speaks of wisdom, knowledge, good character/morals, and truth. Do good always.  Think long term with a world view.


May Olodumare continue to bless you and yours with prosperity, long life and good health.


For more information feel free to contact:

Ile Tifase of Atlanta, Georgia

Iyanifa Osuntokun Fatunmise, Chief Tifase

[email protected]






Odunde 2011; The Yoruba New Year Festival June 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (1)


Odunde = Happy New Year !!!




Odunde originated with the Yoruba Ifa people of Nigeria, West Africa.


Odunde festivals are occasions marked by many celebrations and processions to specific rivers to make offerings to Orisa Osun. Divinations are also a major part of Odunde, throughout the entire event.


The Yoruba Tradition, called Ifa, is very old. It involves the worship Olodumare (God), the Orisa (similar to Saints), and the Egun (the Ancestors).


Osun (same as Oshun/Ochun/Oxum) is one of the Orisa worshiped in the Ifa religion. She is the Orisa of female energy and power. As the Orisa of "Sweet Water," she represents plenty, beauty, vanity, sensuality, and attractiveness. - Ye Ye O . . .


During a Odunde festival, everyone is invited to participate in a procession to the river. The offerings to Osun are one of the sacred aspects of Odunde. During the processional, praise is given to all Orisa, in the sacred Yoruba language and songs. Along with the Bata drums (special two headed drums used only for special occasions), Oriki (sacred songs) are sung in a particular order. Once the processional reaches a "bridge;" incantations, prayers, and offerings are purposed. The Priests and/or Priestesses then ask Orisa Osun if the offerings are acceptable. Once a positive response is interpreted through divination, participants are given instructions to give their offerings to Orisa Osun.


All prayers will then be answered, in the year to come.


The New Year is now officially been blessed.


On the return from the river, there is always much celebration, rejoicing, and a real sense of accomplishment.

 

Odunde !!!  . . . Odunde !!! . . . Odunde !!!


The Yoruba Ifa Calendar

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM Comments comments (1)


Taken from Wikipedia:


The Yoruba calendar (Kojoda) year starts from June 3rd to June 2nd of the following year. According to this calendar, the Gregorian year 2008 A. D. is the 10050th year of Yoruba culture. The traditional Yoruba week has four days.


The 4 days that are dedicated to the Orisa


Day 1 is dedicated to Obatala (Sopanna, Iyaami, and the Egungun)

Day 2 is dedicated to Orunmila (Esu and Osun)

Day 3 is dedicated to Ogun (Osoosi)

Day 4 is dedicated to Sango (Oya)


In other testimony the days are: Ojo-Orunmila/Ifa, Ojo-Shango/Jakuta, Ojo-Ogun, and Ojo-Obatala.


To reconcile with the Gregorian calendar, Yoruba people also measure time in seven days a week and four weeks a month. The four day calendar was dedicated to the Orisas and the seven day calendar is for doing business.


Ojo-Aiku (Sunday)

Ojo-Aje (Monday)

Ojo-Ishegun/Atalata (Tuesday)

Ojo-'Ru/Alaruba (Wednesday)

Ojo-Bo/Alamisi (Thursday)

Ojo-Eti/Jimoh (Friday)

Ojo-Abameta (Saturday)


Time measurements


Time is measured in isheju (minutes), wakati (hours), ojo (days), ose (weeks), oshu (months) and odun (years). There are 60 (ogota) isheju in 1 (okan) wakati; 24 (merinlelogun) wakati in 1 ojo; 7 (meje) ojo in 1 ose; 4 (merin) ose in 1 oshu and 52 (ejileladota)ose in 1 {okan) odun. There are 12 (mejila) oshu in 1 (okan) odun.


Months

Sere (January)

Erele (February)

Erénà (March)

Igbe (April)

Èbìbí (May)

Okudu (June)

Agẹmo (July)

Ogun (August)

Òwéré (September)

Ọwara (October)

Bèlu (November)

Òpé (December)



Important calendar dates:


- Again, please keep in mind, this information is taken from Wikipedia.


Erele/Feb 21-25


Olokún = Oríṣà of Okún, the deep seas or oceans, patron of sailors, and guardian of souls lost at sea.


Èrèna/March 12 – 28


Annual rites of passage for men


Èrèna/March 15 – 19


Oduduwa (odudu, the dark pigment; ni ewa, is the beauty) / Iyaagbe (iya, mother; agbe, who receives) = Oríṣà of Earth and matron of the Ayé. Oduduwa endows the ebony dark skin pigment that accords greatest gifts of spirituality, beauty and intellect to the bearer. The essence of procreative love.


Èrèna/March 21 – 24


Oshosi = Oríṣà of Adventure and the hunt


Igbe / April


Ogun = Oríṣà of the metal and war crafts, and engineering. The custodian of truth and executioner of justice, as such patron of the legal and counselling professions who must swear to uphold truth while biting on a piece of metal.

 

Oshun = Oríṣà of Fertility and custodian of the female essence. who guides pregnancies to term. Igbe starts last Saturday of April, for 5 days-


Onset of wet season (Spring)


Èbìbí / May

 

Egungun (Commemoration of the Ancestors, including community founders and illustrious dead. Èbíbí: starts last Saturday of May, for 7 days


Okudu / June


Okudu 03: Onset of the Yoruba New Year (2008 is the 10,050th year of Yoruba culture)


Okudu 7 - 8: Shopona (Oríṣà of Disease, shopona, small pox is a viral disease) and Osanyin (Oríṣà of Medicine and patron of the healing professions: osan, afternoon; yin, healing)


Okudu 10 - 23: Annual rites of passage for women

Okudu 18 - 21: Yemoja = matriarch of the Òrún-Rere). Oduduwa gave birth to a boy Aganju (Land) and Yemoja (Water) from marriage to Ọbàtala. Yemoja in turn birthed many other Oríṣà. The old Ile-Ife kingdom arose on her burial site.


Agẹmo / July


Ọrúnmilà / Ifá = Oríṣà of Divination and founder of the Ifá sciences, whose divination is with 16 palm nuts. Mass gathering of the yoruba Agẹmo: first and second weeks in July


Oko (Agriculture) Harvesting of the new Yam crop.


Ẹlégba-Bara (Ẹlégba, one who has power to seize) / Eṣu (shu, to release eject from; ara, the body) = Oríṣà of male essence and Power, who is the great Communicator and messenger of the will of Olódùmarè. No woman should bara (ba ra, to rub with, have intercourse with) a man who has not done Ikola (circumcision: ike, cutting; ola, that saves) in sacrifice to Ẹlégba. Agẹmo second weekend of July


Ṣàngo (shan, to strike Jakuta:ja, fight; pẹlu okuta, with stones). The Oríṣà of Energy – Ara (Thunder) and Manamana, make fire (Lightning) whose divination is with 16 cowries and whose messenger and water-bearer is Oshumare (the Rainbow). Agẹmo: third week of July


Ogun / August


Ọbàtálá = (Obà,to possess; ti ala, of visions or Oríṣà-nla, the principal Oríṣà. Patriarch of Òrún-Rere, the heaven of goodly spirits and beneficial ancestors. As Olódùmarè is too powerful and busy to be pre-occupied by the affairs of any one living being. Ọbàtálá functions as the principal emissary of Olódùmarè on Aye, and is the custodian of Yoruba culture. The aso-ala (white cloth) worn by Ọbàtálá initiates is to signify need to be pure in intent and action: A recurring punishment for social misfits was to try to keep white cloth clean in Africa's tropical and dusty climate. The misappropriation of aso-ala connection to Ọbàtálá was/is a major weapon against the Yoruba in their psychological resistance of foreign invasion, as Christian and Islamic converts were/are indoctrinated that anything considered 'white' is pure: a notion that has also become a key tenet of racialist supremacy Ogun: last weekend of August


Òwéré / September


Ọwara / October


Oya (Orísà of the odo Oya (river Niger) whose messenger is Afefe (the Wind), and guardian of gateway between the physical realm (Aye) and the spiritual realm (Òrún). Ọwaro


Osun (Orísà of the odo Oṣun and patron of the (sovereign) Ijebu nation Ọwaro third weekend of October


Onset of the dry season (Autumn)


Shigidi (Orísà of Òrún-Apadi, the realm of the unsettled spirits and the ghosts of the dead that have left Aye and are forsaken of Òrún-Rere. Custodian of nightmares and patron of assassins. Solemn candlelight to guide the unsettled away from your residence, else they settle in your dolls or other toys. Ọwaro 30 World Slavery Day?


Bèlu / November


Òpé / December


Obajulaiye (Oríṣà of Ṣòwò (Commerce) and owo (wealth). Òpé 15


Onset of the second dry season (winter solstice)



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