On December 14, 2020, Ile Ori Ogbe Egun/I-TEACH Love Institute consulted Ifa using the Dafa technology to get insights on the energy guiding the year 2021. We also consulted Ifa to determine the Orisha (enlightened spiritual beings) whose vibrational energy will play a major role in 2021. And finally, Senior Priests of Ile Ori offered additional insights on the energy guiding 2020 which was recorded and shared with the international body. MAFEREFUN OYA! MAFEREFUN OSHUN! MAFEREFUN SANGO! MAFEREFUN ORUNMILA! AND OF COURSE, MAFEREFUN ESHU AND EGUN! IBASE.
Reading of the Year 2021-Ile Ori Ogbe Egun-Temple of the Enlightened Path/Institute of Transformative Education & Collective Healing (I-TEACH LOVE)
Cast: 12/14/2020 by Master Diviner: Iyanifa Ifalade
Recorders: Apetabi Iya Oyaseeke & Awo Ifadunsin
Witnesses: Iya Onisangode, Iya Oyaseeke, Iyalosa Olori, Awo Ifadunsin
Primary Odu: Osa-Oyeku (Comes in Ire Through Wealth & Spiritual Protection)
Supporting Odu: Obara-Owonrin (Ire)
Supporting Odu: Ika-Ogunda (Ibi)
Ruling Orisha of 2021: Sango & Yemoja with Strong Presence of Oya/Egun
Supporting Orishas: Ori, Oya, Oko, Ibeji, Ogun, Iyami/Flag Colors-Red, Blue, White
Osa Oyeku-Primary Messages
Ø Ifa says, in 2021 Spiritual Discipline leads to long life and helps us avoid a shortened life. While this odu promises blessings of unlimited wealth as well as success in business, good health and long life, we MUST be consistent with spiritual studies and ebbos to get blessings. It is imperative to honor both food AND behavioral taboos in 2021. Ile Ori will host session for Ita and Esentaye reviews.
Ø In 2021, Ifa says we must be prepared for sudden changes in plans and external efforts to sabotage. We must also prepare for random things that could go wrong. Ifa says, keep a cool head and monitor your responses to challenges and changes. We mustn't be stopped nor taken off course when faced with obstacles. Also, delays may be the Orisa's way of protecting us. In 2021, we must deal with changes with a cool head.
Ø In 2021, Ifa says back up your hard drives, keep extra medication/vitamins put away. It's also good to secure a wireless internet provider separate from your primary one in case your regular internet goes down.
Ø Ifa says, have alternate sources of power (generator/solar phone charger) and have emergency food and water on deck. Anything that adds security if Plan A doesn't work is important.
Ø Because Iku and death are strongly present in this Odu, we must take great care with our health and safety in 2021. Avoid being on the streets at night unless you have a good reason. This odu speaks of strict honoring of food taboos and sanitary practices in food prep and storage. Consistency with wellness practices including taking time to rest and relax the mind and spirit. Following divinatory guidance and doing ebbos in a timely manner to avert negative forces is paramount.
Ø Ifa says get medical check-ups in 2021 (but don't overdo or be excessive). Guard against gluttony and overeating. Watch in particular, food and drug addictions. Utilize protective gear outside of home/car (mask, shield etc.) even if you think there is no threat but be sure to get OUTSIDE IN THE SUN FOR VITAMIN D.
Ø Ifa says, in 2021 be mindful of conduct with the partners of other people. If you are in relationship, keep boundaries clear between you and outside people and don't put yourself in compromising positions. It is taboo in 2021 to get in a relationship with the former mate of a good friend or family member. Great tragedy, loss and wars can be caused by becoming romantically involved with the partner (former partner included) or mate of a good friend.
Ø Understanding Shango's mysteries will be key in 2021. All temple members must receive a training to understand Shango's challenges and how he came to victory. Shango priests of Ile Ori are called to do a presentation on the ase of this mighty Orisa. Members of Ile Ori are to give a derecho of $6.00 to the oldest Sango priest in the Ile for protection and justice in 2021.
Ø Yemoja comes to deepen our commitment to self care. But Yemoja also brings a special message. Do not tolerate intentional (repeated offensives of the same nature) abuse or mistreatment from anyone. This includes mates, friends, business contacts and even your children. Obatala spoke through Olorisha Ifayele this year about the importance of respect of parents in 2021. Yemoja herself will make right disrespect of parents. This includes spiritual parents.
Ø Oya comes bringing overwhelming success in the marketplace in 2021. She also comes with the sound of money playing like a sweet tune. Oya will show us how to position ourselves in the business world. EBBO: Members of Ile Ori are to receive a special Oya blessed good luck mojo bag to hang in their vehicle or on their ancestral shrine. Use this charm to close business deals and as a magnet for wealth. Cost: $53 plus $10 shipping/handling. Contact Iya Oyaseeke for this powerful medicine.
Ø EBBO: Ifa says, working with Ori is key in 2021. ALL MEMBERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING FOR ORI RITUAL WORK. This will not only lead us toward success but prevent untimely death.
Ø Ifa says, in 2021 stop worrying about things you can't change. Focus instead of things you can change through right action. Start with clearing up debt of all kinds. This would be a good year to repair your credit and make a payment plan for outstanding bills. Even small payments toward debt will alleviate crisis as a result of financial debt. Also be sure to clear up emotional debt. Apologize for mistakes in the past and do your best to immediately address wrongs and/or mistakes in the the present or future.
Ø Osa-Oyeku warns against pawning personal items and borrowing or lending personal items. It's better to give things away or buy the thing that someone needs to borrow. Lending things drains your luck and gives it to the person you lent to. Also take care with buying things on credit as challenges can come because of unpaid debts. If you must buy on credit, do your best to pay early and pay ahead.
Ø Osa Oyeku guides us to pay attention to dreams. The faces of your true enemies AND/OR people you need to do work to resolve conflicts with will show up in dreams. You might also dream of those who can help you heal.
Ø Osa Oyeku calls us to honor the Orisa Oko in 2021. Specific and focused attention must be paid to farmers and gardeners, as well as anyone who is in charge of the food supply. Worship of Oko will protect us against food shortages. EBBO: All Ile members should have Ileke of Oko (many got this bead when he was guarding relationships a few years back). CONTACT IYA OYASEEKE
Ø Oko will also use his powerful connection with the earth to avert all forms of negative magic or witchcraft from our paths. Oko is connected to Bees and will show up this year through the presence of Bees. EBBO: Initiated priests of Ile Ori are called to receive the Orisa Oko and have him installed in their gardens. If you don't have a garden, you can keep him in a planter pot. If you already have him, he must be washed, fed and propitiated. Iyanifa Ifalade & Awo Ifadunsin to officiate.
Ø Ifa says, leaders of temples must partake in a divination every seventeen days. It was divined that each temple leader, (Iyanifa Ifalade, Awo Ifadunsin, Iyanifa Senakhu, Iyalosa Olori) will take turns to divine, mark and do ebbos. These ebbos are specifically for temple leadership and to keep temple members safe and thriving. Members will be informed about readings/ebbos on an as needed basis. Dates for readings will be preset beginning January 17.
Ø In Osa Oyeku, Ifa warns against allowing anyone except immediate family, spouse or partner to live in our home. Be very careful about people you invite to your home in 2021.
Ø Ifa says, do not do anything illegal in 2021. Make sure all legal issues are resolved to avoid problems with the law.
Ø Ifa says, in 2021, avoid fighting and arguing with others like the plague. Try your best to talk thing through calmly and seek out win-win resolutions. Ifa says do your best to stay away from the energy of courts, jails and anything involving legal issues.
Ø EBBO: All members of Ile Ori will need a Head Rogation to Obatala both to keep their heads cool throughout 2021 and to make clear the wrongs they need to make right. Obatala will bring peace to the hearts we've hurt both knowingly and unknowingly. Ingredients for the rogations are as follows:. Grated coconut (or white potato if allergic to coconut), cascarilla or Efun, shea or cocoa butter, a splash of cow milk, a splash of goat milk, white flower petals, grated pear, white bread and honey. Because of COVID, rogations will be done remotely under the guidance of a senior priest. Detailed instructions on this to come.
Ø Rogation must be kept on head OVERNIGHT. Ingredients of the rogation should be discarded in three places. You may choose from crossroads, river, stream or ocean, the woods or place with heavy trees, a marketplace or cemetery. You can also pick up the rogation materials from a designated Senior Priest in your area. Contact Iyanifa Ifalade for list of priests who can prepare the rogation.
Ø Ifa says the Ibeji will keep the energy light and playful as the world transmutes the negating energy from the last four years. This is a good year to receive Ibeji and or work the Ibeji if you have them. EBBO: In the meantime, send $12 to Iyanifa Ifalade for special prayers and blessings of playfulness, happiness, bliss and joy from the Ibeji in 2021.
Ø And finally, in 2021, because of the presence of Iku in the world, it is a good year to receive Isefa i.e. the one/left hand of Ifa. We hope that COVID19 will be under control sufficient to come together. In the meantime, Ile members and their family, can receive the mini-version of one ikin and get their odu to tap into the medicine. Request info about these rituals from Iyanifa Ifalade.
1. Ekuru White Beans or Black Eyed Peas to Ifa/Oko and palm oil on the earth for wealth and spiritual protection. Sprinkle with Iyerosun (yellow) powder. May substitute corn meal for Iyerosun. Make Black Eyed Peas for self/family and eat on New Year's Day for wealth and spiritual protection.
2. Luck & Favor Oya Pouch for protection of blessings.
3. Take part in Ori Rituals Class. Implement regular scheduled work with Ori.
4. Receive bead/Ileke of Oko (contact Iya Oyaseeke to procure).
5. Structured work with Egun. Members are called to participate in monthly White Tables, to receive Opa Iku and do LaMadama. Ancestors are everything in 2021.
SUPPORTING ODU/IRE-OBARA OWONRIN-PRIMARY MESSAGES
Ø In Obara-Owonrin, Ifa promises all the good things we hope for will get to us. After we have done the work to bring our blessings, we must persevere and be patient. The blessings will come if our house is in order.
Ø Ifa says we must master working from home in 2021. As the world works to open back up, life AND BILLS goes on. Be creative and of course, ethical. But do use technology to do your work and stay in alignment with your blessings.
Ø Ifa says in 2021, create streams of income that will come to you while you are doing enjoyable things. We are creating a new paradigm whereby wealth comes not from toil and struggle but by doing what makes us happy.
Ø Ifa says in 2021, haters and antagonists will attempt to discredit us and sabotage our good work. We may experience unprovoked attacks even from people we have been kind to. Ifa says, we will be victorious and their attempts will not interfere with our blessings. But we must do ebbo to avert the energy of envy and bring forth our victory (see below for prescribed sacrifice).
1. Behavioral Ebbo: Do your best not argue and fight. Talk things through calmly while seeking and finding win-win resolutions. Allow each person to talk for specific amount of time without interruption. Repeat what was said back to the person for clarification.
2. Ebbo to Oshun for wealth, sweetness, protection against wars and favor. Hollowed out a yellow banana squash. Inside of the squash, add watercress or arugula, roasted/or shaved corn and honey. Take to a river, stream or moving body of spring water (like a waterfall) and let it float away. Leave the $5.00 at the bank of the river with 5 coins in any denomination.
3. Ebbo to Oya for protection against enemies: Red wine, molasses, sunflower seeds. Leave outside of the cemetery or in a deeply wooded area with 9 pennies. Iya Oyaseeke has been commissioned to make a special charm for luck, favor and protection ($53 plus $10 Shipping/Handling).
4. Ebbo to Ancestors for protection and favor. Give your ancestors their favorite foods on the earth in a place with trees. Be sure to include a dollop of palm oil and include something sweet.
SUPPORTING ODU-IKA-OGUNDA-PRIMARY MESSAGES
Ø In Ika-Ogunda, Ifa says something worthy of a big celebration is coming in 2021. Ifa says you will be very happy on this occasion.
Ø However, you must not show your excitement in a public venue. Must not publicly exhibit enthusiasm over the magnitude of the blessing. Wait until you are home or with people who you KNOW are proud of and happy for you. Stay calm and defer to the Elders in an expression of gratitude and humility.
Ø Ifa calls us to do sacrifice/ebbo to avert the energy of those who would be jealous and hateful of our success. In your great moment, credit those who stood by and supported you and those who were loyal during times of need. SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS.
Ø Ifa says, do not play pranks on anyone in 2021. If says do not agree for a prank to played against you in 2021. In Ika Ogunda, serious injury, tragedy and even death can happen as a result of a joke.
1. Behavioral Ebbo for protection from detractors/haters; Be humble with respect to blessings. As a strategy, when speaking in public, give acknowledgement to teachers, famly and friends to shift any unwanted attention. Gratitude begets (brings on) gratitude. In private, you can scream, shout and do other displays of happiness and gratitude.
2. Ebbo to Ogun for physical protection: Place 4-8 red meat/beef stew chunks in paper bag, coat meat with palm oil, close bag and wipe one's body down from head to toe. After cleansing, discard ebbo near railroad tracks, steel mill or auto repair shop.
3. Ebbo to Ori to not die prematurely: Wash head in the liquid from Okra.
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History of Tawede
Tawede was founded, created and channeled by Oloye Ifa Karade, Chief Priest of Ile Tawo Lona and founding father of the Ile Ori community. Tawede is a term taken from the sacred scriptural wisdom Eji Ogbe, which comes from the spiritual teachings and medicine of the Odu Ifa. Ifa is a West African spirituality practiced by the Yoruba of Nigeria, West Africa. This Odu Ifa speaks of a woman who was despondent because she was unable to conceive. After many attempts, she sought out an Ifa priest. When the Babalawo (Ifa priest) divined, the Odu Eji Ogbe, spoke. This Odu stated that she would receive blessings if she went to the shrine of Obatala. When she arrived, the Obatala priest guided her to the clay vessel where the sacred water was kept and bid her to drink from the gourd he gave to her. Within a month, the once barren woman was with child. When the child was born, she named him, Tawede.
How to Observe Tawede
From December 16th to the 31st (a total of 16 days), descendants of the Karade Order are called to deepen their faith, knowledge and understanding by earnestly working on increasing the elements of the faith. Directives include increased prayer, offerings, divinations, comparative religious and philosophical study, Yoruba language and customs, and study of the Odu-Ifa. Each year during the Tawede Observance Period, Ile Ori Ogbe Egun conducts its Reading of the Year. During the Reading of the Year we divine to get the guiding energies and Orisha for the coming year. This year the reading will take place on December 16
As adherents to the Ifa Religious Tradition, we are set to symbolically identify with the mother who seeks a child; as we are a people seeking to gain understanding and substantiation of our identity and cultural reality.
We are seeking to give birth to the reality of the ancestral souls and allow ourselves to be the carriers of their greatness. We are praying at the feet of the Orishas for the conceptualization of our consciousness to occur so that we may be conceived. We make our vows and oaths to be of sound heart and pure intent. We call upon the priests and priestesses of our community to assist us in the way of ritual. We are told to drink from the vessel of the divine entities to make fertile our essence.
When the rituals of TAWEDE are observed, devotees must have clay vessels of pure water present. Homage to the Odu: Eji Ogbe must be made as well as to Orisha’nla, Obatala. White candles and cloth must also be present as well as white kola nuts and efun. This in no way means that the other Odu and Orisha are not to be incorporated into TAWEDE.
For example, on each of the 16 days, a specific Odu could be studied to enhance awareness and appreciation for the wisdom and directives of the Ifa tradition (See: The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts and other Ifa-centered text). Liturgy, prose, parables, Orisha, and other levels of knowledge can be extracted and applied to life and living on a daily basis until the Ifa holiday ends.
During the TAWEDE observance, the Olori Ebi (head of household) is encouraged to develop and lead the rituals, prayers, and study. Discussions, innovations, and insights will be posted on the web and appropriate social media.
TAWEDE CULTURAL OBSERVANCES
The chant "A ti te e na ki o tun ra e te" is to be done on a daily basis as part of your meditation. It means, ''Now that I have been initiated, I must continually re-initiate myself."
When addressing Temple members one must say, ''Ka Maa W'Orisha O—Look toward the Orisha. The response is, "lse Olorun tobi."
When addressing the Babalawo or Iyanifa, One should say, "Aboru, Aboye, Abosise." The Babalawo or Iyanifa answers, “Ogbo Ato.”
When addressing priests or priestesses of the faith, we say, "lfa Gbe Wa O!"
When addressing Oloye, one should say, "Obakoso Enikeji Orisha o."
Tawede Cultural Observances for Community, Families & Individuals
- Icons and artifacts of the Orisha are to be openly displayed in whatever manner possible (art work, statuettes, clothing, jewelry, ilekes, etc.). Such icons are reflections of ancestral reverence and Ifa religious tradition and need to be proudly shown.
- Devotees should review and adhere to the Alaashe (listed in the Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts by Baba Ifa Karade) and the Thirteen Guidelines for Priestly Living.
- Devotees can attend workshops, ritual services, classes, lectures, divinations, performances, etc. in order to advance awareness and depth of the Ifa/Orisha Traditional Religion.
- If there aren’t workshops in your area, host a sit-in in your home or borrow a space and invite a small gathering of family and friends. Pour libation and explain the significance of the practice.
-Work up a good sweat with an African dance class or put on that Fela CD and move to the African beats.
-Commit to an hour of yoga, tai chi, exercises or stretching on each day of the observance.
-Fast or eat sparingly (sorry, no late night snacks) or observe a wellness centered diet during Tawede.
-Omit dairy, sugar, and meats and try to eat more raw foods during this time. And don't forget to increase your water intake!
-Get plenty of rest and reduce stress.
OLOYE IFA KARADE-SPIRITUAL FATHER/CO-FOUNDER OF ILE ORI
Personal Tawede Work
Write a 1 year spiritual plan. Make a commitment to your Temple. Make a recording of yourself reciting prayers, songs, or the Odu Ifa to listen to in the car or on the train. Start or renew a hobby or craft to reduce idleness and stress; and to increase focus and purpose. Spend time with an elder whom you feel a special connection with. Make an offering to him/her. Share an Oldies CD; bring flowers, a hand-made gift, or a sweet potato pie!
Spend time with a child whom you would like to positively influence. Make an offering to them. Pop popcorn; take a trip to the museum (remember to keep it African/ Orisha centered). Choose an African person, place, or thing you don't know much about and read-up on the subject.
For more information about Tawede or to book Oloye Ifa Karade to speak at your Tawede event, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org