Ibeji is also known as Ibelli, Ibryi, Meji, Melli, and Jimaguas. They are twins but the Ibeji are identified as one Orisha. ‘Ibi’ accurately means born and ‘eji’ means two. Twins are considered to be very sacred among the people of Yoruba. They have the highest rate of twin births, about 5% whereas the rest of the world has a twin-birth percentage of 0.5%. The Ibeji and all twins of this world are considered to have one soul in two bodies. The Ibeji are believed to be the original twins born on this earth and are said to be the orishas of joy, glee, and mischief. The Gemini twins in astrology are also said to be related directly to the Ibeji. The Ibejis parents are, namely, Chango and Oshun. Continue reading
Yoga is an exercise that utilizes your entire body; all of your muscles are engaged in elegant poses to relieve yourself of pain and stress. There won’t be a single day where you come back from a yoga session feeling worse than you did before. There’s a certain high you get after and during a yoga session because it really isn’t just a physical exercise but an exercise for your mind as well.
Exercising yoga is a great way to detox your entire body. There are a few poses that offer maximum ways to get your system cleansed.
Seated Twist Pose
Movements in the Seated Twist that involve compression and extended stretching are a great way to cleanse your body. Sure the toxins won’t jump out of your body but movements that constrict and offer resistance will push things downwards in your digestive system. The more we help our digestive system, the faster the toxins are removed. Continue reading
Ogun is known to be a very powerful warrior who has creativity and intelligence when it comes to making new tools. He protects his people from injustice. He is known as the father of civilization because if it were not for his creative tools, the earth would be full of the wilderness. If it were not for his strength, the path from heaven to earth would never have been cleared for the Orishas and humanity to thrive on earth. Ogun’s tools were the tools which helped create new buildings and cities. Continue reading
That time of the month rolls around and brings with it those pains that make your life a living hell. Menstrual pains are just a great inconvenience and can ruin a week of your life at a time. Over 80 percent of women worldwide face extreme period pains that render them completely unable to move for days. It is important to realize what causes these pains and more important to know how they can be relieved. Medications will only do you so much but there are many other remedies you can do or take that will help you just as if not more. Continue reading
Olokun is more commonly known as a feminine deity. However, many also interpret her as a male deity. Her name literally means owner (olo) of the waters (okun). Olokun is, nowadays, associated with the deep seas, the literal bottom floors of the seas.
Her Hidden Queendom
Olokun’s realm is known as the Land of the Dead. Dead Sea creatures eventually drop down to the surface of the sea, providing sustenance to other sea creatures. This process of dying and dropping is also known as ‘marine snow’. Due to the great pressure at the bottom and the darkness, many sea creatures thriving there tend to have monstrous forms.
Never Gives Up Her Secrets
Since no one can dive that deep into the sea, Olokun’s realm has almost never been seen by the human eye. Olokun is often known as the Goddess of secrets. Typically, whatever dies in the sea is never or rarely ever found. Which is why she also signifies wisdom.
There is always something worth knowing even if you cannot attain its knowledge. Especially about birth, life, death and the Afterlife. Olokun also presides over meditation, mental health, dreaming, psychic abilities and water-based healing. Many women pray to her for conceiving a child.
As they associate Olokun with great wealth, individuals desiring power worship Olokun for exactly that purpose.
Although most females tend to worship Olokun, the legend stories tell that men were the initial worshipers of Olokun.
The first legends tell us about a hunter who resided in Urhoniigbe. To determine the origin of distant singing, he ventured off into the woods and found a King including his court. Invited by the King to participate in a spiritual ceremony, the hunter agreed. He decided to stay with the King, Olokun, for almost 3 years and learned spiritual practices and worship associated with Olokun. The hunter’s friends and family presumed him dead.
However, he returned to his people, carrying a water pot over his head. He was completely mute and couldn’t speak. To the shock of the town’s people, he started dancing.
They mocked him for it but it set in motion his 14-day event of ritualistic dancing to please Olokun. After the 14 days, he regained his ability to speak. Next, he told the townsfolk about his experiences. It erased all criticism when the hunter did spiritual work to please Olokun and it blessed the town with positivity. They designated him Chief Priest of Olokun and they built a temple for Olokun on the spot where the hunter had rested his water pot after the 14th day.
They often depict Olokun as a black mermaid. The animal used to symbolize Olokun is the mud fish which buries itself in the mud. Her followers also link her to the red coral. The coral purifies the water and provides sustenance for sea animals.
Learn more about Santeria and the Orishas with Lucumi: The Ways of Santeria