Quick food for thought today…

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Take this room, place your boveda (Ancestor altar) in it on that table by the lamp and start calling down your ancestors.

Oh, is it offensive I suggest this is an appropriate place to start reverencing your ancestors? Yet placing an Orisa on top of an ori (head) that looks like this is not considered offensive?

Questions to consider:

  • Why do you want to make oosa (become a priest)?
  • What does making oosa mean to you?
  • What do you expect to get from making oosa?
  • What is the reason oosa is being made? Note: Unless you are very ill, please do not tell me someone said to save your life and there were no tools for divination or no Odu (verses of divination literary corpus) cited that pertained to you when it was said.
  • What basic energies [of the tradition] do you have at your disposal currently to work for your benefit?
    • Are you using them appropriately?
    • If you do not know how to manipulate or work with the basic energies, why are you focusing on oosa?
    • How would adding another set of stronger energies improve your life, especially if you do not use the ones currently at your disposal?
  • What work have you done on yourself to “prepare the space” of having an Orisa placed on your head?
    • In what ways have you evolved to improve your character?
    • Are family patterns resolved? (Not fighting: substance abuse, rape, physical/verbal/emotional abuse patterns, neglect, codependency, the deeper issues.)
    • Are personal patterns resolved so that behavior and internal character match the “look”?

My statement is not that one has to be perfect to make oosa, not by a long shot. The point is that there is serious work that is involved to reach the point of making oosa. Not many jump into the tradition on Friday and make oosa on Sunday. There is a reason things are not typically done that way. The Orisas will let you know if and when you are to make oosa, not the other way around and not someone’s opinion. Some are never called to make oosa or are eventually called after 40 years. Until that time, believe that there is still an obligation and there are responsibilities that need to be carried out other than becoming a priest.