Oyeku Ofun Temple

Ifa and Orisha Temple in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California


ITADOGUN 8/20/14


ITADOGUN 8/20/14:
This Itadogun IFA says that we will be seeing the blessings of wealth. IFA says we should be patient and careful, and that we should not be in any hurry to attain wealth. IFA says that our patience and coolness will lead to great wealth in our lives. On this IFA says we should appease ORUNMILA with palm oil, wine, and many food stuffs. 
On this IFA says:
A calabash handled with care will not ever break
A dish handled with care will not break into pieces
The cloth used with care will not fade quickly
Whatever we handle with care will not be spoiled
That which is handled with force will prove to be extremely difficult
IFA’s declarations to ORUNMILA
When going to marry Kele, carefulness, as his wife
What can we use to bring Kele home?
That is what we use to bring Kele to our home


May our offerings be accepted and the blessings manifest. Ase O


Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple


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Gingerly The Moon Rises

Gingerly the moon rises
And gingerly the moon descends
Let us use an iron rod to nail the moon for it to become strong
Ifa’s message for Olofin
Who will live up to 14,000 years on our Earth
He was advised to offer Ebo
He complied
20 years from now, I will remain young and vibrant
30 years from this time, I will remain young and vibrant
Even in 100 years time, I will remain young and vibrant
All young pigeons look fresh and vibrant
The Akapo is busy offering Ebo of longevity

May the full moon bring us IRE GBOGBO


Itadogun 8/4/14

Itadogun 8/4/14
This Itadogun, IFA warns us to be careful and patient to avoid possible losses. We should be offering ESU sacrifice with many eeru pepper. With sacrifice we will surely avoid the possible losses.
On this IFA says:
Only one strand of string was used to suspend Mother Earth
Ifa’s declaration to Oniki Ola
When she was searching for an ideal spouse
She was advised to offer Ebo
She refused to comply
Then she gave birth to Ejiogbe in Otun town
And Oyekumeji in Apa town
And Iworimeji in Igodo town
And Odimeji in Eju town
Offering of sacrifice is very supportive
To give eeru to Esu is rewarding
Had Oniki Ola known before it was too late
She would have used her money to comply and offer sacrifice

May Olodumare protect us. Ase O

Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple

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August 2014 (Osu Ogun) Ifa and Orisha Calendar

August 2014 (Osu Ogun) Ifa and Orisha Calendar

1 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
2 Sango/ Oya
3 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
4 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun ***
5 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
6 Sango/ Oya
7 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
8 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
9 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
10 Sango/Oya
11 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
12 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
13 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
14 Sango/Oya
15 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
16 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
17 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
18 Sango/Oya
19 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
20 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun ***
21 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
22 Sango/Oya
23 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
24 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
25 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
26 Sango/Oya
27 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
28 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
29 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
30 Sango/Oya
31 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna

*** = Itadogun


How the Orisha Received Their Ashe (Powers)

How the Orisha Received Their Ashe (Powers)
By Iyalorisha Oyaseye Fakayode
Apetebi at Oyeku Ofun Temple

Whenever any Orisha needed any guidance or help, they would go to Orunmila. Orunmila was an excellent diviner and master in the art of medicine and magic. Everyone loved Orunmila because he loved and took care of everyone.
One day an Orisha named Oko had a problem on his mind and came to Orunmila for assistance. “Baba Orunmila, please hear me out. Here I am, living on Earth, but I have no way to distinguish myself amongst the others here. I have no special talents or powers that make me stand out from the rest. Whenever anyone has a problem they run to you. I would like to be of assistance to others in some way of my own. Please, what can you do to help me?”
Orunmila pondered for a minute. “I see, I see… Let me think about this for a while. I will see what we can do.”
The next day another Orisha named Ogun came to Orunmila. “Baba Orunmila, am I not an Orisha?,” Ogun asked him. “I should be powerful! Humans should be praising me. Alas, I have nothing that distinguishes me from any other Orisha. Baba, what can you do to make this better for me?”
Orunmila answered him, “I am thinking… I will see what we can do.”
It did not take long before all of the Orisha came, one by one, to Orunmila’s abode looking for their own powers. Sango went to inquire, Osanyin went to inquire, Eshu went to inquire, and many more. They all came to Orunmila, asking for special gifts and wisdom that they can use to help the world.
Orunmila was distressed. His wife, the Apetebi, noticed that Orunmila was not well. He did not touch his food for days and he tossed-and-turned in his sleep. Worried about his health, she called his friend, Alagemo the Chameleon and asked him to go and talk with him. When Alagemo arrived he suggested they take a walk together in the sacred forest. On their walk, Alagemo asked Orunmila why he was so heavy with worry and trouble.
Orunmila replied, “I love all the Orisha equally. If I give one Orisha one thing, the others may complain that their gift was not as powerful. They all say to me, ‘give me a power so I can also assist the world’. But there are so many powers, some great and some small. Who am I to know who I should give what? How can I treat them all equally with such a problem?”
Alagemo listened and thought before he spoke. “My friend, why don’t you leave the distribution to chance? Return to your Mother in the Sky and send a messenger here to announce that on a certain day, all the powers will be poured from the sky. Let all the Orisha catch and keep what they can. By sending a messenger to tell everyone, it will all be fair and no one will say that you favored another.”
Orunmila smiled, “Wise Alagemo, your name will forever be great!”
Orunmila returned to the sky and prepared everything. He sent down a messenger to Earth who visited every Orisha and informed them that in five days, all the powers would fall from the sky. They should grasp what they can, or collect where they fall. The Orisha were very excited and appreciated Orunmila.
On the fifth day all the Orisha came out of their homes. Powers fell from the sky and the Orisha caught them here and there. Some jumped up high into the air, others picked up what fell on to the ground. Some dashed through others and snatched what they could, while others held out their hands and caught whatever they grasped. Eshu who was very strong and did not hesitate to shove anyone aside, he gathered a large amount of powers. He caught powers to defeat his enemies, the power of great strength, and even the power to confuse people, the power of the word/language (Ofo Ase), and many many more. Because of all the Ashe that Eshu received, everyone respected Eshu and sought to keep him happy at all times.
Orisha Shango picked up powers that had fallen in a near by field. He collected the power to control lightening. From then on, everyone called him Jakuta, the stone thrower. He was honored and respected all over. He soon became the ruler of the city of Oyo. Orisha Oko, who was the first to ask Orunmila for powers, received the power to make crops flourish. People from all over praised him and gave him gifts so that he would bless their fields and their food would continue to grow abundantly. Orisha Ogun merged through the crowd and caught powers that made him very strong, so strong no enemy could defeat him. He received a machete that could cut through any evil and make way for divine progression. He became the owner of the power of iron and metals, and was known as a powerful blacksmith. Orisha Osanyin grasped the healing powers of curing through the special knowledge of plants and their medicinal purposes. All the Orishas, left and right, received something so that they could continue to live on Earth and contribute to the world with their special gifts. Now people could go to them and they would find assistance through the powers of the Orisha.
Let us end on this note: just as the Orisha have special, divine powers (Ashe) to contribute to the world, we too have been blessed with our own special talents, gifts, and powers. Some of us may have gifts that are more recognized than others, but this does not mean that the divine favors one more than the other. We are all special and have our own powers to make this world a better place. The key is finding our own inner divine special gifts and talents. Orunmila is still helping people find their inner Ashe through his dedicated priests and priestesses. And the Orisha, with their individual Ashe, are all still helping us here on Earth today.

[Reference: Tales of Yoruba Gods and Heroes by Harold Courlander]


About the Author:
Apetebi Oyaseye Fakayode was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA.
She is a very devout worshiper of the Orisa, especially Orisa Oya.
She and her husband together founded and run Oyeku Ofun Temple, a traditional Ifa and Orisa temple.
She is a talented artist, bead-maker, seamstress, and craftswoman.
Also, she is a loving wife and mother.
She currently resides on the beach in Northern California with her family.


ITADOGUN 7/19/2014

7/19/2014 ITADOGUN

This Itadogun, IFA says that all those who are looking for a spouse will find a compatible and good spouse. On this IFA says we must not be in a hurry or rush to find the right relationship for us — as devotees of IFA we are assured that IFA will bring the successes into our lives and we do not need to be acting in haste. IFA will surely lead us on our path to glory and goodness. On this IFA says we should be appeasing IFA and ESU with oyin (honey).

[Please note: when we appease IKIN IFA with oyin, we should be cutting the oyin with ori (shea butter) beforehand.]

IFA says:
The shoulders are the branches of the neck
This was Ifa’s message for Makanjuola, Do-not-be-in-a-hurry-to-achieve-success
The true son of Agbonniregun
When coming form heaven to earth
He was advised to offer Ebo
He complied
Ifa will never die in 20 years
Those who wish to be true children of Ifa
Ifa says that you need not to hurry to attain success
Ifa will never dies in 30 years
Those who wish to be true children of Ifa
Ifa says that you need not to hurry to accomplish anything in life

May OLODUMARE guide and guard us. Ase O

Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple

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IFA divination will be performed every Itadogun (every 16 days) and information will be posted detailing what offerings should be made following each Itadogun.


On this Itadogun, Ifa says we will see Ire Aiku, blessings of long life / deathlessness. On this Ifa says we must appease ESU ODARA to chase off all evil principalities from our lives and allow us to see long life and comfort. On this Ifa says we should appease ESU with plenty of beer and plenty of palm oil.
On this Ifa says:
Ogbe let us go home the offspring of Osin
Ogbe let us go home the offspring of Ora
Ogbe let us go home the offspring of the Ogun shrine spread across the home frontage
Ifa’s messages to Orunmila
When death and affliction were knocking at the door to his house
And all evil spirits were going to his house
He was advised to offer Ebo
He complied
Before long and not far
Join us where we see victory over adversaries
Victory over enemies is what Ifa guarantees for all devotees
Now whatever you may have
Please give it to the evil strangers so they may go away
Let all Ajogun depart and go along on their way

Aboru, Aboye.
May our offerings be accepted.

** Next Itadogun will be 7/19/14

May Olodumare guide and guard us. Ase O

Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple


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