Untitled Orisha Poem….

Omi Tuto Oni Tuto Tuto Laroye Mi querido Esu, pido su bendicion. Pido que su ashe abre los caminos de la consencia. ashe, ashe… May my words be heard by those who normally do not listen. May my presence be felt by those who normally believe that they have grown numb. The boom is not…

A Community in Prayer…

The trials and tribulations associated with our mortal existence often crash upon us with a force that not only threatens to knock us down, but also to keep us down. It is because of this that we must be ever vigilant against the tendencies to stay down. We must remember that we walk on the…

Gracias Papa….

“El Santo le quiere dar Claridad….Claridad, Claridad….El Santo le quiere dar…” The drums beat strongly behind me. From a device that embodies many of the technological advances that have come to exist as social norms for the western world, traditional rhythms are recited and my body responds with instinct. My fingers dance over the keyboard hitting…

The Ride…

Welcome. All aboard. As the train runs on tracks laid by routine thought, I take a moment to get out of the seat that represents my life and walk down the aisles that represent the reality of others. I see images that are in extreme contrast to my own. I see countless individuals deprived of…

Paying for a Service. Not Salvation.

One of the most passionate arguments I have heard regarding the practice of Ifa and/or Santeria is that practitioners are discouraged (to say the least) at the fact that each step of their progress comes with a monetary price. This leads to the creation of an image that their salvation is dependent on their financial…

Its About the Bond, Not the Beads…

Each and every day, individuals adorn themselves with beaded bracelets (known as ildes) and necklaces (known as ellekes) in the hopes of receiving more of the blessings, guidance, protection, and overall ashe of the Orishas and the Eggun. Botanicas (stores selling religious items) are in abundance in major cities such as New York and Miami,…

Beginning the New Year…

Often overlooked is the fact that we are all responsible for the decisions we make in our personal life paths. While it is common to scrutinize a specific action and label it the cause or the root of an issue, situation, event, etcetera; the reality is that we must not stop at evaluating our actions….

I am Egbe….

She stands, on the first of the 365 days and nights that will represent her existence. She thinks of her sibling who ceased to exist only hours ago. Contrary to the tradition, she was not able to hold his hand before he left for the crowds seeking to trample on his existence with a relentless…