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His name means the ancestor realm knows salvation. Known as the secretary of Olodumare, he is second only to Olodumare (the supreme being). Orunmila, the Prophet of Ifa and the father of Esu Odara, is known as the Witness of Fate. The one who knows destiny, it is Orunmila who brought Ifa to human beings. Orunmila’s colors are reddish-brown and green and his number 16. The Rat is sacred to Orunmila. Praise phrase – Ayan awo inu igbo which translates as Ayan tree is the Mystery of the inner Sanctum of the Sacred Grove. Esu Odara The divine messenger of Ifa and son of Osun, it is Esu that is the owner of the crossroads; the Òrisà that opens the way. He is known as the Policeman of Ifa, enforcing the “law of being.” The One we call the trainman, who takes prayers from Aye (the world) to Orun (Heaven) to Olodumare. The One the Òrisàs must go through first as it is Esu who is the prime negotiator between positive and negative forces in the body. Known as the trickster, Esu is the one that needs to be consulted when a major decision is to be made. The Central Nervous System and the spinal chord in the body is Esu. crosses and keys represent Esu. Ladders are sacred to him. His colors are red and black and his numbers are 3, 7, and 21. Praise phrase – Esu Elegba Ogo-Owoni, which translates to Esu the divine messenger and the owner of the 200 forces that sit at the back of the profound head. – Planet Mercury: known as the messenger of the gods Ogun The Spirit of Iron and the Òrisà of war, Ogun is the Òrisà of truth. Ogun, is not a negotiator, he is a liberator. He is the great warrior who dwells in the forest. Ogun is the divinity that clears paths, specifically blockages/interruptions of flow of vital energies with his Machete. Ogun is who women go to when they want a man. He represents the heart and strength. His colors are green and black, although in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria his color is blood red. Ogun’s numbers is 3 and 7 and the yam is a sacred food to him. He presides over eucalyptus, alfalfa, hawthorn, bloodroot, parsley, motherwort and garlic. The dog is a sacred animal to him. The Ogun is associated with the heart, kidney (adrenal glands) tendons and sinews. He represents masculinity i.e. archetypal man. He is the Warrior that has never been defeated and fights on our behalf. He is pure Energy. -- Planet Mars: known as the god of war and energy. Obatala The King of the White Cloth; King of the White Light or King of Dreams, is the Orisa that gives you focus and clarity. Known as the father of human form, we call him Òrisà-nla (The Great Òrisà). Obatala represents intelligence, order, expansion, patience, vision, and long life. He is known as the administrator, judge, the old man, and for curing illness and deformities. Obatala governs the bones, brain, and white fluids of the body. His color is white and his number is 8. The elephant, the snail, and the chameleon are sacred animals to Obatala. The coconut is a sacred food to Obatala. In nature the Mountain is sacred to him. He is presides over basil, hyssop, valerian, white willow, kola nut , sage and skullcap. Praise phrase – Oba igbo which translates to the King of the Sacred Grove or at times we say Father of the Sacred Grove. -Planet: Sun brings forth light for the whole world. It is the sun that gave birth to the solar system and all the planets in it. -- Planet: Saturn brings restriction, discipline, concentration, administrative skills and is depicted as an old man. Sango The Spirit of Lightning and known as Jakuta in certain regions in Nigeria. Sango is the Òrisà of Justice, strategy, magnetism, electricity, virility, masculinity, and fire. He possesses the ability to transform base substance into something pure and valuable. He supposedly hung from a tree on Koso hill but lived on. He is known to have the gift of gab and is known to emit smoke and fire while speaking. The Òrisà of Royalty, Sango is the King of Oyo and the father of the Ibeji (the Twins), . He carries the double axe and his colors are red and white and his number is 6. Sango's sacred animals are the leopard, ram, and the tortoise. Orogbo (Bitter Kola Nut) is a sacred food. His sacred tree is the Ayan tree. Sango governs the reproductive system (male), bone marrow and life force or chi. He presides over plantains, saw palmetto, hibiscus, fo-ti, sarsaparilla, nettles and cayenne. -- Planet Jupiter: the god of Justice; carries the double axe (which is the symbol of the thunderbolt) i.e. the god of thunder and lightning.
She is the vagina. She is the divinity of the Ogun River and presides over kelp. heavenly water. squavine. Her color is blue and her number is 7. salt water. whose name translates to the Mother of the Fish. She is the amnonic fluid in the womb and she raised the Ibeji (the twin children of Sango and Osun). is the nurturer and gives Osun permission for childbirth. liver.Yemoja Yemoja. and freshwater. . In the female body. breast and buttocks. Yemoja is the mother of all water.