Ochosi (also known as Ochossi, Oshosi, or Oxosi) is the divine hunter and embodiment of justice amongst the orishas. He is a skilled tracker and the most talented archer in the world. While he can find his way in and out of the jungle where others get lost, he does not live there. He is an urban orisha and lives in Obatala’s castle as his personal hunter. He is close friends with Esu and Ogun; the three of whom are called “the warriors”. He is an orisha of high moral and ethical standards and encourages his worshippers to be law-abiding, upstanding citizens. He helps his followers to “hit the mark” when they strive to attain goals, and to do so with integrity. He is frequently called upon for issues of injustice and for court cases and legal issues and is considered the patron of police officers and court officials by many followers.
Ochosi is usually depicted as a lean, athletic black man dressed in hides, brandishing a longbow. His shrine is in the form of an open ceramic bowl filled with a metal tools, many of which are bows or crossbows, and a rack of antlers and deer feet, along with 18 loose cowries for diloggun divination through which he can speak. There is only one road or avatar of Ochosi, unlike other orishas. One of his stories captures just how blind Ochosi’s justice can be. Ochosi had a beautiful guinea hen who was his favorite pet. One day he went hunting and his mother decided to do something nice for her dutiful son, so she took the hen, killed it, cooked it up, and had it simmering in a pot on the stove for when he would return. She then left to tend to other things. Ochosi returned to find his beloved guinea hen cooking on the stove and was so upset that he drew an arrow across his bow, aimed it up to the sky and said, “May this arrow land in the heart of whomever killed my lovely guinea hen!” He let the arrow fly, and it found its true target. Ochosi found his mother killed by his own arrow. Ochosi’s ritual numbers are 3 and 7. His beaded necklace is composed of royal blue beads, honey colored beads, and coral beads. His garments are deep blue with gold trim. Animal sacrifice is used to propitiate Ochosi within African Traditional Religions. His sacrifices include: he-goat, roosters, quails, pigeons, guinea hens and all game animals. Altar offerings for Ochosi include anisette liqueur, grapes, and pears. Ochosi has no taboo foods, but he cannot be petitioned to evade the law or to foil justice.
In the syncretic practices of Cuban Santeria, in which African orishas are associated with Catholic Church saints, the representative of Ochosi is Saint Norbert. Hoodoo pyschic readers, spirit workers and root doctors who petition the orishas on behalf of clients may work with Ochosi when there are pending court cases and legal issues.
Aché Elegguá, aché Oggún, aché Ochosi, aché Osun, aché Orunmila, gracias por acompañarme y por librar tantas batallas conmigo. Hoy lo único que les pido es salud y prosperidad para mi olúo Baba Eyiogbe y para toda mi familia de sangre y de piedra. Aché to.
he is walking me through the forest…holding fast to my hand.
with him by my side, i cannot fail.
spirit of iron, help those who journey…
Hawthorn leaf and flower
Ogun (Ogoun) is the chief of the warriors, the God of War, blood, and iron. He is the guardian of the forge, and the patron of civilization and technology. Not just a martial deity, Ogun is the archetypal force that drives technology. He is responsible for tools of progress like farming implements and surgeon’s knives. He is movement, impetus, force. Because of this, Ogun is associated with locomotives, and offerings are often made to him at railroad tracks. In Candomble, he is associated with St. George, the dragon slayer; in Lukumi, he is associated with St. peter. Because of his association with blood, Ogun is often petitioned for aid with blood diseases. However, because Ogun enjoys blood offerings, it is considered inadvisable to petition Ogun while menstruating or with a bleeding wound.
The Seven African powers are highly revered and celebrated amongst initiates and followers of the Yoruba Pantheon. They call them Orixas in Brazil and Loas in Vodun. Practioners from different branches may not worship the same African deities. However, the principle beyond the belief of the Seven…
Ogun could be your guardian Orisha if you:
• have a profound sense of right and wrong
• are quick to take offense
• enjoy physical things
• prefer small groups to large crowds
• prefer to “do” rather than talk about doing
• tend toward a strong physique
• are attracted to metals
• prefer the woods or the mountains to the sea or the countryside
• find that others expect you to do things for them
• have trouble sharing your personal feelings
• get fuzzy headed o er the opposite sex
EBOS (Offerings) FOR OGUN
Ogun, a warrior Orisha, like all things hot and spicy. Peppers in any form, highly spiced foods, 151-proof rum, gin or vodka, black or dark cigars, red palm oil, and once in a while, honey are all suitable offerings. Rooster and male goat are also offered. Because he is the Orisha of metal, there are two particular ebos that refer to his domain. In the event of surgery, buy six different kinds of beans. Soak them overnight, and the next day fry them palm oil with plenty of pepper, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce. You may in luxe onions and garlic as well. Place this on a plate and offer it to Ogun for a successful outcome to the surgical procedure. If you are buying new car, or attempting to sell one, purchase an inexpensive cut of meat at the supermarket. Take the raw meat and rub it on all four tires of the automobile while asking Ogun for his protection and blessings. Leave the meat by the railroad track.
Ogun’a day is Tuesday.
THE Raptor by ROUSH…. so bestial
Life Post Sandy: Scenes from Union Beach, NJ
It was barely a week ago that New Jersey residents were wading through water. And yet on Thursday, they were cleaning up again, this time digging out of snow. Ben Lowy, on assignment for Tumblr, snapped these shots in Union Beach on Thursday.