Ancient Carvings & Sculptures…

 Discover extraordinary Carvings & Sculptures designs by talented Artisans worldwide. Throughout history, civilizations have documented life experiences through Carving – Sculpting physical items, Crafting fantastic wood Carvings as well as Stone, Metal & Bronze Sculptures.

Wood Carving is a form of woodworking by means of a cutting tool  in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in the Sculptural ornamentation of a wooden object.

The making of Sculpture in wood has been extremely widely practiced, but survives much less well than the other main materials such as stone and bronze, as it is vulnerable to decay, insect damage, and fire. It therefore forms an important hidden element in the art history of many cultures. Outdoor wood sculptures do not last long in most parts of the world, so it is still unknown how the totem pole tradition developed. Many of the most important sculptures of China and Japan in particular are in wood, and so are the great majority of African Sculptures and that of Oceania and other regions. Wood is light and can take very fine detail so it is highly suitable for masks and other Sculptures intended to be worn or carried. It is also much easier to work on than stone.

Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. Durable Sculptural processes originally used Carving and Molding, in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials.  

Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works from Ancient Cultures, though conversely traditions of Sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely.  

Sculpture has been central in Religious devotion in many Cultures, and until recent centuries large Sculptures, too expensive for private individuals to create, were usually an expression of Religion. Those Cultures whose Sculptures have survived in quantities include the Cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean, India and China, as well as many in South America and Africa.

Most African Sculpture was historically in wood and other organic materials that have not survived from earlier than at most a few centuries ago. Masks are important elements in the art of many peoples, along with human figures, often highly stylized. Direct images of deities are relatively infrequent, but masks in particular are or were often made for Religious Ceremonies.

West African Cultures developed bronze casting for reliefs to decorate palaces like the famous Benin Bronzes, and very fine naturalistic royal heads from around the Yoruba town of Ife in terracotta and metal. Akan gold weights are a form of small metal Sculptures representing proverbs and so with a narrative element rare in African Sculpture, and royal regalia included impressive gold Sculptured elements.

Between the Ivory Coast and the Congo lie Ife, in the Yoruba country, and Benin, in Southern Nigeria, where African Sculpture has reached its highest level. The bronzes are of two kinds. There are figures – either life-size human heads or models of animals or human beings – and there are relief sculptures of complete scenes, animals, human beings and mythological or magical symbols. The principal ivory products are large elephant tusks carved in relief, goblets and tankards decorated either in relief or open-work, and armlets and other ornaments in the same style. The headdress and the rings round the neck of bronze heads, represent the traditional coral decoration still worn by the kings of Benin. Coral beads were an important part of the crown treasures, and when a ruler ceased to wear them it was a sign of bad financial policy.

History of Bronze Sculpture in Benin: According to Bini tradition, brass-casting was introduced into Benin by medieval artists from Ife. The bronzes are produced by what is known as the lost-wax process. A model is made – usually of clay – and covered with a layer of wax. It is the method used in all West African Bronze and Brass industries.  

Yoruba Sculpture: There is a vast difference between the Ancient Art of the Yorubas and their present-day work. Modern Yoruba art consists chiefly of wooden figures and masks. With its striking polychrome paintings, it is certainly very decorative, but it is on a lower artistic plane than the old classic Sculpture in Stone, Terracotta and Bronze. The old Carvings in hard stone such as quartz and the old bronze castings are distinguished by an astonishing fidelity to nature, absolutely correct proportions and a lack of conventional features. The technique was excellent and the figures show a marked sense of beauty.

Yoruba Traditional Wood Carving

It is probably centuries since work of this kind was produced at Ife, but the antique masterpieces have never been forgotten. Dozens of beautiful terracotta heads were kept in a shrine outside the town until only a few years ago, when they were all stolen or broken. But it is the Terracotta Sculpture & Bronze which show the Art of Ancient Ife at its best. The age of the Ife heads has not yet been conclusively ascertained, but since it is practically certain that the Bronze art of Benin was derived from Ife.

African Stone Sculpture: There are other examples of Ancient African Art in harder and more durable materials than wood. In some parts stone Sculpture has been found which is entirely different from Ife Sculpture. Many West African figures are used in Religious Rituals and are often coated with materials placed on them for Ceremonial offerings.  

History of Traditional African Masks: One of the main characteristics of culture of African peoples is use of masks in rituals and ceremonies. They represent spirits of animals or ancestors, mythological heroes, moral values or a form of honoring of a person in a symbolic way. They are made from wood, pottery, textiles, copper and bronze. Details could be made from animal teeth, hair, bones and horns as well as feathers, seashells and even straw and egg shells. Maker of the masks has a high rank in the village because it is believed that he has a contact with a spirit world.

One more theme for African masks is female face made by ideal of feminine beauty. While masks of some tribes have breasts and ornamental scars some other have almond shaped eyes, curved eyelashes, thin chin and ornaments. All this is considered as attributes of beauty in females for their respective tribes. Wearing of these female masks is reserved for men in most cases.

 

VULTURE = Earth Magic Spirits

                               ***   Myths and Secrets   ***

The vulture is a very powerful totem. Its cycle of power is year-round. If you have a Vulture as a spirit guide or totem, it can show you how to use energy powerfully and efficiently. It glides effortlessly on the winds, soaring to extraordinary heights while using little or no energy. The Vulture skillfully employs already existing air currents against the pull of gravity, symbolizing the distribution of energy so that gravity do not weigh it  down. In the process the vulture does not use its own energy, but the energies of the Earth instead, or the Natural Order of Things.
The Vulture is a promise that all hardship was temporary and necessary for a higher purpose.

Once a Vulture enters your life as a totem or guide, it will remain with you for life.Vultures live and work together, both in cooperation and friendliness. They communicate with friends and neighbors when they find something to eat. They let the others know where the food is. And when there is a big feast they communicate with neighboring flocks in distant roosts. The Vulture is the avenger of nature spirits. People with Vulture totems often can see auras and colors around people and things. The Vulture can see the thermals rising from the earth and uses them to soar into the sky. The Vulture can also teach you patience. It will soar for hours, high in the sky, using the air currents.

The Secret Language of Signs: Vultures feed almost exclusively on carrion. They perform a very useful function, in that they are eliminating potential sources of disease, although this often causes people to think that they are unclean birds. However, they are very clean. In Egyptian hieroglyphs, the vulture was depicted along with mother symbols, which, according to Jung, was because Mother Earth contains both death and life. The Parish placed their dead where vultures could consume them, believing that this would allow them a rebirth. Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions: Vultures have long been thought of as birds of divination.

They never kill their prey, but, rather, devour abandoned corpses. Because of this practice, they are held an omen of coming death. Vulture has the ability to “smell” death as much as three days in advance. Hence, should it hover over a house, such is said to be an omen of coming death. Since the Hebrew word for “vulture” and “compassion” are similar, an association was made between these large birds and parental care. Some experts believe that the traditional myth that a pelican feeds it young on its own blood may indeed be traced to vultures, who were seen to return to the nest with bloody morsels for their chicks.


Myths and Secrets: One of the oldest totems of the Great Mother in Egypt was the vulture, eater of the dead. Vultures who devoured corpses were regarded as her angels of death, since they carried the dead piecemeal to heaven.
Ancient Iranians didn’t bury their dead, but exposed them to vultures in open-topped “towers of silence” called Dakhmas, many of which still stand today. Such towers were built when Iranians worshipped the Moon-goddess Mah, the Mother, and believed that vultures carried the deceased to her heavenly realm. Even after burial was instituted in Persia, a dead body couldn’t be interred until it was first torn by vultures. This spirit-mother was a large carrion bird “with an iron beak, hooked claws, and a long tail.”

Although a repulsive-looking and bad-smelling bird, the vulture has long been held in high regard by ancient cultures. Vulture claws were said to detect poisons in food and drink. This bird was considered to be prophetic, knowing beforehand the site of battles. The vulture has been associated with the Great Mother for thousands of years in her aspect as life-giver and destroyer. As a representation of love and care, the goddess Isis is sometimes shown with vulture wings in her role as Great Mother. Mut, goddess of maternity and the sky, was often portrayed with the head of a vulture or wearing a vulture headdress. In the funeral rites of Osiris, four vulture feathers were attached to each corner of the coffin. 

** Vultures do not copulate, but the female reproduces without male assistance. Vultures can live for 100 years. == Vulture warns of greedy and aggressive individuals; a user. Buzzard characterizes a gloating nature; one who stands in wait to pick over what’s left.

The vulture is a member of the raptor family, but unlike most raptors (hawks, owls, etc.), its weak feet and short talons make it unsuited for tearing and grasping. It relies on others to do the killing. Although their role as scavengers is often considered disgusting, it serves an extremely valuable and necessary function. It limits infections and bacteria from corpses that could otherwise spread to other animals who do not have the resistance. They serve to keep the environment clean and in balance. They prevent the spread of disease. There are several varieties of vulture. Each has its own unique characteristics. All walk, stand and perch firmly and with dignity, a kind of unspoken confidence in themselves, regardless of their appearance.


The vultures have a wonderful ability to see and use the thermals rising from the earth, giving them lift. Their ability to use the thermals is often linked to the ability to see the subtle energy emanations from the body. We have all experienced thermals in our lives. When we have driven down a road on a hot summer day and see the heat rising off the surface, this is a thermal. To the human ground observer, these currents are only visible for a few feet above the concrete. The vulture can see them as they rise into the sky. When on the ground, the vultures cannot see or feel the thermals, but in the air they are sensitive to every aspect of the currents. If turkey vulture has come into your life, you will probably soon start to see auras and colors around people and things. The vulture is a patient hunter. It can soar for hours without flapping its wings. They are tremendous symbols of flight without power. They ride the thermals and windborne updrafts. They use air currents to interfere with the pull of gravity and allow themselves to fly. In essence, they do not need to expend much energy to oppose gravity. This is seen in the fact that their wings rarely move, reflecting that the power for flight does not come from them. They simply use what is available. 

One of the mystical secrets believed to be held by the vulture is the ability to levitate. Levitation is the law of spirituality. Gravity is the impulse toward the material and mundane (physical). The vulture denies the material. Its ability to float, rise and soar has been seen as a symbol of movement away from the mundane. It is a symbol of the disintegration of physical holds. It is a symbol of distributing one’s energy so that gravity does not weigh and hold one down–be it the actual gravity of the earth or the gravity of mundane situations and experiences. They can also fold their wings well above the horizontal level which is unique among raptors and most birds. It helps them in their soaring. When they do flap their huge wings, they provide a powerful thrust forward, and thus do not need to be used that frequently. This ability to use energy powerfully and efficiently is part of what vulture teaches.


Vultures are also noted for their keen eyesight. Their eyes see eight times more sharply than human eyes. One of its most powerful senses is the sense of smell. The turkey vulture has a highly developed sense of smell. They can find food simply by smelling it if necessary. Turkey vulture can assist you in developing your own sense of smell that you can use effectively in all areas of your life. The sense of smell is also associated with aromatherapy, and for those with turkey vulture as a totem, this may be the most effective holistic health technique to develop or use on yourself. The turkey vulture has a unique digestive system. When we examine the kinds of food it eats, it is no wonder. It has a resistance to botulism thousands of times higher than humans. The digestive tract contains chemicals that kill the virulent bacteria that is on the foods they eat.          

***Animal Magic Spirits of the Earth: Buzzards and Vultures are bad signs. They are messengers who warn us of interruptions or problems forthcoming.

** If Vulture has flown across your path: You are being asked to be patient with yourself and think things through. Take your time before making decisions and choose paths that support your higher consciousness.
** If Vulture is your Animal Totem: You know how to use your own energy powerfully and efficiently. You have the ability to see auras and colors around people with your higher vision and you know how to use patience as a means to an end.


** If Vulture has come into your Dream: To see a vulture in your dream symbolizes purification and insight. It suggests that your past experiences will provide you with invaluable insight into a current situation or problem. Consider the metaphor of someone who is a “vulture”. Sometimes a vulture is also a symbol of death, doom or rebirth..

Symbolic Vulture Meanings: Bird meaning, in general, deals with the element of air, and air is symbolic of the mind, thoughts, and intelligence. That the vulture is a master navigator of the winds reminds us we might need to “go back to the mental drawing board” before acting in projects. The vulture also asks us to be patient with ourselves, and think things through. They encourage us to be quite sure of how we feel before we enter the arena of our plans.

This symbolism is underscored by the magnificent level of patience the vulture exhibits. I’ve seen vultures coast air currents for hours, waiting for the perfect time to descend upon a tasty treat. We all know vultures are scavengers. This holds keen symbolism for us, in that the vulture represents resourcefulness. Contemplating bird meanings specific to the vulture can be quite eye-opening, and inspiring. Here are a few quick symbolic bullet-points for your contemplation…

The vulture does not hunt, it seizes the resources available to it. The vulture is all about higher awareness. Those who are called to this bird are equally perceptive – maybe even coming into a time of higher awareness. Vultures can spot fresh meat from miles away. In fact, its vision is vastly advanced. Vultures also have an uncanny sense of smell. This kind of bird symbolism prompts us to use all of our senses to navigate in the pursuit of our highest benefit. Technically, they open their wings to the sun to dry evenings dampness from their feathers. The sun also cooks off any bacteria and guts lingering after eating – a natural cleansing process. This is an unorthodox method that achieves remarkable results.  

Historical and Cultural Views On Vulture Bird Meanings: Some cultures like the ancient Iranians, Zoroastrians and Tibetan Buddhists participated in “sky burials” in which they would leave their deceased to be picked over by vultures. This was an honorable process, as the vulture was a symbol of renewal and so, in a creative way, the deceased were given new life by their remains being consumed by the vulture.

In fact, Native American seers held the vultures flight pattern as an augury. Shamans of great skill could interpret the language of vulture flight to reveal important weather signs and omens. Native Americans also deemed the vulture as a symbol of renewal and linked it with renewal themes seen in the rising of a new sun every day . The Mayans had their ideas about bird symbolism. To the Mayan mind the vulture was observed as a death eater. As a consumer of death, the Mayan felt the vulture could also convert death to life. So, the vulture was considered a symbol of cleansing , renewal and transformation. It’s also associated with water and the vulture controls the rain.   

Oturupon-Gbe Mogbe Npongba Babalawo Igunugun difa fun Igunugun tin se Omo Olojogboloro Wonni Korubo si Aiku arare, (Orubo) Ijo lonjo, Ayo Lonyo……
Nje Igunugun kin ku Lewe “kangere” Madagba Ma Darugbo “Dan-Dan”

Quick-List of Symbolic Vulture Meanings: Loyal – Serious – Patience – Tolerance – Renewal – Equalizing – Cleanliness – Perceptive – Protection…

  

 

BEADS = Precious Ornaments…

     “It is the beads that makes the buttocks to shake”

== Physical: The beads the waistband is made up of is rubbed with some local herb or made up of some healing stone that is believed to stop menstrual pains or cramps, lower abdominal problems, or womb malfunction. The usage of beads especially waist bead in W/Africa is widespread across the various nationalities that make up the nation. There are similarities and peculiarities in their usage.

However, the Yoruba  developed the most varying and peculiar uses for the waist beads, that cuts across both material and spiritual aspects of the life of the people. In addition, they have also the capacity to produce the beads for varying purposes ranging from royalty, body adornment, deification and decoration. Beads are usually small round piece of glass, wood, metal or nut, pierced for stringing. They are either used for adornment such as the waist, neck or ankle beads or as decorative ornament in art works or even for royalty purposes. The art of beading is serial in process and serrated in composition. It has a step by step or one by one approach in stringing when traded together, beads stands for unity, togetherness and solidarity. Beads of the waist is said to posses the power to attract and evoke deep emotional responses, they are a sign of success and affluence as well as spiritual well being. 

Beads have been traded and used since time immemorial. However, the earliest known African beads is traced to Libya and Sudan. A common usage of the item is for adornment especially on the waist. There is however varying purpose for which people adorn the waist beads. The common users of the waist beads are mostly the women folk, only in exceptional theatrical perform as will a man adorn a waist bead to symbolize feminism. The waist bead is synonymous with feminism. The Africans have a belief that the waist beads posses some erotic appeal, they have the power to provoke desire or deep emotional response on the opposite sex.

Beads are a precious ornaments to the Africans, hence when adorned by a women, accentuates her feminism or beauty. Beads also helps to portray the chastity of a maiden or women sensuality. Parent show their love for their girl child through gifts of waist beads that are colorful and expensive. The Lagidigba or palm nut shell beads is used for fecundity purposes. The nuts signify multiple births as they are in clusters, thus one can infer the high incidence of multiple births in Yoruba land to the usage of the Lagidigba bead. Brides seduce their spouses with the beads they adorn, some women are said to lace their beads with charm to make them irresistible to the male folks. The Yoruba’s can easily comment on a woman moral standing in those days by interpretation of the movement of the waist bead adorned by a women. The way she moves her buttocks can depict her morals either seductive or reserve.

** Other users of the waist beads in Yoruba land are the Orisas or devotes of water deities and other priestesses, they adorn the waist beads for protection against spiritual attacks as well as part of their dress regalia. The waist bead is also used to adorn the Ere-Ibeji figurine on the death of a twin, there is the belief that when treated well the spirit of the spirit of the dead twin will not harm the living twin and will return to the family to stay. Waist beads are also adorned and laced with charms to ward away the Abiku spirit (mermaid Spirit) from a woman.

Apart from the Yorubas, other groups in Nigeria also have similar usages of the waist beads in their culture the Ogonis in Rivers State refer to beads as Loo, its uses range from covering the private parts of a women to adornment as a sign of affluence. The beads is a measure of value to the Ogonis and are also worn by bride as part of her bridal rites. The Igbos called it Mgbaji, also for adornment and a sign of social status.The Hausas refer to it as Jigida. To the Kalabaris, the waist bead has the potency of transforming an ugly woman into a beautiful maiden once it is worn. The Ibibios see it as Nkwa-Isin, they adorn it on a female baby to help give her a good waist line, as she grows, beads of her size are adorned on her.**

*** Priestesses of deities also wear the beads that are always colorful as part of their regalia. They also use the waist beads laced with charms for birth control. The maiden dances  also wear the beads doing dance to give a graceful hip movement when they dance.

Waist bead in today’s fashion is relegated, ladies have a preference for western costumes such as belts, chains, G-strings to the waist beads. The culture of waist bead is going down rapidly to extinction. Religion and other spiritual reasons have been adduced for the neglect, however it must be pointed out that waist bead usage as practiced in the past is an essential element of African body adornment that is harmless and meaningful a pride and precious item which should be encouraged today.

She is a pretty young girl with a slim graceful figure. Her elegant movement attracted the attention of passersby as she jiggled across to the other side of the road. Her waist beads were well revealed between her skimpy top and skirt.

The above drama and similar ones are common scenes today in Nigerian cities as well as towns particularly where higher institutions are located, particularly in southern parts of the country. This re-emergence of beads has added a new dimension into the craze for Western oriented fashion among our ladies particularly young ones. This trend is more pronounced among female students, particularly those in higher institutions. In addition to waist adornment, ladies also use beads as necklace, for hair tie, and handbag decoration. Some also wear beads on their wrists as hand bangles, as well as using them as earrings. The popularity of beads today is enhanced by the cost of acquiring them.

“Fine, as you can see beads are in vogue now, so we are selling well . Beads make ladies look fine, beads bring out the natural beauty in women. It is good, not just because of beauty, but a way of introducing our culture into the modern fashion.” On the moral implications of the manner in which some ladies expose the sensitive parts of their bodies to show-off beads. Unfortunate, This shows the level of moral decadence in our society.  It is a curse for anyone to link our culture to this madness. Various cultures in Nigeria used beads to dignify womanhood. No time did our culture led women naked in the name of displaying beads.

They are worn for many reasons. They are used to ward off evil spirits when used with the colors of their deity, birth control , and medicinal purposes like fighting menstrual cramps. A popular reason is to “keep” their husband, or entice the one they desire. It also depends on the wearers purpose. Hidden under clothing, own personal secret and reminder of One’s femininity.

Black-Also a very powerful color that also portrays one of class elegance and wealth ; combined with other colors can have a very strong statement.

White-  Often associated with being pure, clean, fresh and good; usually associated with being heavenly.

Orange- A bright and warm color representing fire, the sun, fun, warmth. Considered a fun light color, which also increases oxygen supply to the brain and stimulates mental activity.

Green-  The color of nature and health. It represents growth, nature, money, fertility and safety. Darker shades represent military, finance, and banking . However it can also be associated with being new or inexperienced as being green or a “green horn”

Blue- a cool calming color that shows creativity and intelligence.  It is a color of loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust. Also known for having a calming effect on the psyche.

ILEKE IDI = Waist Beads… is an ornament that comprises some small round sometimes spherical or flat shaped piece of glass, rubber, metal, nut or wood, pierced in the middle for stringing and aligned on a thin rope or thread to make a beautiful long piece of ornament which can be connected at both ends to form a circular Ileke hanging around the waist and hips. It comes in varying designs and radiant colors. It is normally worn around the waist beneath clothes mostly by Yoruba women. It is worn across West African countries too.

Ileke-Idi is the Yoruba word for glass beads worn around the waist. According to Yoruba folklore, these beads have the power to lure and entice the opposite sex. They are traditionally worn under clothes and are not for show. It is also believed that the beads protect the wearer from evil spirits. It is worn often for adornment but there are however other reasons Yoruba women wear it, sometimes for religious rites, to increase dancing prowess, spiritual healing, status or more commonly, for erotic appeal to their husbands or to attract new suitors and in this case, the Ileke Idi would be made visible to the targeted persons. During the past generations, Ileke Idi was the vogue and one of the most cherished gifts a woman could receive, parents were known to adorn their daughters with colorful and expensive ones.

Ileke Idi now slowly becoming obsolete as contemporary Yoruba women, supposedly the educated ones consider it as uncivilized, uneducated and uncouth. Some Yoruba men have insisted they cannot be with a woman that wears Ileke Idi as they purport it reveals spirituality that does not tally with theirs. They are worn in ancient times as a source of local healing method which could be spiritual or physical.

Spiritual: Some believe it protects them from obsessive spirits or some phantom spirit husbands, and around the necks on boys against spirit wives, or other evil spirits.

Physical: The beads the waist band is made up of is rubbed with some local herb or made up of some healing stone that is believed to stop menstrual pains or cramps, lower abdominal problems, or womb malfunction. Diabolically, some wear it to “keep” their mate or to attract the mate of their choice. For married women, it is used to signify to the husband that they are “ready” as in the end of their “period”. For some it’s an ancient way to maintain a beautiful shape and waist. For the modern girls it’s just an extra way to beautify their bodies, as in wearing necklaces, earrings, bangles etc…

The tradition has then expanded to the western Africa. According to some researchers, waist beads dated back to the Ancient Egypt as dancers wearing the beads were depicted on tomb walls. Since then, they’ve spread around the African continent. Waist beads range from being very simple to very elaborate. According to different tribes, they come in different sizes and materials. These materials can be glass, clay, pearls, sandalwood, and amber. For smoother-textured beads, ceramic and bamboo materials are used. Sometimes sweet smelling fragrances are rubbed on them for an aromatic touch, natural oils can also be rubbed on them so it can sink into the skin.

Generally in Africa, waist beads are said to be worn by wives to entice their husbands. They represent Femininity.  They symbolize love and passion. However, waist beads are also given to girls who have experienced their first menstrual period symbolizing a welcome to womanhood and sometimes given to babies as a gift when they are born. Each tribe, each African country posses their own symbol of waist beads.

Fascinated by the tradition of African beads and their purpose. The western world have since adopted them fashionably, hence its worldwide popularity. They come in different shapes and sizes. However, they are not necessarily made of beads, they can come in elaborate chains or trinkets.

 

 

Metaphor of Fire…

*** Purifying & Burning Away Our Impurities ***

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We Are Pure Light…. Just the presence of light causes darkness to simply  not exist. The definition of darkness is the absence of light. Where there is no light, darkness abides. When light appears, darkness cannot abide – there is no choice in the matter because it is a universal dynamic. Light dispels darkness. Light does not cause darkness to flee – it causes it to dissipate. The brighter the light, the less there is of darkness. Shades of grey are not the diminishing of light but of the darkness dissipating. When you walk down the street at night, you don’t see darkness shining into the buildings, you see light shining out into the darkness, absorbing it and causing that darkness to become light. Darkness has not, will not, nor will it ever overcome light. Darkness is absorbed or, it can be said, embraced by the light thus overcoming darkness.

In many magical traditions, it is considered important to purify or cleanse a space before any sort of ritual can take place. There are several different ways of doing this, and how you do it will depend in part upon the rules or guidelines of your tradition. If you’re a solitary, or your tradition is eclectic, then you may choose the method that works best for you.

Fire = In many cultures, fire is used to ritually purify and cleanse a space. You can do this by lighting a candle and walking the area, or sprinkling cooled ashes around the perimeter.

The Holy Spirit is the one that sanctifies and cleanses us, to help make us more holy in our daily life. One of the most important jobs that the Holy Spirit does is the initial cleaning and purifying. To help break those patterns of sin that was in one’s life before. The fire is going to cleanse on the inside just as if you were to take a bath. Image if you can being as dirty as you have even been, maybe not having a bath for a while as you were stranded and have not been able to find enough water, only that to drink. When you finally get to a pool of water you just want to dive in and get all that dirt, that stickiness off. This is what the fire does it will bring to the surface all the impurities, or the scum.

The fireworks in the same way it brings out the old and we then get ready for the new. The fire is a agent that purifies and sanctifies us, and will get us ready for that growth within us, a Godly growth. We are being changed into His likeness from one degree to another; one glory to another on a continual basis.

This ability draws on fire’s association with life and its ability to burn impurities out of metal as well as the ability of hot objects to kill bacteria and decompose poisons; combining these ideas to create a force against evil. This will often be a form of magic fire, but sometimes all fire will have this property. In some settings, the characters will believe that fire has this property, and act accordingly, even though fire does not actually have any extra powers against evil.

Fire represents the spirit of our passion and energy. Fire governs in matters of love, creativity and motivation. It lights a spark and brings warmth into our lives, nudging us towards a brighter future.

The four classical elements = Earth-Air-Fire-Water have been recognized as the sacred elements of life. The classical elements correspond to just about every aspect of life. Each element has a distinct energy; when in balanced, they create the ultimate state of harmony. Use the elements to cleanse and purify your home in order to bring a balance to the energies that surround you.

“The surface of the Earth itself is an immense loom upon which the sun weaves the fabric of existence. ”
There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times.

 It Is During Our Darkest Moments That We Must Focus To See The Light.

Obi Abata = Kola Nuts…

           OBI ABATA =  KOLA NUTS = EVI NKUNE

Sacred Messenger Of God… Communication Between Earth & Heaven

Obi -Kola Nut is an Orisha (Deity), one of the 401 Orisha which constitute a major part of the Yoruba worship system.  Obi was reduced to subordination to other Orisha because she refused to make her Ebo (Sacrifice) as prescribed by Ifa when she was to embark on her journey into the world.  In addition, Obi was sentenced to suffer the fate of dryness, whenever she departs her husband leaf.

AJO “Awo Ile Aiye” / ABEMO “Awo Ode Isalu-Orun” They both usually met at the unknown boundary between Heaven & Earth, they were told to make sacrifice so that a single woman may not cause disagreement between them. They both play deaf & refused to appease “Holy Odu Obara Meji”, they said “How can a single woman bring misunderstanding between Heaven & Earth.

The woman is called Obi, the wife of Abemo Awo Ode Isalu-Orun(Heaven). Abemo had gone to consult Ifa; he was told to make sacrifice for a child & money, Abemo made sacrifice for money only.

It is getting late in life, Obi has no child, she became sad, she ran to marry Ajo Awo Ile Aiye(Earth). Ajo heard & performed sacrifice for a child. Obi then got a single child for him. Then the year rolled by, the time for outing ceremony of the child came by Obi followed Ajo to meet Abemo. He was so angry to see that Ajo kept his wife for a whole year without sending her back to him, so Abemo began to say bad words to Ajo who voluntarily brought his wife from the world to meet him.

The fight became great between them. Obi moved clear from them to observe them, nobody to separate them, it became a bitter fight. When the two became exhausted and began to rest, then Ajo said, “It is a stupid fight that is staged between Heaven & Earth, there is no one to separate them, so that there may be confusion in heaven & on earth that is why Obi left me for you. Alright, you Ajo Awo Ile Aiye do not want us to ponder, and keep our words in the pocket. The Two of them became pleased, they came to an agreement and they decided to kill Obi, the source of the fight between them.

Obatala was passing by and found the dead body of Obi by the tree, he raised her up and asked her how she got there. When Obi finished telling him the story of how she got there, Obatala answered, It’s alright, I cannot question them, what they did is not bad. So he tied Obi Into the same bag, hanged her on the side of the tree he found her from, he went his way.

We Break Obi (Kola Nut) To Settle All Concerns Between Heaven & Earth

Obi – Kola Nut was also made to become an edible fruit to be eaten by other Orisha and also human beings.  To the African, the Yoruba in particular, Obi is a symbol of life. Giving out Obi – kola Nut to visitors, friends, and well-wishers is a very symbolic gesture, meant to represent the continuity of life. Obi is therefore important to the African not only for eating but for symbolic purpose and also for the celebration of the sacredness of life continuity. Obi comes in two colors,  Red and  White.  But Obi as we are told in Yoruba mythology, also suffers as part of her punishment.   

   Six (6) Various Types of Obi- Kola Nut

Akiriboto / Single  ObiThe most uncommon types of kola nut according to mythological stories the kola nut has been maned to henceforth become subdivided into more than one lobe.  This type is called “Akiriboto”.     This type  is mostly used for medicinal purposes.

Gbanja / Two Lobes Obi – Comes in both white and red colors with majority in white color.  It is usually big in size and it is the one mostly preferred for chewing by many kola nut buffs for snacks or stimulants.  It is not used for asking questions from the Orisha, divination, or any ritual, because it has no differentiation lines within the lobes and so it is not regarded for any ritual purpose, because it lacks the Male or Female characteristics.

Eta-Obi / Three Lobes Obi – Regarded as being very special to Eshu/Elegbara and other Orisha or for special medicinal use.

Iya-Obi / Four Lobes Obi – Regarded as the Mother Obi.  She is eaten both by the Orisha and human beings.  The Iya-Obi has two male lobes and two female lobes.  It is this equal number of Male and Female lobes of the four lobe kola nut that make it very suitable for asking questions or for divination purposes.  All divination systems other than Ifa, the accuracy of their responses to questions is not always reliable, because they could not be made to clarify detailed aspects of questions or responses.  As a matter of fact, the Obi does not entertain asking the same questions more than once.  It also does not respond to questions in variations.  It usually answers Yes/No questions outside its designated Odu codes when used for that purpose.

Olufuwa / Five Lobes ObiSaid to belong to Oshun, the Deity for puberty, whiteness and cool serene water.  It has the female lobe or the “Ofa” which have a double Female characteristic making her bottom ending look like a delta of a river.  For divination purposes, the “Ofa” is always taken aside and given to Eshu from the lot and only two Males and two Females are used.

This is a 5 Lobes Olufua Obi-Abata top left are 2 females (delta) – center is a double female (belongs to Orisha Oshun)- far right are 2 males (straight lines).

Iwarefa / Six Lobes ObiRegarded also as a special kola nut.  Usually used for very special occasions.  It is used mostly for very sacred activities particularly the Awo Ogboni, who name their top-most hierarchy of the Iwarefa.  During the coronation of Kings and the installation of important chiefs, the Obi Iwarefa is used.

Originally a tree of tropical rain-forest, it needs a hot humid climate, but can withstand a dry season on sites with a high groundwater level. It may be cultivated in drier areas where groundwater is available.

Regular weeding is a must and can either be done manually or by using herbicides. Some irrigation can be provided to the plants, but it is important to remove the water through an effective drainage system, as excess water may prove to be detrimental for the growth of the plant. When not grown in adequate shade, the kola nut plant responds well to fertilizers. Usually, the plants need to be provided with windbreaks to protect them from strong gales. Kola nuts can be harvested mechanically or by hand, by plucking them at the tree branch. When kept in a cool, dry place, kola nuts can be stored for a long time.

Human use of the kola nut, like the coffee berry and tea leaf, appears to have ancient origins. It is chewed in many West African cultures, individually or in a social setting, to restore vitality and ease hunger pains.

Kola nuts are an important part of the traditional spiritual practice of culture and religion in West Africa. Kola nuts are used as a religious object and sacred offering during prayers, ancestor veneration, and significant life events, such as naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. They are also used in a traditional divination system called Obi divination. For this use, only kola nuts divided into four lobes are suitable. They are cast upon a special wooden board and the resulting patterns are read by a trained diviner. This ancient practice is currently enjoying increased growth within the United States and Caribbean.

== In the 1800s, a pharmacist in Georgia, John Pemberton, took extracts of kola and Coca and mixed them with sugar, other ingredients, and carbonated water to invent the first cola soft drink. His accountant tasted it and called it “Coca-Cola”.==   

 

 

SECRETS OF WATER…

“I Tell You The Truth, No One Can Enter The Kingdom Of God Unless He/She is Born Of Water & The Spirit”

*** Water is a mystical element that can transform our lives if we are willing to open heart and mind to its gifts. No matter what the specific health or fitness goal, one cannot achieve the maximum benefit from any health program without drinking the right kind of water in the proper amount. Without sufficient water to constantly wet all parts, your body’s drought-management system kicks into action. When histamine and its subordinate “drought managers” come across pain-sensing nerves, they cause pain.

Many religions also consider particular sources or bodies of water to be sacred or at least auspicious.

A Water Deity is a deity in mythology associated with water or various bodies of water. Water deities are common in mythology and were usually more important among civilizations in which the sea or ocean, or a great river were present.  Another important focus of worship of water deities were springs or holy wells.

Experts in the scientific communities as well as homeopathy and holistic sciences have proven the “memory” of water; the carrying capacity of water for “energy,” and the ability of water to “remember”. Experts realize that water retains information, even after the most stringent purification and filtration processes. This is termed the energy signature or vibration imprint. The vibration imprint of toxins can be picked up by the water molecule and are in turn passed on to living organisms.

The true nature of water, which is the source of life – is unknown.

We still know very little about the fascinating properties of water and its secrets. Water hides a lot of power that we are able to release and shape with the help of the energy of our strong emotions, both positive and negative.

Messages from Water – Claims that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Water reacts to our words and depending on what we say and what emotions accompany our words, it creates either beautiful and harmonious shapes or ugly and irregular ones. Water has a memory – a memory far longer than our transient lifetimes. Water is an amazing substance capable of efficient gathering of information from all things as soon as it comes in contact with them.

In an experiment, water was exposed to different sounds and messages of hatred, anger, love, blessings, traditional music, etc, and then analyzed it in a microscope. The results were amazing: when the words or sounds were negative, the waves emitted from these sounds generated ugly and shapeless crystals in the water and, on the other hand, when the words or sounds were kind and positive the crystals had beautiful and perfectly well defined crystals.

Water Is Powerful It Can Wash Away Earth, Put Out Fire & Even destroy Iron. Water Can Carve Its Way Through Stone. And When Trapped, Water Makes A New Path…

Water is “probably the most weird substance on Earth,” It behaves very differently from other materials.

Water is indispensable for humanity, we use it for almost all our activities. When you dream and you see water in your dream, it can mean variety of things. Seeing water in your dreams could mean Wealth – Peace of mind- Happiness – Anger…

To See: …A flowing river in your dream it mean your journey in life is clean and running fast it mean the dreamer is progressing developing with no disturbance. If the river is running slowly it mean the dreamer is not progressing in his or her journey of life.  A violent water in your dream it mean the dreamer is likely to encounter big problem beyond his or her control. It also mean the dreamers should control his/her temper.  A muddy or unclean water in your dream  mean that the dreamer dwell his or her life in negativity, the mind of the dreamer is beclouded by negative thoughts. The dreamer is experiencing halt or stoppage in his /her spiritual, physical and economic development.

A water deity is a deity in mythology associated with water or various bodies of water. Water deities are common in mythology and were usually more important among civilizations in which the sea or ocean, or a great river was more important. Another important focus of worship of water deities were springs or holy wells.

 Nothing Is Softer or More Flexible Than Water – Yet Nothing Can Resist It…

Without Hands & Feet This Mighty Water Can Drive Mountains…