Witchcraft Territory of Malignant Women-Magic Words & Practices Territory of Wizards…
Types of IyamiI Aje (Witches) – According to Ifa spirituality there are three types of Iyami Aje energy available in the world. They are :Aje Dudu (black energy) Aje Pupa (red energy) Aje Funfun (white energy)
Aje Dudu (Black): Witches are usually a not progressive one, they have mysterious power, they can only punish or make human being to suffer. Like causing their victims delay marriage, infertility, lack of promotion in work and business, causing their victims sickness etc. The members of Aje Dudu are predominantly female hardly can you find any Male among them. They spread their initiation easily than others type of Iyaami.
Aje Pupa (Red) : Witches are most dangerous, they have power to kill, they drink blood and eat flesh d, they punish their victims and give no room for forgiveness even up to their own children. Their membership is both mixture of female and male but with female membership domination, they don’t initiate members easily.
Aje Funfun (White) : Witches are very good Witches, they don’t kill, they don’t drink blood or eat flesh, they use their energy to bring protection and blessings and prosperity to whom ever they love like children, husband or family or friends. They bring knowledge, power, blessings and protection. It is very difficult to get initiated to them.
***My sacred Mothers, they are everywhere – They have it all, they give it all, not to everybody only to the faithful devotees, you always see them but you don’t know them. Sacred birds children of my Mothers – Eye that see the World, legs that walks the Earth – Giant rat makes them smile -Palm oil is the water, Liver is the food, Night is the day, Day is the night. They call them “Witches” To me they are the sacred Mothers with the master key of Earth… Mojuba Iyami o !!!!
” Mysterious Mother Osoronga Who Kills Without Sharing. The Dominant Force At Midnight. One Who Devours Human Livers Without Vomiting. One Who Vacates Only When The Market Closes. One Who Terrifies In Dreams.”
The Aje – Witches On Earth Fall Into Two Categories: Osho – Male Aje & Eleiye – Female Aje.
“No one can choose to initiate Aje-Iyaami; they choose who they want to initiate.” No one can say they have initiated to Iyaami or say they can initiate you. No one can have or give a shrine to the Iyami or Aje. If someone claims to have an Iyaami shrine, can give a shrine, to have been initiated to Iyaami or wants to initiate you, they are speaking falsely. It is impossible to truthfully make these claims.There is no specific shrine to Aje. To feed the Aje one must either feed them through Eshu, Orita Meta-3 road junction or the Iroko tree.
No one knows the actual Aje shrine, however according to Elders and what Ifa says, we know that the name of their house is called Ota and the name of their shrine is called Idi. No one knows the actual place of the Idi and if they do they can never say…
** According to Ifa, the difference between Men and Women is that Women are born with Ofo – Ashe or the power of the word. This power is called Aje and is rooted in the concept of Female Ashe. There are Male sorcerers, by the way, called Oso (osho), but they aren’t as powerful as the Women. They belong to the Orisa Oko cult. Aje is really just the name of the power itself, not the person, but after the arrival of Muslims and Christians, the term started to be used for persons. Women have Aje, a form of Ashe. It is passed down to them from their Mothers. If you got a womb, you got Aje, but sometimes it needs to be awakened.
Witchcraft is a Feminine art and has its power from Eshu. This power is generally attributed to older Women but young Women or even girls can sometimes be involved. Witchcraft power is a kind of immaterial substance which may be kept in a Calabash hidden in a hole in the wall of a Witch’s house or in a hollow tree. The power itself may be lodged in the roots of a tree or even in a young child. In the latter case the witchcraft power will not harm the child but on the contrary will protect the child from other Witches as the child is serving one of them as a refuge.
The red tail feather of the parrot is used as a sign of witchcraft power and may be placed in the calabash or in the tree containing witchcraft power.
Yoruba cosmology is heavy in duality and polarities that are constantly seeking balance in unity. Just as there exists the polarity of Male-Female energy, within Female energy itself exists a polarity that is create and destroy. Many focus on the destructive power of the Mothers, giving the impression that they are destructive. However, they are also needed for all creative pursuits. The Mothers are believed to possess a spiritual life force (Ashe) equal or superior to that of the deities (Orisha).
A central figure that embodies the dual nature of the Mothers, and arguably the most powerful Orisha, is Oshun (leader of the Iyaami cult). Knowing that she was the source of all good things as stated in the Ifa literary corpus, Oshun never needs to vie for position among her fellow Orisha. Compared with the other Orisha, Oshun represents a higher and more inclusive religio-aesthetic concept immediately relevant to the solution of human problems, regardless of their origin, nature, or severity.
The trees are scattered throughout the rain forest and grow in isolation, meaning a single tree and not in clusters. In traditional Yoruba culture, villages were built around the Iroko tree. The Iroko tree is the Ifa tree of life because within the shadow of the Iroko tree there are over a 1000 species of living things living in perfect harmony. The effect of all these living things creating a balanced environment, is that the Iroko tree is an inter-dimensional portal. The tree is used both for the Ancestors and for Iyaami. In Ijebu-Ode on the full moon all the Women of Iyaami meet in the Iroko tree in their astral bodies. It is taboo for Men to walk past the tree on a full moon.
Witchcraft power is like a breeze, you can’t see it but it has effect. A Woman can’t die possessing it. When she dies, she vomits out the invisible witchcraft and it passes to her daughter. A person can buy witchcraft power or may, as well, inherit it from another person. This mostly depends on the interest or love the witchcraft Woman has in the person that is going to possess it. But it is necessary and matter of must, to give this witchcraft power to somebody before she should die. Witchcraft bought with money is not given directly, it can be given through foods such as baked beans Akara , Kola, Porridge, red Yam and many other native foods. When this is taken, the power will start to grow, until when the person will start to fly at night.
Old Saying: The witch bird chirped yesterday, the child dies today…
Witches take part in some obscure nocturnal orgies for which one member of the Witch party must supply a human child. By drinking the life blood of numerous victims, the Witch is able to prolong her own life and it is for this reason that old people are suspected of being Witches. A pregnant Woman will avoid visiting an old Woman during her pregnancy and the birth of a baby will be kept a secret from a suspected old Woman. In some areas the death of a young person or child is considered unnatural and all such deaths are attributed to the work of Witches.
Hand Work Of Witches: One of the most common deeds attributed to Witches is interference with reproduction. Impotence is common among males and it is the prevalent idea that this is the work of Witches. A Witch is capable of taking the penis of a Man and having intercourse, using it with the Man’s wife or some other Woman. The witch will then return the Man’s penis but it will be altered in some way and may not be able to function.
Witches Control The Menstrual Flow of Women: They may obstruct the expulsion of the child from the womb. There is some obscure fundamental relationship between witchcraft and menstrual blood. The menstruating Woman and the Witch both have power to render magic and the native doctor’s medicines powerless.
Aje is passed down from Mother to daughter. Aje is a Feminine/contractive energy. Aje is a force that is naturally connected to the female principle. It has the power to create or destroy so that re-birth is possible and balance is restored. All Women carry the power for creation and destruction through the womb. There is also power of the word. The ability to use ones Aje to create reality for the person using word as well as those around them.. Aje is both a spiritual power as well as the humans who exercises that power.
“When a Witch closes her eyes she can see everywhere and can observe all that is happening.“
In traditional Ifa: Iyaami Osoronga is the foundation of everything!!! Yoruba cosmology is heavy in polarities that are constantly seeking balance in unity. Just as there exists the polarity of Male-Female energy, within Female energy itself exists a polarity that is create and destroy. Many focus on the destructive power of the Mothers, giving the impression that they are destructive. However, they are also needed for all creative pursuits.
In Yoruba tradition, Women are thought to be as indispensable to Men as Osun was to the sixteen male Orısha or Odu at the time of creation. However, Men have an ambivalent attitude toward Women. It is felt that women of any age are potential Aje´ who possess Eiye the “bird power.”
The symbolism of the bird is ubiquitous in Yoruba ritual and art. The crown of the Oba is adorned with birds, the staff of Osanyin as well as Babalawo, and the Calabash which holds the bird and other magical ingredients (Odu pot, or Igbadu) has birds carved on the surface. The Mothers, also known as Eleiye, “owners of bird,” are said to send out there birds or turn into birds themselves at night. This is a reference to the ability of the Iyami to astral travel. It is during astral travel that they come silently to “eat your intestines.” The fear of this extraordinary power has caused Men to appease Women as they do “Our Mothers” (awon ıya wa).
!!!— Pledge of Allegiance to “Woman” —!!!
There’s more to me than the human eye can see. I’m a Woman of purpose and destiny. A perfect design, I’m special and unique. I won’t be identified by the parts that make up my physique. My beauty is not defined by my skin or my hair and my soul has more value than the clothes that I wear. I’m not a symbol of pleasure or sex appeal; I have the natural ability to comfort and the power to heal. When God made me, It created a gem, because it fashioned me in the likeness of Her and Him. I refuse to do anything that will put myself to shame. I deserve to be treated with reverence and called by my name. I can’t be purchased or sold at any price. I Am divine, A Creator of life…
Awon Agba = Elders of the Night…
Those who eat from the intestines – Those whose have menstrual flow made divination for the Mother Witches when they were coming from Heaven to Earth….
Aje – Witch simply refers to the use of extrasensory clairvoyance beyond normal human knowledge in other to accomplish an aim, be it positive or negative, and it also refers to the original power given by God to Iyami Osoronga who is the Mother of Witches.
In Africa whenever there is any spiritual party or what is called festival they are in full attendance but no one knows who they are, so they dance around and eat and enjoy in the company of everyone. However if the party is held by Babalawo or an knowledgeable initiates, he or she must recognize them and pay his or her respect to them in a way he or she knows how to and also in way as not to reveal their identity. The Babalawo or the Oloorisha will greet them and also pretend that they do not know who they are.
CLASSIFICATION OF AWON AGBA…
In order to do the pact or harmonious relationship called Imule, it’s important to identify the following – Imule Aje-pact with witches – Imule Osho-pact with wizards – Imule Emere-pact with Egbe spirits and Abiku.
An Imule is usually done by burning or pounding some bones of birds, cats, tree bark, parrot feather, sometimes vultures, different leaves etc, it can be made as incision in the body or soaps after the necessary invocations and prayers are made and it will restore harmony to the user and it will act as a sign that when witches sees such a person they will grant he/she favors. Most Diviners in Nigeria often use this method.
The Women’s society, the Iyaami, had the authority to bestow kingship. It was the Iyaami who put the crown on the new king. All the king’s power and authority were in the crown. It contained the Ase of Kingship. The Men’s society and the Women’s society, made up of respected elders, made decisions which were passed to the king. In a Yoruba village, Iyalode is a title bestowed on a Woman who is head of the Women of the community. She is the one who issues the birds, the power of Aje. She is head of the market place, and a priestess of Oya. She represents Women in court, and settles disputes. She controls the menstruation of all the Women, and so controls all Women through her mystical powers.
The fact that there are so many stories about the polarity of Male-Female energy, suggests that in Yoruba thought, this polarity is in constant flux and plays a primary role in life on earth. The term Aje is derogatory when used to designate a Woman as a witch. Better to call Mothers, Iyami, Awon Iya Wa or Eleiye (owners of birds). When we mention these Women, we touch the ground as a gesture of respect.
The more widely known aspect of Iyami is as the elderly Women who keep the Calabash that has the bird. It is the Calabash of existence itself. It is believed these Women organize at night and transform into birds and go out and engage in maleficent acts. Odu Logboje is the one who received the power over the world in the Calabash, the power itself symbolized by the bird.
Reference Sources: Oduduwa Templo Dos Orixás Brazil = Taiwo Makinde