The Orisha, Dreams and Visions: The Case of Obba

Obba, venerated in Takua, Oyó and beyond.

Those who are Lukumí know that the Orisha manifests in different ways. If you are lucky to live near an active community of followers you have may have had a blessed experience to directly have spoken to an Orisha during a Tambor de Fundamento (drumming party with consecrated drums). But there are many who have never lived through this and who are not followers; yet, they are touched by the Orisha and awaken to their existence in other ways.

Such is the case of Kjerstin, who back in the fall sent me an email about a most vivid dream and subsequent visions. She found the blog and realized that perhaps the dream meant much more and she wanted to unravel its meaning in her life. Her description of this ‘dream visitor’ caught my attention because it was vivid and it reminded me of Obba. Now, some initiates perhaps will not agree that Orisha communicates with non-initiates. But who are we to judge the ways in which Orisha selects or not to be known to the world?

Since The Mystic Cup is about spiritual experiences, I will share some parts of our conversation via e-mail; this is how our exchange started:
Kjerstin: I am a medium, and am used to seeing spirits, usually they are of a person deceased, though it is not at all unusual for me to see other spirits as well. I am just out of my element when the spirit I encounter is clearly related to an African religion. I am just not clear yet who she is.

Every time I see this woman spirit, I am so struck by her beauty; she has fine features, intense red dress, delicate long limbs and a golden glow about her. The way my abilities work I seldom see a spirit of someone deceased who has such vibrant colors. This has led me to search for names of deities – something that would resonate with who she might be.

In each vision, as soon as she and I make eye contact, she begins to point to her left, (and my right) that there is something she wants me to see.

Omimelli: She reminds me of Obba, the legitimate wife of Shango, King of Oyó. She wore red dresses (sometimes pink or lilac as well) and she was missing an ear (she concealed this under her headdress) but she would point at her left to remind us she was missing an ear due to a betrayal from another orisha. She wears gold bracelets, five of them. This orisha is the representation of repressed love, suffering and sacrifice for those who we love; she also symbolizes domestic/marital happiness. This queen comes from the land of Takua and is given in marriage to the king of Oyó who preferred another orisha to her, many others in fact for Shangó was the embodiment virility, an attribute hardly containable or sated with one woman/orisha.

Obba covers the ear that was desfigured after a harsh betrayal.

Kjerstin: When you write of Obba that is the loving and somewhat sorrowful resonance that matches how I feel when I see her. Thank you for explaining her bracelets, I have never seen such bracelets, and why the left side of her head was covered with a veil when I could find no pictures of ancestral dress that was like this. She is very much HERE today and I will just be with her.

The interesting part is that Kjerstin decided to follow this dream and to actually seek out communication in a way in which was familiar for her, through meditation and devotion. Here is an abbreviated version of her experience:

Kjerstin: When Obba came to see me this second time, it was a bit is a pleasant surprise. It was also very intense. I lit a candle for her and made an offering and waited in the asana position (meditative pose) for her to tell me what she needed me to know.

Obba has been able to communicate with me through rich and vibrantly colored visions. The visions are so strong that I literally am immersed in the 360° experience. By showing me a certain series of pictures Obba has been able to communicate very effectively with me in a sort of silent charade. She, in the first visit, also allowed me to ‘listen in’ on conversations from past events and has filled in parts of her story to me while still honoring the fact that I am not a member of an ATR, and therefore not an initiate to whom it would be appropriate for her to communicate with me directly.

Before the visions began, however, Obba brought me a feeling of such compassion and literally wrapped me in it like voluminous soft red fabric, I physically felt myself being wrapped up on this warmth and healing Love. So far, each time Obba has visited me, she has brought healing and love first, then we talk about messages and spiritual things.
For whatever reason, this is the way it has been.

Today – following the hug from Obba, there was a series of visionary events; I will just translate from my spirit writing what I saw.

Today, as Obba stands before me, she is still in the vibrant red dress and her head covering is longer – almost like a cloak. Before she looked slender, and muscular, now she looks full, well fed is the feeling I get and her body is soft and goddess like. Her red dress is really much the same as I saw before. She stands with the radiant mystery darkness behind her.

Next Obba shows me in visions behind her an orange landscape; everything is shades of oranges as though it is during sunset. The terrain reminds me of the colors of the red cliffs of the Colorado Plateau near the Mojave Desert.

A sunset in the Mohave Desert

Obba shows me a boat now, it looks to me like the long boats from my people’s past and yet it is somehow different – more like a dugout boats, very long and many oars and many ghostlike passengers in the boats. There are more boats than I can see at the shore of this dark lake and there are other Spirits helping with the boats.

I get that Obba is about to ferry this large group of souls across, once that is done we can begin to release the darkness that has been in our hearts. She leans over the beautiful heart, the heart of mankind, and takes it into her hand and very carefully, so as to not disturb the healthy flesh she takes the tiny, hard kernel out of the heart – she then inspects it briefly – holds it up to the light. She then pinches the kernel between her finger and thumb, closes her hand around it.

I ask other questions of Obba “If I may share the visions?’ Yes, this one and the one before. I ask if there is any more messages at this time and she shakes her head No.

I want to thank Kjersting for sharing her experience. Have you had a dream or vision about the Orisha? If so, you are welcome to share your thoughts below.

Omimelli
Oní Yemayá Achagbá

About Omimelli

I am a Olosha or Santera and for years I have been at the service of the Orisha and the community. I am initiated to Yemayá and my father in osha is Aganjú. I am also an initiate of Palo Mayombe and hold the title of Yaya Nkisi. As part of my daily devotional I spend time at my bóveda and work with my spirits on regular basis.
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24 Responses to The Orisha, Dreams and Visions: The Case of Obba

  1. Kjerstin says:

    Dear Omimelli

    I got teary eyed when I saw the Mojave Desert picture you posted, it is so like the colors of the vision! Thank you for not dismissing me when I wrote you about this and also for taking the time to help me understand this profoundly emotional experience.

    I can not help but wonder how many other people might have had similar experiences, who like me, not belonging to an ATR, have no reference that would allow them to grasp the significance of the dream?

    I will write more when I can.

    Much Love

    Kjerstin

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello Kjerstin,

      🙂 TMC is about spirituality, we all have much to learn from each other. We should not dismiss the many manifestations of spirituality.

      Omimelli

  2. axa says:

    Greetings.

    I am not an initiate of any tradition of Orisa as yet, as I am currently residing in Australia. The Orisa first came to me in dreams and visions and called me to this path. I have been told by a Pae that this is a legitimate option for those who are not directly connected to a house or community…Dreams are a gift from spirit, and I have seen many Lwa and Orisa in this way and been blessed that they communicate to me while I sleep. So, please listen to your dreams, take time to discuss them with a trusted confidante or write them down and reflect on them as they have potent meanings and messages and help us connect to spirit.
    When an Orisa contacts you in this way take time to honour them and thank them.
    Sarava

    • Omimelli says:

      Ashé, there are forces that must manifest in our life and we simply are blessed to be open minded and listen.
      Omimelli

  3. Magica says:

    dear friend… I am a greek pagan/wiccan initiate to Hecate and one of Kjerstin’s friends. Since for days I “smell” rosepetals and yesterday, I saw an african beauty with the most wonderful smile and the most loving and juyfull smile in her eyes. Speaking with Kjersting and asking my pendel, it cam out it was Obba and the experiences yesterday of her love covering me are so awesome, I can’t express. I wonder why she has choosen to come to me, she is still around as I am typing this. I am in prety same situation as she was, betrayed by a firend, lost love of my life, I just had to share that it seams, Obba does not care much about initiate or not, she chooses people with broken hearts to help and heal, no matter what “religion”. I think she wanted me to share this. She is the most loving and vivid spirit I ever met. Hail Obba, may she bless all of us. I am searching to find more about her ad the rites that would please her. If you can help me find some, so please tell me! )O(

  4. Omimelli says:

    Hello Makena

    I am glad you enjoy it.

    Omimelli

  5. elsa/Omitoleri says:

    Omimelli,I think it was beautiful experince…

  6. Hassan Honeycott says:

    Gold bracelets with intricate design are always the best. You can always find them on specialty stores but most of the time, they are quite expensive. “:`;”

    Have a great day!
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  7. Isabel says:

    I have started not to long ago in the religion of Santeria. I always felt a calling of intreast. Due to a phase in my life of a divourse I finally was able to connect. Once I got my sons and my guerreros I have vivid color visions awake and the same red dress lady appeared. Saw cheetahs and white tigers..I have been searching for ppl with the same visions to confirm. I have had 3 vivid color premonitions for future and have been told to watch keep watching. Then they point to my partner and say no to the mouth gesture. I can say to them but can to family and close friends. As I have read other blogs they say Orishas don’t speak in this way. I just know it is and hard to deny. My spirits form many generations line up and present themselves but see the saint and god figure guides. Not sure if it’s just cuz they look accient but just get the feeling it’s two saints aswell as god. I feel blessed and understand I’m special. I just know that when your heart is clean and you have compassion with the world. Then higher beings do unfold I’m majestic ways. I am like all but make sure to help all and try to live my life pure. I wish all the same blessing and benditiones to all.

    Isabel

  8. Kjerstin says:

    Hi Isabel

    I have been thinking a lot about Obba lately and came back to see this article and here you have commented recently!

    This is an experience that has brought deep and profound change in my life. That this can happen to other people too does not surprise me.

    Love

    Kjerstin

  9. Isabel says:

    Thank you Kjerstin and again I to was brought back to this message. Reason that I had another vision in vivid color with the lady in red last night. Its amazing how we can be connected by messages in this way. My understanding is a great change is coming and to not lose hope.

    Many blessings,
    Isabel

  10. r. boone says:

    Wow! This is amazing and new to me. I too had a vivid dream. But….it was a male figure. The dream is so vivid and filled with emotion and details. I only know that I must find a way to contact this Being again and let Him know that I love Him and appreciate His gift of bestowing His presence upon me.
    But..ha…I still don’t know who It is!
    Sigh.
    How is this stuff even possible!?!?!?!?
    What the bleep is happening!?!?
    Confused…Scared….Curious…..Alone.
    Though…in the dream I did get the impression that He would always be with me.
    But I don’t feel Him anymore like in the dream.
    Why this and why now?
    Alien abduction would be easier to deal with than this!
    Smh.

  11. r. boone says:

    Thanks for beimg here for us Omimelli. Ashe.

  12. r. boone says:

    It turns out, after research, that my dream wasn’t even about an actual Orisha. Which was a bit more than disappointing. But…that’s ok. Either way the intensity and vividness of the dream has led me to this blog and has encouraged me to pay more attention to my spiritual life. I now have a small, simple alter at which I pay respect to God, my ancestors, and guardian spirits. The dream and the wonderful information in this blog has encouraged me to develop a relationship with them.
    Learning, learning, learning.
    I am pleased to be on this journey.

    • Omimelli says:

      Hello R. Boone

      It is very good to read that you are inspired to enrich your spiritual life. Well done. Remember to keep your expectations in check and take things one day at a time. This is search for spiritual fulfillment is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Stretch your muscles often through meditation and cleansings, excercise your spirit with positive thinking and affirmations and be open to be amazed with the manifestation of Olofi in your life.

      Omimelli

  13. Tyler says:

    Hi Omimelli,

    I also have had a vision of an orisha. I have no idea of what it means or how to work with it. I am just a white dude who grew up in a protestant household. Any advice for me?

    Thanks!

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  16. jackie says:

    Omg i know this is old posts but ibe been having visions with Ochun yesterday in my dream she gave me a few things elekes was one of them shes come to me in dreams before but a man spoke on herbehalf and i was told of an event that was to happen and it did…any advice where can I go?im white sobits ajward wen i speak with others practicing the religion and though they get chills when I speak no further advice is givenbto me

  17. Kjerstin says:

    Jackie

    I do not know if you will see this response – our wonderful Omimelli is not always online – she chooses to live a life of respect for the spirits and for herself that does not have her at the computer all the time. It is good.

    What I can tell you is this.

    Listen to your heart. Ask yourself when you have a spirit experience “How do I feel?” and listen to that. Many visions with colors and lights can come our way and bring us many pictures but there is one thing that cannot be confused and that is in How we feel.. So, I tell you this, not as a placation but as a real response.. HOW YOU FEEL will tell you much about your spiritual experience.. and what happened after will tell you also..

    For me, my experience was deeply and personally healing. My personal experience with Obba literally saved my life and for that reason I leave a small altar for her on which I place things I think she might like and also things that remind me of how truly grateful I am for my life, the life she saved.

    I am conscious that I may not be a person who is called to be part of an ATR, so I only do a little altar.. just a small remembrance for Obba. I never let the gift of precious water for her go dry – not ever.. even if I never see her again she has me LOVE Always.

    Show respect and if more is meant to come it will, if no more experience or information comes, show respect anyway and at least leave a whispered “Thanks” for what you have experienced.

    Much Love to you!

    Kjerstin

  18. Alicia says:

    Hello, I was baptized as a young child into Santeria or at least they had a ceremony de Ifa sorry if I misspelled it, but I never thought much of it until I noticed my dreams take place in the templo I was baptized in and recently the dreams have become more detailed. In the dream i was bowing down to what looked like a picture of a saint who was black and a women and I touched these shells by accident near an alter that was laid out and I began apologizing for it when another dark female approached me and laughed saying I’m just like a child always making a mess of things. It was very strange and given i was only baptized because of my great grandmother who is gone now I have no one to ask questions too. My mother remembers me being named hija de someone she believes ochun but isn’t sure.

  19. jessie says:

    I have a baby with a cuban. the father of my child an I both have saints… his is eluga an mine is yemaya an oshun… well we were having a consultation last night with some friends… we all went to bed at the same time late at 3am an every one went to sleep quick as soon as I layed down I heard 3 knocks an then had 2 separate visions one of a little boy which I think might be my son an another of a woman… an the woman looked like obba well I looked up visions an meanings of saintaria an this popped up http://blog.themysticcup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Obba.jpg an it looks just like the woman I saw an she was beautiful… I’m just trying to understand what’s she’s trying to say… or tell me… I have been told I’m medium… but I fear the spirits sometimes… so I think sometimes I can’t fully get connected… an cant hear or see everything they want me to know or tell me

  20. Peter says:

    Hello,

    I am seeking advice about one of my dreams. I was raised Roman Catholic but had been following Santeria for the past few years now which I really enjoy. Unfortunately, I am self-taught but have dedicated myself in learning and establishing a relationship with the Orishas. Lately, I had been getting vivid ones. But today when I was napping I dreamt of an old friend. This person showed himself as a younger version when we were kids but he was much taller than me. I can remember feeling or seeing the word “mercury” in my dream and this old friend was smiling and tapped the top of my head 3 times. Any insights?

  21. hello my name is Atiba as stated before i live in the island of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean west Indies. i am not an orisha worshiper or observer but i am being visited by which i beleave to be an orisha deity i am a spiritual baptist by faith and when i ask my elders to explain my visits and instructions the all say go moan. i will like some answers or help understanding what this deity wants of me,why am i being visited how do i acknowledge what is being told to do is of benefit to me or my God.
    in research i stumbled upon an image of the orisha that has been visiting me and she is called YEMAYA please please please help me with something to understand what i am going through.I am not sure if her visits has anything to to with my strong YORUBA background and lineage please please please help me.

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