One Year, Many Oddús: A Comparative Table for Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States (Miami and New Jersey)

Rituals are of great importance in the Lukumí and Ifá practices, particularly those that are designed to serve as a religious compass or framework for the community at large. Each year docens of Ifá priests gather to determine which are the oddús or signs that are to set the tone for the year and what are the recommendations to avoid misfortune and maximize opportunities.

The following table provides a snapshot of such results for Cuba, Puerto Rico and for two cities of the United States. More tables will be posted soon gathering the results for other countries.

Double click on the table to be able to see it in full.

Have a blessed 2012 and remember to stay true to your eggun and to traditions.

Oní Yemayá Achagbá

8 Replies to “One Year, Many Oddús: A Comparative Table for Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the United States (Miami and New Jersey)”

  1. The orishas are giving us a message. This 2012 its a year of transformation and serious awareness. If we don’t change our selfish way of living, orisha will not protect us of Olofin rage. The full prophecy for Puerto Rico is: osogbo iku nitori ona lowo eggun merinlaye oduduwa onire. This means that is doesn’t matter who are the orishas ruling, its Oduduwa who will tell the final destiny ans the iku by ona will be served by the Eggun Merinlaye (the spirits of the north, south, east and west. This wont happen if we follow the advise and do the changes in ourselves that Olofin is saying to us with humility.

    1. I second Alfredo’s interpretation…Puerto Rico’s social decay (symptoms of its colonial status and the fear of its people to grab the bull by the horns and solve its primordial problem) is at the root of the negativity of death by punishment that is the prophecied “negativity” associated with Oddun Iwori Koso (Iroso). For decades, the social landscape in Puerto Rico has evidenced this across-the-board decay: education problems, environmental degradation, urban sprawl, uncontrolled violence, drug-related addiction and crime, lack of social/civic conscience, a developed and promoted dependence on federal welfare monies (as opposed to a sense of collective desire to push one’s nation forward), etc…all of these have been amply documented as symptoms of colonial societies. It is impossible to separate the increasingly precarious and frantic nature of Puerto Rican society (and what it entails for its frightened and stressed-out citizens) from the social inequities that stem from the colonial status.

      For me, Iworo Koso speaks primarily about a need to grab the bull by the horns and patiently and steadfastly address all the social problems that have twisted Puerto Rican society into something that, obviously, is not in balance with what Olofin and the Orishas want.

      Last year, it was Death By Our Own Head. Now it’s Death By Punishment. We had our chance to “fix it”…now the pressure is on….

      1. Awo Ogbe Ate

        I find myself in agreement with both of your statements. However, the heart of the matter is more complex than addressing the colonial status.

        Even if that was to be solved, the spirit of many puertorricans has been corrupted to such degree that it will take a massive change in the attitude and behavior of each individual, and above all a change on that rotten entitlement mentality that is eating the spirit of our nation.

        Coupled with the fact that spirituality in our religious community has been greatly prostituted and that many traditions (i.e. Palo) are being corrupted by folks breaking rules left and right, we have indeed a complex matter to solve.

        How do we correct this? One person at a time, one ilé at a time and enforcing rules rather than continuing to accomodate rulebreakers and to turn a blind eye when we see folks doing things wrong.

        How is that for a start? 🙂


    2. Alfredo

      Thank you kindly for offering your point of view on the Oddú, certainly Puerto Ricans are no longer at a crossroads where they can leisurely figure out what to do to solve their many coplex issues. The train has left the station and it is crazily speeding towards the abyss. It is time to wake up and take matters seriously as it should have been done decades ago.

      The only way to to this is with a serious act of introspection and a commitment to change first our own rotten behaviors (whatever they may be) and to then start to irradiate those around us with a positive attitude and with a desire to do better followed up by targeted acts of kindness.

      Much more can be done, but rather than words, actions are what we need, and we need them yesterday.


  2. Its just that Osun called to me in a registro and there is nothing about him on internet. I know all the little things that you learn with the warriors, I am getting the rest of my warriors in a few months. Elegua was impatient, and made it perfectly clear. .. lol. Id just like to know more about Osun to help me in visualizing him in my prayers. What he warned me about is pretty serious, and kinda personal so I wont get into it here, but its important to me. Thank you in advance. 🙂

  3. I firmly believe that if you are a babalawao, you should be following what your IFA state you need to do for that year for yourself, ile or egbe. All due respect Cuba can not dictate what is going to happen to the whole world, neither can puerto rico or Nigeria. We posses IFA to know our own personal destiny, so why go someone else’s IFA to know what you have to do? If you posses the hand of Ifa, the AWO can dafa with your ikins to let you know what you need to do for the year.

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