Orisha Artist Reception & Drum Performance

We could tell you all about this wonderful new show, Through the mind of Onayemi Ogunkoye, As Above So Below, currently hanging on the north wall in our upstairs art gallery, but we’ll just extend the invitation for you to come and hear Onayemi Ogunkoye in person on Saturday, May 15th at 7 p.m. when he will present his work and give a drum demonstration. The event is free, but space is limited, so come early to get a seat. Refreshments will be available.

In His Own Words – the Artist and the Orisha

Onayemi

Onayemi Drumming

My name is Onayemi, given to me by Orisha through my Iyalosha Oyabi Wangara. Onayemi means the profession of Artist suits me.

I have been commissioned by Orisha to do this body of Orisha Art that continues to grow. These images don’t come from me they come through me. When I begin to work on a piece, I summon the Spirit of the Orisha that I am working on. That Orisha directs me in the production of the piece.

The words that are offered  here are brief explanations of the Orisha presented in the show.

To celebrate the show Through the mind of Onayemi Ogunkoye, As Above So Below, I will present and discuss Orisha along with a drum demonstration (free).

Through the Mind of Onayemi - As Above, So Below

Elegba

Elegba /Esu is the messenger to Olodumare (God) and to all Orisha. All Ceremonies begin and end with acknowledging and knowing him he holds the keys to open the doors to our wants and needs he is the owner of the crossroads of life. We invoke his assistance with life changing decisions. He doesn’t like to be ignored and can be perceived as a trickster if provoked However he will help guide and protect us from danger He Ogun and Ochosi are very close and worked together as the warriors Elegba opens the path, Ogun clears the path,  Ochoosi shows us the most direct path to good character and our wants and needs his colors are red and black his numbers is three and his day is Monday Mojuba Elegba.

Ogun

Ogun is the spirit of iorn and technology with out him every thing comes to a hault.  He is one of the warriors with Elegba and Ochosi.  He is the one that clears the path for us.  His symbols are rail road tracks and macheties and any thing made of metal.   He is the patron of warior professions as well as surgeons his colors are green and black and his number is three.  His day is Wednesday and honored with Elegba and Ochosi on Monday.  Mojuba Ogun

Ochosi

Ochosi is the spirit of the Hunter/Tracker. He has both female and male aspects. He is one of the three warriors along with Elegba and Ogun. Elegba opens the door and road Ogun clears the path and Ochosi shows us the most direct path to alignment with our destiny and growth into good character which produces growth and development of our soul.  Ochosi can see at ground level with one eye and from above with the other, at the same time. This also means that he sees our spiritual path and can direct us in the physical realm.  Ochosi is the owner of  left hand magic. He is the provider of food for his immediate family and his extended family. He is the patron saint of hunters and fisherman and those seeking justice. He is the Divine Hunter Tracker and Fisherman. His symbol is crossbow and arrow.  Ochosi colors are green black,and  red coral his number is three.

Obatala

Obatala is the Father of the human family and Orisha.  Oldumare commissioned Obatala t0 fashion us from the Earth and Olodumare breathed life into us. We invoked him to help us keep a cool head and think clearly. He is the owner of the white cloth and purity he manifests as an old man who sits a top a mountain. His color is white with a little purple his number is eight, which symbolizes eternity. His day is Sunday.  Mojaba Obatala!

Yemoja

Yemoja is the primordial Mother she watches over us all especially the children. She is represented by the Ocean and has a male energy which is Olokun. She represents fertility and is the symbol for the females entering their rites of Passage. Her number is seven she is the mother of Shango and is the wife of Obatala. Her day is Saturday and her colors are Crystal and Blue. Mojuba Yemoja

Oshun

Oshun is the ambassador of beauty passion sweetness and prosperity and Love. She is who we call on to bare children and protect unborn children. She is the seductress who reminds us of our desires. Oshun is represented by rivers and lakes. She loves honey & money. Some of her favorite things are peacocks pumpkins and gold coins. Oshun’s color is yellow her number is five and her day of the week is Friday. Mojuba Oshun

Shango

Shango is the great king he is beloved by all Orisha worshipers. He is lord of the drum and dance. He is represented by fire and lightning, he is thunder. When Justice is to be served we turn to Shango.  His symbol is represented by a double headed axe. Shango’s colors are red and white his day is Thursday. Mojuba

Oya

Oya is the whirl wind.  She shares lightining with Shango. She is the guardian of the cemetery  gates. She is a warriors and fights alongside Shango in battle.  She can change into a water Buffalo and then back into a woman. Oya has nine colors. Her number is nine and her day is Tuesday.  Mojuba Oya.

Sproing! They’re Here . . .

It looks like spring is ready to go already this year, so I guess we’re blessed with the luck of the Irish.  Maybe it was the Yeats quote I posted on our social networks today:

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” ~William Butler Yeats

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First Blooms 2010

Yes, we have our first Crocus Blooms coming up in the area between the labyrinth and our Goddess Garden. Just two so far, but the rest are getting ready to go, as well.  They are kind of flame like, to go with the poem, too.

To give you an idea of how early this is, I just want to point out that our first Crocus Bloom in 2008 was on April 9th.

Going back through the Labyrinth Journal, I see I didn’t quite keep up with the bloomin’ pictures last year.  Expect to see quite a bit more this year.  It also looks like there will be quite a few more spring blooms, too.  This is our third year for some of the Tulips and Crocus, which means we’ll have more than ever to break up the monotony of slushy muddy spring.

Though, I must admit, it doesn’t ever quite feel like spring has arrived until the Lilacs are blooming.  I think of the Crocus here as our heralds, letting us know spring is indeed on its way.  Blessed be on this All Snakes Day!  I also think the Fairies like us. We’ll have to be sure to put out some cream and honey tonight in thanks.

Better Book Browsing

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Eat Sleep Read

We’re proud to present our new, expanded, more user-friendly book section.  All of the books scattered out front have been moved into this new book nook, and as we add a couple more book-cases, we’ll even be adding more titles.

We’ve decided 2009 is the year of the book at Eye of Horus, and we are working more directly with publishers than ever before.  We hope to be able to have more author events, as well.

Part of our bookish effort was joining the American Bookseller’s Association and becoming an Indiebound store. In our welcome packet we got this awesome red poster, but it was huge (3 feet wide by 6 feet tall), and we couldn’t figure out what to do with it until we decided to put on one of the doors.  It’s a simple poster, in a classic Helvetica type font, and it reads Eat, Sleep, Read.  At the bottom it adds a reminder to support independent stores like ours.  For the bibliophile, that pretty much says it all.  Red is also a lovely Feng Shui activating color, especially on doors, so we just take that as a bonus value.

In fact, by changing the book section from a single corridor to a room you can walk around, and one with south-facing windows, we’ve completely re-energized the back of the store.  We’re still working on some of the detailing, but we think you’ll have a much more pleasant experience, especially when there are more than a couple of browsers.

Highlight Table

Highlight Table

To enhance the flow, we added a feature table in the middle of the room to highlight themes or hot new titles, and of course, now there are books on all four walls.  Admittedly, with three doors and a window, we don’t have as much book space as we might like, but you are pretty much surrounded by books.  It’s sort of a huggy feeling, at least if you’re a book-lover like me, and think books can give you a metaphorical hug.

In addition to having more room for browsers, we even added a bench under the window for you to sit on as you peruse a title or two, so you don’t have to sit on the floor unless you really, really want to.  We know, we know, we could have added more shelving under the window, but for now, we’ll just focus on making it a more pleasant experience if you need to take a load off, or if you are waiting for a Tarot or Psychic reading.  So here are some more pictures for you to get a preview, but we invite you to come on in, and do tell us what you think about it!

Thraicie Shelving Books + Bench (lower right

Thraicie Shelving Books + Bench (lower right

Bench available for serious browsers

Bench available for serious browsers

Books on the North wall, too (view from bench)

Books on the North wall, too