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Connecting To Orula: The Master Diviner

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The Orishas: Orula

Orula, the master diviner, is a powerful orisha whose wisdom is beyond compare. It is he who knows the best roads for humans to achieve happiness, success, and prosperity. He also knows the appropriate time for each person to be born, live, and die. Together with his brother, Elegua, he works on behalf of people seeking to change their destinies and create long, happy lives for themselves. To connect with Orula, it is important to understand his place as the witness of destiny, how he obtained his powers of divination, and his covenant with death.

How Orula Became the Master Diviner

It is said that Orula is the brother of Ogun, Elegua, and Chango, son of Yembo and Obatala. When Obatala caught Ogun attempting to seduce his own mother, he ordered all of his male children to be killed in his fury. Elegua was old and strong enough to leave home, so he did -- but he always kept an eye on things at Obatala's house out of fear that, if his wife bore any other sons, Obatala would have them killed as well. When Chango was born, Elegua stole him and asked his older sister to raise him instead. After Orula was born, Elegua stole him as well. That way, both babies could be safe from Obatala's rage.

Much later, Obatala fell ill. Elegua brought Chango, his long-lost son, back to him. As a master healer, Chango was able to heal Obatala and save his life. In exchange for this service, Elegua asked his father to spare Orula and Chango's lives in return. When Obatala agreed, Chango celebrated by gifting Orula with a divination tray and the secret knowledge of divining.

Orula as the Protector of Life

Orula is the ultimate diviner who knows when each and every person is to live and die. He made a pact with death, so that Orula's children would not be carried off before it was time for them to die. For this reason, he is said to grant protection from premature death. Wearing his ide, whether a simple beaded bracelet or a very beautiful, elaborate one, on the left wrist can help keep the wearer from being carried off by Iku before their time.

An Orula necklace should be imposed by an Ifa priest. When and if it breaks, it is an ominous warning -- the wearer should contact their Ifa godfather for spiritual assistance, since a broken necklace of Orula is considered an omen of serious danger.

Connecting to Orula

Orula is present before every birth -- he is the one who witnesses the way a spirit influences its destiny before being born. Since he is the Witness of Destiny, the one who knows all, he is petitioned for everything from success, to blessing, to strengthening psychic abilities, to healing. When you wish to change your circumstances, whatever they might be, he is the one to seek a connection with.

Fill a bath with Orula bath, and light the accompanying incense. Recite the accompanying prayer, and step into the bath. (Be sure to fully immerse yourself.) As you relax in the warm, fragrant water, envision yourself endowed with Orula's wisdom. Whatever change you seek to make in your life, you are capable of making. However you wish to alter your destiny, you are able to do so. Quiet your mind, and listen for Orula's guidance.

After the bath, allow yourself to air dry. Thank Orula for his wisdom, and make an offering to him in gratitude. Be sure to follow the wise advice you are given, for those who don't become the victims of misfortune sent by his assistant, Eshu.

Orula is privy to every secret, no matter how dark or hidden. He witnesses the life of every living thing, from before they are born until the day they die. There is nothing that escapes his wisdom, and no destiny he cannot help alter. If you are having trouble in your life and you feel stuck and powerless, Orula's wisdom can help set you free and lead you down a path to happiness and success.