Understanding these Orishas and their characteristic traits portrayed in living beings who are from their realms is to pay keen attention to each other or people we meet, through their behavior and action, we can if we have certain understanding, see the personality of the Orishas within them. Ogun, God of Iron and of War is an Orisha who is easily mis-understood, and this maybe because he is referred to as God of War.
First for those who may not be able to understand the use of the word God when it comes to describing some deities, many people are under the misconception that God should only be used to describe the Almighty creator, the supreme being, not realizing that the word God is actually a title and although there is only one supreme God, there are many Demi- Gods, ruler of their own domain and energy which the supreme being, has placed them in charge.
This explanation is for the benefit of those who may take offense to the use of the word God when it comes to any other deity.
Here is Ogun who is God of Iron, Steel and of War. Ogun is ruler over these elements of nature,Iron/Steel, it is this realm where Ogun is from and so are his children,people who are his archetypes. As to the referred title as God of war, it is the implements which are made out of the natural resources of nature of which Ogun represents and is ruler of. Iron and Steel. It is with these that weapons are made, the Gun, the cutlass, the knife, and so on. In war, soldiers arm themselves for battle with Ogun (weapons made from him, by him, from iron and steel). Ogun”s Job here on earth is Agbede (Ag-beh-deh) the Black smith, one who forges Iron. Ogun works without rest, he is constantly working.
Bad occurrences happens in the physical realms, because of the evil which human being invokes through their actions. Through lack of respect for nature and its laws human will face tragedies conjured by their very own hands. It is the responsibilities of forces of nature such as Ogun, to allow certain things to happen for man to learn. This does not necessitate evil on the deities behalf, but serves to remind the human being to be careful of his actions, to remember the supreme being, to honor nature,and to keep its laws.
The handgun stays silent, bothering no one, if left alone. The cutlass, knife and all weapons the same, it is the hands of the human which offends.
The woods,forest, bush is sacred to Ogun, woods and barks are his own also, so woodsmen are also children of Ogun.
Without Ogun, society would stand still, civilization as we know it would not be possible. The Jamaican flag is Black, yellow and green. Ogun’s color is black and green (red and black beads/elekes are worn here in Nigeria by his initiates). Ogun Yayyyyyy!!! (I have huge crush on Ogun, I cannot help myself, I love strong men) .The yellow is Osun, she came to the new world wearing yellow, and here in Africa even though her initiates wear white, her real color is yellow.
One of my sons, the first son, not the first child, a fine handsome fellow (the truth, not because he is my son I describe him this way) is pure Ogun, he is quiet and reserved, hardly you will find a talkative Ogun, although there are some. I wrote about him on the site and the former (thank God!) girlfriend. I had no idea that he was a child of the great warrior Ogun. My is son not big and burly, he is slender and always well dressed. One day I went to see the Jamaican Babalawo who took me to Africa, and he divined for my son, the Odu was Irete/Ogunda, my son is pure Ogun. I began to reflect back on him and as he grew, remembering a time when he, my son was about five or six years old, he did something and I beat him for it. In the night when the house hold settled down for sleep, I saw my five year old child standing in the kitchen holding my big kitchen knife. He had an angry look on his face and had the knife by its handle holding, while rigid in his stance.
I went to him, slightly frightened in my mind, thinking to my self “What kind in kid is this?” I asked him gently “why do you have a knife?” he responded that he was waiting for all of us to go to sleep so that he could kill us. Of course, that earned him another beating and the knives were hidden thereafter for a while.
He is a quiet boy, but he gets angry quickly at any sign of disrespect, he takes no disrespect, and yet he also forgives quickly.
Ogun is a great warrior, without Ogun you bloggers and I would not know each other, or rather there would be no blog. He is the God of technology, it is his same materials which makes the computer. Without Ogun houses could not be built, without Ogun no one could defend themselves or their country in war. Even if a sling shot is used, it is Ogun, because the stone used for the shot is Ogun. In the movie the Fast and the Furious, and where the actor Paul Walker died in a car accident, and people thought how crazy is that, he acted in these movies about racing and look how he died. They invoked in the movie the energy of Ogun, known to them or unbeknownst to them I have no idea, I would say however, unbeknownst. If they had any idea of what they were doing then they would have appeased Ogun. A sacrifice to Ogun was not given so it was taken by said Ogun. These Hollywood people better employ me to teach them how not to offend nature and its elements. Everything in life needs propitiation, something have to be given over for another to thrive. Human beings has to kill and eat, whether it be animal or plants and this is for survival, it is the way of the world.
People who are Ogun’s children are very strong, sometime very quiet, but when they get angry, run!
People who have a fascination with weapons, or even cookware, computers, or anything of technology.
They at times do not like crowd and they spend much time with themselves.
Sometimes, they want to just travel, get away..
If they have an opinion on something, they will keep silent unless asked, and when they do voice out, they will not take their words back, they stick to what they believe.
They are not gossipers, or betrayers, they are too fierce for that, people may find them cold and unfeeling, but they know how to hide their feelings well,not wanting to encounter with too much emotions.
The whole movie industry and all of media exist because of Ogun.
One day in New York City, I was walking with a friend of mine who is a Babalawo and also a son of Ogun, he initiated Ogun before making Ifa.
As we were about to cross a huge street, we were on the service side of the road, a man riding a bicycle rode pass and almost knocked my friend down, as he cycled away, he had the nerve to say, my friend should have moved out of the way. My friend and I began to cross the street, talking about how rude the man was, in the middle of crossing and talking, my friend, who is a big guy in body weight, ran in the direction of the man who was by now down the street at the stop light which held him. For a big guy he was quite the sprinter, I watched as he went up to the mans face, pointing his finger in his face. I could not hear what was being said, I could only see from gestures, the man was apologizing. My friend ran back over to me. He, Ogun takes no disrespect, none!
Police men and anyone who is in the position of defense, with the use of weapon or technology.
Surgeons or Doctors
Computer Tech persons,or anyone who works in the area of Technology, programmers and all
Anybody who not only work with Iron or steel but have a passion, great passion or are successful with their works is Ogun….Ogun Yayyyyyyyyy!, this is how we cheer him in Yoruba Land.
Tí ẹyẹ ò bá fín ẹyẹ níràn, ojú ọrun tó ẹyẹ ẹ́ fò láì fara kanra. /
If a bird won’t seek the ill of another, the sky is wide enough for all to fly without colliding….Yoruba Proverb!
[There’s no need to pull anyone down in order to rise; the world is big and endowed enough for all.]
Great sins of the world occurs because of misplaced or lack of trust, to violate someones trust is to violate God, be the best human being you can be, let trust be one of the pillars of which your character is built on, honor yourself with this great compliment!….Obara Meji!
All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji