Obeah is something that is real and woe be to the ones who constantly say they do not believe. To me, this is either ignorance (which can not be faulted) or a psychological attempt to block out all negative possibilities. The thing is, the realness of Obeah should never be taken for granted because many people’s lives are affected by wicked hands who have the ability to manipulate energy. This really is what Obeah is, good or bad, the manipulation of energy which is very possible.
There was a time when I traveled with some people. We were going on a spiritual journey. Little did I know that we were heading into a great spiritual war, which was planned against me by someone I thought I could trust. The signs were all around, but I with all my wisdom ignored them.
I did not deliberately ignore them, but I was too caught up in my upcoming trip that I did not pay attention, or rather was not present in my life (as I teach you all to do). Because I would not believe that this person would ever do what he did (and in my mind I wondered what would be the purpose? foolish question because I have been Obeahed before, “just because” and that’s it, lol). I would find out in time that the purpose was because of the people I was traveling with. They were looked at as potential money and a connection to the US for this person. The person had checked their oracle and had seen that I would change from them very soon, and if I went, where would his replacement come from? So he plotted way before we came to his side and my loyalty to him allowed me to question my spirits, while they used everyday to show me that all was not well.
In this post I will give you examples of how nature shows us signs as in the signs it showed me, and also examples of other people I have treated before. I am being very vulnerable for criticism by recounting some of my story here to you all so openly, but I have always shared my stories openly with you. I believe that I go through things, survive them, so that I am able to teach you from my own experience, so this is no different.
Before the trip, there was an abundance of confusion. At the airport we were in check in for about an hour and a half, throwing away most of our stuff. This had never happened before in all my travels to west Africa and it has been years since I have been coming here. The plane almost left us, we had to run to catch it, half of the party had already boarded, they stayed to themselves all along which seemed quite strange to me, and as I ran to the plane my feet felt as if I was carrying lead on each of them. Something did not want me to go. On the plane the half of the party that had already boarded sat together, while the other half including me, sat across from them and a row behind, with one of my half having to change seats and sit alone up front. This unplanned seating arrangement was a big sign, the separation from the beginning and the added one spontaneously. The universe was showing the signs, I saw it and understood, but I had already told the person we were going to from before we left to feed Orisha Èṣù, so that all confusion would be quelled. But I had no idea that it was he who was doing the obeah to create the confusion in the first place.
While there on his compound, upon first arrival, I took him aside and asked if Èṣù had been fed, he assured me yes. Èṣù, is the Yoruba divinity which can be called the world police, or the trickster. In Yoruba philosophy, he must be propitiated first before any ritual can be performed, if he is not, then all hell can break lose, like a child throwing tantrum. However, it was not only the lack of feeding of Èṣù the man did, he actually created the witchcraft to cause confusion, hate, quarrel, and more. The biggest signs on this trip of his cruel work was when one of the women complained to me that red ants had taken over her food and clothing. Instantly I knew what it was, (still yet, I did not know that it was him who was doing this). I went to tell him about the red ants and told him that this was indicative of war, contention, quarrel, to which he agreed, and I remember asking him again, “did you feed Èṣù?” Again he assured me, and I wanted to at that moment say, let us feed him again, because to my mind and with all the signs I was seeing, Èṣù was not fed, or he wanted more somehow. I went and told the young lady that the red ants was a sign of contention, but as I was assured by the man that Èṣù was fed, (although I began to doubt him, I did not say this to her) all would be ok. That same night the lady and myself almost argued, (and in days to come the arguments continued to the point of me being disrespected while the man locked his office door and stayed inside, never once trying to come out and ask about the problem) over the silliest of things, something I was trying to resolve for her, made me the target of her anger. From that very same night I gained five enemies unbeknownst to me and them who were victims themselves in a very selfish and vicious game of dirty Obeah, spun by an illiterate idiot in his search for money and power and blinded by his hatred for me, because I was about to find out the scam he had pulled on me and be done with him once and for all, his oracle informed him of what was to come so he plotted first. What he did not know is that, the Universe is my teacher and as such, they knew what I would go through, but they also knew the end result, and God does have favourites, rest assured.
There was a time when I did a job for a young man. He had a very tough court case, to which he was innocent, I checked to be sure. The case was tough because he had very strong enemies who wanted to see him imprisoned (a scorned woman and her family) and they had spent a lot to assure this would happen. Of course the Obeah caught him and and a conspiracy charge was laid upon him, which promised him 10 years of Federal time. Now my job was not to interfere with the judicial system, but to remove to Obeah which was the reason he landed in this predicament. If I was successful, then the wheels of justice would turn in his favour. The job took me six months to accomplish, with me working very hard, as the Obeah man or woman who did the work for them knew their stuff. There was a time when I was supposed to send him some very powerful medicine. When sending anything spiritual across the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean ocean by air, the priest or priestess must be very knowledgable or the power of the ocean can destroy the power of the medicine and make it weak or ineffective (this is just a little wisdom on the side for all the Obeah men and women who read this blog, oonuh refer people to me at times and to that I say thank oonuh, lol). I did all the rites and rituals for the medicine, and was sure that the powerful energy of the Ocean would not affect it while the DHL plane flew it across. I called him and told him the medicine had been sent off. He called me that same evening and told me that three birds had landed on his roof. The minute he told me this, I knew that these 3 birds were not just 3 birds. They were antagonists. Malevolent beings who had come to stop the progress of the court case, leaving him vulnerable for the 10 years promised.
I had to do something I normally would not have, and that was to teach him how to now appease these beings disguised as birds. They had gotten payment for the job they were doing and so I had to find the counter offer in order for them to leave and abandon the job they were sent on. He did the appeasement as he was told, and it took 3 days for the “birds” to leave his roof.
He won his case.
In this story, the number 3 is important, and also the birds (type of animal) actin as malevolent agents, sends a very negative spiritual message, or bad message as we say here in Africa. The number 3 is the number for ritual and when sacrifices are performed, the opening and closing of each incantation are pronounced 3 times. Also, this was a court case. The birds with wings that fly represented freedom, but in this case, they did not want this for this gentleman, and so for three days stood on his roof for 3 days without going anywhere.
Now let me go back to the first story. One of the women who made the trip with me had to come from another country to join me so that we could travel together to West Africa. On her way to me, she got lost two times. The train took her in an opposite direction of coming to me while I waited at the train station for hours. This was also another very big sign that something was wrong and even when she arrived at the train station, she took the wrong exit and had to end up taking a taxi to meet me at the same train station where she already was, almost impossible. So for her to get to me was one bunch of confusion.
A GREAT sign of obeah when it is around is confusion that knows no bounds.
When she finally arrived at my house, everything bad that was supposed to happen did. The whole house turned upside down with quarrels, things missing, etc.
So here in the first story we see all the signs which I believed were given to me by my spiritual elders because of what they knew was happening, so this tells me now that all the time when all things were happening it was a battle between what was sent to create confusion and my own spiritual guides who wanted me to be alert and see what was happening in front of me.
Remember when the normal becomes abnormal, evil is at work.
Obeah Signs From the Stories I Gave
1- The confusion, not only at the airport which I wrote in the story above, along will the seating arrangements which was not planned as how it went, but was meant to show me that there would be a separation very soon.
2-Red Ants. This was the most important and obvious message in this entire story. It was when the red ants showed up that I realized that something very bad was at play.
3- During the stay, I and some others had decided to take a trip on the road, and while driving, the wheel of my car flew off on the expressway and went over the bridge. This was not only a sign, but this was actually a work meant to kill but was foiled by the Universe. This same experience was to happen again 3 other times, with the last time our car swerved in front of a truck.
4- The birds that landed on the young mans roof as soon as the medicines were to arrive. The medicine was coming via airplane. The plane itself mimics the birds. Their motive for being there was to stop the arrival of the package which was to free the young man of the obeah he was under. I thank God that he was mindful enough to report seeing them to me so that quick actions could have been taken.
Signs of Obeah which are very visible but the untrained or uninformed won’t know
1- If you have an animal and the animal begins to act out of character. Animals are easy to pick up on things that are unnatural. Never ignore a barking dog. Especially if that dog is yours and there seems to be no reason why he’s barking. The cat will become easily afraid or annoyed when Obeah becomes present in a home or compound.
2- Red Ants, of course, for contention. While Black Ants, plenty, can show the coming of sickness or death.
3- When too many plates or glasses begin to break all of a sudden, don’t beat the child, look around, Obeah is close. But please note that the breakage is coming from your ancestral spirits wanting either to alert you or to cut down on the Obeah thrown.
4- Pay attention to food that keeps falling on to the floor. Your ancestors may have something they want to tell you. In this case try to get divination from someone competent.
5- Pay attention to abnormal headaches. Or a certain type of yawn, one that sounds like Opera. I will deal with this separately in another post.
Messengers of Obeah
1- Birds. Most in particular owls and vultures. Chickens also, especially if they begin dying in the yard. Know that it is not only Obeah, it’s a death strike. In other words, Obeah that comes to kill.
2- Dogs. This should be the number one messenger, but I put birds on top for a reason because many people do not pay attention to them as much.
3- Cats. This should be number two, but for the same reason as above, I made them number 3.
4- All insects, such and the red and black ants formerly mentioned. But this also includes crickets, extremely too many cockroaches big or small, unless yuh nasty… well…
5- Rats. Not mice, Rats. With abnormal behaviour. Abnormal behaviour would be showing no fear, or not hiding when they are in the house, or scurrying about during daylight hours.
6- Wasps. Either seeing the wasp itself or the nest. Big sign.
7- Too many flies. Big ones with red or green eyes, some will have a grayish colour to them. Look if they congregate in one place in particular most often. As you go to swat them, they disappear before your eyes. If you swat one, 10 more appear, and they make loud buzzing sounds.
8- Seeing a random bird. A strange exotic bird, one you’ve never seen before. I have to mention birds again because they are very BIG spiritual messengers, and their warnings are to be taken very seriously. The dranco most especially, and the owl. The white owl brings a death message which happens 3 days after it has been seen.
9- Spiders. Spiders and cobwebs are not good. It comes to block ways.
Note: These signs do not always have to be physically, but they can also appear in your dreams. There is more for me to tell you but this will be held for classes as I have not even began to teach you all the mysteries and wonders of Obeah and its signs and recognition.
Tí ọ̀rọ̀ bá pẹ́, á dìtàn. /
When a matter tarries, it’ll eventually become history. Yoruba Proverb!
[Keep hope alive; no matter how long an issue endures, it will one day end]
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.