$200 NON-REFUNDABLE AFTER FIRST CLASS
THE NEXT CLASS WILL BE FROM MAY 15, 2022 TO JULY 10, 2022. THEY OCCUR ON ALTERNATING
WEEKENDS ON SUNDAYS. THE EXACT DATES ARE:
ALL SESSIONS ARE ON ZOOM
MAY 15 MAY 29 JUNE 12 JUNE 26 JULY 10 JULY 2 4
10:30 A.M. PACIFIC 11:30 MOUNTAIN 12:30 CENTRAL 1:30 EASTERN TIME ZONES
ALL CLASS READINGS AND AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS ARE FREE.
THE STEPS TO TAKE TO ENROLL ARE:
PLEASE READ THE CLASS DESCRIPTION AND PHILOSOPHY BELOW.
SECOND: PLEASE READ THE CLASS ENROLLMENT TERMS BELOW.
USE PAYPAL BUTTON, ABOVE, TO PAY $200. FOR THE CLASS.
(THE CLASS CONSISTS 0F A GROUP OF SIX MEETINGS--18 CONTACT HOURS)
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED THE CLASS BY SENDING YOUR NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS, RIGHT AWAY TO ! ! ! :
HOW TO PAY FOR THE CLASS
USE THE PAYPAL BUTTON ABOVE TO PAY $200.00. IF YOU EXPERIENCE A PAYPAL PROBLEM, YOU
MAY ALSO SEND A $200.00 MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO: MICHAEL WRIGHT, 2340 POWELL ST,
#276. EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA, 94608.
FOURTH: WHEN WE RECEIVE YOUR EMAIL NOTICE OF YOUR CLASS ENROLLMENT INTENT , UPON PAYMENT WE WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL REGISTRATION FORM AND OTHER MATERIALS.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
--How to compose and recite your "Ijuba" (your personal invocational mantra).
--How to construct your personalized Ancestral Altar consistent with the Afro-Cuban Lucumi “table” model or the continental African “floor” model (i.e., the "boveda" or the "oju’run", respectively).
--How to do authentic ancestral Divination with coconut shells (“obinu”) using the "biague" or "chamolonga" ways of so doing and their relationship to full Ifa divination. This is one of the most important things you can learn.
--How to construct an Ancestral Staff (your "Opa Iku" or "Egun staff") and how to have it consecrated. (The final step in consecration will have to occur in your local area. Though this final step cannot be done in this class, your stick will be useful for your spiritual practices even without consecration).
--How a celebration or group consultation for and with your ancestors , a feast or egun/iku joko convivial for and with them. as well as some songs and chants for venerating them is typically done in Santeria / Lucumi circles.
PHILOSOPHY -- THEOSOPHY
This class can prove to be personally important to you. We use the Afro-Cuban "Luc- umi" model because it is comprehensive and was developed for African diasporans. Most importantly, it is an authentic model. That is, it is not some 'made-up' ritual which, based on sin cerity alone, might have some validity, but is inconsistent with the way ancestral veneration is done in west-central Africa,in the Caribbean, and among Yoruba practitioners in Brasil, and in the USAYour authentic ancestral heritage is far and away west and central African! Why do you settle for posing as a guest in someone else's ancestral house (or even 'palace"); always looking over your spiritual shoulder to see if you have overstayed your welcome? In respect of ancestral heritage, yours' is not of the Mediterranean-rim world heritage nor worldview: to wit: KMT, Grecian-Hermetic, nor any of the Revealed Religions like Hebrewism, Christianity or al-Islam.
Why not be proud of who you are, ancestrally-speaking, and rely on them for dialogue in English (Yor- uba or Spanish are optional)? Everything begins with reverence for YOUR African-American, Afro-
Caribbean, and African personal, ethnic and cultural ancestors who lived, flourished, suffered, died and who were fortunate enough to be buried in the soils of west and central Africa, the Caribbean or in the United States. This orientation, for you, has the added benefit of being the cultural truth!
Each student promises to spend several hours in between the twice monthly sessions doing his or her
Each student will pay the fee individually except that students who co-habitate with an intimate part-
ner or a family member, need pay only one fee. But they must live in the same household.
Each student understands and accepts that the class is entirely educational. No personal ritual
work nor referrals to practitioners will be done and no invitations to social, cultural or religious
events will issue from this class.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
I, Alashe Michael Oshoosi, am an "olorisha" in the Afro-Cuban variant of Yoruba religion's Orisha/Ifa religion. I first entered the religion as an "aleyo" (or new-comer in 1983. Six years later my head was "crowned" to the orisha Oshoosi and Oya. Thus, at this time (2022), I have been "made" for 33 years. I am the proud godson of "baba’lorisha" Anya bi Osun (Roberto Clemente (iba-eee) and oba Omi T'Olok- un (Cyril Butler) in La Rama de Las Pimientas rooted in Matanzas, Cuba. (The appellation "alashe" sim- ply means 'one who has or speaks with spiritual ashe, authority or power’).
I was "crowned" as a priest to have and, indeed, enjoyed access to all of the mysteries and rites asso- ciated with deep initiation into Yoruba religion, but after my first 15 years as a ritualist in the religion, starting around 1998, I tended to focus on Yoruba religion's theology as, specifically, a liberation theol- ogist for African-American and Afro-Latino folk.