The title of this post, which translates to "Happy New Year Chango and Ochun!" refers to the 2013 Letra el Ano, as divined by the Cuban babalawos associated with the Comision Organizadora del Letra del Ano Miguel Febles Padron in La Habana, Cuba. For Cubans, the Letra del Ano is a serious business. People wait anxiously for hours for the sheet of paper stating the odu that will govern the upcoming year.
This year's odu Ogbe Otura, speaks of "tragedy between persons due to the usurpation of rights" (you can read both the Spanish and English descriptions of the Letra here). This can occur on both a macro and micro level. One example that is clearly playing out before the world's eyes is the gang rape and subsequent death of the young student in India, and the trial that is now taking place. Even though this occurred before January 1, the implications and reverberations of this act (along with the countless others globally) is drawing attention to an issue which in many societies is still not treated with the gravity it deserves. On a micro level, expect to see struggles, conflicts and unpleasant consequences in interpersonal relationships (intimate, family, work, friendship, neighbours). To better understand the energies we are dealing with here, let's looking at the two reigning Oricha for 2013: Chango and Ochun.
We've all seen (or been in ) relationships like this one. The other person is offering us their heart and soul - so we turn cold and distant, or lash out at them. We disdain their selflessness. We feel trapped by their undying adoration. We toy with them - because we can. Or, we become enamoured of someone who will never quite commit. Who betrays us again and again. Who gives us great intense sex, but leaves before the dawn. Who has other lovers (or families!). This dance can go on forever.....or it can end tragically (as it often does). Crimes of passion. Suicide. Jail. Court. Death.
So how to navigate the energies for this year 2013? Balance. More on this in future posts, but suffice to say, we need a balance between self-interest and considering the interests of others. Tragedy is to be avoided at all costs people! One thing Ochun and Chango share in common is passion. So if things get too heated, too intense and too crazy in your interpersonal relations, please step away, even if momentarily, before things get outta hand.
Keep posted for more on 2013 Oricha energies and astrological musings. Kawo Kabiosile! Ori ye ye o!