Oshun Ibu Kole and the Path of the Vulture

Vultures are the most righteous of birds: they do not attack even the smallest living creature.

Plutarch

When most imagine the Orisha Oshun, they imagine a beautiful goddess, adorned with jewels, and a natural attraction to all good things. Most don’t discuss the Oshun honored above all, the path of Oshun Ibu Kole. Oshun rules the rivers, creeks, and streams of the world. She personifies love, fertility, and will aid us in all money matters. She is the princess or the youngest Orisha, which means she is the Orisha most connected to the people. She has saved the world many times, in many different ways. As the manifestation of Ibu Kole, she was able to fly up to heaven as a vulture to personally petition Olofi to release the draught on the world. Vultures represent this aspect of Oshun, the vulture is the most ancient and powerful totem that most people are unaware of.

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Oshun Ibu Kole is inseparable from the vulture, meaning she is unable to be separated or treated separately from the vulture. This path of Oshun is the one who collects and retrieves the trash. This is reflective of a Vulture’s tendency to eat only carcasses and dead animals. It is said that when death is near, vultures circle the home and area like Oshun Ibu Kole is said to watch over the home. It was said that Oshun’s dress used to be white, it was her only dress, she would roll around in the mud, after many washes the dress had turned yellow. This is why she is seen to be in a yellow dress in all her other paths. Oshun Ibu Kole is thus honored above all Oshun paths. She is also known as “The Witch”, she mostly works in solitude. Most of her children are holistic healers and entrepreneurs.

Oshun Ibu Kole is known as the vulture and this vulture once reached the house of Olofi. She wanted to tell Olofi that her people were dying of thirst, after her petition, Olofi restored water on the earth, but he stated that the people would have to petition Oshun Ibu Kole moving forward. Because of this Oshun Ibu Kole is the most magical and powerful of all witches. When she comes down she dances like she was a vulture, gliding through the air, utilizing the heat to soar through the air. This is the reason she is honored above all Oshun’s.

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The vulture represents purity, harmony, and prevention. The idea of the vulture is that you are noticed for what you do instead of how you appear. Oshun Ibu Kole had one dress and rolled around in the mud, she never had a pleasant appearance, however, she is the highest of all witches. Human beings base things on appearance, so this is why this energy is most overlooked. Vultures communicate through performance and body language, not voice. Oshun Ibu Kole is not known for her words, looks, she is revered for her actions. Oshun Ibu Kole has attributes very similar to the Ancient Egyptian Goddess Mut, for which we can further connect and explain this energy.

Mut was the mother goddess, the ancient Egyptians considered the vulture to be a protecting and nurturing mother. Vulture then becomes synonymous with mother in ancient Egyptian mythology. Mut was depicted as a woman, sometimes with wings, or a vulture. This is very similar to the depiction of Oshun Ibu Kole. Orishas are ancient energies, that have been understood for centuries, that we have somehow lost the connection to.

Oshun Ibu Kole is the dark goddess of creation. She is best used for crafting and creating spells. Every spell, every form of magic, every divination was created by someone at some point in time. The power of creation is available now, you have the power to utilize the elements and craft your own rituals due to the power of Oshun Ibu Kole. The dark goddess will empower your life in ways you can’t imagine based on you never realizing that you had this power within. This power is not based on appearance but on work. If you are able to put forth the effort to craft the life you want to lead and empower it spiritually, the energy of Oshun Ibu Kole will guide you.

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