Orisha Days of the Week

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Though any day is a good day to stay in touch with any Orisha, certain days have a special mood to them, and these affect the way we reach out.  It also helps to remember all of the Orishas you know of, if you have a schedule for daily observances.  Then there are the tried and true traditions of elders in Africa and the diaspora.  Over hundreds or thousands of years, the way they practice has stood the test of time in keeping people mindful and getting things done.

Different regions and sects have different days of the week they consider most auspicious.  If your culture has a different schedule, you should adhere to that unless it feels wrong to you or an Orisha has instructed you to change the day for your own practice.  Some cultures also have a monthly schedule or lunar schedule.

Here’s the basic 7 day weekly schedule that we keep in Ile Baalat Teva in Israel.

Sunday: Obatala, Orunmila

Monday: Papa Legba, Elegua, Eshu, Exu

Tuesday: Ogun

Wednesday: Ogun, Babalu-Aye

Thursday: Oldumare, Olofin, Olorun, Holy Spirit, Obatala, Jesus, Orunmila, Ifa, Orula

Friday: Shango, Babalu-Aye, Oba, Oya

Saturday: Yemaya, Oshun

As it is for Jews, for Vodun practitioners as well, the day begins at sundown.  So Monday, for instance, begins on Sunday night.  Also, there are many more Orishas than listed here.  Much knowledge has been lost, but some elders still remember.  If you do, please feel free to leave a comment, ask an elder, and follow your soul.

The original Yoruba calendar was lunar, and had a four day week.  The month begins on the new moon, and is counted from there.

For those who are okay with a solar calendar, we have a convenient Vodun Calendar here on the site that you can subscribe to in Google Calendar.  Google calendar will even send you reminders before events.

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2 Comments:

  1. I’m in need of a elder. My Ilè is very backed up and busy. I’m feeling very off and saddened. I feel the spirits are reaching out to me. I’m not in position to have alters. I want to still take care of my ancestors and orishas but don’t know how.

    • Thank you for your comment, Shalena. 🙂 If you can’t have an altar, you have all of the outdoors. The Orishas are forces of Nature, and you can simply give offerings or observance in any place associated with that Orisha. Eshu lives in every crossroads, corner, or in-between place. If there’s a fork in a road or a place between two trees that you won’t be bothered too much, make that your shrine.

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