On December 31, 2015, Ile Baalat Teva held our 4th annual Yemaya Day ceremony/ebbo. This time, Yemaya, Olokun, and Oya brought is a storm. It was fitting since it had been a very hard year for many of us in the ile, full of turbulence and change. We weathered the storms all year long, so we were ready.
Unfortunately, the photos aren’t that great, but it’s the best we could do, and hopefully the spirit of the occasion shines through. It was short but sweet, and we warmed ourselves nicely in the Camel pub at Hof Hacarmel nicely.
I was still enduring a personal storm, but after the ceremony, something strange and extremely painful, but apparently good happened. I started to hurt and twitch so badly that I thought I might have to go to the hospital, but then suddenly, I was asleep. It was deep and lasted through the night, which was the first time in months. From the morning after on, though before my health was getting worse and worse before, I started to get better.
Sometimes healing can be painful, but sometimes that pain is needed so that we can appreciate the better times.
Blessings and Ashe!