Orula is the orisha of great divination. He is the divine and wise man that knows the future of everyone one and its existence. He consults through the Ifa divination and is very accurate on his readings. Orula is the first prophet that came upon the land. He was sent and given that gift from the great Olofi. He was instructed that through his Ifa oracles he will entrust the safe being, the wisdom and the clarity within humans. He is there when a spirit in reincarnated in the flesh of a human. He instructs and guides the spirit to the world and gives them a list of what should be done. It is that spirit who makes the decision that everyday man does. Orula was said to be walking amongst the 16 ancestor spirits that make up the Ifa divination oracles. With these oracles, Orula can see the past, present, and future.
Orula is the knowledge and intelligence that is used to govern the people and triumph over all evil. Orula was with us while Olofi was creating the earth. He is the great witness of Olofi’s work. He even saw the creation of the orisha. That is the ultimate reason why Orula knows our entire destiny. He is a great counselor and his words are of good teachings. Ones who do not follow his words will deal with the wrath of Eshu.
He has children but his ceremonies are not initiated on the heads of his followers. They are called babalows. These olowos are followers that have been initiated into the Lukumi cult with the orishas first then studied the oracles of Ifa in which that is the highest honor a practitioner can receive. You also have babalows who are followers that have not been initiated into the Lukumi cult of the orishas and are limited on certain things when it deals with the orishas. The babalows can work constantly with Orula and know as well as the olowos the secrets of Ifa.
Orula is good friends with the orishas but most of all with Chango. Orula and Chango go hand in hand as Chango also has the knowledge of divination. His trusty friend as well is Eshu who testes the faith of mankind. Orula knows all within mankind. He knows the beginning and end of all humans, animals, and all existence. Men who are his followers receive mano de Orula (hand of Orula) and the women receive kofa de Orula (box of Orula). The women followers are not initiated into Ifa cult but there voice is much equal to the men. The women are called apetevi (servants or wives) of Orula.
Orula’s feast day is October 4th. He is synchronized with St Francis of Assisi. He is the leader of the Ifa cult and he watches over all man. He knows your thoughts and through his oracles, he warns you of any misfortune that may come your way. He loves coconuts, palm oil, wine and sweet cakes. Orula’s color is green and yellow. His followers wear a green and yellow beaded bracelet to honor him and to ward off iku (death). In the house of his followers, Orula lives in a small wooden vessel that his secrets are kept. He also takes his ekuele and his irofa in which are the tools that he uses to cast his oracles. His oracles are casts upon a wooden tray. His children are very knowledgeable and intelligent.