You have entered a rare kind of spiritual Temple. A temple where spirits of Ogun Nation act as principal guardians for the collective parish as well as primary motivators behind the spiritual progression inside the temple.
You may ask yourself questions such as:
- What is the direction of this Temple?
- What are the core tenets of this Temple?
- What should you expect from this Temple, and what does this Temple expect from you?
As Priest and Spiritual Father of this Temple, I've had to ask and will continually ask myself those same questions. To find the answers, I regularly consult Ogun Nation, in particular, Ogun Balendjo, the chief of Ogun Nation and my crowning Loa, Ogun Fegai. To which they ask our Temple to prepare ourselves for hardships and war joyously. We are too ready ourselves, and each other with love and support. The Ogun Nation calls our Temple to fight, asking that we help incite modern-day slave revolts all over the world.
It not surprising that Ogun Nation, a spiritual division comprised of warriors, called our Temple to war and tasked us in a work of global proportions. However, the context of this request must be understood. The battle for which Ogun nation requests our aid is not limited to any specific time or place, nor is it purely spiritual warfare. We are required to prepare for victory in conflicts taking place on the physical and mental realms, as well.
Ogun nation is the driving force behind the virtues of:
We are asked to re-evaluate our relationship with these virtues and, if need re-establish positive connotations for those words and ideas. The attributes mentioned above have been manipulated to serve evil deeds and evil men. However, through spit, grit and elbow grease, that tarnish can be polished away and their meanings restored to original splendor. Ogun nation reminds us that:
Winning is a good thing.
Ambition and the ability to ferry-forth are desirable traits that need cultivation.
Strength is a worthwhile skill to develop.
The more power you have, the more good you can help support.
Achieving victory over adversaries and overcoming difficult odds is a cause for celebration.
Ogun Balendjo makes this next point:
There are distinct differences between cavaliers and thugs, benevolent leaders, and authoritarian tyrants. We strive to be champions, brave knights, noble warriors, and charitable leaders in our everyday lives. Ogun nation accepts nothing less from us but recognizes and rewards our struggles to be cavaliers.
We do not win at any cost nor through deceit.
We do not feel tall standing on the backs of others.
We do not feel strong by tormenting the weak.
We do not profit from exploiting the vulnerable.
We win through superior tactics and strategies.
We feel tall standing on our accomplishments, looking out to see what more we can do and who we can help.
We feel strong by lifting others and supporting worthwhile causes.
We profit by demonstrating our strengths, helping others become active, and aligning with like minds.
To win, we must train in the following ways:
The body: Exercise, martial arts, working with your hands, establishing a hard trade, and healthy living.
The mind: The continual pursuit of learning and obtaining refinement of skills. Meditation, visualization exercises, creative flows, strategy drills, survival planning, and mastery an art or arts. Development and improvement of communication skills.
The spirit: The discovery of your Great Work. Interacting and interfacing with non-physical intelligence and energetic consciousness. The exploration for God. Establishing a purpose and search for the meaning of life.
Ogun Fegai placed his hands upon my head and spoke the following passage:
"And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— 'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'—as I also have received from my Father."
Ogun Fegai spoke of God, Papa Bon Dios. God's energy is transferring through God to Ogun Balendjo. Through Ogun Balenjo to the Ogun nation. Through the Ogun nation to Ogun Fegai, and finally, from Ogun Fegai into our Temple. In keeping step with other nations, the Ogun nation started its march towards a new level of elevation and progression. This evolution further enhances the already exceptional capabilities of both the collective and individual Ogun spirits. They are gaining even greater awareness in their ascent towards Papa Bon Dios. God is bestowing this elevation because the Loa kept their promises to God. In return, the Oguns are prepared for the next step of evolution.
The full evolution of the Ogun nation will not happen in our lifetime. Ogun Balendjo and Ogun Fegai liken this transmutation to fire becoming pure light. Fire sheds light. However, the fire must devour physical matter for fuel. Light requires no material sustenance as God is the source of light. By transitioning from fire to light, the Ogun nation lessens its reliance on physical offerings. They benefit more from spiritual devotion. In return, the Oguns can begin working through our higher refined and more subtle bodies.
Our tradition of Sanse is already bloodless (animal sacrifice is not required), a great energetic elevation in its own right. But the Loa and the Commissions of Spirits still need varying grades of physical offering for equivalent exchange.
"The transition of Fire into Light is also the exchange of the Sword of Authority for the Iron Rod."
The Oguns have a fierce and favorable disposition towards weapons of war. It will likely be a thousand or more years (a conservative estimate) before the Ogun nation will show signs of diminished interest in tools of battle. Ogun Balendjo and Oguan Fegai made a proclamation concerning our Temple's tasking and their ascension:
The Ogun nation is compatible with planetary Mars, or Geburah in Qabalistic phraseology. Their ascent is a trajectory closer to God, a merger planetary Jupiter or Qabalistically speaking, Chessed, on their journey back up the Tree of Life.
For the next 1000 years, the sword of authority, expertly wielded by Ogun nation, will remain firmly in the capable hands of the Ogun Balendjo. Papa Bon Dios is pulling the Oguns' influence from its base in Mars (Geburah) upwards to Jupiter (Chessed) like a magnet. The metal of Mars pours forth, casting the scepter of Jupiter, the Iron Rod. The Iron Rod will be carried by Ogun Balendjo when his Nation is ready, and the sword of authority relinquished back to God.
Sword of Authority is a weapon of conquest suited to killing.
Iron Rod is a symbol of rulership that can administer justice without lethal consequences.
The Iron Rod is a symbol of a Warrior-King who tempers might with mercy. No longer using the sword of authority, but the iron rod. Whosoever holds the Iron Rod does so, like Damocles, with the sword of authority dangling over their head by a string. He or she has power over all nations, realms, and entities. Its wielder bestowed great boons but swiftly judged by its use.
"May I be as terrifying as Mars, merciful as Jupiter and brilliant as the Sun." Allow this axiom to guide the wielder of the Iron Rod in its appropriate use.
Ogun nation recognizes we assemble from different backgrounds. We possess varying degrees of skill across a broad spectrum of talents, and all of us have current life circumstances dictating our availability. Our Temple's call to war and to incite modern-day revolts the world over is not without significant consideration on the part of the Loa to us.
We shall be evaluated by our merits on an individual basis. We contribute to these efforts what and as we are able. Only God and Ogun Balendjo know the exact weight of your heart, and it is by that measure all other metrics are set.
-Papa Machete que ganas todas las Batallas.
The Machete leads the way and defends all who follow.
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