In the fixed order of Orunmila, Oyeku-Meji occupies the second position.
Oyeku-Meji is the Black Disk or Hole.
Odu signifies darkness and unhappiness and warns of death, sickness, worries and a bad omen, yet also carries with it the solution to all these problems.
It symbolizes all those forces which can never be known.
It is an image of those forces that create the night
Speaks of the comings and goings between heaven and earth
The messenger of death
Physical element = Fire
Physical body element = Hairs of body and Neck.
Children would be disposed to be agriculturalised, masons, or market masters.
Wisdom of the departed Ancestors.
Symbol of the fish, for it was this Odu that brought food/nourishment into the world.
Organization of wisdom
This Odu denotes that death and all other evil will appear or disappear
From a child to adulthood hence death of child
This Odu represent the power of spiritual transformation as well as physical reincarnation
We are composed of flesh and death;
Turn and return, father of transformations.
An honest sage is no longer in existence
A truthful person is very rare indeed
When I no longer have any reliable person to confide in
I choose to keep my thoughts within
Those are the declarations of the oracle for Ajao who is being befriended by earthly beings
and heavenly beings
He was asked to offer sacrifice, He complied
Alas, all the human beings seeking my friendship I harken not
My thoughts had been kept within me
All heavenly beings seeking my friendship
I am not interested in your friendship
I have kept my thoughts within me.
This Odu is the incarnation of Jesus. The son of God was called Jewesun in heaven and was told to make sacrifice in order to survive the plot that was going to be hatched by human beings against him on earth. He was told to give to Esu, which he bluntly refused to do. he however agreed to make a small ebo. The Awos told him that if he did not make the sacrifice to Esu, it was the agents of the earth that would kill him and shorten his life and missionary works. But since he had made the small ebo, he would awaken after three days and his fame would outlive him, after his return to heaven.
When Jewesun got to the world, as he was about to begin his work of preaching the objectivity of truth, the way people lived in heaven and the love of God for his creations. Esu appeared to him in dreams and warned him that God had given him, Esu, Alewelishe, Onisegun, the influence of all that existed in the planetary system. Esu told Jewesun that if he did not give him what he asked, Jewesun would have himself to blame because he would cause his followers to destroy him. Jewesun once again refused to recognize Esu. Jewesun was actually killed or went home 33 years after he began his works on earth.
Let us behave gently,
That we may die peacefully;
That our children may stretch out their hands
Upon us in burial.
Death rejoiced at man's creation,
He plundered humans at will to eat,
Two Rats were playing on land,
Two fishes were playing in water,
The hen had laid its eggs and gone to roost,
The goat had delivered many kids,
The strong three year old Ram,
The fat male Cow endowed with beefy flesh,
were all created to appease Death,
This assemblage of live stock
Gave Death neither appeasement no satisfaction,
Death continued to focus,
His gaze on the human flesh.
Note: These verses are only a fraction of the entirety of Oyeku-Meji