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Ogun: God of War & Iron



In the Yoruba/Santeria tradition Ogun is known as the God of war, hunting, and ironwork because he is the patron deity of warriors, blacksmiths, drivers, and anyone else who uses metal in their occupation.


The greatest consistency that we have at its greatest form is Ogun, without him there is no consistency.


He is the Orisha to which oaths are made on, meaning that you have to swear to tell the truth on a piece of iron in the name of Ogun. This is where the saying, “til death do us part” came from when people get married because in traditional Yoruba culture the oath is made on Ogun and if you make an oath to Ogun and you break it; you are in danger of death if not guaranteed absolute death.


Ogun also presides over deals and contracts; in fact, in Yoruba courts, devotees of the faith swear to tell the truth by kissing a machete sacred to Ogun. The Yoruba consider Ogun fearsome and terrible in his revenge; they believe that if one breaks a pact made in his name, swift retribution will follow.

He was the first blacksmith. He is the patron of technology and culture. Ogun is just as active in the hands of the surgeon who is doing the most delicate surgery. He is the gemologist, cutting the diamond is the exact angle that is needed to bring out the best color and construct of the diamond.


In all his incarnations, Ogun is a fiery and martial entity. He can be aggressively masculine much like his brother Shango. He is also associated with blood, and so is often called on to heal diseases of the blood.

People who are Ogun types don’t follow trends they create them. People who are Ogun types know how to make money, and they exude power and influence over others. They are incredibly disciplined and never sell themselves short.

Ogun is a primordial Orisha in Yoruba Land. In some traditions, he is said to have cleared a path for the other Orisha to enter Earth, using a metal ax and with the assistance of a dog. The greatest consistency that we have at its greatest form is Ogun, without him there is no consistency.


He is the patron of war and works with a machete to clear away paths and to help people overcome obstacles.

His possessions a machete or sabre, rum and tobacco.

In Santeria, he is syncretized with Saint Peter.

The primary symbols of Ogun are Iron, the dog, and the palm frond. They symbolize Ogun's role in transformation, mediation, and function. Iron is the primary emblem of Ogun.


Colors: black and green

Number: 7

Metal: Iron

Tool: Machete

Symbols: Sword and Iron Chain


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