5th Week of Summer, Goddess of the week
This article is part of the Goddesses for Every Season Journey I have decided to take and I am following the book Goddesses for Every Season by Nancy Blair. A year long Journey to meet a different Goddess a week.
Oshun is an African River Goddess. The Goddess of life, fertility, love, sensuality, prosperity, water and purity. She is a Mother and gives life through the waters, the life blood that flows through our veins and the rivers that flow through the Earth. Associated with Yemaya, she is the fresh water Mother, while Yemaya is the salt water Mother (Ocean). One flows to the other and back again in a cycle.
Loving and gentle, but oh so powerful. She will cleanse you through her healing waters, helping you to clear any negativity or anything than no longer serves you. She will help you go with the flow. Help you let your emotions flow and not let them go stagnant. Always helping you to move forward and not stay still.
As a Goddess of life, fertility and prosperity, she will help you in your pregnancy and birth, supporting and protecting you. She will also help you create and manifest your desires.
As a Goddess of love and sensuality, she will remind you of the power of pleasure and self love. Helping you to let go of your inhibitions and let your hormones and desires flow. Helping you to get in touch with your cycle and your womb and using its power and wisdom to guide you.
Gold, Amber, Yellow.
Gold, Yellow Butterflies, Rivers, Water, Waterfalls, Roses, Bees, Otters, Skunks, Sunflowers.
Rutilated quartz, Amber, Diamond, Imperial Topaz, Citrine, Yellow Fluorite, River stones.
Lemon, Cinnamon, Sunflower, Apple Blossom, Cedarwood, River Moss, Jasmine, Oak Moss, Rose, Rosemary, Vanilla.
Meditation to connect with Oshun
Find a quiet spot or maybe a river to sit by. If in doors, put on some incense or an oil diffuser, light a candle and close your eyes. Take three deep breaths and relax. Hold your intention in connecting to Oshun. You could say this in your head three times, ‘My intention is to connect with Oshun.’
Imagine you are by a river. It is a secluded spot right by the waters edge, trees around you, large rocks and riverbed stones. The sun is shining through the trees and the river is flowing steadily. You sit and listen to the water, breathing in the fresh air and feeling peaceful.
You close your eyes and feel the energy of the place and call to Oshun to be with you. She appears immediately and says ‘Hello Child.’ You say hello and thank her for connecting. She takes your hand and guides you into the river.
The river isn’t that deep, it comes up to your knees, maybe a bit higher. Oshun wants to give you a cleansing. She says ‘Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Feel the air in your lungs, smell the beautiful fresh air and the scent all around you.’ You do this for a couple of minutes and it relaxes you more. She then takes some water from the river and pours it over you saying ‘I cleanse you of the negativity you hold inside of you. I cleanse your mind, body and spirit. I cleanse you and clear your energy.’ She then continues to pour water over you. You feel the water and the energy of her clearing you and you consciously let go of anything that no longer serves you. The more you do this the more the cleansing will work. You feel lighter as she continues to work on you. She then says ‘Open your eyes dear child.’ You open them and she takes a wet river stone and places it on your third eye and says ‘I bless you with the power of the river. The waters that are the life blood that runs through the Earth and your veins. So mote it be.’ She then gives you the stone as a gift.
You thank her for this cleansing and she says ‘You are welcome child. Come.’ She takes your hand and guides you back to the side of the river, where you both sit.
Take this time to speak with Oshun. Ask any questions you may have and take note of any messages she may have for you.
When you have finished talking, Oshun hugs you and says goodbye. You feel at peace and you know you can call to her any time you need her.
When you are ready, take three deep breaths and come back to the room.
Write down your experience. What did she say to you? Did you ask questions? Did she have a message?
My Journey with Oshun
As I usually do I start drumming a journey, taking me into the lower worlds. My power animal greets me, knowing who I wish to connect with. She takes me across the fields, around a mountain to a river, where there is a waterfall and some forest. She tells me to sit in the river and call to Oshun. The river is very shallow, so it is very easy for me to sit in and I call her name three times. She appears to me as a ghostly figure and very fast as she goes straight through me and then disappears, however I hear her voice. She says ‘I am the River, the Waters, the Life Blood.’ She then tells me to lay in the river and let the water flow over and cleanse me. I did this and consciously let go of anything that no longer serves me, feeling the water rush over me taking it all away. She told me to let the water flow, let my emotions flow and not to bottle them up and go stagnant. Just let them flow. She also advised me to drink more water. Water is life, let it run through my body, let it flow. I then got up and sat by the river. Feeling at peace and loving the natural surroundings in Nature. Oshun then said it was time to go and repeated to me to just let it flow and was gone. I then decided to go to the waterfall and stand in it for a minute before leaving.
I loved how she cleansed me in the river and the sense of Nature and the love she had. The message was also powerful, let it flow just like the river and not to bottle emotions up like a stagnant puddle of water.
I hope you found this information helpful for your connection with Oshun. If you would like to have more information I have listed at the bottom a list of resources for you to read.
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