21 Aug 2010
OSHUN GODDESS OF LOVE AND YES, MONEY!
September 8th celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Charity (Caridad del Cobre) patroness of Cuba and Catholic counter part of the Yoruba Goddess Ochun. Apart from being the Goddess of Love in the Santeria religion Ochun is also revered for her ability to bring wealth and happiness to her followers. Its little wonder that Ochun is always in a state of bliss. She surrounds herself with the most appealing of attributes, fresh water rivers, clear blue lakes, brass bells, peacock feathers, sunflowers, cinnamon, pumpkins, champagne, mimosas and honey. She always keeps a mirror handy to admire her own great beauty. Ochun favors the number 5 or any of its multiples. Surrounded by constant beauty Ochun is a great magnet for love and personal attraction. Followers of Ochun have always known that their beloved mother is always willing to help with matters of the heart. We found a beautiful spell that honors and petitions the powerful Oricha. September 8th would be a great day to perform this ritual: Ingredients:
* 5 Glass 7-day Novena Candles Yellow
* 1 Large clear or yellow ceramic plate
* 5 Oranges
* 5 Sunflowers or any other yellow flower such as roses, or carnations
* 5 Paper Fans these can be purchased at any party supply store
* Yellow tablecloth
* Jar of honey
* 5 small pastries or yellow candies
* A letter to Ochun where you tell her your innermost desires.
Pour your heart out to her as you would to a best friend or a beloved family member. Explain your crisis to her whether its related to love or money. Take all these items to a riverbank, a lake, a small creek or pond. Anywhere where there is a body of fresh water. Find a spot away from onlookers and set up your tablecloth as if you were preparing a great feast. In the center place your ceramic plate with the oranges, and pastries or candies. Place the flowers near the plate. Arrange the 5 yellow glass encased candles around the plate in a circle and place the opened fans around the candles. Face the water and with the opened jar of honey in your hands speak to Ochun. Read her the letter you have written. Ask her for help. Take your finger and taste the honey as you are looking at the water. Pour the honey over the plate with the oranges and the sweets. Say a prayer thanking Ochun in advance for her help: Maferefun Ochun, Yeye Kari Bless us Ochun fill our lives and homes with love Because love is yours to give Take the empty jar of honey and fill it with the water from the river or lake and take it home with you. Boil this water together with some cinnamon and fresh clean water. Let it cool as you will use it in your bath. First take a shower and cleanse yourself with cinnamon soap. Then clean the tub and run a new clean bath. Pour the water/cinnamon mixture into the bath water and immerse yourself completely. When you are done repeat the prayer above. Pat or air dry yourself and light a yellow candle for Ochuns guidance. IF YOU LIKED THIS POST SEE OUR OTHER OSHUN POSTS
Until next time be well, be safe and be your own, Diva
06 Aug 2010
Eat, Pray and Bathe with Herbs! Spiritual practitioners understand the immense power of using herbs when performing bathing rituals. The combination of bathing, praying and using aromatic herbs is a conduit to opening the gates to the metaphysical world. For centuries, mankind has been discovering the healing power of herbs for physical ailments. Its a small wonder that these same herbs produce the same effect at the spiritual level. When we cleanse our bodies with aromatic plants we send a message of comfort and well being to our subconscious mind, which is always connected to our spiritual self. I dont claim to be an Herbalist since the practice of that science involves many years of research and study.
However, I grew up around my grandfather who was a dedicated pharmacist and great believer in the power of plants. From him I learned of their curative powers but also how herbs can be used to cleanse and purify our bodies and connect us to our higher selves. Here is a small sample of some of my very favorite herbs. Rosemary (Romero) This extraordinary herb has such a powerful scent that just running your hands over a live plant
of Rosemary will scent your entire house. It is cleansing and purifying. Spiritualists attribute it with the power to conquer hate and fear and attract the opposite feeling which is love. Eucalyptus (Eucalipto) (NOT FOR EATING) Its very name invokes health and freshness. The same way it is used in many cold and flu medicines to decongest the afflicted areas, you may use it to decongest your way to abundance and prosperity.
It relieves tension and stimulates positive aptitude through which you clear your path to prosperity, success and well being. Sage (Salvia) Ancient Native Americans recognize the immense power of sage to exorcise negativity. They made bundles of the herb and burnt it in bonfires so the purifying smoke would keep away evil spirits. I believe Sage is a must in any spiritual cleansing ritual performed for protection or to remove hexes and jinxes. Rue (Ruda) (NOT FOR EATING) We know that the evil eye is something very damaging and very common. There are many people that, sometimes without even being aware, have the power to jinx someone just with a look or a thought. Spiritualists recommend regular cleansings to protect against the evil eye. Rue has an amazing transmuting (changing) force. Rituals performed with rue will be very effective in removing the evil eye, changing negative energy into positive, and neutralizing bad intentions. Cinnamon (Canela) Delicious to eat and with great curative powers, Cinnamon is all time spiritualists favorite. When used in bathing, its energy will enhance the power of physical attraction. Its considered a conduit for good luck and money. In Santeria it is associated with the Oricha Ochun, Goddess of love, money and joy. Patchouli (Pachouli) Centuries old recipes for perfumes contain this magical herb. Its strong smell is a mighty conduit for stimulating personal attraction. Spiritualists attribute it with the faculty to separate negative from positive
and create a harmonious environment. There are many more magical and wonderful plants in this beautiful planet that merit to be mentioned. Because time and space is so constricting Im limiting my little dissertation to some of my favorite few. Let me know if you are interested in further exploring this subject and we will revisit it sometime soon! Visit DivinaFe your online Botanica to find some great herb bathing gels, baths and soaps. Till next time Be well, Be safe and Be your own… Diva