Orisha Love: Oshun

Hey loves, I’m learning about Orishas now and want to share the things I have learned. So far I have done a post on Yemoja (or Yemaya) and up next in my studies is the charismatic and clever Oshun (Osun, Ochun), West African goddess of love, fertility and beauty, daughter of Yemoja. In Yoruba religions she is one of the many lovers of Shango (Chango), the god of thunder and considered one of the favorite Orishas due to her beauty and sensual nature, she is often able to accomplish what others cannot simply because of her flirty nature, remember you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

She is sweet, kind and graceful, she loves her children greatly but if angered it is believed she will cause flood or droughts. She can be found in rivers or other fresh water bodies of water, there is a river that bares her name in Nigeria.

Oshun is the ultimate wifey archetype, and by adopting her behaviours you will keep a man happy:
Stay naturally pretty (avoid following trends)
Make your home clean and beautiful
Keep away from debt (Oshun hates being broke)

Oshun Symbolism to use in rituals, offerings or altars:
Gold and Yellow colors
Yellow Butterflies
Yellow Roses
GOLD
Pumpkins
Honey (she is known to wear a honey pot around her waist) Also, honey needs to be tasted before offering it to her. Failure to do so can lead to problems. Someone tried to poison her with honey; because of that, we taste the honey we bring her to prove that it is untainted.
Lemons (other citrus fruits as well)
Coconuts
Yams
Chicken
Topaz
Quartz
Citrine
Sunflowers
Jewelry
Money
Mirrors

In pop culture Oshun has been portrayed in the media many times, you may recognize her likeness in this Beyonce moment…

She represents all the sweet things in life, the things that make life worth living such as new love or dancing in the rain. She loves beauty and can be very vain at times, always carrying a mirror to admire herself. I liken her to a Libra or Taurus who are ruled by planet Venus.

-Magically Bree

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