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Vodoun Beliefs

Vodoun Beliefs

by Selene Silverwind

Vodounsis believe in a supreme god from which lower deities, called loa, emerged. They also honor their ancestors, but not necessarily as deities. For Vodounsis, their spirituality is part of their daily life, and their altars must regularly be maintained with offerings.

Vodoun Deities

The supreme God is called Nana Buluku, Olodumare, or Olorun. This god is unreachable and is removed from human affairs. Nana Buluku created the twins called ibeji, Mawu and Lisa, his female and male offspring, to interact with the people. They represent night and day and affect everyday life. The loa are also associated with tree spirits and are pantheistic in nature. Several important gods form a group called the Seven African Powers:

  • Legba: god of the crossroads, trickster.
  • Orunmila: god of wisdom.
  • Obatalá: god of the sky and intelligence.
  • Ogún: god of steel and iron.
  • Chango: god of lightning and thunder.
  • Oshún: goddess of love, art, and sensuality.
  • Yemonja: the ocean, the Great Mother Creator.

In addition to the Seven African Powers, there are also a few other loa that are honored:

  • Ochossi: god of the plants.
  • Shoponno-Omulu-Babaluaiye: god of skin diseases, especially leprosy and smallpox.
  • Oyá or Damballah: the goddess of the elements, also associated with the mind, wind, and transformation.

Numerous minor loa can be called on as the need arises.

Two Groups of Ancestors

Vodoun ancestors are divided into two groups. The first group includes those who did not die an honorable death and therefore are not honored. The second group is the egun, who did have an honorable death and who receive offerings. The egun have the power to influence the well-being of their family and can interact with the loa. Vodounsis have altars to their ancestors and often have additional altars to the loa as well. The Vodounsis consult their ancestors through prayer, seeking advice and help in resolving their problems. In addition to contact through prayer, Vodounsis consult their ancestors through an oracle that relies on four pieces of fresh coconut shell.

In Vodoun, the da is the energy field of the earth. When a person dies, her soul merges with the da, which then flows into nature. A part of a person’s soul may also merge with her guardian spirit and reincarnate as a new person with some of the same characteristics as the old. In this way, the ancestors can return to the earth.

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Living Life As The Witch – How Does Your God/dess reveal themselves to us?

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How Do Gods and Goddesses Reveal Themselves? 

The answer depends on the person asking the question. If you tend to be a visual person, you might see a vision that you associate with a particular god or goddess. Isis, for instance, might send an image of winged arms or appear as a great bird. If your auditory sense is strong, you may hear a deity speak to you. Brigid might invite you to stir her cauldron or Yemaya’s song might penetrate your dreams. Apollo may make his presence known via the scent of bay leaf, one of his sacred plants. Suffice it to say that the Divine knows how to connect with each person through a medium that he or she will understand.

Frequently, deities communicate with humans through dreams. While sleeping, you’re more receptive to symbols and signs than you are in your ordinary waking state. Gods and goddesses may slip you messages while you’re meditating, too. Perhaps you may receive insights while you’re engaged in mundane tasks, such as putting on makeup or washing dishes—when your mind is only partly focused on the familiar activity, allowing room for spiritual discourse to take place.

Pay attention to signs. To American Indians, the appearance of an animal or bird may be a signal from a divine being who has assumed the creature’s form in order to convey information. Listen to your intuition, too—hunches can be messages from a higher source.

 

 

 

References:

The Everything Wicca & Witchcraft Book

2nd Edition

Author of this fabulous book Skye Alexander

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Life As The Witch – How Do Gods and Goddesses Reveal Themselves?

Gothic Comments


How Do Gods and Goddesses Reveal Themselves?

The answer depends on the person asking the question. If you tend to be a visual person, you might see a vision that you associate with a particular god or goddess. Isis, for instance, might send an image of winged arms or appear as a great bird. If your auditory sense is strong, you may hear a deity speak to you. Brigid might invite you to stir her cauldron or Yemaya’s song might penetrate your dreams. Apollo may make his presence known via the scent of bay leaf, one of his sacred plants. Suffice it to say that the Divine knows how to connect with each person through a medium that he or she will understand.

Frequently, deities communicate with humans through dreams. While sleeping, you’re more receptive to symbols and signs than you are in your ordinary waking state. Gods and goddesses may slip you messages while you’re meditating, too. Perhaps you may receive insights while you’re engaged in mundane tasks, such as putting on makeup or washing dishes—when your mind is only partly focused on the familiar activity, allowing room for spiritual discourse to take place.

Pay attention to signs. To American Indians, the appearance of an animal or bird may be a signal from a divine being who has assumed the creature’s form in order to convey information. Listen to your intuition, too—hunches can be messages from a higher source.

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Calendar of the Sun for September 24

Calendar of the Sun

24 Halegmonath

Yemaya’s Day

Colors: Blue and silver
Element: Water
Altar: Upon cloth of blue place strings of silver stars, seven blue candles, a bowl of rice, a bowl of blue corn meal, a bowl of salt water, a bowl of sea salt, and many shells.
Offerings: The food should be taken, if possible, to an ocean shore and left for the tides to take it away. If this is not possible, it should be dissolved in salt water and given back to the earth.
Daily Meal: Fish and seafood.

Invocation to Yemaya

Ocean Mother
Whose blood runs with the tides
Whose pulse is the turning of the moon
Beating like a great white drum
Whose soul is a white bird flying
Over the waves
Into the moonlight
Whose children are everywhere
Whose love is neverending
Whose sacrifice is awesome
And from whose embrace we once
Crawled long ago.
Ocean Mother who sacrifices for her children
Even to the point of pain,
But who requires that we do the same for our own,
Teach us, Yemaya, what it is
To love more than we can understand.
Ocean Mother,
May we never take for granted
Your pulse
Within our veins.

(The salt water is passed around, and all anoint themselves with it.)

Chant: Yemaya Yemaya
Tides turn on the shore
Yemaya Yemaya
White seagull soars
Yemaya Yemaya
Moon Moon Yemaya

[Pagan Book of Hours]

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Yemaya’s Unblocking Spell (2)

If you can’t swim or are afraid of water, you may still petition Yemaya.

  1. Sit down in the sand at the waterline.

  2. As the waves come in, greet them with your hands, gather up the water from the waves, and toss some over your head, some over your body.

  3. Throw seven white roses to Yemaya.

  4. Come out of the water without turning your back to the ocean. Let the candles burn out.

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Yemaya’s Unblocking Spell (1)

Life is filled with obstacles and unhappiness. However Yemaya is the all-powerful mother of all, who desires happiness for her children and will do whatever she can to obtain it for them. To obtain joy and smooth sailing:

  1. Go to the beach.

  2. Dig a small pit in the sand.

  3. Light white and/or blue candles. Make your petition.

  4. Enter the water. Greet Yemaya in her guise as mermaid or as a beautiful woman rising up from the sea. Offer her seven white roses.

  5. Immerse yourself completely seven times.

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Deity of the Day for April 24 is Yemaya

Deity of the Day

Yemaya

Mother Water, Star of the Sea, Yemaya is the protector of women. Her healing powers are carried in the great waters, her energy powerful during the ebb and flow of life challenges.

MANTRA

  • · Nourishment

GEMSTONES

  • · Lapis lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise (light blue stones), pearl, coral, mother-of-pearl (ocean-sourced)

ESSENTIAL OILS

  • · Goddess-ence Ishtar* blend for the crown chakra

AFFIRMATIONS

  • · I voice my needs
  • · Freedom is a birthright I enjoy
  • · I release my anger, I embrace joy
  • · Others recognise my needs and honour them
  • · I connect with my needs, and let them be known
  • · My body is a temple, and oh what a temple it is!
  • · My body is a pleasure, a temple and a treasure

Her Story

West African, Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean goddess Yemaya is Mother Water, orisha of the oceans. She represents mother love and the affairs of women – fertility, children, birthing, the home and family. She is the merciful goddess of creation and protector of women during conception and childbirth, and of children during their childhood. She is the deep ocean of comfort for those in need.

African deities (orishas) are usually represented by flowing, swirling images of colour and movement, depicting the elemental energies rather than an anthropomorphised image. Yemaya’s energy is depicted with sky blue, white and silver swirling colour. In other images, she is a mermaid or a beautiful woman.

Yemaya brings forth and protects life through all the highs and lows, even during the worst atrocities that can be suffered. She reminds women to take time out for themselves, to nurture their own needs and to respect their deserved position in life.

Her Modern Energy

If Yemaya is speaking to you today, ask yourself, who or what is it that is taking all your time and energy? Whose problems are you trying to fix at the expense of your own vital energy? And why are you trying to fix them? (For approval?) Yemaya does not ask that you conquer your problems nor dominate the source of your problems, but instead to learn how to dance with the ebb and flow of the inevitability of the life cycle.

Yemaya gives you permission to pamper yourself, and for one week at least, to retire from being the “fixer”, the “nurturer”, the “servant”. The world will not end if you withdraw to take care of yourself for a while.

Reconnect With Your Inner Yemaya

Spend some time this week building a shrine to Yemaya, with ocean-sourced items (especially the conch shell), crystal and silver objects, and symbols to represent the moon and stars.

On a Saturday, enjoy watermelon and brew your own raspberry leaf tea (this will take around two weeks to prepare).

Raspberry leaf tea: Tie organically grown raspberry leaves in a bunch and hang in a warm, dark area until dry. Strip the leaves, crumble them into your favourite tea-pot or cauldron, and brew Yemaya’s tea. Take your time to drink this – cancel appointments and other demands for your time, and let yourself truly, purely, “be” in the moment!

Alternatively, on a full moon, invoke Yemaya’s energy by “drawing down the moon”. Here is a suggestion that is in Ffiona Morgan’s book, “Goddess Spirituality”. This ritual can be done as a private ritual with yourself, preferably outside under the full moon. (If it is not possible to go outside, you can sit or stand facing a window in view of the moon, with the moon’s rays shining in on you.)

Start by chanting ‘Ma’, ‘Yemaya’, or ‘Luna’ for five or ten minutes, to raise energy for the drawing down. Then place your hands with palms facing the moon, index fingers and thumbs touching, forming the sacred triangle, or sign of the yoni. Spread your fingers as wide as possible, so they are receptors for moon energy. After you chant to raise power, focus all your energy and vision on Mother Moon and draw her energy down into your body. Move your hands, if desired, back and forth, from arms-outstretched position to your heart and back again. After a few minutes of holding your hands up to the moon, you can feel them tingle. This is magical energy. This can take 15-20 minutes, but you may take more or less time, there are no rules. Here are some songs and chants to the moon:

“Yemaya, O Lo Do, Agua Lo Do Mi O”
(repeat over and over again)
“Moon, Moon, Moon on my mind, think I’ll fly”
(repeat over and over again)
Simple Shower Ritual

First, gather your shower and ritual tools. You will need a bar of soap (pick one that is special to you because of the scent or whatever), a big, fluffy white towel, 3 white votives or pillars and your favourite incense. Pick a soothing CD to put on.

Next, arrange the candles, put on the CD and light the incense. Hang your towel nearby. Take 5 deep breaths, centre, and ground yourself before beginning.

Take the soap and carve a pentagram on both sides of the soap. Ask for the sense and presence of the Goddess. Hold the bar in the air and say these words:

O Mother Goddess,

Bless this soap that you have seen
Soap to make me pure and clean.
Clear away all dirt and grime
Protect my body all the time.

Blessed be.

Place it in the soap holder.

Lastly, take each candle and carve a pentacle or protective rune on its side. Grab all three candles in your hands and repeat these words:

Candles that I light this day,
Keep all evil thoughts away.
As the water washes me,
Burn out all negativity. Blessed be.

Kiss each candle then light it. Now you are ready for your shower.

As the water runs over you visualise all your stress, sadness and worries rinsing away, the bubbles cleaning off dirt and leaving your skin glowing with a radiant white glow all around you. This will keep you feeling strong and protected all through the day. Thank the Goddess for her presence and put all tools away for next time.

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Today Is: Moon Day

Today Is: Moon Day 

 
Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon – Rules emotions, protection, healing, and women’s mysteries – Use for magick involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries, the female side of men, mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine, Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaelach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Color of The Day:   Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Lucky Sign:  Monday Is The Lucky Day For The Sign of Cancer
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal nature, and goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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