September 7 and September 8 mark the annual Feast Days of the Orisha Goddesses Yemaya and Oshun, respectively. These Yoruban Goddesses are honored throughout the world by Orisha devotees as the Sacred Keepers of the Waters.
Yemaya is the imposing Mother of Oceans, Orisha, Goddess, All Mother from the Yoruban and Afro-Caribbean traditions. September 7 is Her Feast Day and throughout the world, devotees will be making pilgrimage to Her shores to pay respect, celebrate, and pray. We turn to Yemaya for nourishment, healing, cleansing, and protection. She is stern and implacable at times, but She is also the embrace that we crave. Her soothing whispers sweep through our souls, comforting, nurturing, reassuring.
Oshun’s presence makes everything brighter, more beautiful, more wondrous, and Her laughter is intoxicating as She invites us to dance to Her sacred drums and surrender to all the pleasures of life well-lived. Her name means “source” – She is the source of the river, of the people, of children, of life, of the very blood of life itself. As the youngest Orisha, Oshun quickly demonstrated that She was intrinsically linked with all life. If Oshun withdraws from our world, life is over – Her elemental power as the source of Sweet Waters on Earth (the fresh waters) makes life possible and preserves life for creation.
We are honoring both Goddesses in the Goddess Full Moon Group this month. On Thursday, September 8 at 9:15pm eastern, there is a special event and meditation to Oshun. Yemaya is being celebrated on September 16 for the Full Moon!
When you register for the free Full Moon Group, information will be available on how to attend the live event and access the archives. The numbers for the live teleconference are USA numbers with some new international additions, but the archive is available to listen via the internet. Firefox and Chrome are the best browsers to use for connection. When the information for the new month is available, all participants will receive an email as well as email reminders prior to the Full Moon event. You will also have access to all past Full Moon archived teleconferences.
Resources for Yemaya:
Jambalaya by Luisah Teish (this is not only wonderful information on Orishas but also women’s spirituality and a GREAT place to start)
Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas edited by Solimar Otero, Toyin Falola
Yemoja / Olokun by Fatunmbi
Creole Religions of the Caribbean by Margarite Fernandez Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
Resources for Oshun:
Osun Across the Waters : A Yoruba Goddess in Africa and the Americas by Joseph M. Murphy
Osun Seegesi: The Elegant Deity of Wealth, Power, and Femininity by Diedre L. Badejo