Today's article comes from guest, Tirra-Omilade Hargrow! She's a spiritual guide, life coach, certified hypnotherapist, and twice initiated as a priestess into African and goddess spiritual traditions. Get started with goddess Oshun with this article, and then go grab her class on Oshun for more!
There is an ancient spiritual tradition called Ifa that comes from Nigeria, West Africa. It is a religion that eventually traveled over with the African captives sold into slavery in the West, such as Brazil, the Caribbean Islands, and the United States.
As a result, Ifa is very popular among people of African descent, though it is an international religion.
One of its signature hallmarks is the deities, known as Orisha. Orisha are forces of nature that also provide wisdom and guidance for spiritual aspirants. There are male and female deities, some of which have a cult following.
One such Orisha is the goddess, Oshun. She is highly feminine and creative, sensual and abundant and beautiful and wise. Her energy is so powerful that other traditions, such as pagan, Wiccan, and the goddess spiritual traditions, revere her.
How to Work With the Goddess Oshun
Often, people don't know how to work with her energy so that they get material results. However, after studying astrology, I have figured out one of the best ways to understand Oshun, overall and personally. It helps to know what your own inner Oshun looks and acts like.
Oshun is the same energy as the planet Venus: they represent the same themes though they have different names. Both are who we look to when it comes to relationships, money, beauty, pleasure, and sensuality.
Many people don't understand that their Venus can help them know how they can work with and express the goddess Oshun.
Though they are the same energy, there is a nuance that comes with working with Oshun. For instance, she is a water deity, and there are traditional prayers that hail from the Ifa religion.
But what I find is that people cannot connect with Oshun and express her most of the time. However, when you understand your Venus, you will better understand why you show up in relationships the way that you do. Also, you will know why you do or don't have confidence.
Why is this important? Because so many people make offerings to Oshun, such as honey and flowers, only to never manifest anything. But, once you understand yourself through your Venus, you can customize your ritual work to heal your inner Oshun and enhance her power in your life.
What do you need to know to do this? You need to know your Venus sign and house position at the least. Additionally, it is good to know aspects to your Venus. Knowing if you have harmonious or challenging astrological aspects can help you understand what you need to do to best manifest or show up in the world.
Additionally, it is important to know what transiting Venus is doing. Transiting Venus is where Venus currently is in the sky. Knowing Venus' position from month to month provides information on how to work with Oshun today.
You see, Oshun is about blessing and manifesting, and if we are revering her, making offerings and lighting candles in her honor, and yet we see no results, then there is a need to understand your own inner Oshun.
You can achieve this knowing by understanding your personal Venus placements and working with the sign and house Venus currently is in to help you manifest your heart's desires.
Here's an example: If a woman has Venus in Virgo in the 6th house, she will more than likely be a bit reserved and may lack esteem. Both of those placements do not render a confident inner goddess.
Moreover, the description of Oshun is as a sensual, vivacious, and energetic goddess. A woman with a Venus in Virgo in the 6th house may feel that she cannot connect with and live up to the typical image of Oshun.
But the good news is that to know your Venus means that you can consciously counter the challenges to your Venus by seeking confidence in your work, in being healthy, in being organized. Your creativity may lie in engineering or nursing.
Instead of trying to fit into a mold of society's definition of womanhood, honoring these qualities will lead to self-acceptance, healthier relationships, and abundance.
What is outlined in this article is not a traditional approach to working with Oshun. However, as a twice-initiated priestess, I find that when women understand their Venus, they walk more empowered because they can finally accept themselves and learn how to manifest in the best way for them. The crazy part is that most of them already know, and now they have the confirmation to walk empowered.
Combining Astrology with the Orisha and goddess traditions can help women go from lack of confidence and confusion surrounding their femininity to living in alignment with their life purpose.
The Goddess Oshun and Your Venus Sign:
Here are brief descriptions of what your inner Oshun may act like based on astrological sign.
Aries: You may be sporty and prefer short hair. Though you may be sexual like Oshun, you may not be sensual. Your fiery Venus will make your Oshun a beloved activist and rebel. One caveat is to make sure you stand up for yourself, as this placement can lend a woman to being abused.
Taurus: You are one of the signs that may feel exceedingly connected to Oshun. You embody her sensuality, desire for pleasure, and focus on material abundance.
Gemini: If your Venus is in Gemini, you embody the playfulness and curiosity of Oshun. However, you may not be as emotionally sensitive as she is portrayed. Your Geminian nature is a good match for her creative nature in the form of writing.
Cancer: Venus in Cancer could create a somewhat confused Oshun. Oshun is not known for being a homemaker and raising children. This placement could make you the exception. Instead of being a party girl, you find pleasure in home and family.
Leo: For women with Venus in Leo, you will find Oshun to be a nice match. Venus, Oshun, and Leo are all highly creative and stylish. Oshun is also inspirational and loves being the center of attention like Leo. The only challenge of this Venus is being okay with being a powerful and feminine woman in a masculine world.
Virgo: Ahhh. We are back to Venus in Virgo. Women with this placement need to decide that they will not be hard on themselves and avoid feeling that they don't live up to their standards as much as possible. Oshun is known for wearing bright colors and sexy clothes. So Venus in Virgo women, know that it is okay if you dress more simply. Honor your Venus and you will feel beautiful!
Libra: Because Venus rules Libra, this is a Venusian placement that will feel aligned with Oshun. The grace, elegance, and refinement of Libra is the epitome of Oshun. Also, Libra's focus on relationships directly correlates to Oshun's love of relationships. Oshun is known to bring harmony, which additionally supports the alignment of this Venus placement.
Scorpio: Whoa! Scorpio is an interesting Venus sign when comparing characteristics to Oshun. What matches is the leaning towards enjoying sex and connection, both are water energies, and both govern divination. Where they differ is that Oshun is gentle and easy and Scorpio is intense and related to trauma. Venus in Scorpio may require one to heal her inner Oshun.
Sagittarius: Venus in Sagittarius is a match that may relate to traditional descriptions of Oshun, though not precisely. Both are fun, giving, and brilliant energies. However, Oshun is not known for debating, so this Venus placement needs to honor that she may be willing to spar with her words more than the traditional Oshun.
Capricorn: This placement is similar to Venus in Virgo. Capricorn is the elder and Oshun is the maiden. Capricorn is the killjoy and Oshun is the embodiment of joy. So Venus in Capricorn will feel very different from Oshun; however, as she ages, she will be successful and abundant and living the life of pleasure that Oshun is known for.
Aquarius: Venus in Aquarius is a nice match to Oshun because both are quirky, innovative, and social. A big difference is that Venus in Aquarius may not be warm and fuzzy in relationships, which is different from the traditional version of Oshun.
Pisces: This is the jackpot sign when comparing Venus to Oshun! To start, Venus in Pisces is exalted, which means that she operates exceedingly well in that sign. She is highly creative, generous, loving, and abundant in Pisces. Combine all of this with Pisces as a water sign and you have almost a direct correlation to Oshun.
It's time to get results from all of your Oshun goddess rituals and astrology can help you do so. May you do so by honoring your personal inner Oshun.
About the Guest Author:
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