Yemaya! y Ochun

topic posted Sat, September 3, 2011 - 9:10 PM by  joann
I was wondering... since yemaya and ochuns day is coming soon this week, what can I do for them what can I give them? I know a little more about ochun but havent really worked with yemaya so I dont know what to give her or how to go about giving her something
a santera told me long ago,,, to ask yemaya to take all the negative/bad away at the ocean and then go to ochun at the river and ask her to bring all the sweet things into my life...I was thinking since yemayas day is on the 7 and ochuns on the 8th ..idk what do you guys think I really want to do something for things in my life to get better im feeling a little depressed and this is rare for me since im a happy person
... Thanks :)
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    Re: Yemaya! y Ochun

    Mon, September 5, 2011 - 5:31 AM
    It is interesting that you mention this, as Ochun is the one I serve the most, I have an elaborate altar to her in my home, and today, I was just thinking, about how I felt I needed to do a very elaborate ritual soon, but I did not know what I needed to know. Suggestions would be great.
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    Mon, September 5, 2011 - 8:42 AM
    Standard offerings for Yemoja include: fruit (most commonly, watermelon), flowers, and cooked foods (plain amala, baked or grilled red snapper, fried pork chunks, fried plantains, or any dish with a seafood/fish component). For aleyos and aborishas, these offerings are normally taken to the ocean, or given to the river with the request that the offerings be transported to the sea.

    Standard offerings for Oshun include: fruit (most commonly, mangos, oranges, tangerines), flowers (preferably, yellow; sunflowers are also offered), honey (be sure to taste it before giving it to Her!), and cooked foods (any sweet dessert, amala sweetened with honey, ochinchin, baked, grilled, or fried freshwater fish). For alejos and aborishas, these offerings are normally taken to the river, or any source of fresh water.

    **All of the orishas will accept amala (a cooked cassava flour dish; cornmeal is often substituted) and They will also all accept raw or cooked yams. John Mason wrote an excellent book titled, "Idana Fun Orisa: Cooking for Selected Heads", which I highly recommend.

    Remember, the act of ebo (sacrifice, offerings) in conjunction with a celebratory function (feast day, ocha birthday) is to show the orisha(s) our gratitude for Their blessings of abundance. So... if you are a farmer, then you would offer the first and finest fruits, vegetables, or animals that you have produced... if you are a houseperson, then you would offer the best cooked meals from your kitchen and the prettiest flowers from your garden... if you are a business person, then you would offer the best store-bought pastries and deli delicacies... The point is to acknowledge that you CAN offer these things because it is the orishas that make it all possible. Capisci?

    Some people also decorate their shrines or altars with fine fabrics in the colors associated with each particular orisha. Yemoja's colors are blue (most people consider the lighter shades of blue to be associated more with Yemoja and the darker blues to be associated with Olokun), white, and clear. Oshun's colors are yellow, gold, amber, and white.


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      Re: Yemaya! y Ochun

      Mon, September 5, 2011 - 9:32 AM
      Is there an alternative if you do not happen to live anywhere near a river?
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        Mon, September 5, 2011 - 9:55 AM
        Part of the ebo (sacrifice) could be the effort one makes to travel to a river, stream, creek, spring, lake, etc. in order to make the offering to Oshun. But if it is just not possible (lack of transportation, lack of availability to fresh water), then one must do the best one can do...

        If it were me -- given the inability to be "traditional" -- I would buy spring water (or well water, if I had a well), pour it into a pretty vessel (like a glass bowl), and stage my offerings around it to honor the Spirit of Water (Oshun). I would leave my offerings in place for [ideally] one week, or when the offerings started to show signs of decay. If I were unable to compost the organic offerings, I would simply through them in the trash. The spring water can be used afterwards as a component to a spiritual bath, or offered to your house/yard plants thus sharing the "ashe".

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          Tue, September 6, 2011 - 6:37 PM
          Thank you so much for the responce this was very helpfull, well I have another question... I was told when I give something to ochun I should give it to her slowly and caring very tender.. but how about to yemaya? im thinking of giving her a watermelon and im making the hour long trip to see her tomorow so how do I give her the watermelon? do I cut it ? do I go in the ocean? ... wouldnt want to do it wrong ..
          • Re: Yemaya! y Ochun

            Tue, September 6, 2011 - 7:14 PM
            Alafia Joann

            Slowly and respectfully is usually the best method... you are taking a gift to a beloved and respected elder. Give it to Yemaya as you would to a grandparent; take it into the water or place it gently down at the edge of the waves, thank Her for her blessings, and back away when you feel it has been received.

            There are some general protocols - don't rush directly into the water, but step in at an angle if you go in. Even so, the only real "wrong" way to do it is to rush through it. If you just chuck something in the water and run away, you have wasted the trip and the offering... and missed a chance to touch the energy of Yemaya as she reaches out to claim her gift. :)

            All the best,

            Ogbe Di
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              Wed, September 7, 2011 - 12:01 AM
              Last year, I sat on a rock on the bank of the river near my house. I gave Ochun a bottle filled with honey, amber stones and some other very personal items. Although I didn't feel the wind in my hair (I had my head covered) I felt a warm breeze hit my face. On the top of the water formed what looked like a huge hand. It covered the river, grew larger and pulled the floating bottle to the other side of the river.

              I tell this story because if you do as your spirit leads and do it with a pure heart, lovingly, and just wait still, you will see or feel their presence. It doesn't have to be a long drawn out song and dance number (though it can be) to get their attention. Just love the Orishas. Praise them and thank them for being there for you.

              Maferefun Ochun y Yemaya!!!

              Besos and Blessings to the group!

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