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Osun Opening to Spirit River Ritual

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River Wandle

I Merton High Street

Wimbledon

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SW19 1BY

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African traditional practices incorporate a range of rituals that are aimed at holitically balancing indiviuals and the wider communities of which they are part. Festivals and rituals are held throughout the year and for a range of experiences that are shared collectively through which transformations manifest for the ommunities overall good as well as that of individuals.

It is for these reasons you're invited to share this Opening to Spirit ritual experience in honour of the Yoruba deity Mama Osun. We join with brothers and sisters in Yorubaland who perform a weeklong festival in her honour around this time of year - the Oshogbo festival. The aim is to magnet the collective good will of the Creative Life Force through the natural, healing element of water in the form of this powerful Orisa, Osun.

About Osun and her healing waters - river force

Osun is the Orisa (and mother) of sweet, fresh waters. She is a source of well being. As one of many forces of nature in the Yoruba Ifa tradition, she represents healing, nurturing, creativity among many other impressions.
She is also increasingly one of the most revered Orisa in the pantheon, especially in the African diaspora.

Nurturers, as Mami Osun represents, can be both sweet and comforting and strong disciplinarians. She can therefore take up serious causes on our behalf - fighting those unwanted energies that unsettle us from time to time. You will know what these are personally for you. Rivers, Osun's symbol, either flow gently and sweetly or can be rapid and raging. But waters are ever cleansing, renewing and bringing life, healing and abundance.

What to bring (offerings to the deity)


These are all symbolic, representing abundance, love, prosperity, mysteries (as in the secret way water is in the coconut), beauty, fertility, creativity and so on.

- 1 coconut (dry one)
- green plantain - half (if you have or can get one - peeled and cut it into dices)
- buy a small piece of yam (get locally - but don't worry if you cant. If you can, you need to peel and cut into dices - ideally - roast it a bit in the oven - you can probably do it the night before?
- brown sugar (not loads - some of what you have already at home)
- boiled sweets (at the river, you remove the wrappers)
- sweet biscuits
- popcorn (uncooked kernels)
- a cheap £1 shop mirror (a small one)
- tiny bit of white cloth (or paper)
- bottle of drink (small one - like Grace or one of those makes)
- fruits (light coloured - eg honeydew melons, tangerines, bananas)
- honey
- coins - not pounds - 20ps/ 10s and 5s
- if you have cowrie shells - bring a few/five (but don't worry if you don't)
- herbs (mixture/any greenery/healing ones or ones for flavouring)
- flowers - white/yellow
- incense
- small perfume/fragrance oil (get a sample bottle from somewhere?)
- a tray to place your offering on (this won't go into the river unless it's biodegradable) - it's to place the offering on before it goes into the river.

- your lunch/snacks to eat after in the park.

ALSO

- Music making items - bells, shack shack (maracas), flutes, what you have can make music, drums

- Write your desires/aspirations on a piece of paper (fold very small, which can go as part of your offering)

What we will do

This is a light-hearted experience of deep significance, not meant to be complicated but ultimately express readiness and willingness to be part of shared ritual experience in the honour of the goddess of love! We gather in her name - walk towards a spot where we can lay our offerings. We sing, make music and experience the Love Vibration of Mami Osun. If you want to leave after the ritual you can, otherwise you can join us in the park to relax and enjoy late lunch. (Weather permitting)

What to wear

We wear white for purity, peace and unity. In the diaspora, yellow and white are used for Mami Osun. However, this is usually white in Yoruba. It's up to you whether you do either or both, main thing is to be comfortable in what you wear. The looseness of clothing reflects the free flow of river, free flow and welcome of the gentleness the river source.

Prepare before the day

Find a little space (time) to commune with yourself and decide your personal objective for being part of the ritual.

You can look up Osun and what she's about. The sources online are generally ok. (We are deliberately avoiding being prescriptiveness.) Part of the process is your self-initiated readiness to be open and allow spirit to guide you. Avoid discussing what you plan to do with those who just wont appreciate it. But do let your brother/sister who is interested know and bring them too!

Where?

We meet outside the Sainsbury's/Marks and Spencers in Colliers Wood.

To get there:

By tube: Northern Line to Colliers Wood. Walk ahead as you come out of the station. You will be on the opposite side of Holiday Inn. Go past the white tower building, past Burger King, and you'll come beside a river from where you can see the Sainsbury's.

By Car: you can put in the Sainsburys in Colliers Wood. As it's a Sunday you can park on side Streets off the road, opposite or next to the Sainsbury's or on the yellow lines on the other side of the road.

From there we will walk towards the location of the ritual. The walk altogether is about 20-30 minutes (we go a bit further along the river than the last time), where MORDEN PARK is.

If you're late (try not to be!) and we've set off, follow the footpath along the river next to the Sainsbury's. When the path ends, you'll come to a road, go through an arch to cross the road, keep following that path. You'll eventually come to another road, cross that and keep walking till you find us. Follow the folks in white or listen for music.

Dress up if you want!

Don't be modest - if you want to show off your OSUN in dress and style - go for it! For example, she also represents beauty - one of her symbols being the fan. Express yourself but be comfortable.

Learn a tune to the Goddess and share with the group, if you like too.

CONTACT: michelleyaa@waywivewordz.com: 07950 308 033 for more information about the day.

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