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“Chantico, Goddess of Fire, Volcanos and the Hearth” by Darktee

“Chantico’s themes are kinship, unity, cooperation, communication, divination, protection, and home.  Her symbols are fire, metals and minerals.  A classical Mesoamerican Goddess, Chantico personifies and safeguards the hearth fires and the home, the place where families gather. The name Chantico means ‘in the house’. Men going to battle pray to Her that they will return and still find those home fires burning! Children petition Her to know the future. She also became the guardian of lapidaries and some metal smiths.

Around the first Sunday in May, Catholic and Jewish congregations celebrate Family Week, a time to focus our attention on family solidarity and how to improve the quality of family life. With our society having become so mobile, Chantico is a very timely Goddess to entreat for assistance in this endeavour. Gather with your family or friends today, light a candle (symbolizing Chantico’s presence), and rededicate yourselves to oneness.

Carrying or wearing silver, copper, red-toned agate, amethyst or jade today draws Chantico’s presence and encourager the warmth of kinship no matter where you may be.

To extend this idea, take a piece of paper with the word ‘Earth’ written on it and wrap it around one of these metals or stones. That way you share Chantico’s unifying energy with all the earth’s inhabitants.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

Goddess Chantico in Codex Ríos

“Chantico (pronounced chan-TEE-ko) is the Aztec Goddess of hearth fires and precious things. Chantico is very protective of Her possessions, and guards them well. She also guards hearth fires, and men going to battle would pray to Her that they would return to find the fire still burning. Chantico once angered the food God Tonacatecuhtli by eating roasted fish with paprika on a fast day when paprika was banned. He turned Her into a dog to show his displeasure.” [1]

“Chantico rules the Ehecatl Tracena – the thirteen days of instability and insecurity when a thunderbolt of chaos strikes the very heart of order.  During this time thievery is rife but Chantico is very protective of Her treasures and will guard them with unbridled tenacity.

Stories abound of terrible vengeance being wreaked against touchers of Her prescious things, even though the ability to turn into a red serpant and poisonous cactus spike head-dress combo clearly spells danger.

Chantico is the female counterpart of Xiuhtecuhtli – it must be a fire thing.” [2]

“Another important aspect of this Goddess, is that She attaches, with the participation of other Goddesses, to the invention of the jewelry. But She in particular was granted the invention of cosmetics.  She was especially venerated by the Association of Jewelers, as well as by the stone engravers, gem cutters and polishers.

The name that appeared on the ‘Aztec Calendar’ was Chiconahui Itzcuintli.

It was on Her day that witches turned into various animals and witches, called mometzcopinqui, exercised their greatest power.

Chantico will Empower you with:

Femininity

Beauty

Radiance

Grace

Help Healer in Treatments giving more life energy

Protection of yourself and family

Enhances Divination

Enhances Intuition

Fertility

Abundance of Precious Stones Jewelry” [3]

 

 

Sources:

GodsLaidBare.com, “CHANTICO: Aztec Goddess of the Hearth“.

Sabrina. Goddess A Day, “Chantico“.

Reikiangelos, “Chantico- Goddess of Fire & Fertility Empowerment“.

 

Suggested Links:

Shrine of the Forgotten Goddesses, “South American Realm of the Forgotten Goddesses“.

Goddess Oshun

“Oshun” by Selina Fenech

“Oshun’s themes are divination and love. Her symbols are flowing water, seashells and amber beads.  Oshun is a beautiful, oracular Goddess of love. Generous and beneficent, she opens her eyes to let us peek into what the future holds for relationships. According to legends, Oshun didn’t always know how to tell the future. She was taught by Obatala, one skilled in divination, in return for retrieving his stolen clothing from Elegba. But Elegba exacted his price too. Once Oshun learned to divine, she had to teach all the other orishas the fortune-telling secrets.

Traditionally, Saint Agnes’s Day is spent divining information about love’s path and relationships in the coming year. Following Oshun’s example, make a fortune-telling tool from three shells, each of which has a ‘top’ and ‘bottom’. If shells aren’t handy, use three coins/ Think of a ‘yes’ or’ ‘no’ question related to love. Three tops (or heads) mean ‘yes’. Two tops mean things are generally positive, but uncertain. One top indicates a ‘wait’ or a negative response, and three bottoms is a definite ‘no’. Put the shells under your pillow before you go to bed to dream of future loves.

Or, to encourage Oshun’s problem-solving skills in a relationship, carry a small piece of amber or wear a piece of amber-coloured clothing when you meet your loved one to talk things over.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

“Oshun” by Hrana Janto

“Oshun is the Yoruban Orisha (deity) of the sweet or fresh waters (as opposed to the salt waters of Yemaya). She is widely loved, as She is known for healing the sick and bringing fertility and prosperity, and She especially watches over the poor and brings them what they need. As Orisha of love, Oshun is represented as a beautiful, charming and coquettish young woman. In some tales She is said to be a mermaid, with a fish’s tail.

The Yoruba clans inhabit parts of western central Africa, in present-day Nigeria. Oshun is the Goddess of the river of the same name, and She is especially worshipped in river-towns. During Her yearly festival, She is said to choose one or more women dancers to descend into (much like participants in Vodou ceremonies may be ‘mounted’ or ‘possessed’ by a lwa). These women then take new names in honor of Oshun and are thereafter consulted as healers.

Oshun was taught divination with cowrie shells by Obatala, the first of the created gods, and then She brought the teaching to humans. She was at one time the wife of Shango, the storm god, as was Oya, the goddess of the winds and tempests. Oshun is also said to be the mother of the birds or fishes.

“Erzulie” by Kris Waldherr

With the African diaspora, Oshun was brought to the Americas, and adopted into the pantheons that branched out of the African traditions. In the Brazilian religion of Candomblé, which retains close ties with the Yoruban religion, as well as in Cuban Santeriá, She is called Oxum. In Haitian Vodoun She is an inspiration for Erzulie or Ezili, also a Goddess of water and love.

Oshun, like the other Orisha, has a number associated with Her–five; a color–yellow or amber; and a metal–gold or bronze. The peacock and the vulture are sacred to Her. Offerings to Oshun include sweet things such as honey, mead, white wine, oranges, sweets, or pumpkins, as well as perfume.

 

Alternate spellings: Oxun, Osun, Oshoun, Oxum, Ochun.

Titles: Oshun Ana, ‘Goddess of Luxury and Love’; Oshun Telargo, as the modest one; Oshun Yeye Moro, as the coquette; Oshun Yeye Kari, ‘Mother of Sweetness’. [1]

For a very informative and comprehensive list of Oshun’s associations and stories, please click here to visit Tribe of the Sun’s “Oshun” page.

 

 

Source:

Took, Thalia. A-Muse-ing Grace Gallery, “Oshun“.

 

Suggested Link:

Arteal. Order of the White Moon, “Oshun“.

Monaghan, Patricia. The Book of Goddesses and Heroines, “Oshun

Revel, Anita. Reconnect with Your Inner Goddess, “Oshun“.

Wikipedia, “Oshun“.

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