beyoncé, as a goddess: oshún [#StarsAndSymbols]

here at shady sun, we believe that, whether they are conscious of it or not, the most enduringly successful pop cultural icons enrich their work with the symbolism of an acutely deliberate variety. drawing from the rich [and often intersecting] archetypes of astrology, numerology, mythology, tarot, etc, the themes and motifs of these “stars” seem to parallel certain legends that live immortalized in the collective unconscious. the existence of the famous figure bears a striking resemblance to something we’ve seen all before, at some point, in another dimension maybe, but it’s unique enough to keep us engaged as if we haven’t already seen unfold this story.

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when we reconnect with our roots, we see the world with new eyes. as i study ifa, santería and voodoo, my lens to the outside world, particularly pop culture, has a fresh filter. just as i did, many others who are and have been familiar with this way of life are claiming a connection between lemonade, beyoncé’s latest offering, and the spirit of the afro-cuban deity oshún.

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oshún is an orisha. to give praise where it’s due, she is one of the most celebrated orishas. for those of us who have never encountered them by name, the orishas are divine forces of nature that are revered, channeled, followed and praised for their supernatural powers and graceful guardianship. 2db94430e52a262324a0e3ccaf819ba1

if we all come from africa, one would posit that the greco-roman pantheon of gods is a derivative of this african ensemble of supernatural entities. if so, oshún would be foremother of aphrodite/venus, goddess of love and luxury. in that vein, oshún is regarded as the sweetest and most beautiful of all the orishas, the one we turn to when we wish to attract life’s treasures and indulge in romance.

she is also sought out for relief from harsh conditions, such as when she lightened her skin and hair to accompany the west africans who were brought to caribbean as slaves. under catholic rule on the island of cuba, yoruba’s oshún was syncretized to our lady of charity, the saint who was called upon to aid the newly enslaved prisoners.

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it is because of oshún’s affinity for the finer things, as well as her ability to circulate and arouse love, she knows more than anyone else how it feels to live through oppressive circumstances such as poverty, oppression, rejection, neglect, and heartache. enter beyoncé.

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daily 4cast: 7/25/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

saturday
7/25/2015
starring:
sun [in leo] opposite ceres [in aquarius]
mars [in cancer] square uranus [in aries]
neptune [in pisces] opposite juno [in virog]
co-starring:
moon [in scorpio] trine mars [in cancer]/chiron [in pisces]
moon [in scorpio] sextile pluto [in capricorn]
featuring:
venus goes retrograde in virgo

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the highest order is the internal experience of the emotions. sometimes how we feel inside is more valuable a focus than what is happening outside, for how we feel is often  intuitively indicative of how conducive our environment is to our holistic health and overall wellbeing. living a shiny life with toys that shine and glimmer in the light is virtually worthless if emptiness is the truth of your inner existence, and if you don’t recognize that now, the consequences are sure to catastrophic.

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daily 4cast: 3/22/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Sunday
3/22/2015
Starring:
Moon [in Aries] trine Pallas [in Sagittarius]
Moon [in Aries] square Ceres [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Aries] sextile Vesta [in Aquarius]
Moon [in Taurus] conjunct Venus [in Taurus]
Moon [in Taurus] sextile Neptune [in Pisces]

Today is a bit more passive than the day before. Passive doesn’t mean you’ll be a pushover, it just means you are a bit softer or receptive in your approach to life. With unyielding urgency, you take care of the matters that require TLC, but your inwardly concentrated nature helps you to see solutions to problematic situations that The Others miss.

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daily 4cast: 3/18/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Wednesday
3/
18/2015

Starring:
Mercury [in Pisces] conjunct Neptune [in Pisces]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Pisces] conjunct Mercury/Neptune [in Pisces]
Moon [in Pisces] square Saturn [in Sagittarius]
Moon [in Pisces]  sextile Venus [in Taurus]

Status. Glamour. Fame.

These are things that you want. Nothing is wrong with what you already have, but you can’t sit idly by knowing that there is more to life. You aspire to be greater than you are, and maybe even to be the object of other people’s fantasies. Some things in life are finer than others, and you will do what needs to be done to make sure you ride in style.

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