In Yoruba mythology, Oshun is a beautiful and seductive goddess who embodies the essence of femininity and love. She is closely associated with rivers and freshwater sources, and her presence is believed to bring joy and prosperity to those who honor her.
Oshun adored sunflowers for their vibrant and sunny disposition, which mirrored her own warm and loving nature. She saw in sunflowers a reflection of her own sensuality and the happiness she brought to the world. Devotees and practitioners of Santería often offer sunflowers to Oshun as a gesture of devotion and to seek her blessings. The bright and cheerful appearance of sunflowers is seen as an offering of love and appreciation to the goddess. Sunflowers are believed to attract her favor and ensure her presence and blessings in one’s life.
Her reverence for sunflowers also highlights her connection to beauty and love. She is venerated as the goddess of love, and her influence extends to matters of romance, sensuality, and fertility. Those who seek her guidance often turn to sunflowers to invoke her presence and assistance in matters of the heart.
On top of their connection with Oshun, sunflowers hold symbolic significance in various cultures. They are often associated with qualities such as happiness, positivity, adoration, and longevity. Their tendency to turn and follow the sun’s path across the sky has also been seen as a symbol of devotion and faithfulness.
Sunflowers have become a cherished symbol in the worship and devotion of Oshun, bringing joy and blessings to those who honor her in the Afro-Caribbean religion of Santería. You can also invoke Oshun’s energy with this simple Sunflower Ritual:
Place a sunflower on your altar and say the following invocation:
‘Oshun, with your love and light, I call upon your grace and might.
Guide my heart through day and night, with your blessings, give me sight’
Invoke Oshun and her radiant energy to guide you in matters of the heart, boost self-confidence and happiness, and help you see your inner beauty. You can also call on her for healing.