Celebrate Asase Ya'a, West African Goddess Who Is The Earth's Womb
Saturday, April 4, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
Asase Ya'a, the Earth's Womb, Mother Earth, Earth Mother, and Old Womyn Earth. She is the trusted authority over morality and is respected as the source of truth - the purity of the energy from which we are born and to which we return upon the death of our bodies.
She is the Old Woman of the Earth of the Ashanti people of Western Africa, who is responsible for fertility. She gave birth to Humanity and Reclaims Her children at Death. At planting, the Ashanti farmer prayers to the ancestors and Asase Yaa, who lent the rights of cultivation to the living. Thursday is Her day and is often a day of rest from tilling and working in the fields. Before a farmer tills the Earth they must ask Her permission. She is in charge of assuring the fertility of the harvest and providing bounty and prosperity. Her devotees are also known to the kiss the dirt and ground in Her honor. She is the custodian of morality and social decorum, the traditional ethical code. Offerings to Her are left directly on the ground.
The Akan people of West Africa regard Asase Yaa as Mother Earth, the Earth Goddess of fertility and the upholder of truth. When a member of the Akan tribe wants to prove his credibility, he touches his lips to the soil.
For this ritual please contemplate how you are in service to our Holy Mother Earth and the Holy Ground we walk on. How can we pray to the dirt and the ground as the Body of Mother Earth? What do we need to bring balance back into our lives on a community based level, through devotional practices and ceremony? In what ways do you hold yourself as a guardian of Mother Earth and uphold practices and social decorum that exemplify and embody this? How can we better take care of our Spiritual elders as our Ohana?
Please bring a green, gold, yellow, red or brown candle for the altar and a piece of jewelry you will charge with Asase Yaa's message, which you will wear as your ongoing commitment to the Earth. Please bring your copy of On Holy Ground, by Luisah Teish and Leilani Birely as we will be reading from it.
As part of the honoring of our social customs and traditions in Daughters of the Goddess, please bring a tithe in any denomination of $5 for Chiefess Luisah Teish. Teish is currently 'houseless' and we honor and gift her with our prosperity and abundance. Also bring any ideas for Teish of employment, housing, or transportation (she needs a car too).
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Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
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