Honey is an element that contains great secrets, secrets of love and sweetness related to the Queen of the sweet waters of the earth, to the Yoruba Goddess of beauty and passion: Oshún.
There is no better way to explain the legends of the Yoruba religion than through a beautiful pataki (story).
Pataki: Oshún, queen of the bees
The patakí tells that Oloddumare, the Supreme God, sent 16 worker bees to earth, each with their own Ashé and talents, to help civilization and included among them a call Oshun.
And before coming to earth, Orunmila instructed the other workers that they should honor Oshún, as his Ashe was extremely important to humanity and its evolution.
But the others did not like Oshún, the female Orisha who acted as queen and was beautiful and wise and for that reason they excluded her and mistreated her.
She felt isolated but did not take revenge, she simply stopped giving blessings and did not share her important Ashe.
And so the workers then realized that nothing was useful and that the lands were not fertile, which led them back to Orunmila, who told them:
"They have been consumed by envy" and he recommended that they offer sacrifices to Oshún, that they serve it and collect royal nectar to feed it, as bees do in all their nests.
It is because of Oshún that all honeycombs have only one queen.
While everything was happening Oloddumare looked at Oshún with compassion, who had charged the rejection and had behaved like a queen, with virtue and dignity and without using his powerful magic to do evil and justice.
For this reason, he decided to grant her the honor of being "the queen of the bees", gave her a beaded crown and declared her the largest of the bees.
Honey, a vital element in spells
La Oshún honey it is an important element that is involved in all rituals dedicated to the deity, especially those intended to enchant or "sweeten."
Legend tells that Oshún met Shango on a drum and has been in love with him ever since. And he seduced him in the same way that he seduced the Orisha Oggún, he took his gourd and spread a little honey on Shango's lips.
For this reason the Oshún honey used for different love requests. The purpose of a honey spell is to sweeten someone's feelings and it can be used romantically, but it is not limited to that kind of love.
Rituals with Oshún honey
Rituals with Oshún honey to ask the Goddess of Love are made mainly to sweeten, attract abundance and joy to our lives.
Lighting yellow candles in her name, using honey as one of the most powerful elements with great spiritual significance, and other ingredients such as cinnamon, sunflowers, which are her favorite flowers, and prayers, the Orisha of the sweet waters of the world will offer us his Ashé.
So strong is the Oshún honey, which according to the Pataki, it was that element that allowed Olodumare to resurrect the Orisha Babalu Aye.