Who is Oshun?
Oshun (also spelt Osun) is a beloved West African goddess known as the goddess of love and sweet waters. If you’ve watched Lemonade or Beyoncé’s Grammy performance. you’ve been exposed to the Oshun goddess.
“Oshun is regarded as a healer of the sick, the bringer of song, music and dance, as well as prosperity and fertility. Oshun is also depicted as a teacher, who taught them the art of divination, using cowrie shells, as well as songs, chants and meditations.”
Ain’t nobody got time for that fertility stuff, but YASSS to meditation.
What was I doing at a full moon party? I mean, why would I not be at a full moon party? Right before the holidays, I started working at a supercool bar in Charleston. One of the many things this bar is known for is their Lunacy Full Moon parties.
Why I chose Oshun.
Other than wanting to create a costume with what was already in my closet, or what I could wear again—I was really feeling Oshun’s vibe. Also, it’s Women’s History Month and I wanted to #DoItForTheCulture.
I fell in love with a drawing by Shannon’s Art Werkk about 2 years ago. In an Instagram caption, Shannon explains that Oshun: The Goddess Next Door is associated with “love, abundance, attraction, compassion, & beauty.” After showing her my pictures, Shannon wrote in a separate caption that it was so fitting for me to dress as Oshun during a full moon in Virgo. She associates Oshun with Taurus & Virgo energy which is CRAZY to me. I’m a Capricorn, and every zodiac compatibility “test” or prediction, pairs me with a Taurus or Virgo. Beyonce is a Virgo, so there’s that.
S/o to @acealexa slaying this look inspired by my artwerkk depicting Oshun. Absolutely made my day. I love when my art inspires and you look gorgeous! alsoo, @acealexa wore this look to a Full Moon (in Virgo) party, LIT. I’ve always associated Oshun with Taurus&Virgo energy in particular..I justtt..everything about this is perfect! Thank you again #Oshun #BlackGirlMagic #GoddessLove #Orisha #Werkk #FullMoon #Soulpick #TheGoddessNextDoor #MakeupArt
What I wore.
Made by Aysha & Co. Not every image of the Oshun goddess I saw used sunflowers, but Shannon’s did–and I loved it! Plus, I needed a new flower crown to rock to Hangout Festival anyway.
Slayed by Touched by Toyca. My cousin NAILED IT, especially with my eye shadow. (Oshun is associated with the colors yellow and gold.)
Snatched by Stefon Styles.
- Yellow sarong, for a flowy goddess vibe.
- White t-shirt, for blacklight purposes.
- Black tank, so I wasn’t completely exposed in the black light.
photo: T. Cooley
Are you familiar the Oshun Goddess? If you went to a full moon party, what would your costume be?