- Witchcraft The Primordial Mothers
- Witchcraft: Meaning Of Iyami
Witchcraft, a faith system which is now being embraced by more and more black women and Africans on the continent, as well as, Africans-Americans and others with African ancestry is on the rise with mostly black women in the U.S.
Most of the black women college-educated professionals said they were leaving traditional churches for spiritual beliefs which connect them to their ancestors, noting that those beliefs empowered them to control their well-being.
At the black women meeting centre, prayers and supplications are offered to the deity, Oshun. Rites are performed for those seeking love, marriage, children and business. There is also the Black Witch Convention which registered at least 200 women in a Baltimore reception hall last year.
The ‘Dawtas’ of the Moon say worshipping African deities “is something our ancestors did and we are tapping into it, so that we can become our best selves individually and collectively.”
The members wear African fabric, adorning their bodies with beads, shells, ankh, rings and other African themed items. Perhaps, not being fulfilled with their faith, a new consciousness has dawned to connect with their heritage. It could also be that the many scandals of the Christian faith leaders have proven too much for these sisters, hence a return to their roots.
Witchcraft The Primordial Mothers
There has also been a lot of media attention on Black women witches and their practices as of late. Shows on Netflix, articles, websites, social media groups all have contributed to the growth of Witchcraft. Some embrace it. Some are repelled by it. Some are curious about it. Often it is lumped together with African spiritual practices and that has caused confusion and some conflict.
The word ‘witch’ which some people have a problem calling or saying it is referred to as the primordial mothers of water and air that protected the throne. The church and Islam demonized these practices just as they demonized all African Spirituality , indigenous traditions, Esu, and Aje. They are all projections of the church and it’s ignorance.
All women have a little of the ‘Aje’ or Witchcraft energy because part of it is connected to menstrual blood, but that alone does not mean you are truly supported by the divine mothers. Every woman has had a menstrual cycle at some point. Not every woman understands it’s mysteries or walks with the primordial mothers.
The primordial mothers are highly advanced beings who guide Olodumare and help humanity to evolve. The primordial mothers were present with Ela when chosing our destiny this lifetime. They know who we are and who we are meant to be.
As primordial mothers, they know we are all souls learning lessons and here to grow into spiritual maturity. Mothers not only give birth but also RAISE children into adults. Mothers are our first teachers, our first doctors, our first protectors, and our connection between the ancestral spiritual world and the physical world. Iyami functions in those roles for humanity.
What comes across as misfortune or difficulty to a spiritually immature soul, is recognized as a lesson for growth and to build character for a mature one. Character doesn’t just magically happen. It has to be cultivated and grown through experiences. Sometimes all you have to do is be told. Sometimes you are hard headed and choose to learn the hard way. Just as children don’t like to be tested in school but teachers know one must be tested to know if you really mastered the lesson. You can’t advance without passing the test.
And one can’t pass the test, unless one understands the lesson and respects the teacher’s lessons
This is also how the primordial mothers work, they test you and the tests often come in the form of testing your worldly self vs your spiritual self. Are you compassionate? Are you kind? Or, are you selfish, greedy, jealous, Or mean spirited? Do you take the low road or the high one? Elevation requires that you sacrifice your lower ego and choose the greater good. When we function from a place of low motive and self serving interests, it is often at the expense of others. In turn, there are consequences to that behavior. Alternatively, when we serve the good in sincerity and truth, you are supported and blessed. It’s important to note that your intentions are just as important as your actions. Iyami will often test you in your dreams for that very reason. You are more honest and your true character is expressed in your dream state.
Witchcraft: Meaning Of Iyami
Lastly, I think it’s important to note that Iyami are not just Yoruba. Iyami is a Yoruba word meaning my mother, but they are not owned by Yoruba and the yoruba’s did not create them. Every society on the planet has Iyami or primordial mothers in some form or another. Every ethnic group in Africa has their own versions under different names. They just interpret them through their own cultural lens. This brings me to the debate about terms we use. Aje,Witch, Wise Woman, etc. Many hate the word witch being associated with Aje. I understand this because witches have been demonized on every continent.
I will only say that women of power have always been considered a threat no matter what they called themselves or didnt call themselves. They who embrace the word witch does so with the understanding of its original definition as a wise woman, not as the demonized version of an old hag who kills and eats babies. That demonized version is what has been projected on witches of Europe and the healers, herbalist, midwives, and goddess worshipers who did not align with the church. They created those images and stereotypes to discourage women from embracing this path. They made eldership something to fear, as an elder women tend to be the strongest women of power. So they deemed them ugly hags instead of elder mothers. Personally, I don’t think it’s fair to buy into those same stereotypes and project them on others while denying women of color or Black Women with the same traits but under a different name. We end up doing what has been done to us. But that is not my battle to fight. Each woman must determine for herself what is right for her surrender”.
Each woman must determine for herself what is right for her surrenderAye
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