Time To Rename July

The month of July is named after Julius Caesar. Do you know what Caesar means?

“Caesar Name Meaning

“From the Latin family name of the first Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar (100–44 bc), which gave rise to vocabulary words meaning ‘emperor’ or ‘ruler’ in German (Kaiser), Russian (tsar), Arabic (qay?sar), and other languages. As a modern family name it is probably most often a humanistic re-translation into Latin of German Kaiser, but it is also found as an Americanized form of Italian Cesare and French César and Césaire. It is also found as an English surname, derived either from a medieval personal name taken from the Latin or a nickname for someone who had played the part of the emperor Julius Caesar in a pageant.”

On July 4, 1776, We The People formed a Democracy after we fought a War of Independence against the King of Britain, who was the Kaiser of the British People. We did not want a Emperor ruling us, telling us what to do, and how to live. Why then are millions of Christians claiming King Jesus should rule as Caesar over us – in proxy? Thousands of these lovers of King Jesus object to statues of Confederate leaders and generals – being taken down. Does Jesus want images of traitors to be honored? Are there any statues of Caesar in America? Yes! In Casesar’s Palace Casino there is a white marble statue of the Dictator of the World who took many slaves in his conquest of the world. Most of them – were white!

There is the Biblical story of God turning Miriam white after she criticized her brother for marrying a black woman. I suspect this is suggesting a white marble statue of Miriam was made. This may be the case of Lot’s wife, also. God is not subject to this taboo of making graven images. Whenever HIS CLOUD appear, He is making something. The cloud hides what he does, and how he does it, lest He impart forbidden lessons to His chosen people. What this theory suggests, is someone in the Greek World is reordering the History of the Torah. Genesis may have been written by a woman – who was very much into genealogies. She would be surrounded by WHITE STATUES. Is Miriam the author of Genesis?

Once We the People remove all statues of Caesar from our Freedom Land, I suggest they be replaced by statues of Zippora – and Miriam! Consider the Virgin Mary, which denotes the mother of Jesus was a Nazarite – too. I found an African goddess, who may have been a Nazarite. Her name if OYA. I added the name July to her name to get – OYAJULY! This should be the new name of the month we are in!

HAIL OYAJULY!

May I suggest that on Qyajuly the fourth, we freedom lovers recreate the stopping of a statue of Caligula being placed on temple ground. We will make a graven image that looks like Donald, who is hauled down the street by folks in MEGA caps. The true children of Mighty Mo the abolitionist, and his wife, Zippora, block the way and save God’s temple from being defiled! The African goddess, Oya, helps defeat the Bloated One.

So be it! Hail Oyajuly

Towards the end of the reign of Gaius Caligula, a proclamation was sent out for a statue of the Roman Emperor to be built within the Temple walls in Jerusalem. This command broke the Jewish law of idolatry and was therefore rejected and strongly opposed by Jews in Palestine, most notably the large peasant population.

To institute this proclamation newly appointed President of Syria Petronius was sent along with two legions of soldiers to complete the task. It is important to note that this was the first time in the history of Roman occupation that the religious autonomy of the Jewish people was defied. It was a direct challenge to their ethnic and religious identity motivated by clashes and religious disobedience by Jews in Alexandria. With this in mind, the emperor’s proclamation was to be put in place by any means necessary – an explanation for the Roman legions that accompanied his messenger Petronius and the strong action that was to be taken by Jewish peasants.

A time after Petronius’ arrival in the port city of Ptolemais he was met by tens of thousands of Jews who travelled from the countryside to petition him not to violate the laws of their forefathers. The resolve of the Jewish people was so strong that if Petronius was intent on erecting the statue of Caesar, they would willingly bare their necks and die rather than break their traditional laws. Noting the incredible dedication of the peasant crowds, Petronius elected to travel inland to Tiberias along the Sea of Galilee to survey the resolve and convictions of Jewish peasants there.

Jewish peasants block construction of statue of Gaius Caligula in Galilee, 40 CE | Global Nonviolent Action Database (swarthmore.edu)

John ‘The Nazarite’

Caesar Statue Inside Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Gaius Julius Caesar was the Roman Republic’s “dictator of perpetuity” until his assassination by Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC. Today, his name is associated with Caesars Entertainment’s signature properties in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The company has 60 other hotels, resorts and casinos under various brands. This statue in their New Jersey hotel lobby is Augustus. He became the first Roman Empire emperor a few years after his father’s death. In the corner is Cupid riding a dolphin. The statue replicates the Augustus of Prima Porta. That famous sculpture was carved from white marble in 20 AD and is now in the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Moses’ wife is referred to as a Cushite in Numbers 12. Interpretations differ on whether this Cushite wife was one and the same as Zipporah, or another woman, and whether he was married to them simultaneously (which would make him a polygamist) or successively.[10][11][12] In the story, Aaron and Miriam criticize Moses’ marriage to a Cushite woman after he returned to Egypt to set the children of Israel free. This criticism displeases God, who punishes Miriam with leprosy. Cushites were of the ancestry of either Kush (a.k.a. Nubia) in northeast Africa, or Arabians. The sons of Ham, mentioned within the Book of Genesis, have been identified with nations in Africa (Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya), the Levant (Canaan), and Arabia. The Midianites themselves were later on depicted at times in non-Biblical sources as dark-skinned and called Kushim, a Hebrew word used for dark-skinned Africans.[13][14] One interpretation is that the wife is Zipporah and that she was referred to as a Cushite though she was a Midianite, because of her beauty.[15]

The Samaritan Pentateuch text refers to Moses‘ wife Zipporah as “Kaashet” (which translates to “the beautiful woman”), rather than “Cushit” (“black woman” or “Cushite woman”). Therefore, the Samaritan sages came to the understanding that Moses married only one wife, and once he became absolutely devoted to his prophetic mission he never got married again.[16]

“Cushite woman” becomes Aethiopissa in the Latin Vulgate Bible version (4th century). Alonso de Sandoval, 17th century Jesuit, reasoned that Zipporah and the Cushite woman was the same person, and that she was black. He puts her in a group of what he calls “notable and sainted Ethiopians”.[17]:248, 253–254

OYA

Mythology:

In Africa, Oya (pronounced oh-yah) is the Yoruban Goddess of weather, especially tornadoes, lightning, destructive rainstorms, fire, female leadership, persuasive charm, and transformation. She is also one of the most powerful of Brazilian Macumba deities. When women find themselves in hard-to-resolve conflicts, she is the one to call on for protection. Wearing wine, her favorite color, and exhibiting nine whirlwinds (nine being her sacred number), she is depicted here with a turban twisted to appear like buffalo horns, for it is said she assumed the shape of a buffalo when wedded to Ogun. (5)

Alternate names: Oya-ajere “Carrier of the Container of Fire”, Ayaba Nikua “Queen of Death”, Iya Yansan “Mother of Nine”, Ayi Lo Da “She Who Turns and Changes”, Oia, Yansa, Yansan. (3)

Oya is the powerful Yoruba Goddess of the Winds of Change; the Primeval Mother of Chaos; Queen of the Nine (for the nine tributaries of the Niger River). Using her machete, or sword of truth, she cuts through stagnation and clears the way for new growth. She does what needs to be done. She is the wild woman, the force of change; lightning, fire, tornadoes, earthquakes and storms of all kinds are ruled by Oya. She is also Queen of the Marketplace, a shrewd businesswoman and adept with horses. As the wind, she is the first breath and the last, the one who carries the spirits of the dead to the other world, which is why she is associated with cemeteries. (1)

Oya is known as a fierce warrior and strong protectress of women, who call on Her to settle disputes in their favor. (3)

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As the goddess of change, She brings down the dead wood to make room for the new, and She uses Her machete or sword to clear a path for new growth. She is believed to watch over the newly dead and assist them as they make the transition from life. She is equated with the Vodoun lwa Maman Brijit, who, like Oya, guards graveyards. (3)

Oya is the goddess of the Niger River, and Her violent rainstorms are said to be its source. Like Oshun, She is worshipped not only in Africa but in Brazil, where the Amazon is said to be Her river, and where She is equated with the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of La Candelaria. Oya, who is a goddess of a very fiery demeanor, also seems to have a far-flung connection with the Celtic Bride or Bridgit, both in Her Vodoun counterpart Maman Brijit, and in Her associated Catholic saint, Our Lady of La Candelaria, whose feast day, February 2nd, is shared with Bride. (3)

Oya’s attributes are the sword or machete and the flywhisk, and Her animal is the water buffalo, in whom She sometimes manifests. Her mother is said to be Yemaya, the Great Sea Mother. Oya Herself is said to be the mother of nine children–Egungun and four sets of twins. (3)

Oya is one of the most powerful African Goddesses (Orishas). A Warrior-Queen, She is the sister-wife of the God Shango, to whom She gave the power to create storms[2]. Much of Oya’s power is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms and hurricanes. A Fire Goddess, it is Oya who brings rapid change and aids us in both inner and outer transformation[3]. (2)

Oya is the guardian of the realm between life and death; as such, She is not only the Goddess of spirit communication, funerals and cemeteries[4] but also the Goddess of clairvoyance, psychic abilities, intuition and rebirth. She can call forth the spirit of death, or hold it back — such is the extent of Her power. [3]. Because of Her affiliation to the dead, and Her intense knowledge of the magick arts, Oya is also known as “the Great Mother of the Elders of the Night (Witches)”[3]. (2)

Oya is both loved and feared, and for good reason: unleashed, Oya is the Savage Warrior, the Protective Mother, She whose power sweeps all injustice, deceit and dishonesty from Her path[4]. She will destroy villages if the need is true enough, for while She understands everything, She will only accept, act upon, and speak the truth (even when it is hard to bear)[3]. (2)

Oya is the protectress of women and patron of feminine leadership[4]. Fiercely loving, She is wildly unpredictable and can change from benevolent, caring Mother to destructive Warrior in the blink of an eye. Passionate, fearless, sensual and independent, Oya is not a Goddess to be invoked lightly and must be treated with respect and care. While She will toss you in Her storms of change, and shelter you in Her caring embrace, She will also strike you down with Her lightning should the need arise. However, do not let that dissuade you from working with Oya, for She is the Strong Woman, the Bringer of Change and Seeker of Truth, who can be a most powerful ally. (2)

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Oya storms into your life to tell you that change is calling, beckoning, and camping out on your doorstep. The way to wholeness for you lies in embracing change. Have you been too busy, too stressed, to attend to the changes needed in your life to nurture yourself? Is change so fearful a concept that you push it aside, play hide-and seek with it, or just ignore it? Have you arranged your life so perfectly that there is no room left for potential? Time for change. Time to sweep out, sweep up, and be swept away. Perhaps you are in the midst of the Change (menopause) and are having trouble accepting it. Resistance to change brings more persistent change. Choosing to dance with change means you will flow with it. Let yourself be unsettled, prepare yourself for growth. Enter deeply into change’s chaotic dance and you’ll be richly blessed with abundant possiblity. It is time for something completely different. The Goddess says that the earth must be dug up before anything can be planted and that change always brings you what you need on your path to wholeness. (5)

Honoring Oya:

Colours: maroon, purple, deep dark red, oranges, browns, multi-colours, burgundy, copper.

Scents: patchouli, sandalwood, geranium.

Gemstones: red stones, particularly garnet, but also bloodstone, tourmaline, smoky quartz.

Foods: eggplant, grape wine, grapes, gin, rum, kola nuts, rooster, hen, porridge, fruit, fish, anything spicy.

Herbs: comfrey, pleurisy roots, horehound, chickweed, peony, elecampane, royal poinciana, star apple, flamboyan, yucca, caimito, cypress, grains of paradise.

Icons: masks, swords, whips, pennies, brooms, camwood, wind instruments, anything associated with wind (e.g. pictures of hurricanes, tornadoes, etc), bright-coloured cloth, buffalo’s horns, anything copper.

Metal: Copper.

Number: 9. (2)

Invocation:

Oya can be invoked for change, strength, leadership, authority, courage, justice, weather spells, ancestor-worship, grief, truth, power, magick, protection… (2)

Meditation to Oya:

Oya, Lady of Storms,
Oya, Bringer of Change,
Oya, Warrior of Women,
You who command the winds
And protect the souls of the dead
You whose domain is the tornado, the storm, the thunder,
I thank you for your presence tonight
Your wise words, listening ear, and instigation of change.
Hail, Oya, and Farewell! (2)

Offerings to Oya include eggplants, coins, red wine, and cloth. (3)

(( In other notes.. there is a very interesting magick ritual through one of the websites I used as a reference. This is the link: http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Oya_2.html ))

References:
(1) – http://www.goddessmyths.com/Lucina-Ptesan-Wi.html
(2) – http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Oya.html
(3) – http://www.thaliatook.com/AMGG/oya.html
(4) – http://www.awakenedwoman.com/oya.htm
(5) – http://www.angelfire.com/va/goddesses/oya.html

Exterior References from MY (2):
[2] Ann, Martha, and Dorothy Myers Imel. Goddesses in World Mythology: A Biographical Dictionary. Oxford University Press : New York (1995).
[3] http://www.geocities.com/ojedele/oya.html
[4] http://www.goddess.com.au/goddesses/Oya.htm

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