“Reconnecting with Nature: Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans”

Posted on October 22, 2014 by


“The Ngondo is an annual water-centered festival held by the Sawa (coastal peoples) in Douala, Cameroon. This gathering of  the Sawa people takes place in the first two weeks of December on the Wouri river banks in Douala and show cases the culture of the Sawa, the country’s coastal dwellers.   The Ngondo Festival is a way to connect with the spirits of “water Gods” and has been celebrated as an annual religious/traditional festival for countless years now. Ngondo festival begins with a number of rituals and feasts performed to celebrate and rejoice the unity of various African tribesmen who gather there for further celebrations of the event.” 



“Reconnecting with Nature:  Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans”

by Tameko Barnette

The element of water is associated with the emotional self.  The planet Earth is 75 percent water.  The human body is 75 percent water.  The evidence shows that  water is an important element that keeps us in the flow with life all around us and within us, yet, we are not connecting to the elements as much as we should.  This is a tradition that has been within the souls of African people since the beginning of time as we know it.  To a certain degree, many of us have gotten away from drinking a substantial amount of water to keep us hydrated and purified.

As we begin to renew our relationship to the water element, we are reconnecting to our emotional state of being and to a life-giving source within and all around us.  We know that spending time in nature is a positive way forward, but how we spend time in nature is highly important to our personal development and spiritual growth.

I encourage you to spend time at a body of water on a regular basis.  Regardless of where you may live in the world, I am confident in my thinking that you are probably located near a body of water of some kind; a river, a lake, or an ocean.  Perhaps, you may be able to find a pond or a stream nearby.

Why spend time near a body of water on a regular basis?

This simple, yet powerful ritual will help us in connecting to more than just the physical element of water.  When we connect with water we are spending time with the Ancestors.  We are cultivating life-affirming lessons, such as going with the flow of life, maintaining balance in life, connecting to our intuition, and renewing a relationship with the Moon, which is the divine feminine.

I have been taught that water is divine feminine, but I can feel the divine masculine within the water element as well.  Water is about strength and physical power as well.  To that end, I have listed a few recommendations for connecting with the water element when you visit a body of water near you.

  •      – Take a journal or a notebook with you, so you can write any thoughts or feelings that come forth as you spend time at the river, lake, or ocean.
  •       -Take an offering with you.  All you need is a small crystal or gemstone, such as rose quartz, clear quartz, jade, amethyst, citrine, etc.  Say a silent prayer or affirmation of gratitude and toss the crystal or gemstone into the water.
  •        -Spend some time in meditation while you are visiting the water.  Close your eyes and listen to the water flowing.  Allow the water to be your meditation music and spiritual guide.

I’d like to extend my recommendations to include our African deities that you can keep in mind as you spend time with the water element as well.  Each deity is a representation of a particular force in nature.  As you spend time with the water element, you can meditate with an African deity to assist you with cultivating his or her positive qualities, which reside within you.   Here’s a brief list of some African deities of the water element.   Please feel free to do your own research to learn more about them.

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Oshun                                            Khnum                      Tefnut                            Yemaya (Yemoja

  •    *Nebt-Het, goddess of rivers     *Oshun, goddess of fresh water rivers and lakes
  •   *Yemaya (Yemoja), goddess of the ocean    *Aset, goddess of the ocean
  •  *Khnum, god of the Nile River    *Tefnut, goddess of water (moisture in the air)
  •  *Nyami Nyami, a river god      *Olokun, god of the ocean
  •  *Mami Wata, goddess of the water element in all forms



Aset (Auset)                                            Nebt-Het (Nephthys)                       Nyami Nyami


I encourage you to enjoy time with the water element by yourself, but also share it with family and friends as well.  Honor the water element within you and all over the planet.  Make sure you are drinking good, clean water as much as possible each day.  Every time you get a chance to drink water or take a shower or a bath, say Thank You to the Divine.  Learn more about what is happening to our water source all over the world and see what you can do to assist our water supply.


Olokun                                                                         Mami Wata