Dr. Michelle Yaa Asantewa: African Goddess Initiation Festival 2021
This is what the African Goddess Initiation Summer Fest 2021 is all about! You are being called forth to reclaim who we really are – as women worldwide. You now must remember what we know in our bones and arteries. You are sacred.
Will you join us? You know this is for you if this message found you. The rebirth has already begun.
Sign up free at: AfricanGoddessClub.com
Today’s Goddess Guru is Goddess Dr. Michelle Yaa Asantewa.
What does “goddess” mean to you, Michelle?
I see the goddess as a divine warrior of creativity, sensuality, love, healing and compassion. She is a unique expression of my will to do good. Goddess inspires me to manifest the universal flow of generosity and abundance as a gift to the world.
How would you describe an empowered goddess?
The goddess is empowered when she embraces the totality of herself. She is not afraid to express her vulnerability, though her spirit is fearless. Undaunted by adverse challenges she always draws from a well-spring of love, compassion and inherent wisdoms, natural and cosmic to overcome all her struggles. She immerses herself in self-love in order to extend this power to others, especially her sister goddesses. As a warrior she defends those who are oppressed and vulnerable. She is deeply comfortable in her skin and sexuality. Her greatest ability is inspiring others to feel confident about their purpose and always dream big. An empowered goddess is untethered, a truth seeker; she knows the journey of aligning with her divine power is just that – a journey, so she delights in indulging all the experiences that help her get there.
Is there a goddess that you relate to?
As these are all expressions of the Great Goddess, I have to say I relate to all of them in varying degrees, especially in my work. Most evidently I relate to Mami Oshun and Yemaya in that they are linked to Mami Wata, to which Auset (Isis) is also connected.
African Goddess Initiation Fest celebrates the divine feminine powers of the African Diaspora. How do you describe your heritage or home?
African born in Guyana
What magic are you most excited about sharing right now?
In Search of Mami Wata: Narratives and Images of African Water Spirits – recent publication/anthology I edited/published.
In Search of Mami Wata is a celebration of African Water deities. All African indigenous spiritual practices have variations of water spirits. Although European cultural imperialism identifies the West African Mami Wata as arising from the period of colonisation, this deity is primordial and universal as it is connected to the natural force of water. In other guises she is identified with Mami Osun, Olukun and Yemaya, some of the Orisa found in the Yoruba Ifa tradition. In this full colour anthology she is portrayed and celebrated in fiction and non-fiction narratives and images that will inspire and reconnect her many children across the African continent and diaspora. Edited by Michelle Yaa Asantewa with a Foreword by Dr Charles Finch.
What do you want people to know right now?
In Search of Mami Wata: Narratives and Images of African Water Spirits – https://www.waywivewordz.com/new-release
In this full colour anthology Mami Wata is portrayed and celebrated in fiction and non-fiction narratives and images that will inspire and reconnect her many children across the African continent and diaspora.
About Dr. Michelle Yaa Asantewa
Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa is a writer, editor and independent scholar. She is the co-founder of Way Wive Wordz Publishing, Editing and Tuition Services, a cultural educational platform. Her books include Elijah, The Awakening and other Poems, Guyanese Komfa: the ritual art of Trance, Something Buried in the yard, Mama Lou Tales: a folkloric biography of a Guyanese Elder. As an independent scholar, she delivers courses and workshops in creative writing, on Black Writers/literature, including Andrea Levy, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and African and Diasporic Spirituality. She is editor and publisher of In Search of Mami Wata: Narratives and Images of African Water Spirits (2020).
About the African Goddess Initiation Summer Fest 2021