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Fact about the goddess of wealth (Orisa Aje)

The history and benefits

The Goddess of wealth (popularly known as AJE), is one of the 401 gods that is being worshipped. The main capacity and strength of the goddess of wealth is to provide sufficient wealth and greater economic benefits for whoever worships her.  AJE is known to be the daughter of Olokun, but nevertheless, Olokun himself respects AJE and that is why it is sometimes being referred to as AJE Olokun. In fact, some are of the believe that it is essential to praise AJE before anyone can get favour from Olokun, this is due to the fact that AJE is the only daughter of Olokun and Olokun loves her dearly.

AJE can be found in waters, which was the source of spending cowries before the advent of present currencies. This source of AJE can be found in the justification for the preference goddess of wealth given to neatness. All she takes are banana, beans, ekuru, oyin (honey) and so on. All these could be said to be the main reasons why all you see about AJE is white clothes, cowries e.t.c and all must be clean.

How Can Anyone Benefit From AJE?

Goddess of wealth provides wealth for her worshipers in a very unique and natural way. Goddess of wealth blesses her worshipers beyond their mates and colleague in whatever they do. In other for anyone to be blessed by the goddess of wealth, it must not be by just worshiping her, there must be something such worshiper must be doing that AJE Olokun is expected to bless for sufficiency. This simply means, AJE only help those who help themselves.

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Female Genders and Goddess of Wealth

There is no doubt, that we have some ladies with the spirit of AJE. This spirit in its real sense has no damage to the lady herself, neither to the beneficiary. Also noted by our source, such female may ordinarily not know that there is the existence of any spirit in her and this is why we have most of them distributing their glory from one man to another. It was noted, as each man sleeps with such being, a tap of her glory must go with it.

It should be noted, taking good care of anyone of such spirit is equivalent to worshiping AJE herself. The more one takes care of any female with such gift, the more he or she is blessed in his/her endeavours. It was emphasized that we also have some men with such spirits, but they are low compared to the number of females, as it was initially stated that AJE herself is a female.

In conclusion, an Ifa verse states;

Sare sese, ko maba tayo’re

Rin gbere gbere ko ma ba da ire wonyi nu…

This verse is to explain how man should react to wealth, and how to take care of the goddess and lastly, its benefits. The verse is an illustration of the experience of Orunmila when he went searching for the goddess of wealth at Oja Ejigbo mon’kun. Orunmila, like others was in search of the goddess but he did not rush; he took his time and followed the instructions given to him. Others went in search of the goddess of wealth but the goddess hid herself from them, seeing their desperation. When they had left, Orunmila came on goat as directed and the goddess of wealth chose to follow him. On getting home, Orunmila offered her banana and other special foods she like. The goddess of wealth was so pleased and she became the great source of wealth that Orumila has till now.

Source: Oyasogo Abiodun

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