Once the fire is strong and burning bright, the next step is for it to find direction. What will the potent force of fire do? What is its purpose? What will it become?
Those questions are answered by Oxumarê, the Orixá that gives direction to the fire. This potent energy of nature represents focus, organization, and composition – channeling or focusing the energy of fire in the right direction. Like pure white light that refracts and turns into a rainbow, Oxumarê begins the process of differentiation.
This Orixá is a highly revered quality in nature; the force that gives form to life. It is often represented by the serpent and the rainbow, which mirrors the double helix of DNA, the building blocks for our physical form.
Our relationship to this particular energy of fire can be found in how we are able to focus our ideas, intentions and energy.
Oxumaré is understood to be neither masculine nor feminine, or equally both masculine and feminine.