After the spring meanders away from its original source, its water swells and flows through the forest and plains. Here we find the next energy of nature – the river – representing a quality of love so pure that it is tender, like the love of a mother for her children.
Encompassed in this quality of nature we have not only the river but also the waterfall, the rains, and all of the potable pure water that we can drink. This water blesses and cleanses the earth, ensuring that life continues to flourish.
The archetype associated with this energy is the exquisitely beautiful woman, who displays beauty and gracefulness as she moves. This energy is also associated with romantic love.
In the afro-Brazilian tradition this Orixá is called Oxum, or Oshun in Cuba.