My spiritual path has always been rather Goddess-Centered. I remember a time when I was absolutely in love with Yemanya, or Yemaya, nearly a decade ago.
There was just something beautiful about her that spoke of comfort, of freedom, and letting go and with my turbulent emotions, she was just what I needed.
Yemanya is such a Universal Goddess. She originated in Africa and is now worshiped in Brazil as well as Haiti and Cuba in the Santeria religion. Who doesn’t love a Goddess of the Ocean? A mermaid with pearls threaded through her hair.
Yemaya is a Yorubian Orisha, or Goddess of the Ocean who is the mother of all. She is the source of the water that gives life in West Africa. She is a protection Goddess and also presides over fertility and creation. Yemaya is a fierce protector of women. When you’re going through a hard time that has a lot to do with emotions, this Goddess is a great one to learn from and to seek comfort with.
Some legends say that after being raped, Yemaya decided to end her own life. She threw herself from the top of a mountain and as she did fourteen Orishas, or Gods, emerged from her body and sacred waters gushed from her womb, giving the gift of water to the earth below, creating the seven seas.
What she teaches us.
Yemaya teaches us that things are always changing and that through those changes compassion and gentleness allows us to create and transform through the process. She encourages us to seek the Divine Mother within ourselves, that strongly protective, infinitely loving, aspect that is inside of us all and to turn it inward.
Yemaya reminds us that like surfing the waves, timing is everything. When opportunities present themselves, you must be ready. Embrace the rhythm of the tides and allow it to wash away your doubts. If you feel that it’s time, don’t hesitate, trust your gut.
Connect with Yemaya
Yemaya is often depicted as a mermaid or as a woman standing among the waves crashing on the shore. You can connect with her by holding a seashell up to your ear and hearing her echo. Visit the ocean and walk through the waves. and allow yourself to be cleansed and comforted by her embrace and her gift to all life.
You can wear the colors blue and white, especially skirts, allowing the material to swish around your legs. Embrace the sensuality of the everyday.
Also, singing, dancing, and drumming are also ways that you can connect with Yemaya. Anything that raises a happy, positive, vibration around you is perfect. There is one song that I’ve loved forever by SpiritSong Drummers and this one is perfect too!
Her Associations: The moon, white and blue flowers, cowrie shells, pearls, and mermaids.
What are you waiting to give birth to?
What do you want to create?
How can you recapture your creative power?
What part of your life needs a wave of new energy?
Don't forget to check me out on Patreon for Q&As, Submit Your Ideas, Exclusive Discounts, Worksheets, and Images.
Thank you so much.
I manifested you into my morning today. Many blessings to you sis. You were born to be here for me, and I am so grateful. My doors are opening, and will be eternally grateful for the wood you threw in my eternal flame. Yes, you are amazing! Believe that today.
This was beautiful to read ! Thank you for this
Thank you for this beautifully positive read.
This is spot on and such an amazing read. Thank you
Yes. Thank you. I went to the sea today – on the 31st December as always. I gave Yemanya some white flowers and made my wishes for the coming year. My father’s ashes are in the sea and I know Yemanya is looking after him too.
Thanks to the universe and Goddess grand mother with my blessed mother. YEYE
I want to give birth to blessed beautiful wisdoms plus twins children’s. plus good wealthiest, patience , knowledge , wisdoms and understanding.
Creating better me everyday, today and tomorrow.
I’m Creative, Unique and strength plus powerful , anything i put my mind, soul, body and fingers shall be successful and fruitful
Plus positive thinking and gratitude. ASE
I have an important question… who raped Yemaya? It says after attempting suicide she gave birth to 14 Orisha but in Cuba it’s Ogun, her 2nd born child, who rapes her. I can’t find any other detailed story’s about Yemaya besides the Cuban Version. Can anyone help??