is represented by“Nuestra Senora La Virgin de Regla” and with “Our Lady of
Immaculate Conception". Of the 7 African Powers, Yemaya’s number is 7 or
multiples of 7, she is a “cool” Orisha like her sister Oshun whom she shares
Saturday with. Yemaya is considered to be the greatest deity in Santeria.
This is because Yemaya is the Mother of all things that exist and she is
also the mother of most of the Orishas . Obatala who is the Great Father
Orisha and who is the seed of life respects Yemaya and her powers. for it is
she who germinates his seed.. Without Yemaya the seed could not grow and
would die. Without Yemaya there would be destruction and death. With Yemaya
there is life and hope.
Yemayá Madre de agua, luna nueva: Una paloma, un cordero, ofreceré al
mas austero, para pasar esta prueba. La vida muerte conlleva. Una cruz
de cascarilla: Firmaras mí último aliento y contra marea y viento remare,
hasta la otra orilla.
- Orishas –
- Severo Sarduy “
by Joey Fernandez, Adéfunniké
Vast and deep is the sea as it flows, where it goes noone knows.....
Olokun, keeper of treasures, secrets and dreams--cast Your
silver net to bring stability, wealth and knowledge to me.
I respect Your awesome powers and mysteries, Olokun.
Preserve me always from danger in the ocean of this life.
Olokun, Olokun, how beautiful, strong and unfathomable
are you--who brings abundant life from the sea.
I praise Yemaya the Great Mother. The mighty ocean is the cradle
of the Earth. Hail to Yemaya the nurturer of all!
Invocation to Yemaya
Yenya orisha obinrin dudukueke re maye mi re oyu ayaba ano rigba
iki mi reta gbogbo okin nibe iwo ni re elewo nitosi re omo teiba modupue
art by Winsom-Winsom
The Paths of Yemaya
aspect she lives in dirty and polluted waters. She accepts offerings with
the dead and she is pretty slow in answering the requests of her children.
the violent form of the goddess. she is destructive. The mother who gives
birth to her children will also destroy them, In that aspect she is like
Kali in her destructive aspect.
She is the ancient form of Yemaya. She is wise,
honorable, loving, caring and she is also very wealthy. she wears a rainbow
(Ochumare) as a crown over her head. She is also a powerful warrior.
She is a powerful witch. She
works closely with Oggun. She lives in lagoons that are surrounded by a
wooded area. She lives in solitude. She loves the peacefulness of the woods
Married to Oggun who heeds to her wise advice. She is
the serious and stern aspect of Yemaya. She disciplines when she has to and
can be very dangerous. Her magic spells are very powerful, and turns her
back to listen to her devotees.
This is an aspect where the
river (oShun) Meets the sea (Yemaya). Therefore she is very close to Oshun
her sister.Who she loves to dance and spend time with. She is a powerful
healer and she can dispel evil spells. She does not do any other magic.
is very powerful for she is the Queen of Witches. Sending her messages
to her children via mice. She owns the coral reefs and mother of pearls.
W hen she dances, Yemaya Okuti always has a snake draped around her arm.
This would suggest her wisdom and sexuality. In this path Yemaya has a
bad temper. She is harsh and unforgiving. It would be wise not to upset
her for she can make one's life very miserable. A fierce warrior, she
battles alongside Oggun. During wartime she carries his weapons and
working tools from her waist. Also close to Oshun, her home are the
rocks near the coastline that break the water and can also be found in
lakes, rivers and forest.
She can be
found in the deepest of the ocean. With her vast wisdom, and at times
rather violent nature. This aspect can be very overpowering.
So now you know that Yemaya is not just some push over. She is a
powerful force. Yes, she is a loving and nourishing, but just as all
mothers, she has the ability to destroy her children.
Blue and white candles, salt water, water melon, any type of melon, pictures or figurines of mermaids, fish and shell fish,
seaweed, anything silver, clear quartz, pearls or mother of pearls,
coconut milk, , boats and ships ,
shells, perfumes and scented oils, cakes, silver colored or silver
bells, champagne, blue and white flowers, lace,
soap, blue and white beads, seven coins, tied blue and white ribbons,
plantains ,lambs, and roosters,
violets, water cress, Yemaya accept whatever a child makes from his or her
heart (that depends on her path in her more gentler form that is).
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