Yemaya African Mother Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

Yemaya African Mother Goddess Image
YEMAYA IS A WEST AFRICAN MOTHER GODDESS. HER FOLLOWING LATER SPREAD TO THE WEST INDIES AND BRAZIL AS WELL AS SOME PARTS OF EUROPE. SHE IS A GODDESS OF SEA, AND THE MOTHER OF ALL LIFE BECAUSE THE SEA IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE. SHE IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CRESCENT MOON, THE OCEAN, SEAS AND LAKES, DREAMS, ANCIENT WISDOM, AND FEMALE MYSTERIES. SHE IS USUALLY PORTRAYED AS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, THE ULTIMATE SYMBOL OF MOTHERHOOD. HER BREASTS ARE FULL AND LARGE FROM GIVING BIRTH TO SO MANY DIFFERENT CREATIONS. SHE IS A FIERCE PROTECTOR OF WOMEN, SO IF YOU OR YOUR DAUGHTER FIND YOURSELF IN SOME SORT OF DANGER, BE SURE TO CALL ON YEMAYA FOR PROTECTION.

YEMAYA IS OFTEN DEPICTED AS EMERGING FROM THE SEA COVERED IN SHELLS. THE COWRIE SHELL IS HER SYMBOL, AND FISH ARE SACRED TO HER. SHE IS THE KEEPER OF THE FEMALE MYSTERIES AND GUARDIAN OF WOMEN EVERYWHERE. IT IS SAID THAT THE FIRST TIME SHE WALKED UPON THE EARTH, FOUNTAINS WHICH LATER BECAME THE RIVERS AND LAKES SPRANG UP WHEREVER SHE WALKED. SEA SHELLS FROM WHICH HER PRIESTESSES COULD HEAR THE VOICE OF THE UNIVERSE WERE AMONG HER FIRST GIFTS TO HER PEOPLE.

HER COLORS ARE BLUE, SILVER, AND WHITE...JUST LIKE HER BELOVED WATERS. HER JEWELS INCLUDE CRYSTALS AND PEARLS. WEAR PEARLS OR CRYSTAL BEAD TO INVOKE HER. SHE IS CELEBRATED ON FEBRUARY 2ND WHEN LETTERS OF REQUEST TO YEMAYA ARE TOSSED INTO THE OCEAN, AND DECEMBER 31ST WHEN OFFERINGS ARE MADE TO HER. SHE WILL BLESS YOU IF YOU MAKE OFFERINGS OF COPPER TO HER; SHE LOVES SHINY NEW PENNIES. IF YOU MAKE A CANDLE OFFERING TO HER, BE SURE TO PUT THREE SHINY PENNIES WITH THE CANDLE FOR EXTRA ENERGY. INVOKE YEMAYA FOR BLESSINGS, WISDOM, FERTILITY, MOTHERHOOD, SEA SPELLS, WATER MAGIC, AND PROTECTING YOUR HOME.

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