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Yemaya, the great mother who lives and rulest over the seas.

Water is essential to life, so without Yemaya, life on earth would not be possible.

Although she is maternal and nurturing she is also fierce. 

Yemeya is clever and brave, when she goes to war on behalf of her children, she wields a machete with expertise and no one can defeat her.

Her eleke (spiritual necklace) is made out of transparent crystal beads alternating with royal blue ones, in a pattern of 7, which is number. 

Saturday is her day of the week and colors are blue and white.

Traditionally she wears a long flowing dress, cinched by a wide belt, with a full skirt made of blue and white ruffles, which represent the waves in the ocean.

As a mother, she is wise and virtuous, but she likes to have a good time and enjoys dancing.

When she dances, begings slowly and gracefully but as she swirls and moves her skirts to reflect the rhythm of the waves, she builds of speed and intensity, showing immense power. 

Traditional Colors: Blue and white

Number: 7

Areas of Influence: Motherhood, the ocean, fishermen, family issues, pregnancy, women’s issues, children, healing (especially female plumbing issues)

Entities associated with: Our Lady of Regla

Symbols: Anything ocean related, especially dolphins, fish, shells, etc., 2 tailed mermaid, 7 silver bracelets, a necklace made with alternating 7 blue and 7 white beads.

Offerings: fish, fruits (watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, and coconut especially), white wine, all seafood, lettuce, coffee

Feast Days: September 7th (Santeria), January 1st, February 2nd (Brazil), Mother’s day

Astrology: The sign of Cancer

Tarot: The Empress, 3 of cups

Chakra: Heart

Gemstones: Pearls, blue topaz, aquamarine, blue lace agate, mother of pearl, silver

Animals: Dolphins, fish of all kinds, Ducks, geese, swans and other water birds, blue butterflies, sea horses

Entities of Similar Energy: Isis, Frigg, Kuan Yin, mothers everywhere and ocean deities

Plants associated with: Bladderwrack, prickly pear cactus, watermelon, lettuce, berries

Yemaya is the life-giving portion of the ocean. This is the area of water near the coasts and around coral reefs and such (most of the open and deep-water ocean is mostly barren and that belongs to a male Orisha, Olokun). In many stories, Yemaya gave birth to everything. Her name has multiple spellings (Yemoja, Yemonja, Yemanya, Iemonja, etc.).

When the slaves were transported across the ocean, it was Yemaya who protected them on their journey and kept them safe. She is many times seen as a double tailed mermaid. She is kind and giving. She takes a long time to anger but when she does, watch out, you have a hurricane on your hands. She is the wife of Obatala, chief and father figure of the Orishas. She is very devoted to him. She does get depressed occasionally, especially over her children (Oshun, Oya, Chango and others). She has excellent taste and does not like gaudy things. In Brazil, they hold a huge festival to her every year. On February 2nd, everyone dresses in white and goes down to the ocean. They put gifts into boats for her and then sail them out into the ocean.

 

 

 

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