Yemaja/ Yemaya comes from the Yoruba phrase, “ Mother of the Fishes”. Yemoja is the orisha of Motherhood and protector of women. the ocean is her womb, and she is the mother of many of the Orishas. Yemaya shares the oceans with Olokun. She governs the uppermost part of the waters where the sun’s rays mingle with Her waters to promote life and growth.
Yemaya is everlasting, She is motherhood, the universal drive for the survival of a species, the procreative urge, the instinct of a mother protecting her young, and She is the governess of all life on Earth. She is the Most Fruitful of Women, and both She and Olokun are the protectors and benefactors of those who wish to conceive. She is in constant motion, never resting, ever vigilant and though she may seem calm on the surface, there is always activity within Her waters. The Great Mother possesses breathtaking beauty, patience and a gentle hand, yet She is also fearsome, temperamental, moody and stern. She nurtures her children, but She is also a disciplinarian. She is symbolized by the fish, mermaid, seagull, wharf rat, ibis, vulture and duck, and She shares the beauty of the peacock feather with Oshun. Her offerings include watermelon, wine, and much more .
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