YEMOJA = Mother of Waters

Yemoja = Yeye omo Eja “The Mother Whose Children Are The Fish.”

The Goddess of the Ogun River, Motherhood and Protector during the middle passage of slavery. She was said to be the daughter of the sea into whose waters she empties. The first time she walked on earth, fountains that later became rivers sprang up wherever she set foot. Sea shells, through which the priestesses and priests could hear the voice of the universe, were among her first gifts to the people. The river Ogun is associated with her, because the water of this river is considered to be a remedy for infertility.  Worshipped primarily by women, she protects women in childbirth and is called upon to grant fertility. She is the mother of the sun and the moon, two rivers, and eleven other Gods. As Goddess of the Ogun River, she is also the mother of fish, and when depicted as a woman, she is dressed in skirts of blue and white, symbolizing the ocean. She is a loving mother to her worshippers, but can turn winds and be as violent and uncontrollable as the sea.

** I am the force that swirls beneath the surface, She who connects Sea and Sky, the Infinite Mother who reclaims you. Feel the sand beneath your feet, hold the conch to your ear, gaze upon My Blue, and you know Me. Submit your troubles upon Me, cast your cares into the heart of the ocean that is Me. I will nurture you, wipe your tears, soothe the anger, and shelter you from the coming storms. In your surrender, I become your voice. In the giving over, I become your freedom. Daughter, come home, and allow Me to make whole that which is incomplete.

In mythology, the West African and Caribbean Goddess of creation, the sea, moon, ocean and healing is Yemoja. She is considered to be a guardian of women and keeper of our mysteries. She is said to wear a dress with seven skirts that represent the seven seas. Sacred to Her are peacocks, with their beautiful blue-green iridescence, and ducks. The number seven is Hers, also for the seven seas.

Yemoja = Yeye omo Eja “The Mother Whose Children Are The Fish

It is said in modern science and in ancient cultures, that from the ocean is where we all originally came, like the waters of our mother’s wombs, and it is to these waters and the earth that we shall again return to one day.

Yemoja energy is most present in people who are warm, giving, sensitive and kind. However, the Orisha also exudes a strong sense of mystery, as all of its secrets cannot be comprehended.

Yemoja traveled with her people on the slave ships, comforting them during their forced migration to the New World.  Through this passage her role expanded to Mother Ocean, she evolved and adapted to support the needs and changes of her children.

Goddess Yemoja domain is water, rivers, and what is often considered the birthplace of all of life on earth – the oceans and the seas.  She is specifically associated with the upper part of the ocean, which contains the most life.  Her first gift was a shell so that her people would always be able to hear her voice. Her name Mother Whose Children are the Fish, denotes that her children are countless and further relates her infinite and all encompassing life giving aspect.

This Mother Goddess brings the blessings of new energy, new creativity, new opportunities and new experiences.  Yemoja also lovingly assists and supports the rebirthing process, cleansing and purifying the old energy, releasing that which has served its purpose, allowing for renewal and new beginnings.

Yemoja is truly long suffering, but out of that suffering comes wisdom, strength, and a glimpse of the plight of the human experience… The truth, as we navigate through the currents of life… We continue to align ourselves with the mysteries of Yemoja, we will discover the enormity she bears.. The pressure, the abuse, the selfishness of humanity. It is our prayer that Yemoja spares us from the pain she endures for us all.

May your journey be spared from pain, sorrow, May your heart be filled with joy from your deeds and actions, may your love have no boundaries. May your memories of those who shared, cared, and taught you be comforting. May your reach be endless. May you carry the calabash of life’s mysteries with grace and strength.


2 thoughts on “YEMOJA = Mother of Waters”

  1. Dare Oladapo Oluwashakin: Àse Baba!!!it is a privilege to read your posts,may the Orishas increase your knowledge.

    Marsea Marquis: Beautiful website Baba, such a gift to humanity. Thank you! Asè, Axè, Ashè, Achè

  2. Once again, beautiful commentary that bridges our understanding among and between our respective traditions. As Yemonja’s gifts are many, may your insights and growth in service through our traditions remain boundless. Aboru, aboye, abosise.

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