Advice From Yemaya To Her Children

Mo juba awo Yemoja.
Iwo ni Ayaba Iya.
Iwo ni Iya Orisha.
Iwo ni Inu Iye Odidi.
Iwo ni Ifihan Ti Abo Ase.
Iwo ni Inu Aiye.
Iwo ni Orisha Obinrin Okun Nla ati Odo.
Iwo ni Oluwa Awo Ti Abo Ipilese.

I humble myself before the mystery of Yemoja.
You are the Queen of Mothers.
You are the Mother of the Orisha.
You are the Womb of all Life.
You are the Feminine Manifestation of the Ase.
You are the Womb of the World.
You are the Goddess of the Oceans and Rivers.
You are the Owner of the Mystery of the Feminine Principle.

Yemonja (Yemoja) represents the maternal aspect of divinity. Originally river deity, Yemonja became associated with the seas. Her name, Iyemoja, means “our mother whose children are as numerous as there are fish”.

Yemonja, saltwater deity, is personalized as woman ebony of color with full large breasts who nurtures the world. From myths, her early incarnation on earth was that of passive energy in the creation process. She evolved into the strong, dominant earth mother after experiencing trials of disrespect and at times violence. According to a patiki, Yemonja’s response to a repugnant act that occurred against her was to plunge from a hill to the earth. This act caused her stomach to burst open from which sprang the sixteen orisas and the first human man and woman. The fluids that came forth from her produced the rivers, lakes and seas. Yemonja teaches us to persevere despite what life brings us.

Though many associate coquetry and sensuality with Oshun, these attributes truly belong to Yemonja. She is the sensuality of woman; her broad hips celebrating the ase to bring forth life. The turbulence of the sea an artistic portrayal of the hormonal changes that may contribute to mood swings in a woman. Once love has grown cold for her, she sends her lover away while she remains firmly rooted on her throne.

Each year we celebrate the strength, mystery, support and love of our ethereal mother. Since we live in the Midwest, the weather only permits us to commune with her at the waterfront during the warmer months. However, she is honored at various times of the year throughout the world. Through Cuba, her sacred day is September 8.

Yemoja’s colors are in the range of blue and white dependent upon her avatar or path. Her number is 7.

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Written by Yvette Thomas, August 2005. ©.  Chicago Tribune photo of Ile Osikan Yemoja Festival by Terence Antonio James June, 2005

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8 Comments

    1. Adupe

      Agbe ni igbe’re ki Yemoja Ibikeji odo.
      It is the bird that takes good fortune to the Spirit of the Mother of the Fishes, the Goddess of the Sea.
      Aluko ni igbe’re k’losa, ibikeji odo.
      It is the bird Aluko that takes good fortune to the Spirit of the Lagoon, the Assistant to the Goddess of the Sea.
      Ogbo odidere i igbe’re k’oniwo.
      It is the parrot who takes good fortune to the Chief of Iwo.
      Omo at’Orun gbe ‘gba aje ka’ri w’aiye.
      It is children who bring good fortune from Heaven to Earth.
      Olugbe-rere ko, Olugbe-rere ko, Olugbe-rere ko,
      The Great One who gives good things, the Great One who gives good things, the Great One who gives good things.
      Gbe rere ko ni olu-gbe-rere.
      Give me Good Things from the Great One who gives Good Things
      Ase!
      So be it.

  1. im curious about her for some reasons some say im her child and i really want to know her better because i love her so much

  2. No words can express the feeling… no words can express the changes in my life since I became her child 7 years ago.. I’ve learnt how to love and respect myself. Thank you for the article and the teaching.

  3. Kudos to all you costudians of culture And traditions, ur effort is surely save-guiding the continuos existience of our race on d globe.
    I’m a film maker and am presently working on an international film that is linking our tradition with health related issue. What I really need is a step by step description of the yemoja worship rite. I will be highly gladden if anyone could send this to my mail please. ThAnks

  4. Hello i’m seriously in love with the story or anything that has to do with YEMOJA i ‘ll want to know any kind of spirit connection to her or it’s just my thoughts that she somehow has to do with me. Please send reply to my box.

  5. Hello i’m seriously in love with the story or anything that has to do with YEMOJA i ‘ll want to know if i have any kind of spirit connection to her or it’s just my thoughts that she somehow has to do with me. Please send reply to my box.

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