Sunday, December 17, 2017

Yemaya Blessing of the Waters (2018)

For over ten years, around the first full moon of the year, I have lead a special beach side rite that honours the Yorùbá Orisha or Goddess of the living ocean Yemaya (also spelt Yemoja and Iemoja).

Originally from West Africa where her name means "M
other whose children are like fish”, Yemaya is the owner of the Ogun River and a lake named for her.  As the African diaspora occurred, Yemaya traveled with her children to the Americas and Caribbean, where the Mother of Waters became known as Mother of Oceans. 

Due to family commitments, this annual event will  be taking place around the second full moon of 2018, Wednesday, 31 January.  As such, I invite you to join me in this informal rite that will be held at Grange Beach where we will be asking Yemaya to bless the world's waterways, seas creations and all other beings that fall under Her protection.

We meet on the grassed area outside the Grange Hotel at Grange Beach around 8.00pm (look for the purple banner) to head down to the shore in honour of Yemaya, the Queen of the Rivers and Oceans. The informal rite will commence around 8:30pm.

In  this informal rite, we will be reminder of the important and what a invaluable (yet limited) resource water is; Yemaya will be called upon to bless and protect all the world’s waterways, sea creatures, and all other beings that reside in Her watery abode.

Participants will be encouraged to join in the singing of the sacred songs to Yemaya, for it is believed that the more we sing with passion and devotion, the more likely the Orisha will answer our prayers.

The first of such songs is "Yemaya Assessu" which consists of four simple lines:
Yemaya assessu, assessu Yemaya
Yemaya olodo, olodo Yemaya.

This popular chant is believed to mean:
Yemanja is the Gush of the Spring.
The Gush of the Spring is Yemanja.
The Mother of the Children of Fishes is the Owner of Rivers.

   The Owner of Rivers is the Mother of the Children of Fishes.

The Deva Premal version can be found here.

Another popular chant to Yemaya is Omi O Yemaya which is based around an exclamation likened to "Yemaya's Water" or "Water of Yemaya!", implying to watch out because just like water, Yemaya is expansive, fundamental for life and worthy of great respect. 

We will each then make our own personal petitions to Yemaya with respect to issues involving fertility, travel by ocean, protection from enemies, healing, love and marriage, blessings, and also for the development of intuition and psychic gifts.

Offering will be made by the way for throwing into the ocean flowers, (preferably white), crystals (blue chalcedony and aquamarine), beach stones and shells.  Silver (white metal) coins is acceptable, and the Orisha is also known to enjoy champagne.

There will be slices of watermelon (Yemaya's favourite food) available for anyone wishing to participate.

Children are welcome to attend but must be supervised by their parents and/or guardians.

A gold coin/loose change charitable donation will be collected.

More information about Yemaya can be found here.

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Great Goddess Isis

Great Goddess Isis

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.