She is everywhere these days for me…every time I bathe and rest in water, every time I ache for the ocean and walk in the rain: She is there.
She is older than life, in white: strong currents that go deep deep down within the marrow of my bones. She is life-giving, goddess of the Living Ocean, a Yoruban deity whose fathomless waters stir my soul into moving, slowly deep down at first, and then it all becomes intense action, pulling and pushing like waves overlapping each other, as I take action and move through experience and relationship with Life.
She is the source of all the waters, including the rivers of Western Africa, especially the River Ogun. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish”. As all life is thought to have begun in the Sea, all life is held to have begun with Yemaya. She is motherly and strongly protective, and cares deeply for all Her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent Her wealth. She does not easily lose Her temper, but when angered She can be quite destructive and violent, as the Sea in a storm.
I feel her pulling at me, beckoning me to Go Deeper, to show my strength and roots that are woven into tides I have never delved or seen. Maybe I’m afraid, or maybe I’m waiting: for the right moment, to jump in, all of me, and surrender to Her power and protection.
As we are whipped about in the transition between summer and autumn, start to tap into this Deep Ocean Strength within you: ground through water, through those currents. Tap into the deeper, stronger parts of yourSelf, and see: are these spaced malleable, easy to pour and change Shape? Are they flowing slowly or fast, is the water you cleanse your heartLight in muddy or perfectly clear? It can be clear, and dark…remember.
Remember the womb you came from, the blue-red depths that nourished you and got rid of your body’s toxins. You were an extension of Her.
You still Are.
Blessings, ease, and Strength of the Ocean
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