Orisha Yemaya Statue
Yemaya has profound associations with the sea and saltwater. She resides in the sea, she is the spirit of the sea, and she is the sea, literally present in ocean water. Her nature resembles that of the sea: profound, beautiful, filled with treasure and generosity but also potentially tempestuous. Yemaya generously bestows abundance, wealth, healing, love, and fertility, but she is also the essence of tidal waves and rip currents.
Yemaya, a profoundly powerful orisha, may be petitioned for:
• Anything possibly considered a “woman’s issue”
• Fertility and reproductive issues
• Protection from domestic violence, which she despises
• Protection when traveling over the sea
Also known as:
Yemalla; Yemoja; Yemalia; Yemaja; Iemanja
Indigo, seaweed, water hyacinth
Quartz crystal, pearls, coral
Moon and Stars
• Summon her with a gourd rattle.
• Petition her at the beach.
Jewelry, perfume, brand new scented soap still in its wrapper; flowers, especially white roses. Yemaya’s favorite food offerings include wet seedy fruits like pomegranates and watermelon plus fish, duck, and lamb dishes. She likes to snack on pork cracklings, plantain or banana chips and pound or coconut cake. Garnish everything with generous libations of molasses. Gifts on behalf of the marine environment and sea creatures may also please her.