Yemaya, Mother of All Living Things
Yemaya is an Ocean Goddess, the Mother of All Living Things and protector of women from the Yoruba and Santeria traditions. She is also a fertility goddess and protector of fisherman. Without water there is no life and she is revered as the feminine principal of creation.
I became acquainted with Yemaya several years ago during a visit to a very small island in the Caribbean. The island was practically deserted and I had a gorgeous beach all to myself. A perfect place for meditation as I had brought several worries from home on the trip with me. I could not sit still and as I waded into the crystal clear water it suddenly felt like time stood still. There was nothing but the beautiful ocean, sunshine and blue sky. I was enveloped by a warm and welcoming presence. I had a vision of Yemaya and she was telling me I could achieve calm and peace, to slow down and put my mind at ease. I performed a healing ritual and felt very free. I tried several times in the ensuing years to create an image of her. But it wasn’t until two years ago that I was able to do so. Her calming presence has helped me many times.