Celebrate Yemaya, Yoruban Ocean Goddess
with Daughters of the Goddess
Sunday, September 6, 11:00AM-4:00PM
San Francisco location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
“Yemaya-Olokun is the Mother of the Sea, the Great Water, the Womb of Creation. She is the Mother of Dreams, the Mother of Secrets. She is natural wealth, the Mother of pearl and Veiled Isis. She is the mermaid, the full moon; and intelligence beyond human comprehension… She is envisioned as a large and beautiful woman, radiant and dark; nurturing and devouring; crystal clear and mysteriously deep… Yemaya rules the house, nurtures the child in the waters of the womb; and has jurisdiction over the affairs of women… There is no mountain of trouble that Yemaya cannot wear down; no sickness of heart that She cannot wash clean; no desert of despair that She cannot flood with hope… Come, my sisters, embrace Her! Feel Her spray on your face! Inhale Her mist! Power is the name of Yemaya-Olokun.”
Chief Luisah Teish, Jambalaya
Yemaya is celebrated all over the world, but Her roots are in Africa. Her worship spread, for the most part, because of the slave trade with those stolen from their homeland. Where the people were taken, so their Mother went also. She is the powerful Mother, the nurturer, protrectress, the fierce guardian. She is also the type of Mother who will let you know when you need to step it up, and will always be there to give you that needed push on your back so that you can regain your forward movement. She is always there to help you, but definitely doesn’t appreciate one who just wants to wallow in their stuff.
Bring your sorrows, your joys, your wishes, and most importantly bring your gratitude. If you would like to become pregnant, or are looking for a new home, we will have a special part for you. If you have participated in a Yemaya ritual before, and have received your request, please bring something (from nature) as an offering of thanks to Her.
For this ritual please wear white, or blue, or white and blue. Bring a blue colored candle, or one decorated with an ocean theme. If you have any representations of Her, or Her sacred items such as sea Shells, mermaids, or things in the number of 7 (this is Her number). Also we will be doing a tithe to Chief Luisah Teish in gratitude for all of the gifts that She has given to this community, and to continue supporting Her quest for Her new home in the South. Please bring a tithe of $7 or an amount in multiples of $7.
Also remember to bring sunscreen if you are sensitive, a hat is always good, a towel, a chair or something to sit on, and clothes that you are OK getting wet in. If you prefer, a bathing suit is a possibility, or your birthday suit. The weather is always unpredictable, so make sure to bring layers. At this ritual we share our feast in circle, so please bring a snack to share and your own dish & utensils.
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Please bring a snack to share (if possible, food of the culture we are celebrating), washable eating utensils (bowl, cup, plate, utensils, etc. In honor of Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable items), a candle (for safety reasons, we highly recommend a candle in a glass container, often called a novena), and pillow or chair to sit on to all rituals. For more information about our rituals please visit our FAQ page.
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