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.