Yemaya Blessing of the Waters annual event

Yemoja/Yemaya is considered to be the mother of all orishas found within the Yoruba religion of western Africa, having given birth to the 14 Yoruba gods and goddesses.  Here she is also the patron deity of the Ogun River and is worshipped at various waterways including streams, creeks, and springs.

Her name is contraction of the Yoruba words Yeye (meaning “mother”); ọmọ (“child”), and ẹja (“fish”).  Together her name is roughly translated as meaning “Mother whose children are like fish, which reflects the vastness of her motherhood, her fecundity, and her reign over all living things.  Yemaya governs everything pertaining women; childbirth, conception, parenting, child safety, love, and healing.  She also oversees deep secrets, ancient wisdom, the moon, sea shells, and the collective unconscious.

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A New Year and Many New Moons

As I write this, we are already a fortnight in of this new year, which, in esoteric numerology equates to not only a “2” year, but a Master year of “11/2”.

“2” is the number of cooperation, sensitivity towards others, association and balance.  Master numbers relate to an additional potency in energy allowing for a higher achievement of the base number, which is considered to be achieved only through the action of higher service, ie for the benefit of mankind.  With this  in mind, “11” relates to the power of “1” but on a higher vibrational (or spiritual) level, ie, inspiration, illumination, and revelation.

2018 is described as the year to be “patiently open to receive”, where, according to the Astrology Club, opportunities will present themselves to us where we will be “invited to work with our passion and sense of belonging particularly as these qualities spring from our urge to create”.  Throughout the coming year we will be shown the way in which we are to channel this energy, at all times, however, we need to keep in mind to utilise these openings in ways that will enable us to actually contribute to the better world that we yearn to see.

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