Yemaya is the ultimate universal mother. Yemaya also know as Yemoja, Yemanja Yemalla or La Sirène is the orisha of the ocean and all that inhabits in it. She is the water that pushes up against the seashores. She gives life in all aspects. Yemaya’s domain is all waters, the sea, rivers, lakes, lagoons all that is water she it. She is even the water that babies are held in for 9 months inside of there mothers womb. Yemaya is seen to be a woman that has big breast as she nurtures and tends to all existence. Her color is blue and all shades of it. The fishes are her children and messengers.
She is the patron orisha of all women and women that bare children. She is called upon a woman who is pregnant to ensure the safety of the embryo. During pregnancy a woman calls upon the orisha to make sure that the baby is safe and flows through the vaginal walls and becomes into existence into the human world. Yemaya is said to have nurtured and raised almost all the orisha. Her followers worship her all across the globe. From Africa to Brazil. All have gone and spoken with Yemaya. Even if you don’t think so, we have all at least once in our life gone to the ocean and dipped in and spoken with the ocean. That’s Yemaya and she hears all.
Yemaya is that celestial being that when one wants to be held, they can feel her grasps as a mother. She is that mother figure that you can talk to and explain or pour your heart out to and she will always listen. When one doesn’t have a mother to talk to, you can always speak to her by going to the ocean and sitting down by the seashore or lighting a blue candle at your place of dwelling and call upon her. You will feel that warmth embrace hover over you, that’s Yemaya. Also as a mother, she is a warrior and she will defend her children very quickly. She can be stern and punish her children as well. The same way a mother gives and teaches her children, the same way she can punish and teach you a lesson.
Elegua (Elegguá, Elewá, Elegbá) opens and closes the path to mankind. He is known as Messenger and Opener of the Way. He rules the crossroads that men journey across. All prayers pass through Elegua before reaching any other Orisha. Pray to Elegua in matters of destiny and fate.
is the Orisha of motherhood and the Queen of the Ocean. Also, she is the Spirit of the Moon. She is the older sister of
Oshún. She is prayed to in matters of fertility and spiritual growth. Yemayá
is a source of comfort and strength in times of emotional crisis.
Oshún (Ochún, Ochum)is the Spirit of Fresh Water. She rules over the sweet waters of the world, the brooks, streams and rivers. Also known as Lady of Love, Beauty, and Fertility, she is a goddess of love and abundance. Often seen as the Aphrodite of the Orishas,
Oshún is called upon for guidance in love and desire.
She also is the one we most often approach to help us in money matters. She is the youngest of the female Orishas. She helps to support those who are going through a period of growth and transition.
(Shango, Xango, Sango) is the Orisha of lightning, thunder, fire, power, sensuality and passion. He rules over the drums and dance.
He is a warrior Orisha with quick wits, quick temper and is the epitome of virility.
He is an extremely strong-willed Orisha that loves all the pleasures of the world: dancing, drumming, women, song and eating.
Together with Oshún, Yemayá
and Obatalá, Changó
is one of the four pillars of Santeria. He is widely beloved and a beacon of strength and dignity.
Obatalá (Obatalia) the eldest of the Orishas, is revered as the creator of all humanity. Obatalá is also the only Orisha that has both male and female paths.
Obatalá is known as the Bringer of Peace and Harmony. Obatalá is called upon in times of legal strife. Known to be a fair and honest judge, Obatalá
provides strength to the innocent as well as justice to the guilty.
Oyá (Yansa, Yansan) is the Orisha of communication between the living and the dead. She is considered the Orisha of Change with her whirlwind of fierce energy.
Oyá is known as a Female Warrior, Spirit of Wind, Storm, Thunder, and Magic. She is the owner of the cemetery gates. A favored lover of Changó, this female warrior summons tornadoes and lightning to battle her enemies.
(Ogum, Oggún) a protective father figure, is the Orisha of tools and weapons. Ruler of Metals, Minerals, Tools, War, Labor and Wild Beasts. As Elegguá opens the roads, it is Ogún that clears the roads with his machete. A lover of the wilderness, Ogún offers strength and protection to those with a battle to fight.
Together, these seven Orishas represent a force that offers guidance and strength through all of life’s trials and tribulations.