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The Legend of Yemaya

Yemaya is considered a major water deity revered by the Yoruba Peoples in Africa. She is a guide for all creation and humanity in particular, on how to live and be successful on Earth. 


Yemaya is a patron Spirit of the oceans and rivers. She is the Mother of All Life. She is strongly protective and cares deeply for all her children, comforting them and cleansing them of their sorrow.


Yemaya traveled with the black people from Africa to distant lands, comforting them in the holds of the slave ships that took them far away from their homelands. 


Yemaya is a Goddess of comfort and inspiration. When it comes to caring for others, her impulses are sincere, warm and purifying - healing.

Yemaya's journey with the African People to slavery, reminds us that even the worst catastrophes can be endured and that, we can learn to negotiate the ebbs and flows of change in our lives with wisdom, courage and grace.


As a Goddess of the Oceans, Yemaya encourages us to look at what lay beneath the surface and to know the ripple effect of our actions and thoughts.


Yemaya beckons us to greater self-knowledge, to discover and re-discover our dreams, our desires, and to see what unresolved emotions we may have pushed to the depths.


Yemaya enables us to connect with our soul and the group soul.


Reference: Moonsong Seasonal Newsletter, Jane Hardwicke Collings


Artwork Credit: Thalia Took


About Helene

I’ve been a dedicated student and practitioner of holistic knowledge and healing since 2006. I love empowering people to understand how their Story sits in their body, and to discover the gentle power of a holistic perspective and the healing arts.


I have qualifications and experience as a Reiki Teacher and Practitioner, and a Trauma-informed Facilitator, specialising in  Aboriginal Healing Frameworks and Practices. I enjoy being able to bridge the gap between holistic and western approaches, while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to grow, listen and heal. 

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