The Goddess Wisdom Cards
Text by Jill Fairchild and Regina Schaare; Paintings by Sandra M. Stanton
The Great Goddess Press ISBN: 0-9633379-1-2 $29.95
Demeter & Persephone
Spider Woman & Unelanuhi
White Buffalo Calf Woman
Sample Card: Yemaya
Culture/Origin: West African (Yoruba)
Myth: Yemaya is a West African creation goddess, often depicted as a mermaid. She is associated with the moon, the ocean, and female mysteries. Typically portrayed as a beautiful woman, Yemaya governs the household and intervenes in women's affairs. She is a merciful goddess, invoked by women for aid in childbirth, love and healing. She rules over the conception and birth of children and ensures their safety during childhood. As a creation goddess, Yemaya's womb spilled forth the fourteen Yoruba goddesses and gods, and the breaking of her uterine waters caused a great flood, which created the oceans. From her body the first human woman and man, who became the parents of all mortal beings on earth, were born.
Attributes: Merciful, protective, compassionate, nurturing, comforting, maternal
Symbols: Seashells, sea creatures, the sea, the moon
Feast & Festival Days: Summer Solstice, July 6, October 26, December 12, December 31
Colors: Blue and white
Yemaya's wisdom: I nurture, heal, touch, bless, comfort, and make whole that which is incomplete. I am within you and you need only look inside yourself to find my eternal presence.
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Art © 2000 Sandra M. Stanton
Excerpt © 2000 Jill Fairchild and Regina Schaare
Review and page © 2000 Diane Wilkes