The Goddess Oracle
Text by Amy Sophia Marashinsky, Illustrations by Hrana Janto
Element Books        ISBN: 1-85230-864-8        52 Cards           $29.95

Amaterasu
Aphrodite
Artemis
Baba Yaga
Bast
Blodellwedd
Brigid
Cerridwen
Changing Woman
Coatlicue
Corn Woman
Demeter
Durga
Eostre
The Erinyes
Eurynome
Freya
Gyhldeptis
Hathor
Hecate
Hestia
Inanna
Ix Chel
Kali
Kuan Yin
Lady of Beasts
Lakshmi
Lilith
Maat
Maeve
Maya
Minerva
Morgan Le Faye
Nu Kua
Nut
Oshun
Oya
Pachamama
Pele
Rhiannon
Sedna
Sekhmet
Shakti
Sheila Na Gig
Sophia
Sphinx
Sulis
Tara
Uzume
Vila
Yemaya

Sample card: Yemaya

SURRENDER

Come with your cares
come with your woes
come when life is joyful
come when life weighs you down
come when you take on too much
come when you are spread too thin
come when you are danced out
come when you seek renewal
all I ask when you come
is that you surrender to me
mother ocean
my watery womb waits to hold you
nurture you
birth you anew
when you let go and give over all to me

Mythology

Yemaya (pronounced ee'mah-zha) is a Santeria African-Caribbean Goddess of the sea, who gave birth to 14 orishas, or spirits.  Originally known as Ymoja, the West African Yoruban river mother, she also came to Brazil where she is known as Iamanja.  At her celebration on the Summer Solstice, her followers arrive at her shorelines dressed in white and launch little boats loaded with flowers, candles and gifts.  Sometimes she accepts the offerings and prayers and sometimes she sends them back.  It is said that those who come to Mother Yemaya and surrender to her find their troubles dissolve in the waters of her embrace.

Meaning of the Card

Yemaya swimming into your life signals a time for surrender.  Are you carrying more than you can handle comfortably?  Do you think you must do it all by yourself?  Have you come up against a wall and feel the only way to get to the other side is by breaking through?  Surrender doesn't mean giving up; rather you are giving over, asking for assistance so you can do what you want to do.  Wholeness is nurtured when you realize that the only way through some situations is to surrender and open to something greater.  The act of surrendering is one of opening and trust.  When we open and trust, we allow Goddess energy to work with us to achieve what we need.

Ritual Suggestion: Surrendering

You can do this ritual at the ocean or another body of water, or you can do this as a journey in imagination. 

Prepare yourself by centering (you may want to see Tara: Centering, pp.168-170).  Take a deep breath and bring your awareness to your womb.  Breathe in and out from your vulva.  When you are ready, slowly and reverently enter the water while calling out for Yemaya to meet you.  Find a place where you can float on your back in a safe and comfortable way.  Feel Yemaya surrounding and supporting you.  Let yourself go into her embrace.

You can experience the total embrace of Yemaya by physically surrendering to her or you can give over to Yemaya an aspect of your life with which you need assistance.  Do you need help with your finances or love life or job hunt or search for housing?  As the water washes over your body, as you float, Yemaya rinses you of all the burdens you carry.  Let her take them from you.  Give them to her willingly.  See, sense or feel yourself handing them over to her with relief and certainty that all will be taken care of.  Let yourself go into the immensity of the ocean.

When you feel ready to return, thank Yemaya for your time with her.  Then head back to the shore, feeling lighter, more vital, and clear.  Welcome back!

You can read more about this deck in my Goddess Divination Overview here.

For more information about this deck, contact Amy Sophia Marashinsky or Hrana Janto.

Excerpt 2000 Amy Sophia Marashinsky
Art 2000 Hrana Janto
Page 2000 Diane Wilkes