Yemaya, Mermaids & The Power of Water: Summer 2015

BlaqueMuurmaidModel:  Trae Harris  / Photographer:  HennyXHarmon

Today is the Feast Day of the Yoruban goddess/diety, Yemaya.  It’s only right that I give honor, thanks and praise to her for all that she has done for me and my life.

This Summer, I have fallen into a DEEP love and obsession for anything mermaid or sea-life themed.  As a water sign, it is only natural that I am attracted to the sea and all things green (no, really… I am), but it’s as if I am actually LIVING it now.  I’ve been wearing so much blue and green.  I even got to visit the ocean, Yemaya’s home and dwelling place, in July in California.  Traveling there is always a powerful experience.  Anyone who has been there can attest to the fact that it is like NO OTHER place on this planet.  The energy in the air is enough to make you just stop, look and wonder.  It has been four years since I  touched the Pacific ocean, or any large body of water, other than the rivers and lakes in my area.  It was so powerful, therapeutic and healing.

unnamed   Redondo Beach, California 2016

I’ve even been thinking about having a mermaid themed birthday cake, next month.  LMAO, I MIGHT have to rethink that one.  But, I am so grateful for the waters of life.  There may be high tides and low tides.  Extreme tidals of emotions and dull waves of stagnation and nothingness.  But one thing we can learn about this is that it all brings change, which is life’s only constant.  And without these changes, we would not gain the life lessons necessary to move forward towards new horizons.  So, in essence, water is very essential in our lives.  It is the element of nurturance, health and even destruction.  And we must have all of these things in order to transform our lives anew…  And that’s word to Yemaya, because that’s who she is and what she brings forth to us all.

As we all prepare to celebrate these last two weeks of Summer, I think back on how much of a blessing this Summer has been and how it will prepare me for a new season of life.  Fall shall be great.  May we all reap all of the amazing seeds of positivity and productivity that we have sown, and may we share it with those around us.

BUT….
Until then, I’m gonna keep on eating this Watermelon while it’s still in season and enjoying these long, hot ass days of fun.  #PEACE

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Kalifornia Dreamin’…

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“Know that on the right hand from the Indies exists an island called California very close to a side of the Earthly Paradise; and black women populated it, without any man existing there, because they lived in the way of the Amazons. They had beautiful and robust bodies, and were brave and very strong. Their island was the strongest of the World, with its cliffs and rocky shores. Their weapons were golden and so were the harnesses of the wild beasts that they were accustomed to domesticate and ride, because there was no other metal in the island than gold.”
Las Sergas de Esplandián, (novela de caballería) by García Ordóñez de Montalvo. Published in Seville in 1510.

Cortés soon arrived in Baja California, years later.  With fellow conquistadores of Spanish and African decent, he came to the realization that he was in the land that had been perceived as a great myth…  A land ruled by Califia, now known as California.  – Prophecy Fulfilled