Yemaya, The Mother of Earth
By Yamaya Cruz, 2011 [Edited]
Humanity started in Africa. Everyone human being can trace his or her lineage back to our mitochondria mother in Africa. This mitochondria mother is known as Yemaya in Santeria. She is known as Yemoja in Yoruba. She is also known as Yemanja in Brazil. She is known all over the world.
There are thousands of stories, great myths, and legends about the African goddess. In Yoruba, she was known as the river goddess. She became the Yoruba deity of the ocean during the enslavement of Africans after the Mid Atlanticcrossing. Millions of enslaved Africans appealed to her for guidance and support. Thus, she became the Orisha who presided over the oceans.
Yemaya can also be associated with Our Lady of Regla in Santeria. She is linked to the second chakra or swadhisthana chakra in Sanskrit. The 2nd chakra is located in the womb area and is a vessel for creativity [creation and protection of the hero]. Yemaya presides over the womb and is called upon for maternity purposes, or to help aid mothers while giving birth. She helps mothers give birth, not only to children, but also to new ideas, opportunities, and beliefs. Yemaya is the divinity of creation itself. Continue reading
Black Panther (Totem)
Medicine: – Astral travel – Guardian energy – Symbol of the feminine – Understanding of death – Reclaiming ones power – Ability to know the dark – Death and rebirth
The panther is a very powerful totem. It is generally associated with a particular species of leopard or jaguar although the cougar is also referred to as panther. As with most of the large cats, the panther is a symbol of ferocity and valor. It embodies aggression and power, but without the solar significance.The Black Panther has a lunar significance.
The panther has over 500 voluntary muscles that they can use at will. This reflects a lot about an individual who has such animals as totems. It reflects an ability to do a variety of tasks as he or she wills. It is simply a matter of deciding and putting to use those particular “muscles” – be they physical, mental, psychic, or spiritual. Continue reading
Wolf Spirit Animal
By Elena Harris
The wolf offers some of the most striking animal meanings in the realm of spirit animals. The power of the wolf brings forth instinct, intelligence, appetite for freedom, and awareness of the importance of social connections. This animal can also symbolize fear of being threatened and lack of trust. When the wolf shows up in your life, pay attention to what your intuition is telling you.
What is the wolf spirit animal meaning? Continue reading
Alligator Spirit Meaning, Symbols, and Totem
By All Totems.com
Alligator/Crocodile Spirit Symbols:
memory, wisdom, survival, subtly, instinct, primal energy, patience, determination, power
These powerful predators and power animals slumber in the shade and wait patiently in the shallows, they hold within them a wisdom borne through millennia. This totem teaches those who observe its strength and symbols: patience, perception, subtlety, meditative restoration, and ferocity.
This spirit animal is an ancient keeper of knowledge, yet also a gentle mother who breathes both life and death into the world.
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Text from: Words to Live By, S Mansfield, L. Empson (ed.), 2004
Take no fault for your life what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body for what ye shall put on. Is not the life, more than meat, and the body more than raiment? ~ Matthew 6:25, Luke 12:22-23
Worry is meditation perverted. Worry is the ability to mentally work and rework a truth, like turning a diamond to see all of its facets. it allows ideas to press more deeply into the soul, for reality to take on richness in the understanding that they would never have had without meditation.
The Greek word for meditation (merimna – “to go to pieces” because pulled apart) is taken from a unique ability of cows. Cows have four stomachs, and they eat, swallow, and then bring up what they have swallowed to chew it again when they choose. Human beings hear, think, store, and then bring up what they have heard to ponder it again at will. By doing so, they deepen understanding and allow truth to work its way into their consciousness and thus into the way they live. Continue reading
Yoga tradition teaches that we have two bodies. We have a physical and tangible body, and an energetic and subtle body. Along the midline of the subtle body – within the spine – lie seven subtle energy centres, the chakras. There are seven main chakras. The first chakra is the root chakra. The second chakra is the sacral chakra.
2. Sacral chakra (Svadisthana)
Svadhisthana (also adhishthana) is symbolized by a white lotus within which is a crescent moon, with six vermillion, or orange petals.
Once the ability to remember (root chakra) has been established, the natural consequence is reason, and from reason evolves the intellect. Reason is the manipulation of memorized information. We categorize it, edit it, rearrange it and store the results. People in this six-petaled chakra research, explore and wonder, “Why? Why? Why?” They propose theories and formulate rational explanations. They often form a rigid intellectual mind based upon opinionated knowledge and accumulated memory, reinforced by habit patterns of the instinctive mind. Continue reading