That was supposed to be just a quick and simple mermaid drawing, but then I did a background. What’s gotten into me?!
Vintage: Miss Grier
Yemaya is the ultimate universal mother. Yemaya also know as Yemoja, Yemanja Yemalla or La Sirène is the orisha of the ocean and all that inhabits in it. She is the water that pushes up against the seashores. She gives life in all aspects. Yemaya’s domain is all waters, the sea, rivers, lakes, lagoons all that is water she it. She is even the water that babies are held in for 9 months inside of there mothers womb. Yemaya is seen to be a woman that has big breast as she nurtures and tends to all existence. Her color is blue and all shades of it. The fishes are her children and messengers.
She is the patron orisha of all women and women that bare children. She is called upon a woman who is pregnant to ensure the safety of the embryo. During pregnancy a woman calls upon the orisha to make sure that the baby is safe and flows through the vaginal walls and becomes into existence into the human world. Yemaya is said to have nurtured and raised almost all the orisha. Her followers worship her all across the globe. From Africa to Brazil. All have gone and spoken with Yemaya. Even if you don’t think so, we have all at least once in our life gone to the ocean and dipped in and spoken with the ocean. That’s Yemaya and she hears all.
Yemaya is that celestial being that when one wants to be held, they can feel her grasps as a mother. She is that mother figure that you can talk to and explain or pour your heart out to and she will always listen. When one doesn’t have a mother to talk to, you can always speak to her by going to the ocean and sitting down by the seashore or lighting a blue candle at your place of dwelling and call upon her. You will feel that warmth embrace hover over you, that’s Yemaya. Also as a mother, she is a warrior and she will defend her children very quickly. She can be stern and punish her children as well. The same way a mother gives and teaches her children, the same way she can punish and teach you a lesson.
The Astrology of Zora Neale Hurston
I was going to wait until Zora’s birthday to write this post but I couldn’t wait. I’ve been thinking about her quite a bit this month. I want to explore her Moon, Mercury and Venus in particular.
Zora was born on January 7th 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. Exploration and learning are quite strong in her chart. Her Moon in Sagittarius made her adventurous and freedom loving. When the Moon is in a fire sign an individual often feels comfort and nurturing through confidence and strength. Her natal moon is conjunct Venus opposite her Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Gemini. Giving her an intense, powerful and transformative inner life. Venus symbolizes how we give and receive. Her Sagittarius Venus would make her an individual that craved space and freedom within her relationships. Her Venus is aspect to Neptune would make her a hopeless romantic with a strong need to belong to someone. Yet the Sagittarius element would make her feel trapped once she was actually in a relationship.
Her Mercury, which rules communication, education and writing is in Capricorn. Her Mercury trines Neptune, squares Uranus and semi-squares her Mars in Pisces giving her radical ideas, bursts of creative inspiration and strong storytelling skills. Neptune is the planet of dreams and fantasies and with this planet making a flowing aspect to her planet of communication, creative ideas and words flowed like a river.
As a Capricorn Zora probably felt like an adult in the body of a child. Capricorn children are often treated like small adults or feel older than they are. Her Sun is trine Saturn, the planet associated with structure, discipline and achievement. This aspect gave her a strong need to rely on her own resources. Her Mercury also opposes the planetoid Chiron. Chiron, known as the ‘wounded healer,’ gives us the tools we need in order to deal with deep wounds. Her writing wasn’t just a form of creative expression: It was a healing tool as well.
Zora transcended on January 28th 1960 when transiting Saturn, Mars, and the asteroid Ceres were approaching a conjunction to her natal Sun. The Sun rules the heart; Zora died of hypertensive heart disease.
Note: I plan on doing a expanded reading for her birthday <3
Looking at this reminds me I need to do James Baldwin’s chart!
"Origin of the Universe," a survey exhibition of Mickalene Thomas’s work, just opened at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s an expanded version of the show that debuted at the Santa Monica Museum of Art this past summer. Don’t miss Roberta Smith’s smart NYT review of the Brooklyn show.
Mickalene Thomas was the lead guest on Episode No. 30 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. We discussed her art, her interest in art history and how her relationship with her mother has fed her work. If you’re interested in the art and themes in the Brooklyn show, you’ll love the podcast.
(Bonus! The photo of Thomas above provides a neat tie-in to this week’s MAN Podcast, which features Carrie Mae Weems. Thomas’s t-shirt — click here to see the large version of the picture and then scroll down a bit — puts Thomas and artists of her generation, including Kara (Walker) and Wangechi (Mutu) in the context of the previous generation of black women artists, including Lorna (Simpson) and Weems.)
Image: Mickalene Thomas by Philip Montgomery for the Wall Street Journal.
Botanica window. #Oshun
This botanica is about two blocks from my house. This is where I buy my Oshun cologne <3
Pray with all the faith and I will help you, believe in yourself, believe in me and see the results.
Oshun’s Cleansing Bath
- Five yellow roses, petals only
- Five cinnamon sticks
- Five different colognes (five drops from each)
- Five drops of honey
- Five drops of Florida water.
- On Tuesday evening, mix all ingredients in a pail of water.
- Place pail by a window where the first light of Wednesday morning will hit it.
- After the Sun’s rays have touched the water with all of the ingredients, you are ready to add your bath water.
- Light a yellow candle and settle into your bath, relaxing for at least twenty-minutes, asking Oshun to grant your wishes.
- Do this every Wednesday for five weeks in a row.
It really is relaxing and lifts the spirits!