Getting it wrong with this Goddess Oracle – Yemaya

A female hand holding the Yemaya Oracle Cards from The Goddess Oracle deck by Amy Sophia Marashinsky. The image also contains two pink & black illustrated flowers and the words 'This Card" and bakkehus logo.

Don’t you hate being asked to buy into something without knowing what it is or how it works? Me too.

This is why, in return for bankrolling my Easy 7-Step card process and product Printable – Oracle Cards Worksheets, I will share with you a few of my Oracle card interpretations and meanings. To keep it interesting, I will only cover Steps 2-7.

If you have no idea what my Oracle cards process is, let alone why I think brain dumping is crucial to a fun, successful Oracle cards practice, you can quickly catch up by reading my Easy 7-Step Card Process article. Otherwise, let’s get into one right now!

Disclaimer – I don’t care about spelling, punctuation, or even if what I write down during brain dumping is correct – I just go with the flow. If it pops into my head, it goes on paper.

Do my card interpretations always Match with the Oracle Card guidebook? Nope, and that’s okay because what we come up with is usually way more exciting, and in most instances, more relevant to us.

Also, the layout below is a little different to my Etsy product Printable – Oracle Card Worksheets


Oracle Cards & Deck:

Yemaya – The Goddess Oracle Deck by Amy Sophia Marashinsky

The image features four Nautilus swimming around a huge pearl resting on a scallop shell. The image is hand drawn using yellow, blue and purple colours and was illustrated as part of a Yemaya Oracle card reading.

Step 2 – What is catching your eye?


  • Stars
  • Spiral (nautilus & Mermaid tail)


  • Turtle
  • Nautilus


  • Orchids
  • Another flower

Goddess & Other beings

  • Mermaid


  • Silvers
  • Lilac – Pinks
  • Blues
  • Gold


  • Wand
  • Net shawl
  • Tiara headgear
  • Crescent Moon necklace

Step 3 – Brain Dump everything you know about the Oracle card clues

Turtle – peaceful, ancient Wisdom – travel -Journey (loner) – Independent – methodical – knows its end goal.

6 pointed STAR – stars in all directions – completeness

Mermaid – Folktale lured sailors to death – Ariel style – found Prince gave up her mermaid – sadness – lost family + community

Silver – spiritual colour like Gold – Purity like white – all that Glitters…

Scallop – nourishment – Venus – Love Pearls -of Wisdom, wealth

Associated with maturity, grace, gentleness

Crown – Top of pecking order – nobility, reached peak of knowledge
Orchids – Sexual energy – Vanilla – Tropical

Nautilus – spiral Fibonacci – perfection – design principle = Beauty

Water – emotions, knowledge, washing away sins

Semi nakedness – Be you, be comfortable in your own skin – exposure

The Goddess Oracle cards by Amy Sophia Marashinsky features an illustrated Yemaya, a green turtle, a nautilus and orchid flowers. The card has the words Yemaya and Surrender written on it and yellow drawn circles over card clues.

The Goddess Oracle Deck

Extra Brain Dump Notes:

Fairy Godmother – granting wishes – what kind? Spirals Nautilus & Mermaid Tail – like a tunnel – not infinity – Selkie’s story is sad. This feels the opposite – more uplifting. Why can I never remember anything about Turtle?! Yemaya – South American Goddess – Brazillian maybe?

Step 4 & 5 – My Interpretation and Oracle card meaning

My Interpretation:

Step up into your light - it is your given right to shine.



Card Meaning:

Carrying more than you can handle. Do you have to do it all by yourself?

Surrender doesn't mean giving up - it means asking for help

Key Points:

  • Shine Bright
  • Emotional Wisdom
  • Beauty (self)

Key Points:

  • Share your workload
  • Ask for help
  • Reconnection


Qualities or Uses:

  • Surrender
  • Community
  • Asking for help
  • Trust
  • Wholeness

Myths – Folk – Fairy – Stories:

  • Santeria – Afro Caribbean
  • Yemoja (West Africa)
  • Iamanja (Brazil)
  • Yoruba Water Spirit
  • Goddess of the Sea

Astrological or Other:

  • Summer Solstice
  • 14 Orishas

Step 6 – How did you do?

I am not a fan of word clues and did a really good job of ignoring this one. I did not pick up on this one AT ALL. I went down the magical happy shiny route instead. 

How does this relate to what is going on in your life?

I really need help with marketing, but resisting employing someone else. Instead – head + sand = no marketing.

Step 7 – Look up later:

Research – Yemaya / Yemoja / Iamanja – are there cultural differences between them?
Santeria – What is it, and where in the Caribbean is it practised?

Fact Find – Turtles & Nautilus – I need three good bits of information for each that I can work with.

Curious – Yemaya’s shawl is a fishing net – I am sure I read something about Loki having a magical fishing net the other week.

bakkehus vector illustration containing two pink stars, two flowers with a white love heart in their petals, two tall pink and black floral stems, and a happy-looking owl with a pink heart in the centre of its chest

Interested in learning more?

Want to check out my jerk of an inner critic, Janice? Then this is the article for you – Conversations with my inner critic

Like this card? – Check out Living the Life with Kali, the facing Goddess Oracle card from the same deck by Amy Sophia Marashinsky