Yel Ana (Turkish; Yörük) Guidance
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When the sands are shifting, invoke the wind mother to provide the patience necessary to wait out the brewing storm
Yel means wind, and ana (ene) means mother. Women were the caretakers of homes. They oversaw the survival of the community and were responsible for conducting tribal rituals. As the feminine aspect of the wind, Yel Ana represents a mother’s patience with her children, even when they misbehave. Women perfected the art of storytelling as a means to guide and teach their children. Their wisdom endured time as the basis for religious mythology. Stories about what happened when people lost favor with nature have been passed along for eons, including the story of the Great Flood as described in the Christian Bible.
To the untrained eye, the desert is a homogeneous landscape with no distinguishable features. To a keen observer, however, there are subtle clues and signposts that lead to one’s intended destination. Create your own sacred milestone as you tend to your harvest. You can create rock altars in the field as symbols of your gratitude. It is time to infuse sacredness into every aspect of your life, including your harvest.
The goddess Yel Ana asks you to organize, nurture, and protect the physical space inside your home. Like the nomads who created wind blocks with their tents, Yel Ana suggests that it is time to create a safe and secure environment, which is essential for your well-being, as well as that of your loved ones.
When a project feels like it is at a standstill, Yel Ana may feel like an unruly force of nature. However, everything always happens at the perfect time. Your diet, exercise, and habits have their own cycles, and the harsh wind blowing against your plans is a perfect message from nature. Sometimes doing nothing is the best way to surrender to the wind.