A-ma is the patroness of all fishers and sailors in the region of Macao, where today (April 9) is her festival day and her birthday. Also sometimes called Matsu, this divine figure offers safety in any of life's literal or figurative storms, often by teaching magical weather charms. Legend says that A-ma achieved enlightenment and a mastery of magic at the young age of 28, after which she went to Nirvana and became a Goddess.
Themes: Water; Providence; Protection; Magick; Weather
Symbols: Fish; Red cloth
To Do Today:
In Portugal, the day is spent enjoying parades for the goddess, eating lots of seafood, adorning altars with food and incense, and setting off firecrackers in A-ma's honor. So by all means, have some type of fish today (if you're allergic, eat fish-shaped candy instead). Before eating it, thank the founder of your feast with this prayer:
A-ma thank you for your proficence and protection.
Let the seas of my soul find solace in you;
Let the waters of my spirit be refreshed in you. So be it.
Wear any red-colored clothing today to commemorate A-ma's birthday and inspire her magical assistance. Ties or scarves are especially nice for this, as you can bind one of A-ma's attribures within the knot for the day. Anything bearing a fish motif is also suitable.
From: 365 Goddess