Great Orisha goddess of Wind, Storms and Guardian Between
Oya is a Great Yoruban Orisha. She is the goddess of Storms and Winds, and Her realm ranges from
rainbows to thunder. Her name means "She Who Tore" in Yoruba. She can manifest as winds ranging from
the gentlest breeze to the raging hurricane or cyclone. Oya is known as a fierce Warrior goddess and a strong
Protectress of women, who call upon Her. It is She who assists us with rapid inner and outer transformation.
Oya, is about absolute change (especially for the good) and is not a slow or very patient energy. According to
Luisah Teish in the book, Jambalaya,
"Oya-Yansa is the Queen of the Winds of change. She is feared by many people because She brings about
sudden structural change in people and things. Oya does not just rearrange the furniture in the house -- She
knocks the building to the ground and blows away the floor tiles."
She is the Orisha of rebirth and new life. Goddesses such as She are referred to as Dark goddesses because
They not only pull you into the darkness guide you through the dark and turmoil, but they point you to the
light of hope.
Oya is the sentinel between the realm life and death. She gives assistance and guidance to those when they
make their final transition into the veils. She can either hold back the spirit of death or call it forth. Hence,
She is the last breath taken. Oya also governs over the cemetery and the realm of the dead, and it is said that
She entered into the lower world of Ira upon hearing that Shango (Her Husband) died.
She is known for using charms and magick and is known as one of the Primeval Mothers of the "Elders of
the Night (Witches)." Oya is also a Water goddess, for She is the goddess of the Niger River in Africa.
Oya is the elder sister to the goddesses Yemaya and Oshun. She is considered the Crone aspect of this Triple
goddess trilogy. As a Crone Goddess She is a teacher of truth and a bringer of justice. Do meditate and take in
Oya's power during the wind, rain, snow and thunder storms, for She speak to those who listen. She cleanses
that which is sullied with Her mighty broom . Oya has nine children and Her favorite number is 9.
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