Goddess Oyá – Goddess of Winds and Strength

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The Great Goddess Oyá or Goddess Iansã is a Yoruba Goddess of the winds and storms. She is a powerful warrior and is considered to be the sister of Xangô, the Storm Orixá, or sometimes one of his three wives along with the Goddess Oxum and Goddess Obá. She may manifest herself as a calm breeze or as a powerful cyclone, alongside Xangô. During his electrical storms, they both may destroy buildings and pluck trees .

She is the Orixá of the changes, knocking down the old wood with her ax or sword to allow the new to grow. She is also believed to protect and guide the dead as they make the transition to a new life.

Goddess Oyá Iansã Ilustration

Some myths claim that she is the mother of all witches, being herself a practitioner and a master in the magical arts.

  • Attributes: Goddess of winds, storms, hurricanes, strength, changes, protective of women and patron of commerce
  • Symbols: Ax, sword, water buffalo
  • Place: Africa
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Goddess Oyá – Goddess of Strength

Goddesses like Goddess Oyá are considered Dark Goddesses because of their role, for they push mortals into the darkness to show them the light of hope. In this aspect the Goddess Oyá is very similar with the Goddess Kali, Goddess of Destruction.

She is very popular in Africa and in Brazil through Candomblé. She has the Niger and Amazon rivers as property. In Brazil she is associated with Santa Bárbara and both are highly venerated on December 4th, mainly in Bahia. A great way to summon or thank the Goddess is to offer acarajé to the sound of “eparrei“!

Goddess Oyá – aspects

Goddess Oyá por Menote Cordeiro
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Nine is a sacred number for the Goddess Oyá and her devotees as it represents the number of children she had and the number of Niger rive. This is the favourite number of this deity and it is related to fortune and success to its devotees.

The connection with water may be inherited since Goddess Oyá is considered to be the daughter or sister of the Goddess Yemanjá, the great African Goddess of the waters.

In Wicca, the Goddess Oyá is associated with the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess. As an Elder, she is the one who teaches the truth and brings justice.

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Goddess Oyá – Summoning

The Goddess Oyá should be summoned only when you are sure that you want or need big changesto happen in your life. As a Goddess of transformation, be sure to have positive and absolute thoughts. Remember she is like a storm, causing a turbulent period until the calm comes and she can make the situation unrecognizable later.

This ritual should preferably be done during the Crescent Moon or during the New Moon – if you are already initiated and able to deal with the energy of the Goddess in this period.

Necessary Items:

  • 1 ripe eggplant
  • Red wine
  • 1 long ribbon of dark orange fabric
  • 9 coloured fabric ribbons
  • 2 Silver Screws

Once you are sure about the changes you want in your life, tie the 9 colored ribbons to the dark orange ribbon, thinking about them.

Once done, soak the eggplant in the red wine and attach the orange ribbon with a screw on one of its ends.

Go wrapping the ribbon in the eggplant clockwise while making your requests to the Goddess. When you’re finished, fasten the ribbon to the other end with the other screw.

After performing this procedure, leave the eggplant in a garden or forest, where it will perish over time, returning to become part of the earth. Meanwhile, the Goddess will make the transformations in your life.

The Goddess Tarot

Goddess Oyá - The Goddess Tarot

The Goddess Oyá is on the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr. The card number XI, Oya, represents Strength.

Oya, the Yoruba Goddess of the Niger River is considered the patroness of female strength and leadership. Because of this, women will always ask this Goddess for the right words to gain strength.

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