Wind in her hair Lightning in her eyes Storms in her voice And thunder in her thighs! Oya is the Orisha of wind, storms, thunder, and change.
The Orisha And The 12 Gods Of Yoruba Mythology
That position belongs to Iku. Oya is the third wife or second concubine of Shangothe Orisha of fire, lightning, dance, and martial arts. It is interesting to note that in most apatakis about Oya and Shango, they never actually lived together. Oya liked her peace in the forest, and Shango was a busy man, and already traumatized by rivalry between women. So for whatever reason, both liked their space, but loved each other.
The Orishas: Orunla, Osain, Oshun, Oya, and Yemaya
Despite their not living together, they stayed connected to each other and visited often until both of them died and ascended to the ancestors. There are many lessons in this. One may well be that when people are young, there are two main things that are most important in their romantic lives: familial duty and sexual attraction.
So Shango married a dutiful wife first, and a visually stunning wife second. When we get older though, our priorities change. Back to aspects of Oya though, she is the epitome of female strength. Contrary to what many may say, she does not represent feminism, but feminine power. She is an extremely powerful entity, but this is partly because she has had the support, love, and companionship of extremely powerful men or masculine energies.
She guards the graveyard with Eshu, ensuring that graverobbers and disrespecters of the ancestors are punished. She hunts them down mercilessly. There are seemingly conflicting views on the appearance of Oya. Some say she is so horribly scary and hideous that she wears a veil or mask because otherwise, people would die from seeing her.
I personally think it may be a bit of both. Perhaps she wears a veil or mask because how she looks depends on who is looking, and she would rather be in control of what reaction she gets from whom. Lately, there has been a lot of buzz around the sisters of Oya called Afefe and Ayayo. Afefe is the wind and also unconsciously projected will or magic, and Ayayo is direction or consciously directed sorcery. In Santeria, and this may be something new by the way, some people are popping up with Ayayo elekes and other items specific to her.
At best, this is ineffective, but at worst, this separation or distinction could lead to a lot of tragedy and hardship for those who take her out of context. Remember that sometimes Eshu will allow bad things to happen…allow us to undo ourselves to cull the stupid or teach us valuable lessons.
They are only approached through Oya. Initiates to most cults of Oya, as well as those children of Oya under secretive, directly passed down knowledge are instructed to keep the sisters out of the eyes of others. It will bring them grave misfortune. If you were entrusted with any of their items or led to construct any, they are for your eyes or the eyes of the person you made them for only.
They are not to be displayed to the world. Oya has a few symbols associated with her. Depending on her function at a given time, she may wear purple and orange to work a storm, dark red to motivate a group of warriors or sportsmen to work as a team, all colors to make a tornado, etc.
Traditions vary, but for our ile Baalat Teva in Israel, Oya loves eggplants, beets, red wines, and purple grapes.
She also enjoys popcorn and sesame seeds, especially caramel corn or sesame candy.May Elegua open the doors of opportunities and remove obstacles from your path May Ogun to give you the courage to overcome your problems and defeat your enemies May Oshosi bring Justice and Balance to your life May Orula bestow his Wisdom upon you May Obatala bring Peace, Tranquility, and Harmony to your life May Babalu Aye heal your body and soul May Olokun grant stability to your being May Yemaya renovate and refresh your life with the powers of her waters May Chango give you the strength to fight and win your battles May Oshun fulfill your dreams of love and riches May Oya bring with her Winds of change and prosperity to your realm.
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52 Goddesses: The Goddess and Orisha OYA
Recent reviews Phone Consultation Rated 5 out of 5. Rated 5 out of 5.The orishas are the emissaries of Olodumare or God almighty. They rule over the forces of nature and the endeavors of humanity.
They recognise themselves and are recognised through their different numbers and colors which are their marks, and each has their own favorite foods and other things which they like to receive as offerings and gifts. In this way we make our offerings in the manner they are accustomed to, in the way they have always received them, so that they will recognise our offerings and come to our aid.
The orishas are often best understood by observing the forces of nature they rule over. Also observe how the babbling brook and the flash flood reflect her changeable moods.
As you observe the orishas at work in the world and in your own lives you will gain a better understanding of them and their ways. Yes, they are complex, but no more so than any other living being such as you or I.
We are also blessed from time to time in the religion with the opportunity to meet the orishas face to face during a wemilere drumming ceremony where one or more of their priests will be mounted see trance possession. The colors red and black or white and black are his and codify his contradictory nature.
In this role, it is not surprising that he has a very close relationship with the orisha of divination, Orunmila. Nothing can be done in either world without his permission. He recognises himself and is recognised by the numbers 3 and He is the owner of all technology and because this technology shares in his nature, it is almost always used first for war.
He is recognised in the numbers 7 and the colors green and black. His colors are blue and yellow. He is also the owner of all heads and the mind. He has a warrior side though through which he enforces justice in the world. She is also known for the colors of maroon, flowery patterns and nine different colors.
She also rules over maternity in our lives as she is the Mother of All. All life started in the sea, the amneotic fluid inside the mother's womb is a form of sea where the embryo must transform and evolve through the form of a fish before becoming a human baby.
She dresses herself in seven skirts of blue and white and like the seas and profound lakes she is deep and unknowable. In her path of Okutti she is the queen of witches carrying within her deep and dark secrets. Her number is seven for the seven seas, her colors are blue and white, and she is most often represented by the fish who are her children. Orunmila is the orisha of wisdom, knowledge and divination.
He was the only orisha allowed to witness the creation of the universe by Olorun and bears witness to our destinies in the making as well. His priests, the babalawos or "Fathers of the Secrets" must devote themselves entirely to the practice of divination and the accompanying arts.Egungun refers to the collective spirits of the Ancestral dead; the Orisha Oya is seen as the mother of the Egun.
A Warrior-Queen, she is the wife of the God Shango, to whom she gave the power to create storms. A fire Goddess, it is Oya who brings rapid change and aids us in both inner and outer transformation. Oya is the guardian of the realm between life and death; as such, she is not only the Goddess of spirit communication, funerals and cemeteries but also the Goddess of clairvoyance, psychic abilities, intuition and rebirth.
She can call forth the spirit of death, or hold it back — such is the extent of her power. Because of her affiliation to the dead, and her intense knowledge of the magic arts. Oya is both loved and feared, and for good reason: Unleashed, Oya is the savage Warrior, the protective Mother. She whose power sweeps all injustice, deceit and dishonesty from her path. She will destroy villages if the need is true enough, for while she understands everything, she will only accept, act upon, and speak the truth.
Oya Enin-Heyi…. Oya is the protector of Women and patron of feminine leadership. Fiercely loving, she is wildly unpredictable and can change from benevolent, caring Mother to destructive Warrior in the blink of an eye. Passionate, fearless, sensual and independent, Oya is not a Goddess to be invoked lightly and must be treated with respect and care.
Oya is known as a fierce warrior and strong protector of Women, who call on her to settle disputes in their favor. As the Orisha of change, She brings down the dead wood to make room for the new, and She uses her machete or sword to clear a path for new growth. She is believed to watch over the newly dead and assist them as they make the transition from life. She can manifest as winds ranging from the gentlest breeze to the raging hurricane or cyclone.
She goes forth with Her husband during His thunderstorms. Oya attributes are the sword or machete and the fly whisk, and Her animal is the water buffalo, in Whom she sometimes manifests. Oya-Yansan is the Queen of the Winds of change.
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.The orishas are the gods of Santeriathe beings that believers interact with on a regular basis.
The number of orishas varies among believers. In the original African belief system from which Santeria originates, there are hundreds of orishas. New World Santeria believers, on the other hand, generally only work with a handful of them. Orunla, or Orunmila, is the wise orisha of divination and human destiny.
While other orishas have different "paths," or aspects to them, Orunla has only one. He is also the only orisha to not manifest through possession in the New World although it does sometimes happen in Africa.
Instead, he is consulted through various divination methods. Orunla was present at the creation of humanity and the forging of souls. Thus Orunla has the knowledge of the ultimate destiny of each soul, which is an important facet of Santeria practice.
Working toward one's destiny is to promote harmony. To move contrary to it creates discord, so believers look for insight as to their destiny and what they might currently be doing that runs contrary to that.Oya I - Abbilona
Orunla is most commonly associated with St. Francis of Assisi, although the reasons are not obvious. It may have to do with Francis's common depiction of holding rosary beads, which resembles Orunla's divination chain. Philip and St. Joseph are also sometimes equated with Orunla. The table of Ifa, the most complex of divination methods used by trained Santeria priests represents him.
His colors are green and yellow. Osain is a nature orisha, ruling over forests and other wild areas as well as herbalism and healing. He is the patron of hunters even though Osain himself has given up the hunt. He also looks out for the home. Contrary to many mythologies showing nature gods and wild and untamed, Osain is a distinctly rational figure.
He is forced to use a twisted tree branch as a crutch, which is a common symbol for him. A pipe might also represent him. His colors are green, red, white and yellow. He is most often associated with Pope St.
Sylvester I, but he is also sometimes associated with St. John, St. Ambrose, St Anthony Abad, St. Joseph, and St. Oshun is the seductive orisha of love and marriage and fertility, and she rules the genitals and the lower abdomen.To invoke the Orisa to whom you are going to throw the Obi, you must recite the appropriate prayers to that Orisa.
These prayers are recited when you are throwing the Obi for a reading from the Orisa. And with your arrow, stop all evil coming my way. Thank you my Father.
Father, Saint of country and earth, I thank you. My father, God of thunder. Control my house, give me salvation so that. I will not be punished when you are angry. Because of your thunder, all. Remember our father, we call from the heart to.
Ibeji says, we are small but wiser because we finished with the difficulties. We won the war with satan who did not want the two to. O almighty. Orishala, oinrin ati obinrin laiye eleda ni gbogbo na cheche Baba alai. Ye alabo mi ati mi gbogbo na ejun daradara Baba wa afin alano kekua Baba. God of purity, oldest saint, Creator of everything pure and the Supreme. Oshun yeye mi oga ni gbogbo ibu laiye nibo gbogbo omo Orisha lo uwe nitodi.
Queen God of all rivers on earth. Where all Orisha Priests must be bathed. Queen God who with her skirt of five colors, bring me. Secret — You must be careful with this Orisha, because you never know when. Osun ni oduro ma dubile agogoro mate adena mi nitosi ki kuelure Ichaworo. God who leads the heads of all humans, you who always stands upright. Babaluaiye kika okin ati funi afiyedeno, awa no Onigbagbo ati omo iwo imo. God of the epidemics and the sick.
I pray to you now, have pity on us your. Oh, glorious father, keep sickness away from my home, and protect. Agallu Chola iye kini Oba Akara chola ogina Oba ni no oke gbina nisisiyi.She is the owner of the gates of the cemetery and a ferocious female warrior.
These two orishas do not have enmity between them. This is a misunderstanding perpetuated by author Migene Gonzalez-Whippler that Yemaya supposedly tricked Oya into exchanging the sea for the cemetery. This pataki is not found anywhere in odu — it is a folk tale not based in our religion and originates from a lack of understanding in ceremony.
There is actually a ceremonial reason why Oya and Yemaya Changoand Inle too, for that matter cannot be in the same room when Oya is being consecrated. Oya was betrayed by the ram. When his treason was uncovered, Olofi demanded that the ram be killed.
Oya cannot stand the sight of the ram because of his betrayal, but at the same time she cannot bear to see him being killed because she still cares for him.
These orishas bear the scent of ram. This eleke utilizes coral and burgundy crystals. Her addimus and offerings include plums, eggplants, red wine, chocolate pudding, black she goat, black hens, pigeons and guinea hen. While many people will simply grab a box of instant chocolate pudding from the store, it is an extra act of love to make this from scratch for this powerful and lovely orisha.
In a heavy saucepan, mix the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt together. Slowly add the milk while stirring and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Boil for two minutes then remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until well blended and pour into a glass serving dish. Chill in the refrigerator until firm.
You can garnish the pudding with nine ladyfinger cookies or 9 wafer cookies. After the proper amount of time has elapsed, remove the pudding and dispose of it at a corner of an outdoor marketplace or at the gates of a cemetery as marked by divination. Oya loves eggplants. Line the basket with a lovely wine-colored cloth it can be decorated with multi-color flowers and place all 9 eggplants inside of it.