Oyá - Goddess of Winds and Strength

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Oyá - Goddess of Winds and Strength | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism
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  • 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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The great Yoruba Goddess of the winds and storms: This is Oyá, a powerful warrior.

Considered to be the sister of Xangô, the Storm Orixá, or sometimes one of his three wives along with Oxum and Obá, she may manifest herself as a calm breeze or as a powerful cyclone, alongside him when his electrical storms are present, destroying buildings and plucking 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.

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

Goddesses like her are considered Dark Goddesses because of their role, for they push mortals into the darkness to show them the light of hope.

She is very popular in Africa and in Brazil through Candomblé. She has the Niger and Amazon rivers as property, being associated in a similar way to Mary, who also came from the waters.

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 "emparrei"!

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

In Wicca, 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.

The Mother of 9

Nine is a sacred number for this Goddess and her devotees as it represents the number of children she had. This is the favourite number of this deity, and as patron of commerce, it is directly related to fortune and success to its devotees.

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Summoning Oyá

Reminder:
There are no rules or ready-to-use recipes to summon any Goddess in Wicca. The summoning rite comes from within the self. When we study each Goddesses' myth and symbols we can have suggested some ways to summoning them.
Oyá is a Goddess that should be summoned only when you are sure that you want or need big changes to happen in your life. As a Goddess of transformation, be sure to have positive and absolute thoughts once she, jut like a storm, can cause a turbulent period until the calm comes and 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 colored 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.

Tarot da Deusa

Goddess Tarot | Oyá
Oyá is a Goddess in the Goddess Tarot. 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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