Feast Day of the Orisha Goddess OYA – February 2

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OYA Orisha Goddess from Pinterest

OYA Orisha Goddess from Pinterest – Artist Unknown

Oya is a Yoruban Orisha and Goddess who has been syncretized into Afro-Caribbean traditions.  

February 2 is the Feast Day of the Orisha Goddess OYA, as well as her Saint, Candelaria. We did a teleconference on this powerful Warrior Goddess in the Goddess Full Moon Group for January (archive available).

OYA is the Ruler of the Wind and Ruler of Tornadoes and She claims lightning as one of Her powers as well.  O-ya means “she tore” in Yoruba.  An elemental Goddess – Air, Fire Water – She incorporates all of them into Her.  She is the personification of the Niger River and has the power to shapeshift into a water buffalo (and in some stories, other animals in the wilderness). As a Female Warrior, She fights ferociously and is fearless in Her protection of Her children and mates.  Hunters and Chieftains seek OYA’s good graces for abundant hunting and in selecting strong leaders.  OYA is also the Owner of the Marketplace. As Queen of the Dead, She safeguards the spirits of those who have passed and keeps the Ancestral connections, reminding future generations from where they came.  She is the only Orisha that has a foot in Life and a foot in Death. OYA governs the gates of cemeteries and it is there that She receives offerings from Her children who those seeking Her assistance. In all that She does, She is independent, unpredictable, fierce and beautiful.

Virgen de Candelaria

February 2 is the Feast Day of the Orisha Goddess OYA, as well as her Saint, Candelaria. We did a teleconference on this powerful Warrior Goddess in the Goddess Full Moon Group for January (archive available).

 

Connect and explore further with OYA through these Mystery School of the Goddess offerings:

Transform – The Power of OYA by Brandi Auset

Orisha Goddesses with Kimberly Moore

 

Articles about OYA

The Goddess and Orisha OYA article by Kimberly Moore

Dancing with OYA – A Poem by Kimberly Moore

Goddess OYA’s Party Bowl by Kim Hageman

 

 

Additional Resources for OYA:

OYA Goddess Mist from Red Wholistic

OYA Goddess Crystal Grid from Red Wholistic

OYA: In Praise of an African Goddess by Judith Gleason.  This is a magnificent treatise on Oya.

OYA: Santeria and the Orisha of the Winds by Raul Canizares

OYA: Ifa and the Spirit of the Wind by Awo Fa’lokun Fatunmbi

Keys to Feminine Empowerment from the Yoruba West African Tradition

 

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