Oriki Oya – Praising the Spirit of the Wind
Ajalaiye, Ajalorun, fun mi ni ire, The Winds of Earth and Heaven bring me good fortune,
Iba Yansan, Praise to the Mother of Nine,
Ajalaiye, Ajalorun, fun mi ni alaafia, The Winds of Earth and Heaven bring me well-being,
Iba Oya, Praise to the Spirit of the Wind,
Ajalaiye, Ajalorun, winiwini, The Winds of Earth and Heaven are wondrous,
Mbe mbe ma Yansan, May there always be a Mother of Nine, Ase. So be it.
ABOUT THE ORISHA GODDESS OYA by Kimberly Moore
Oya is a Yoruban Orisha and Goddess who has been syncretized into Afro-Caribbean traditions.
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 and those seeking Her assistance.
In all that She does, She is independent, unpredictable, fierce and beautiful.
To Her, I turn for transformation, purification, blowing out energy that no longer serves me. She gives voice and movement to the wild bits of my soul and when I dance and whirl with OYA, I am out of my head and intellect, fully inhabiting the elemental power of SHE. As a storm begins to gather, I feel Her energies … toiling, spinning, bubbling. I taste Her promise of rain and see Her in the streaking release of each lightning flash. She is the voice of Independent Women as well – the courage to speak our minds and the authenticity that allows us to live beholden to no man. And when She chooses, as Shakti empowers and enlivens Shiva, so does OYA empower Her mate, Chango. Reflecting the duality of Her nature (and relationship with the male Orishas), the solitary part of my nature that is very comfortable without a relationship with a man is a part that I truly identify with OYA.
Her sacred number is 9 – nine skirts –Yansan. Some of Her favorite foods that are also good for offerings are eggplants, yams, red wine, chocolate pudding, black grapes, figs and star fruit. She syncretizes to La Candelaria (Our Lady of Candlemas) and Santa Teresita in Catholicism. Her Feast Day is February 2 in Lukumi and Santeria. Friday is Her day of the week and Her colors are burgundy and purple. Copper is Her favorite metal.
**Kimberly is an Aborisha in Lukumi and a Daughter of Oshun
Portents, Omens, Prognostications
I am shaking the bones
flipping the cards
casting the coconuts
rattling the pods
head thrown back
hands in the air
Come to Me
horsetail whisking whisking whisking
slit eyes through tobacco smoke
skirts gathered spinning spinning spinning
My eyes bleed nine colors
Shhhhhh baby Mama’s here
let’s do that dance that we do
~ Kimberly Moore
February 2 is the Feast Day of the Orisha Goddess OYA, as well as one of her Saint forms, Our Lady of Candelaria.
RESOURCES FOR OYA:
Rituals of the Dark Goddess with Brandi Auset & Kimberly Moore (OYA is one of the Goddesses covered)
Transform – The Power of Oya Online Course with Brandi Auset
BOOKS ON OYA
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
BOOKS ON ORISHA WORSHIP
Jambalaya by Luisah Teish (this is not only wonderful information on Orishas but also women’s spirituality and a GREAT place to start)
Orisa Devotion as World Religion by Jacob Olupona
Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy by Robert Farris Thompson
Santeria: African Spirits in America by Joseph M. Murphy
OTHER LINKS TO OYA
Keys to Feminine Empowerment from the Yoruba West African Tradition
ART FOR OYA:
Andre Hora Art (highly recommended)
OYA by Ibeyi
GODDESS VENDORS WE LOVE!
- DaughtersOfIsis.com with Gwen Barry – Magical Essential Oil Blends & Incense
- GailJessenDesigns.com with Gail Jessen – Sacred Jewelry Design
- MurphysEssentials.com with Kim Murphy – Healing & Magical Essential Oil Blends & CBD
- Red Priestess with Brandi Auset – Goddess Sprays and Crystals
- SacredWell.com with Yeshe Matthews – Crystal and Treasure Shop
MOTHERHOUSE GODDESS TEMPLE – Goddess Calendar & Free Community Events
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