Ode to Oya: An African Deity of Storms and Wind
For those who have seen X-Men(a superhero series from the west), you will agree with me that Oya is our own Storm. Maha Olatokunbo X-rays the godess of Storms and Wind in this excerpt.
Oya is a Great Yoruba Orisha. She is the goddess of Storms and Winds, and her realm ranges from rainbows to thunder. Her name means “She Who Tore” in Yoruba. She can manifest as winds ranging from the gentlest breeze to the raging hurricane or cyclone. Oya is known as a fierce Warrior goddess and a strong Protector of women, who call upon her. It is she who assists worshipers with rapid inner and outer transformation.
Oya, is about absolute change (especially for the good) and is not a slow or very patient energy.
“Oya-Yansa is the Queen of the Winds of change. She is feared by many people because she brings about sudden structural change in people and things. 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 her 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. She gives assistance and guidance to those when they make their final transition into the veils. She can either hold back the spirit of death or call it forth. Hence, she is the last breath taken. Oya also governs over the cemetery and the realm of the dead, and it is said that she entered into the lower world of Ira upon hearing that Sango (Her Husband) died.
She is known for using charms and magic and is known as one of the Primeval Mothers of the “Elders of the Night (Witches).” Oya is also a Water goddess, for she is the goddess of the Niger River in Africa.
Oya is the elder sister to the goddesses Yemoja and Oshun. She is considered the Crone aspect of this Triple Goddess trilogy. As a Crone Goddess She is a teacher of truth and a bringer of justice. Do meditate and take in Oya’s power during the wind, rain, snow and thunder storms, for she speak to those who listen. She cleanses that which is sullied with her mighty broom. Oya has nine children and her favorite number is 9.