Ọya is one of the most powerful African Goddesses (Orishas).
A Warrior-Queen, She is the sister-wife of the God Shango, to whom She gave the power to create storms. Much of Ọya’s power is rooted in the natural world; She is the Goddess of thunder, lightning, tornadoes, winds, rainstorms and hurricanes. A Fire Goddess, it is Ọya who brings rapid change and aids us in both inner and outer transformation.
Ọya 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, Ọya is also known as “the Great Mother of the Elders of the Night (Witches)”.
Ọya is both loved and feared, and for good reason: unleashed, Ọya 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 (even when it is hard to bear).
Ọya is the protectress 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, Ọya is not a Goddess to be invoked lightly and must be treated with respect and care. While She will toss you in Her storms of change, and shelter you in Her caring embrace, She will also strike you down with Her lightning should the need arise. However, do not let that dissuade you from working with Ọya, for She is the Strong Woman, the Bringer of Change and Seeker of Truth, who can be a most powerful ally.