Monday, May 12, 2008
The African Orisha Oya is a deity presiding over cemeteries, death and storms. She can help facilitate change when circumstances are blocked. The text at the Angelfire site listed below warns not to call on Oya unless you are prepared to deal with the consequences. The impression that I get is that Oya does not mind being called upon for help. She is a goddess of change, which makes her in part a destroyer goddess, but she is not without compassion. She simply does not want to put up with bullshit. It's fine to call upon Oya to facilitate the forces of change should you want a better job, a better living circumstance, a better relationship, an end to sickness, even help with weight loss. Oya is not going to be too kindly disposed to petitions asking for "that sweet new Hummer" "The hottie with the big gazongas" "make me a size zero so all the other girls will be jealous" "make me the most popular so I don't have to hang out with my current loser friends" or things of that nature. She wants your life to be better, not to facilitate you acting like an idiot.
The prayer to Oya comes from The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts and was found at the third website on the list.
As powerful as the strong wind
More fierce than the storm
Oya guards my soul against the many fingers of evil
Help me to rest upon the earth free from strain and undue frustration
Oya, warrior of the wind, let not our land be overrun with destroyers
Let us not die in pain and sorrow
Extend your weapon to protect us from destruction
Oya, may we live and die to live again
Oya, may our lives be long and our death short
Four sites to help you learn more about Oya:
I combined my prayer to Oya with a prayer to facilitate positive change, which comes from the Tarot Spells book by Janina Renee.
The time has come for a change
The time has come to move on to something newer, something better
That which was done in the past shall be prelude to an ever greater future, moving onward and upward
Changes are coming, with one action leading rapidly to another
The forces are set in motion
Inexorably I move towards the goals that I desire
A new stage of evolution is before me
The power I summon turns the wheel of heaven
The changes begin with this spell and continue as I better myself and all that is around me
So it is and so shall it continue to be
I used this spell when I used to work all over the building at my current job, mostly in the long term care area. I did not want to work in that area any more. I had been doing that kind of work for a long time and was completely burnt out on it. After a year of being the on-call person, I was hired permanently in my current department which while not perfect, is far better. I believe the energies generated by this spell helped.
Currently, I feel stuck. My financial situation is disastrous. I would like to be in business for myself. I would like to gain recognition for my book, the goal of which is to help spread positive change in the treatment of mental health issues. I would like to be able to live where I choose, wherever I am most necessary, and not be tied to a job. And I would very much like to stop feeling the noose of debt around my neck. As well, I want to lose some weight for health reasons. I believe that the energies of Oya can give the spell the extra "push" it needs. I don't expect overnight results but I have faith that there will be good results.
I also gave petition to Oya to give my son protection and guidance as he goes out in the world. I prayed to her to help end the violence in schools. A person should not have to be afraid for their life when they go someplace to learn. Parents should not have to fear for their children when they are at school. Let not our land be overrun with destroyers. In the United States, these people are destroyers. I pray to this powerful Orisha to help stop this madness.