Ọya is one of the very powerful African Goddesses (Orisa).
A Warrior-Queen, she is the sister-wife of the God Sango, to whom she gave the energy to produce storms. A lot 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’s 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 a result, she is not just the Goddess of spirit communication, funerals and cemeteries, but in addition 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. As a result of Her affiliation to the dead, and Her intense understanding of the magic arts, Ọya can be referred to as “the Great Mother of the Elders of the Night (Witches)
Ọya is both loved and feared, and for justification: unleashed, Ọya is the Savage Warrior, the Protective Mother, she whose power sweeps all injustice, deceit and dishonesty from her path. She would destroy villages if the requirement holds true enough, she understands everything, she will only simply accept, act upon, and speak the reality (even if it is hard to bear).
Ọya is the protectress of women and patron of feminine leadership. Fiercely loving, she is wildly unpredictable and can transform 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 certanly be treated with respect and care. While She may toss you in her storms of change, and shelter you in her caring embrace, she may also strike you down with her lightning should the requirement arise.
However, don’t allow that dissuade you from dealing with Ọya, for she is the Strong Woman, the Bringer of Change and Seeker of Truth, who can be the most effective ally.