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OYA is the first panel in a tapestry triptych inspired by Botitcelli’s Birth of Venus. The works illustrate Oya, Oshun and Yemeyah in the waters together. 


As a fire and water protectress spirit, Oya strengthens our passions. 


She presides over spirit communications, intuition, and burial rites. 

She uses fire to light the way towards fairness, truth and justice. 

She’s the storm and vitality of life. 

She’s the guardian between life and death. 


Oya is the bringer of rapid change and transformation. 

Oya is wild and irrepressible energy. 


“If there is some area of your life that needs more equity, try making this Oya charm:

Take any small candle and carve Oya’s name into it. Have a glass of water nearby. 

Light the candle to invoke the Goddess. Hold the water over the candle, saying something like this:

‘What injustice consumes
Oya’s water quell.’

Drop a little water on the candle, then trim off the taper, carrying it with you to draw justice to you.”

- Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.

Mahari Chabwera


oil tapestry painting 

5  x 7  ft. 



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