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Mahari Chabwera


oil tapestry painting 

5  x 7  ft. 




Power of Oya is the first panel in a tapestry triptych inspired by Botitcelli’s Birth of Venus, that illustrates Oya, Oshun and Yemeyah in the waters together. As a fire and water protectress spirit, Oya strengthens our passions. She’s the guardian between life and death. She prisides over spirit communication and funerals, intuition, clairvoyance and psychic abilities. A wild and irrepressible Orisha, she uses the flame to light the way toward fairness, truth and courageous justice. She is the bringer of rapid change and transformation. She is the storm and the zest of life. 


“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”.

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