XI – Strength / Oya (Goddess Tarot)

May 29, 2010 at 1:23 am (Goddess Tarot, Tarot, XI - Strength)

XI - Strength / Oya (Goddess Tarot)

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind…” ~Hosea 8:7a

Oya is the Yoruban goddess of the wind, thunderstorms, turbulent weather in general, as well as Death and a few other things – she is a Warrior goddess, a Fire goddess and she shakes things up that need shaking up, and knocking arrogant misuse of power flat on its posterior.

Keying her to the Strength card at first glance made me wonder – she seems more like the Tower.  But after some pondering I get it…first of all, when a storm is shaking down your house, calling on reserves of Strength is a survival skill.  But beyond that – Strength is needed to be the whirlwind – sometimes you have to stand up and draw down divine strength and courage to face down injustice and obstruction – to draw in air and use your voice to passionately blow down obstacles and speak your truth.

It can be a difficult energy to harness – to blow down those that have ‘sown the wind’ without losing control of the unleashed storm and flattening the entire village, but fear of speaking out allows a bad situation to continue without any resistance.  So be brave, be strong, and speak out your truth.  Unleash the whirlwind when it’s called for.

Strength isn’t just about enduring – sometimes it’s about pushing back.


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