Oya is an Orisha over the winds, fire, rain, storms, transformation, commerce, and the dead. She is an Orisha of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and lightning. Her colors are multi-colors, purple or red. Her sacred number is 9. Her sacred animal is the water buffalo. She can shapeshift into the buffalo and is a hunter. She is a warrior woman armed with a sword and protects the sacred from impurities. She is the goddess of transitions and death. Her breath is the life-force of all things and the death of all things when it is taken away. She is a fierce mother who is said to be fiercer than Her husband, Shango. Oya loves eggplants, water, rum, red wine, beer, grapes, plums, and gin.
Holy Mother, Healer and Queen: Papers on Goddesses, Orisha and Saints. This is a compilation of academic essays on Oya, Yemoja (Yemaya), Frigga, Skadi, Kali and Mary. And there is one essay on Qur’anic Talismanry and Women’s Healing.
The Ancient Egyptian Poetry Book is almost complete. I have over 300 pages of poetry to Aset, Aset and Nebet Het, Nebet Het, Sobek, Set, Wesir, Wepwawet, Yinepu, Bast, Ra, and Nut. I am still adding more poetry. The tentative title is Sun, Star and Desert Sand.
Waiting on Permissions/Other People
I have sent in the permissions for Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns for Aset from the Temple of Dendera. We’ll see what they say. I’m still waiting.
I have been compiling all the material for this book She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology of Nebet Het (Nephthys). I am still waiting on some submissions. Here are the submission guidelines: Nebet Het Submission Guidelines
I have sent the Wepwawet book, Lord of Strength and Power to the formatters! I decided to take the Anubis section out since I wanted this to be just about Wepwawet. I can send the Anubis material to Bibliotheca Alexandrina and see if they need it.
I have also sent another poetry book to the formatters. This is a companion to Divine Words, Divine Praise. It has poems to Athena, Athena and Zeus, Athena and Poseidon, Hestia, Hela, Hekate, Frigga, Hera and Zeus, and many Orisha (Oya, Yemaya, Oshun, Osanyin, Shango, Obatala, and Nana Buruku). I’m calling it Holy Words, Holy Praise. I’m hoping to come up with a better title. It sounds pretentious to me.