Oya, the Orisha of storms, wind, and air in general, is said to dislike smoke. So when we are giving observances to her, or asking for her energy for a spell, we usually give her potpourri, sprays, or liquids to evaporate. In more scientific streams of Vodun, she is also fed through Iroko or by watering other tropical plants with large leaves who would feed her relatively quickly and well, and make it rain more. You can also make sprays in her honor to increase certain aspects of her presence in an area. There are sprays for various purposes, and I will share some of those recipes here. These are bases or concentrates that should be mixed with 400-600 ml. of water minus the tea amounts.
Before you consider making these sprays, you should be observant to Eshu and Oya. This means that you should be initiated into a cult of Oya in an African or diaspora ile, or you should be regularly giving observances and offerings to Oya for long enough that she is giving you gifts in return in the physical realm, not just a good “vibe”. This is not to discriminate against the uninitiated, just to warn that even if you had to go it alone and be a solitary practitioner, you should know what you are doing.
Oya’s energy can be extremely chaotic, and if you don’t know how to deal with the “flux”, you can end up making something that does the opposite of what was intended. Oya is the Mother of the Ancestors/Egungun, the Mother of the Abiku, and her breasts are wisdom that is sometimes very hard earned. You want to have some experience in welcoming the positive things she blows your way and accepting and dealing with some of the harshness before you make physical items that embody her.
I’ll put this another way…
Do you see this evil purple looking liquid?
This is what happened when a friend and student of mine was making SWEEP! but deviated from the recipe. She entered the flux and a certain energy wriggled into her brain that told her to add some things that would cause chaos. So what she made was not a sweet but assertive dark burgundy brew that would blow away any lingering depression and pain between clients in her clinic, but a scary purple wrecking ball like herbal war water that would obliterate every emotional or material attachment leaving only apathy and indifference in its wake.
This is what you use when you’re leaving a spouse who you hope never contacts you ever again, not between clients or after a depressing visitor. Even then, you try not to get any on you, and just squirt and RUN.
Mind you, the person who made this is VERY observant of Oya, and still got poked in the flux. Be careful.
Please do not alter these recipes. If you can’t find something, and want an adequate substitution, contact us BEFORE you make a wrecking ball.
SWEEP! spray sweeps away negative or old, stale energy to make way for the new. It clears without replacing it with anything. It is a neutralizer that drives things away and makes a clean slate.
Your SWEEP! is ready to use.
TEAR! is a very aggressive “warring” spray that stays and battles against negative energy, thieves, and other vampiric, life-sucking forces. It is good for a place where you are often stuck dealing with negative people who like to hang around. This will make them very uncomfortable. It can be used in conjunction with Hot-foot powder.
Your TEAR! is ready to use. Fire at will.
We know that Oshun is in charge of romantic love and whatnot, but from time to time, she dances with Oya in our hearts and minds. The chaos and the confusion is partly Oya’s department. She’s that “quiet storm”. Want to create that mood. Try this spray on your sheets.
Your Quiet Storm is ready to rain down. Spray a bit on the sheets. Keep it light.
Here is some Sweep! made by Arden:
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