Enthusiasm, curiosity, insight
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: DEANNA BACH
Oya seemed a natural fit, a strong, fascinating deity. I felt connected to her and loved painting her. I included a storm cloud sky with wind blowing trees, Oya’s hair and dress. There are birds in the sky which represent higher thoughts and matters of the spirit. Oya’s Niger River is in the background. The lightning indicates the energy, passion and the mentally restless nature of the card. The colours I used are associated with Oya, as are the butterflies and eggplant patterns on her dress and the buffalo horns on her head. Oya is often shown with her curved sword so that also worked well for this card.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Sword raised, Oya is waiting, poised for action. Full of energy and intent, lightning flashes from her eyes, elements within responding to the storm behind her. You’re eager to prove yourself – to show what you’ve learned, and act on your ideas. Even if you run into obstacles and challenges along the way. You can find ways to overcome them practically, “on the job”, rather than planning everything to the last detail. Just make sure you don’t forget to learn as you go. Don’t take short cuts in your haste, and regret it. The Page of Swords can represent a person who is due to bring you chances to exercise your brain and face the challenges before you with logic and analysis, expanding your mental horizons.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: OYA
Oya is a fierce and powerful deity of the Yoruba religion, Orisha of tempests, lightning and storms – in particular the strong winds that are whipped up as a storm rises. She is a force of nature, pushing on in her need for action, regardless of what may lie before her…it can bend to her will, or be destroyed by her winds…either way, it won’t resist the change she brings for long. With air being such an important part of her mythology, and with her impulsive nature, she makes a dynamic Page of Swords
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