Goddess Astghik  

Posted by Stella Clark

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AMONG ALL OF THE SEMETIC DEITIES WHICH ARE FOUND IN THE ARMENIAN PANTHEON, NONE HAS EVER ATTAINED THE IMPORTANCE OF "ASTGHIK", THE ARMENIAN GODDESS OF LOVE. AS THE LOVE GODDESS, SHE CORRESPONDS WITH THE GREEK, APHRODITE. ASTGHIK IS A DEITY OF MAIDENLY BEAUTY AND LOVE AS WELL AS WELL AS A RULER OF WATER SOURCES AND SPRINGS. THE ROSE IS HER FAVORITE FLOWER, AND IT IS SAID THAT SHE SPREADS HER LOVE AND FERTILITY BY SPRINKLING ROSE WATER ACROSS THE LAND. THE DOVE AMONG ALL OF THE BIRDS IS HER FAVORITE.

SHE WAS THE WIFE OR LOVER OF THE GOD, VAHAGN, THE GOD OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, AND IT IS SAID THAT SHE MET WITH HER LOVER IN HER TEMPLE LOCATED IN ASTISHAT. IN STILL ANOTHER TALE, IT SEEMS THAT ASTGHIK WAS IN THE HABIT OF BATHING IN A STREAM EVERY NIGHT. YOUNG MEN FROM A NEARBY VILLAGE, EAGER FOR A GLIMPSE OF THE BEAUTIFUL GODDESS, WOULD LIGHT A BIG FIRE ON A NEARBY HILL. BUT, ASTGHIK, WHO IMMEDIATELY SENSED THEIR PRESENCE, WOULD MODESTLY WRAP HERSELF IN THE MIST.

THE CELEBRATION WHICH HONORS HER IS CALLED VARTAVAR; IT OCCURS IN JUNE. IT IS STILL CELEBRATED IN ARMENIA BY SPRINKLING WATER ON EACH OTHER AND RELEASING DOVES IN HER HONOR. ROSES ARE OFFERED BY HER PETITIONERS. NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO FEEL OFFENDED OR DISPLEASED BY ANY OF THE MISCHIEF DONE ON THIS DAY.

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Sirona Celtic Goddess Of Healing  

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"SIRONA" WAS A CELTIC GODDESS OF HEALING, FERTILITY, AND REGENERATION. SHE WAS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH WARM, MEDICINAL SPRINGS. HER NAME IS RELATED TO "'STAR'," SO PERHAPS SHE ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH NIGHT AND DARKNESS. HER EMBLEM IS A SNAKE WHICH SYMBOLIZES HER ROLE IN HEALING. AND AS AN EARTH GODDESS, SHE WAS OFTEN DEPICTED FULLY DRAPED AND CROWNED; SHE CARRIES THREE EGGS AND HAS A SNAKE WINDING ABOUT HER ARM. BOTH ARE SYMBOLS OF A CELTIC HEALER.

SHE WAS REVERED IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE AT HOT MEDICINAL SPRINGS AND MINERAL WATERS IN DIVERSE LOCALES LIKE SOUTHERN FRANCE AND GERMANY. INSCRIPTIONS WITH HER NAME SOMETIMES APPEARED ALONG WITH THAT OF HER HUSBAND "GRANNOS", WHICH WAS ANOTHER NAME FOR "APOLLO."

THE SIRONA NATURE TRAIL WAS NAMED IN HER HONOR.



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