Goddess Paoro  

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PAORO (pronounced POW-ro) is the Maori Goddess of echoes. When Arohirohi, the Goddess of mirages, formed the first woman, Marikoriko, from the heat of the sun against a cliff, she asked Paoro to give her a voice.

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Rafu Sen Shinto Goddess  

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"RAFU-SEN" IS A SHINTO GODDESS AND IMMORTAL BEING WHO LIVES HIGH ON A SACRED MOUNTAIN OF "LOFU" IN JAPAN AND IS SAID TO BE THE SPIRIT OF THE PLUM TREE; HER NAME MEANS BUOYANT SUBTLETY, SHE REPRESENTS THE CYCLICAL RENEWAL OF SPRING AND IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAIDEN. SHE WANDERS " THROUGH FRAGRANT GROVES OF BLOSSOMING PLUM TREES AT NIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN THE MOONLIGHT.

ACCORDING TO AN OLD JAPANESE LEGEND, A YOUNG MAN BECAME VERY COLD WHILE WALKING "MOUNT LOFU. " HE STOPPED AT A WINE SHOP TO WARM HIMSELF, AND IN THERE, HE MET A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN IN A WHITE GOWN WITH WHOM HE DRANK SEVERAL CUPS OF PLUM WINE. EVENTUALLY, HE PASSED OUT, AND WHEN HE WAS AWAKENED BY A COLD DAWN WIND, HE FOUND HIMSELF LYING UNDER A PLUM TREE. HE KNEW THEN THAT IT WAS THE GODDESS HERSELF WHO HAD SAVED HIS LIFE.

"RAFU-SEN" STANDS FOR THE PLUM BLOSSOM, SYMBOL OF SPRING AND BRAVERY, FOR THE PLUM TREE BLOOMS WHILE THE SNOW IS STILL ON THE GROUND.

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Hades God Of The Underworld  

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HADES, in Greek mythology, is the god of the dead. He was the son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea and the brother of Zeus and Poseidon. When the three brothers divided up the universe after they had deposed their father, Cronus, Hades was awarded the underworld. There, with his queen, Persephone, whom he had abducted from the world above, he ruled the kingdom of the dead. Although he was a grim and pitiless god, unappeased by either prayer or sacrifice, he was not evil. In fact, he was known as lord of riches, because both crops and precious metals were believed to come from his kingdom below ground.

The underworld itself was often called Hades. It was divided into two regions: Erebus, where the dead pass as soon as they die, and Tartarus, the deeper region, where the Titans had been imprisoned. It was a dim and unhappy place, inhabited by vague forms and shadows and guarded by Cerberus, the three-headed, dragon-tailed dog. Sinister rivers separated the underworld from the world above, and the aged boatman Charon ferried the souls of the dead across these waters.

Somewhere in the darkness of the underworld Hades' palace was located. It was represented as a many-gated, dark and gloomy place, thronged with guests, and set in the midst of shadowy fields and an apparition-haunted landscape. In later legends the underworld is described as the place where the good are rewarded and the wicked punished.

Lesser Known Facts About Hades God Of The Underworld:

Hades, also called Aidoneus, was the sun of Rhea and Cronus (the lord of the Titans who ate everyone, including his own family, eventually). Fortunately, Hades was saved by his brother Zeus, who later gave Hades the underworld as his share of an inheritance. He was married to Persephone, who was condemned by Zeus to spend one third of each year in the underworld with Hades, for eating the fatal Palmagranate seeds (which was the symbol of marriage). Hades has also been portrayed as Pluto. Homer said that to pray to him, one struck the ground with bare hands or rods. Black ewes or rams were sometimes sacrificed to him. Plants sacred to the God of the Underworld will always be Cypress and the Narcissus, and of course, the mint plant, which reminds him of a special Nymph.

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Further reading (free e-books):

Benjamin Rowe - The Book Of The Seniors
Aleister Crowley - The Soul Of The Desert
Albert Pike - The Book Of The Words

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Pomona Roman Goddess Of Fresh Fruit  

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I am the ancient Apple Queen,
As once I was so am I now.
For evermore a hope unseen,
Betwixt the blossom and the bough.
Ah, where's the river's hidden Gold!
And where the windy grave of Troy?
Yet come I as i came of old,
From out the heart of summer's joy."

--William Morris--


THE ROMAN GODDESS, "POMONA", WAS HONORED AS THE SPIRIT OF FRESH FRUIT, ESPECIALLY APPLES AND APPLE TREES. HER NAME DERIVES FROM THE LATIN "POMUM" WHICH MEANS FRUIT OR "APPLE." ALTHOUGH SHE DID LOVE ALL TREES, THE "APPLE "WAS, BY FAR, HER FAVORITE. "POMONA "RULES OVER ALL GARDENS, ORCHARDS, AND TREES THAT BEAR NUTS AND FRUITS, AND ACCORDING TO "OVID," CARES NOT FOR THE WOODS OR STREAMS. SHE IS MORE THAN HAPPY TO SPEND HER DAYS NURTURING HER ORCHARD.

HER CONSORT WAS "VERTUMNUS", THE GOD OF GARDEN AND FIELD PRODUCE". " HE REPRESENTS THE YEAR IN ITS GUISE AS A SHAPE-SHIFTER AND PERSONIFIES THE CHANGE OF SEASONS. THE CHANGE OF SEASONS IS SYMBOLIZED IN THE MYTH OF "VERTUMNUS" AND "POMONA" AS HE CHANGES INTO DIFFERENT FORMS IN ORDER TO GAIN HER AFFECTION.

POMONA", WHO TYPIFIES "AUTUMN", IS REPRESENTED AS A LOVELY MAIDEN, LADEN WITH BRANCHES FROM FRUIT TREES OR HOLDING IN HER HAND A "HORN OF PLENTY," FULL OF THEM, WITH A DOG BY HER SIDE. AS A GODDESS OF THE HARVEST, HER FESTIVAL WAS CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT GREECE IN THE "AUTUMN". SOME RESEARCHES BELIEVE THAT SEVERAL OF OUR MODERN HOLIDAY HARVEST CUSTOMS ARE REMNANTS OF HER OLD ROMAN FEAST. IN CLASSICAL ROME, SHE WAS WORSHIPPED WITH AT A SPECIAL ALTAR SET UP IN A GROVE OF FRUIT TREES CALLED A "POMONAI", WHICH HAD BEEN PAINTED OUTSIDE THE GATES OF ROME AND DEDICATED TO "POMONA. ".

"FIRST SEE THOSE AMPLE MELONS-BRINDLED O'ER"WITH MINGLED GREEN AND BROWN IS ALL THE RIND;"FOR THEY ARE RIPE, AND MEALY AT THE CORE,"AND SATURATE WITH THE NECTAR OF THEIR KIND."

"AND HERE THEIR FELLOWS OF THE MARSH ARE SET,"COVERING THEIR SWEETNESS WITH A CRUMPLED SKIN;"POMEGRANATES NEXT, FLAME-RED WITHOUT, AND YET"WITH VEGETABLE CRYSTALS STORED WITHIN."

"THEN MARK THESE BRILLIANT ORANGES, OF WHICH"A BY-GONE POET FANCIFULLY SAID,"THEIR UNPLUCKED GLOBES THE ORCHARD DID ENRICH"LIKE LOLDEN LAMPS IN A GREEN NILHT OF SHADE."

"WITH THESE ARE LEMONS THAT ARE EVEN MORE"GOLDEN THAN THEY, AND WHICH ADORN OUR RHYME,"AS DID ROUGH PENDANTS OF BARBARIC ORE"SOME PILLARED TEMPLE OF THE OLDEN TIME."

"AND HERE ARE PEACHES WITH THEIR RUDDY CHEEKS"AND RIPE TRANSPARENCY. HERE NECTARINES BLOOM,"ALL MOTTLED AS WITH DISCONTINUOUS STREAKS."AND SPREAD A FRUITY FRAGRANCE THROUGH THE ROOM."

"WITH THESE ARE CHERRIES MELLOW TO THE STONE;"INTO SUCH RIPENESS BATH THE SUMMER NURSED THEM,"THE VELVET PRESSURE OF THE TONGUE ALONE"AGAINST THE PALATE WERE ENOUGH TO BURST THEM."

"HERE TOO ARE PLUMS, LIKE EDIBLE RUBIES GLOWING -"THE LANGUAGE OF LUSH SUMMER'S EDEN THEME:"EVEN THROUGH THE SKIN HOW TEMPTINGLY KEEPS SHOWING"THEIR JUICY COMFORT, A RICH-CLOUDED GLEAM!"

"HERE TOO ARE FIGS, PEARS, APPLES (PLUCKED IN HASTE"OUR SUMMER TREAT JUDICIOUSLY TO VARY)"WITH APRICOTS, SO EXQUISITE IN TASTE,"AND YELLOW AS THE BREAST OF A CANARY. "

"AND LUSCIOUS STRAWBERRIES ALL FACETED"WITH GLITTERING LOBES-AND ALL THE LOVELIER SEEN"IN CONTRAST WITH THE LOQUAT'S DULLER RED,"AND VULGAR GOOSEBERRY'S UNLUSTROUS GREEN."

"AND LASTLY, BUNCHES OF RICH BLOODED GRAPES"WHOSE VINEYARD BLOOM EVEN YET ABOUT THEM CLINGS."THOUGH EVER IN THE HANDLING IT ESCAPES"LIKE THE FINE DOWN UPON A MOTH'S BRIGHT WINGS."

"EACH KIND IS PILED IN ORDER IN THE BASKET,"WHICH WE MIGHT WELL IMAGINE NOW TO BE"TRANSMUTED INTO A GREAT GOLDEN CASKET"ENTREASURING POMONA'S JEWELRY."

"CHARLES HARPUR"

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Pirwa  

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Pirwa (or Peruwa) is a Hittite deity whose nature is poorly understood. He/she is sometimes referred to as "queen", though archaeologists believe he/she was a male god. The name may derive from the Hittite peruna or "cliff", and the Pirwa worship seems to have involved horses and horse-related symbols.

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Goddess Wadjet  

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WADJET is an Egyptian serpent Goddess, whose name means "the green one". She was a protector of the king and of Lower Egypt, and is associated with the Goddess Nekhbet, who performed a similar function in Upper Egypt. Like Nekhbet she could be portrayed as a serpent, a vulture, or a combination of the two. Most often, Wadjet was depicted as a serpent and Nekhbet as a vulture. In her role as protector, she could spit flames in defense of the king. Variations on her name include UADJIT, WADJIT, BUTO (the city in which her cult was centered), EDJO, UDJO, and UTO. She was also known by the epithets "GREAT OF MAGIC", "MISTRESS OF AWE", and "MISTRESS OF FEAR".

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Amadioha  

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Amadioha (Igbo literal meaning "free will of the people") is the Alusi (god) of thunder and lightning of the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. He is amongst the most popular of Igbo deities and in some parts of Igboland, he is referred to as Amadiora, Kamalu (which is short for Kalu Akanu), Kamanu, or Ofufe. Astrologically, his governing planet is the Sun. His color is red, and his symbol is a white ram. Metaphysically, Amadioha represents the collective will of the people. He is often associated with Anyanwu, who is the Igbo god of the Sun. While Anyanwu is more prominent in northern Igboland, Amadioha is more prominent in the southern part. His day is Afo, which is the second market day of the Igbo four day week.

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Water Deity  

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A water deity is a deity in mythology associated with water or various bodies of water. Water deities are common in mythology and were usually more important among civilizations in which the sea or ocean, or a great river was more important. Another important focus of worship of water deities were springs or holy wells.

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Goddess Nerthus  

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NERTHUS IS AN ANCIENT GERMANIC GODDESS OF PEACE, WEALTH, THE SEA AND PURIFICATION. SHE WAS A POPULAR GODDESS, ONE WHO WAS WORSHIPPED BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT TRIBES. HER NAME MEANS "EARTH"...SO SHE IS KNOWN AS THE GREAT EARTH MOTHER THAT RULES OF MIDGARD. SHE BLESSES CIVILIZATION WITH PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS. THE CHIEF SEAT OF HER CULT WAS ON AN ISLAND WHICH HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. AND, AS ONE OF THE VANIC DEITIES, SHE IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH EARTH MAGICK AND FERTILITY. NERTHUS MAY HAVE BEEN THE UNMARRIED SISTER OF NJORD, THE GOD OF THE WIND AND THE SEA. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT SHE AND NJORD HAD AND INCESTOUS UNION WHICH RESULTED IN THE BIRTH OF FREY AND FREYA.

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING A FESTIVAL WAS HELD WHEREBY A SACRED COVERED WAGON...DRAWN BY TWO WHITE OXEN...AND ESCORTED BY A PRIEST WHO WOULD WALK ALONGSIDE HER WAGON..WAS PARADED AMONG THE TRIBES. AT THIS TIME, ALL WEAPONS WERE PUT AWAY AND ALL FIGHTING CEASED. IRON TOOLS WERE EVEN LOCKED AWAY DURING HER JOURNEY. THEN, WHEN THE FESTIVAL ENDED AND THE GODDESS WAS BEING RETURNED TO HER SHRINE, THE PRIEST WOULD GUIDE THE WAGON TO A SACRED LAKE WHERE A NUMBER OF SPECIALLY SELECTED SLAVES WOULD BATH HER ; AFTERWARD, THESE SLAVES WERE DROWNED AS A SACRIFICE TO HER.

"HAIL NERTHUS, LADY OF THE DEEP EARTH!"HAIL, MOTHER OF BIRCHES!"HAIL, GIVER OF GOLD AND GRAIN!"HAIL, UNMOVABLE ONE! "

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Goddess Opis  

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"OPIS" IS THE ROMAN GODDESS OF FERTILITY. SHE IS THE GODDESS OF THE FERTILE EARTH. THE VOWS OFFERED TO THIS GODDESS WERE MADE SITTING ON THE GROUND, TO SHOW THAT SHE WAS" EARTH," THE MOTHER OF ALL THINGS. SHE IS A GODDESS BOTH OF SOWING (SEED GROWTH) AND OF REAPING (THE HARVEST). "SATURN "AND "OPIS "WERE HUSBAND AND WIFE, AND TO THEM WE OWE THE INTRODUCTION OF CORN AND FRUITS. HER NAME MEANS WEALTH AND DERIVES FROM THE SAME SOURCE AS OPULENCE. "OPIS" IS ASSOCIATED WITH PEACE, PLENTY, AND AN ABUNDANT HARVEST.

A FESTIVAL IN HER HONOR WAS HELD ON AUGUST 25TH, AND ONLY PRIESTS AND VESTAL VIRGINS WERE ALLOWED TO APPROACH HER ALTAR. A FORMAL SACRIFICE WAS MADE TO THEM AT AN UNDERGROUND ALTAR IN THE "CIRCUS MAXIMUS," WHERE GRAIN WAS STORED (AS USUAL IN CELLARS), WHENCE THE SHE BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH UNDERGROUND POWERS.

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Artemis The Maiden Goddess Of The Crescent Moon  

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Artemis, I sing, with her golden arrows and her hunting cry.
The sacred maiden, deer huntress, showering arrows,
sister of Apollo, with his golden sword.

(Homer)

Artemis, is one of the principle Goddesses of the Greek pantheon. She was the twin of Apollo and was the daughter of Zeus and Leto. In one legend, Zeus was so taken with her that when she was only three years old, he sat her on his lap and promised her more gifts than she could ever ask for. One of the gifts she asked for was that of eternal chastity, and she asked no less of her followers, becoming vengefully angry if the vowed loyalty and then sought to have secret liaisons with a man. She was overprotective of their purity and proved cruelly punitive of any man who attempted to dishonor her or her maidens. On one occasion, while she was bathing in a stream, she was observed by a young hunter, Acteon, as he stopped to rest by a rock. He knew he shouldn't have been spying on the nakedness of a Goddess, but was transfixed by her beauty. When she looked up and saw that he was watching her, she grew fearful that he might boast to his cronies that he saw her naked, so she turned him into a stag. He turned and bolted into the forest, but Artemis had now set her pack of hounds loose. They soon overcame the helpless stag and tore him limb to limb.

Artemis was the chief hunter to the Gods and Goddesses became the Goddess of hunting and wild animals. And, because Leto had borne her without the normal pangs of childbirth, Artemis was also looked upon as a patron of birth. It was fairly clear that her preference was to run free in the mountains, pursuing game, and lighting up the night with torchlight. She is sometimes depicted with the crescent moon above her forehead.

Artemis is the archetypal wild woman, the woman who "runs with wolves." She 1s a virgin huntress, the Goddess of the hunt, the moon, fertility, childbirth, young women, wild animals, the bear, wolves, dogs, and the forests. She knows of all the deep places in nature where one could rest and regain strength. Violence for itself was abhorrent to her, yet she was swift to deal out punishment to offenders, especially those who threatened or harassed women. She is a fitting Goddess for today's modern day feminists for she inspires us to be strong, independent, to trust our instincts and intuitions, and to love and understand the wild and vulnerable around us and within us.

Write a poem or journal exercise in which you explore the powers and characteristics of the Goddess Artemis...including wild animals, nature, deer, and the promotion and protection of life, fertility, chastity, and transformation. Think about how these attributes and how they relate to the cyclical phases of the Moon, to yourself. Or create an alter to honor Artemis. Use a green cloth, a symbol of Artemis' bow and the crescent Moon, images of animals...including the bear, a wand, or another object made of wood.

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Watch For Asteria Goddess Of The Falling Stars In Tonight Skies  

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ASTERIA MEANS THE ISLAND, WHICH HAS FALLEN FROM HEAVEN LIKE A STAR. SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE TITAN, COEUS AND PHEOBE. SHE WAS THE SISTER OF LETO AND BECAME THE WIFE OF PERSES AND THE MOTHER OF HECATE. SHE WAS THE TITAN GODDESS OF ORACLES AND PROPHESIES OF THE NIGHT, INCLUDING PROPHETIC DREAMS AND THE READING OF THE STARS. AFTER THE FALL OF THE TITANS, SHE WAS PERSUED BY ZEUS, BUT MANAGED TO AVERT BEING CAPTURED BY TRANSFORMING HERSELF INTO A QUAIL AND DIVING INTO THE SEA WHERE SHE BECAME THE ISLAND OF DELOS.

ASTERIA IS ALSO THE GODDESS OF FALLING STARS, AND TONIGHT WILL BE PUTTING ON QUITE A SHOW WITH THE GEMINID DISPLAY WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO REACH ITS PEAK DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS DECEMBER 13 AND 14TH. SO, WATCH FOR HER IN THE SKY TONIGHT.

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Rod  

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ROD (the God) Old lord of creation. Wonder; swirling double-helix blue flame. Rod, sometimes referred to simply as god (Div, Diy; in the Veda Slovena Diy or Dia), is probably the most ancient deity in the Slavic pantheon. It is likely that several other gods, most notably Svarog, were initially epithets or incarnations of Rod. Svarog Rod meant Heavenly Rod. Later on these incarnations separated from Rod and were worshipped as separate entities. Very little is known about actual worship of Rod. In Slavic mythology Rod is the first god—progenitor of deities, creator of the Universe and its manager. He is the supreme universal principle, which established the divine law Pravda (Prav). He is a protector of blood-ties and clan relations, a patron of kinship and clan unions. At the beginning of Time, at the very beginning of the Cosmos, only Rod existed and there was nothing around him. According to some believers, he later created the Universe and the three worlds Jav, Prav and Nav, and arranged everything inside them. Rod also introduced the superior principle of balance between elements and enforced the highest law Pravda, which every creature and power (physical or metaphysical, material or energy) must obey.

Creator of Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld. Comes out of the Egg bringing Fire. He was the god who created both the world and life: he created man, established the family and gathered the nation together. Yav is the material world in which we are right now. Gods however are equally part of Yav. Yav is contained within Nav. Nav is the immaterial world, the world of the dead. Stars, which are the souls of the dead, as well as Svarga and Irij, are parts of Nav. Prav is the law that governs both Yav and Nav.

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Unkulunkulu  

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Unkulunkulu is the creator god in the language of the Zulu people. Unkulunkulu is believed to be father of Jesus and the term "Nkulunkulu" simple means "God". Other names include uMdali "Creator", uMvelinqandi "First than everything" also is uMvelinqangi in isiXhosa language. In the isiZulu language, the name means "the very great/high one". According to other myths, it is said that he came down from the sky to fight an Evil Demon and won against the Demon on a No Moon Day. His kingdom is heaven or Xenos "The land of angels and gods of protection". He is said to have created Primus angels Litu and his wife to be guardian angels of Jesus when he was born. He is also said to have created archangel Michael, Uriel, Gabriel... He also created Eden and Eva with Adam. His first angel was Lucifer the "Devil" whom later wanted to take the kingdom but was kicked out of heaven with few other angels. The creation stories of uNkulunkulu]] tell that he came from the reeds, and from them he brought forth the people and the cattle. He created everything from land and water to animals. He is considered the first man as well as the parent of all people. He taught the Zulu how to hunt, how to make fire, and how to grow food.

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Goddess Anna Perenna  

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"ANNA PERENNA, "THE GRANDMOTHER OF TIME AND FERTILITY, IS A VERY ANCIENT ROMAN FERTILITY GODDESS WHO WAS WORSHIPPED IN THE SACRED WOODS IN NORTHERN ROME. SHE WAS THE OLD CRONE DEITY OF THE YEARLY CYCLE. HER NAME MEANS "TO LIVE THROUGH THE YEAR "(ANNA) AND" LASTS MANY YEARS" (PERENNA), STILL SEEN IN THE ENGLISH WORDS ANNUAL AND PERENNIAL. SHE RULES THE CYCLES OF LONGEVITY AND RENEWAL, AND WAS THE DEITY WHO BROUGHT ABUNDANCE AND PLENTY TO HER PEOPLE.

SHE WAS DEPICTED AS AN OLD WOMAN AND HONORED ON THE "IDES OF MARCH", A CRONE GODDESS WHO WAS ALWAYS DEPICTED WITH GRAY HAIR, A WRINKLED FACE, AND A STOOPED BACK. SHE WORE A TRAVELING CAPE AND CARRIED WITH HER A BASKETS STUFFED WITH FOOD. "ANNA PERENNA" WAS THE GODDESS WHO LIKED BRINGING THE SWEETHEARTS TOGETHER. HER RITUALS WERE THEIR KISSES AND THEIR DANCES.

ON THE DAY SACRED TO HER, FAMILIES GATHERED THEIR OWN BASKETS OF FOOD, PITCHED TENTS, AND LAID BLANKETS. CHILDREN PLAYED GAMES AND YOUNG COUPLES COURTED EACH OTHER. EVERYONE ATE AND DRANK THEIR FILL. IT WAS A JOYOUS DAY FILLED WITH A GREAT DEAL OF DRINKING, DANCING, AND PARTYING. THE IDEA WAS TO DRINK AS MANY CUPS OF WINE TO "ANNA "AS YOU WISHED TO LIVE. AT SUNDOWN, EVERYONE GATHERED THEIR BELONGINGS AND STREAMED BACK INTO THE CITY IN AN INFORMAL PROCESSION, SINGING SONGS OF PRAISE TO "ANNA PERENNA. "

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Dreaming Goddess Of Malta  

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FOUND IN A SACRED HEALING TEMPLE ON THE ISLAND OF MALTA, SHE HAS BEEN SLEEPING FOR NEARLY 6,000 YEARS...THE DREAMING GODDESS WHO IS THOUGHT TO REPRESENT THE GODDESS RELIGION WHICH WAS PRACTICED SO MANY, MANY YEARS AGO ON THIS ISLAND. HER EYES ARE CLOSED. SHE SLEEPS IN A DEEP SUBTERRANEAN TEMPLE WHICH WAS DUG OUT BY ANTLER PICKS. SHE LIES ON HER SIDE ON A SMALL BOATLIKE STRUCTURE, A LARGE WOMAN WHO WEARS A FULL-LENGTH BELL-SHAPED SKIRT; HER BREASTS ARE EXPOSED. HER RIGHT FOREARM IS UNDERNEATH HER HEAD; THE OTHER IS DRAPED ACROSS HER HEAVY BREAST. HER FACE APPEARS AS RED OCHRE.

WHO IS SHE...THIS MYSTERIOUS WOMAN WHO SLEEPS IN THE POSE RECOMMENDED FOR TIBETAN DREAM YOGA? IS SHE THE GODDESS WHO DREAMED THE WORLD INTO BEING OR A PRIESTESS UNDERGOING A RITE OF INCUBATION. IT IS MOST LIKELY THAT SHE REPRESENTS A POWERFUL SHAMAN WHO ENTERS THE DREAM WORLD TO OBTAIN KNOWLEDGE, THE DREAMING GODDESS OF THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY. SHE REPRESENTS THE ANCIENT PRIESTESS DREAMERS WHO WERE ORACLES FOR THE COMMUNITY, ONE WHO VENTURED DEEPLY INTO THE DARKNESS FOR DIVINE INSPIRATION, DREAMING VISIONS OF WHOLENESS FOR ONE'S PERSONAL HEALING, THE COMMUNITY, OR FOR MOTHER EARTH.

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Goddess Axomama  

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AXOMAMA is the Incan Goddess of potatoes. She is one of the daughters of Pachamama, the earth mother. Potatoes formed a vital part of the food supply of the Incan people, and most villages would have a particularly odd-shaped potato to worship and ask for a good harvest. Axomama's name, which means "potato mother," is also seen as ACSUMAMA.

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Goddess Sequana  

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SEQUANA (pronounce sek-oo-ANN-a) is the Gaulish Goddess of the River Seine. The source of the Seine was called the Fontes Sequanae (the Springs of Sequana) by the Gauls, and they built a healing shrine there. When the Romans took over the area, they built temples to Sequana and continued her worship. Her waters were believed to heal physical infirmities, especially diseases of the eye. Her name means "the fast-flowing one" and is also seen as SEQUANNA, SIQUANNA, and SECUANA.

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Goddess Minerva  

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HER NAME, "MINERVA", WAS FIRST MENTIONED BY THE ETRUCANS;SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF WISDOM, ART, AND HANDICRAFTS, AND, LATER, THE GODDESS OF WAR; SHE WAS PARTICULARLY GOOD AT WEAVING. HER FATHER WAS JUPITER, AND SHE LEAPED FROM HIS BRAIN IN A FULL SUIT OF ARMOR. SHE WAS COMMONLY IDENTIFIED WITH THE GREEK ATHENA. SOME SCHOLARS BELIEVE THAT HER CULT WAS THAT OF ATHENA INTRODUCED AT ROME FROM ETRURIA. THIS IS REINFORCED BY THE FACT THAT MINERVA WAS ONE OF THE CAPITOLINE TRIAD, IN ASSOCIATION WITH JUPITER AND JUNO. HER SHRINE ON THE AVENTINE IN ROME WAS A MEETING PLACE FOR GUILDS OF CRAFTSMEN, INCLUDING AT ONE TIME DRAMATIC POETS AND ACTORS.

MINERVA IS ONLY DEPENDENT UPON HERSELF, NEVER TAKING A MATE. AN INVENTOR AND AND ALCHEMIST, SHE IS THE CREATOR OF NUMBERS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AND MEDICINES. HENCE, SHE IS ALSO A HEALING GODDESS AND A PATRONESS OF DOCTORS AND NURSES.

ALTHOUGH A WARLIKE DEITY, IT WAS DEFENSIVE WAR ONLY THAT SHE PATRONIZED, AND SHE HAD NO SYMPATHY FOR MARS LOVE OF VIOLENCE. THE ERECTION OF A TEMPLE TO MINERVA BY POMPEY OUT OF THE SPOILS OF HIS EASTERN CONQUESTS SHOWS THAT BY THEN SHE HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED WITH THE GREEK ATHENA. UNDER THE EMPEROR DOMITIAN, WHO CLAIMED HER SPECIAL PROTECTION, THE WORSHIP OF MINERVA ATTAINED ITS GREATEST VOGUE IN ROME.

"THEY WORSHIP AS THEIR DIVINITY, MERCURY IN PARTICULAR, AND HAVE MANY IMAGES OF HIM, AND REGARD HIM AS THE INVENTOR OF ALL ARTS, THEY CONSIDER HIM THE GUIDE OF THEIR JOURNEYS AND MARCHES, AND BELIEVE HIM TO HAVE GREAT INFLUENCE OVER THE ACQUISITION OF GAIN AND MERCANTILE TRANSACTIONS. NEXT TO HIM THEY WORSHIP APOLLO, AND MARS, AND JUPITER, AND MINERVA; RESPECTING THESE DEITIES THEY HAVE FOR THE MOST PART THE SAME BELIEF AS OTHER NATIONS: THAT APOLLO AVERTS DISEASES, THAT MINERVA IMPARTS THE INVENTION OF MANUFACTURES, THAT JUPITER POSSESSES THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE HEAVENLY POWERS; THAT MARS PRESIDES OVER WARS."--CAESAR

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Hymn To Artemis  

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Mousa,
sing of Artemis,
Sister of Hekatos,
the far-shooter,
Parthenos Iokheaira,
the virgin who delights in arrows,
who was fostered with Apollon.
She waters her horses from the river Meles
deep in reeds,
and swifty drives her all-golden chariot
through Smyrna to vine-clad Klaros
where Apollon Argyrotoxos,
god of the silver bow,
sits waiting for Hekatebolon Iokheaira,
far-shooting delighter in arrows.
And so hail to you,
Artemis,
in my song
and to all goddesses as well.
Of you first I sing
and with you I begin;
now that I have begun with you,
I will turn to another song.

~Homeric Hymn 9


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Cariocecus  

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Cariocecus was the god of war in Lusitanian mythology, in the cultural area of Lusitania (in the territory of modern Portugal). He was equated with the Roman god Mars and Greek Ares. The Lusitanians practiced human sacrifice and when a priest wounded a prisoner in the stomach they made predictions by the way the victim fell down and by the appearance of the victim's innards. Sacrifices were not limited to prisoners but also included animals, horses and goats specifically. That was confirmed by Strabo: "They offer a goat and prisoners and horses". The Lusitanians cut the right hand of prisoners and consecrated it to Cariocecus.

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Dark Goddess  

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"The essential qualities of the dark moon are change and transformation. Today we are afraid of many of the dark moon [and Dark Goddess] teachings, such as alchemy, astrology, and other spiritual or psychological disciplines, which reveal information about the unconscious or subtle dimensions of being. The Bible has told us that they are evil and contrary to the will of God. Educators tell us they cannot be validated by scientific inquiry and its practitioners are labeled quacks. Yet it is these teachings, based on the timing of cyclical patterns that give us the guidance that enables us to pass thru the dark nonphysical dimensions of being - of death and rebirth, endings and new beginnings, or spontaneous healings - with clarity and confidence instead of panic and terror. Philosophical traditions have repeatedly told us that the answers tot he ultimate questions of life and death are found, not in the external world, but deep within the dark recesses of our own minds." (Demetra George, "Mysteries of the Dark Moon," page 51-52.)

In the psychology of humanity there occurred a polarization between the male gods who came from above, bearers of the light, [the lightning and solar Gods of the nomadic invader- Aryans, Kurgans, Semites and Dorians, who came from the steppes of northern Europe, where "big sky" rules over the cold, forbidding earth] and the female divinities, who dwelt in the [fertile] darkness of Earth and caves. Light was equated with good and dark with evil....

As the Goddess became distorted from an image of the compassionate mother, the source and sustainer of all life, into a symbol associated with the forces of darkness and evil, women, her earthly manifestations, were likewise considered impure, evil, and guilty of original sin - people who must be punished. Women who had sexual relations outside of the patriarchal monogamous marriage contract threatened the certainty of patriarchal bloodline transmission, and were ostracized and killed; their illegitimate children deprived of all legal rights and social acceptance." (George, 38)

The demise of the goddess and the rise of the gods can also be understood in terms of the changes that were occurring in the human brain during the period of transition. Princeton University professor Julian Jaynes, in his controversial study of human consciousness, suggests that ancient people did not "think" as we do today.

People were 'bicameral,' directed by voices emanating from the right side of the brain and apprehended by the left side - voices that they treated as divine and obeyed unquestioningly until a series of natural disasters and the growing complexity of their society forced them to become [what we might call] conscious (around 1500 BCE).

The cosmology that developed during the reign of the Goddess arose from the kinds of thought processes that originate primarily out of the right brain. The right brain is feminine in polarity, circular in motion, intuitive in nature, and audial in emphasis. The right brain is relational and unifying; it focuses on a holistic view of how things are similar and interconnected....It sees time as cyclical. Humanity then worshipped a feminine lunar deity who circled and ever-renewed Herself. She illumined the mystery where the end and beginning are the same point, touching back-to-back. Peoples thus understood death and sex as precursors to rebirth. And they did not fear the darkness of death, the ecstasy of sexuality, or the Goddesses and Her priestesses, who facilitated their transition between lifetimes.

While Jaynes does not discuss the changeover from the Goddesses to the Gods, he does document the catastrophes and cataclysms that started to occur in the middle of the second millennium BCE. In Addition to the volcanic eruptions, tidal waves, and massive flooding, he sees widespread warfare and dislocation that [has been previously identified as] the patriarchal invasions. Jaynes suggests that the rational, logical, analytical mind, all functions of the left brain, was developed in order to assist humanity thru the increasing complexity of their changing world. He presents evidence that the left-brain functions became more active at this time and grew to influence the ways in which individuals perceived reality.

The left brain is masculine in polarity, linear in movement, logical in nature, and visual in perception. It has been most prevalent in the analytical, technological and scientific intellectualism of modern times. While the right brain focuses on how things are alike, THE LEFT BRAIN EMPHASIZES HOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT[!]. It develops our capacity for analysis and discrimination, and in the process it perceives a distinction between subject and object. This kind of dualistic view sees a separation between self and others, between us and them, and this perception inevitably leads to a war of opposites that yields an oppressor and victim...After 1500 BCE, when human beings began to operate primarily from the left brain, associated with the masculine principle, they began to see a distinction between themselves and the rest of creation. Because they now feared the threat of being overwhelmed by external forces as something separate from themselves, there arose a desire to conquer the feminine principle, embodied in the Goddess, women, and nature, rather than to live in harmony with it. (George, pp 40-44)

"While the religion of the Goddess always included a concept of the Underworld, it was not a place of punishment. It was simply the gap between lifetimes, the dark womb of the Goddess, where one went to be purified, healed, and prepared for rebirth. It is the patriarchal monotheistic religions, operating out of left-brain mentality, that conceived of a heaven and hell, with the he corresponding associations of good and evil, reward and punishment. And the hell of this wrathful Father God was filled with unending sadistic torture and pervasive suffering. Humanity then began to fear the darkness of death. Those who, during their lives, were not saved by a religious conversion to the Father faced a death of eternal torture and absolute finality. Their terror extended to the Dark Goddess of the Dark Moon, who was now only the death-bringer and no longer the renewer. When the Goddess became separated from her role in cyclical renewal, her third dark aspect became the horrifying image of feminine evil who seduced, devoured, and brought finality to the lives of human beings. The dark aspect of the goddess was then hated, persecuted, suppressed, and cast out into the predawn of history and into the depths of the unconscious....

Today the Dark Goddess, as the third aspect of the ancient Triple Goddess, represents many of the rejected aspects of the trinity of feminine wholeness.
the teachings of the Dark Goddess of the Dark Moon are concerned with divination, magic, healing, sacred sexuality, the nonphysical dimensions of being, and the mysteries of birth, death, and regeneration. These dark moon teachings, now called pseudo-sciences, have been rejected as legitimate areas of inquiry by modern religious and educational institutions....

The shadow, according to Junian psychology, is the dark, rejected part of the psyche. It consists of all those qualities that we, as influenced by the values of our culture, do not feel are desirable or acceptable to express as part of our personalities. The shadow contains what we do not like about ourselves, what we find threatening, shameful, and inadequate, as well as certain valued and positive qualities that we are pressured to repress and disown...

The inherent nature of the original Dark Goddess, who brought both death and rebirth, has been repressed and denied for thousands of years. Her toxic releases, festering in exile, have distorted and poisoned our perceptions of an intrinsic aspect of the feminine nature. the Dark Goddess was then conceptualized as malefic, and her teachings concerning the dark, sex, and death were distorted. Our mythical literature abounds with images of the Dark Goddess as feminine evil. She was feared as the Fates who, at the moment of our birth, determine the time of our death...as Nemesis, the Goddess of Judgment and swift retribution; as the Furies, who will hound a man to madness and death..medea, who killed her children; Circe, who transformed men into pigs; Medusa, who turned them to stone; the Lamia, who sucked their blood; Lilith, who seduced them in order to breed demons; and Hekate, Queen of the Witches, who snatched them into the Underworld." (Ibid, 43-44). In popular culture, there is no better representation of the Dark Goddess than the Alien mother who fought Sigourney Weaver. Our fear, rage and disgust over the Dark Goddess can be seen in our severe reactions to women who do NOT behave as the loving, nurturing mothers we expect/ want them to be.

The Dark Goddess is no lightweight. She promises trouble, an end to form as we have know it, the death of the ego. Her mythology suggests that she is venomous, wrathful, outraged, awake and on fire. She is impersonal, yet she erupts form deep within the human psyche with unexpected passion and rage. She is transformation in the extreme, and her power is regenerative and healing. Like a trickster, she frees us from the trappings that bind us to your tiny personal worlds; like a knife she cuts away all that is inessential and untruthful. She shatters structure, disintegrates the personality, destroys form. She liberates and saves, heals and frees.

There is an inherent problem with the reappearance of the Dark Goddess in the world today, and more personally in women's individual lives. When she was repressed, and her priestesses disempowered, she was also "demonized" by the new ruling elite. What had always belonged to Her was the power to interpret and carry out "natural law" in individual and community lives. The powers of life and death were hers, and we humans approached her with awe and respect. When female roles were replaced by male priests and shamans and temples became places where rules and regulations were made and held as 'commandments', the Dark Goddess was maligned and made evil.

Women carry this malignant definition of female power in our cells today. When the Dark Goddess begins to erupt in us, instead of rage at the wrongs that have been done, many women feel guilty and ashamed, as if something 'demonic' were awakening within them. What is this terrible force that makes a woman scream at her lover, rage at the authorities, and rail at God? When the Dark Goddess enters into the lives of even the most 'ordinary' women, She turns them into troublemakers. Certainly the world around us defines Her presence as demonic and destructive. Little old ladies march for abortion; mothers and housewives leave the fold and take up with 'uppity' women; women of all ages and types stop being 'nice'. If ever there was a revolutionary deity, the Dark Goddess is it!

I love the Dark Goddess – worship her, pledge allegiance to the changes She would bring in my life and others – yet when She visits my life, I feel as if I am in an earthquake, a volcano, a tidal wave of terrible proportions. And through Her visitations come the ability to "feel" – on a visceral level, in the body – the creative power and expression of the earth itself. As She says "NO!" to what was; and "YES!" to what isn't quite yet, She forces us to jump the inevitable gap between the past and the future.

Transformation always involves a death of the old, a moment of total, unknown viodness when we are naturally afraid, and a breathless leap into the renewal when we are "reborn". It is imperative that we surrender to the death and let go into the unknown before we can experience and appreciate the rebirth. It is this amazing doorway between death and rebirth that the Dark Goddess guards.

Ask someone to give a description of the personality type s/he finds most offensive, irritating, and impossible to get along with, and s/he will produce a description of his/her own repressed shadow!

"Jungian psychology tells us that in order to heal the wounds and suffering caused by denying and rejecting specs of our wholeness, we must first enter into our unconscious and develop a relationship with our shadow. It is necessary to recognize that all of these hated and ostracized parts of ourselves have a legitimate need to exist and be expressed. If we can affirm the full range of our essential human nature, acknowledging both the desirable and undesirable qualities, then we have the option to transform the more problematical energies that cause our pain and suffering into constructive activity that will benefit our lives and relationships....

We need to go into our darkness and make our peace with all the lost parts of ourselves in order to redeem the healing and renewal that reside in the dark...

The hero or heroine's journey into the underworld to reclaim the stolen treasure from the monster is not an easy quest, and is fraught with many dangers....As we move toward accepting the wholeness of our beings, we will inevitably have to revise our fears of the dark....

And so we must invoke and praise the Dark Goddess, who has been banished to the neglected corners of our psyches. Her ultimate function is to facilitate the transformation that occurs in t he dark. She provokes the death of our ego selves, of our old forms, and of our false assumptions, so that we can give birth to the new....Our personal healing experiences then become the training ground for the compassion that permeates our potentialities as a wounded healer.
The mystery of the Dark Moon Goddess is that death and birth are the twin faces of her cosmic orgasm with the Sun God each month at the new moon conjunction.
Fulfilled in love, she then circles, ever turning around the earth, and sends forth a shower of blessings with the knowledge that there is no annihilation."
(Ibid 55-58)

by Vicki Noble, from Woman of Power Magazine



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Enmesarra  

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Enmesarra, or Enmesarra, in Sumerian and Akkadian mythology is an underworld god of the law. Described as a Sun god, protector of flocks and vegetation, and therefore he has been equated with Nergal.. On the other hand, he has been described as an ancestor of Enlil, and it has been claimed that Enlil slew him.

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