Goddesses A-Z

The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power.

Carol P. Christ

Note from Ria: This page is constantly being updated with new and edited information. Some information is sited with links from the original websites for further research and reading. All Goddesses are in alphabetical order.

Please injoy! xo ~ Ria



Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt, Animals, the Forest, Virginity and Children



Artemis of Ephesus – National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Some scholars believe that the name, and indeed the goddess herself, was originally pre-Greek Homer refers to her as Artemis Agrotera, Potnia Theron: “Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals”. The Arcadians (Akkadians [Akans]) believed she was the daughter of Demeter.

In the classical period of Greek mythology, Artemis (Ancient Greek: Ἄρτεμις, pronounced [ár.te.mis] in Classical Attic) was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animalswilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times, she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth. (source: Wikipedia)

Black Goddess  Artemis of Ephesus (Turkey) –

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Ast, Auset (Isis) – Goddess of The Throne, Agriculture, Magic, Motherhood, Queenship, Ancient Madonna

c047af5576fa605e61e655c2de05eeaeIsis is the Greek rendering of the Egyptian ST, which is commonly pronounced as Auset/Ast means “Seat” or “Throne”.  Like her Egyptian name, Auset (Isis) is always shown wearing a seat/throne upon her head.

In Ancient Egypt, as well as in all countries nowadays, the seat/throne/chair symbolizes legitimacy/authority. The principle city of a county is called “the seat of the county”. The title of the chief of chiefs is called “Chairman of the Board”. This is one of the countless influences of Ancient Egypt on the world, past and present.

In Egypt, however, the significance of Auset (Isis) as the seat/authority/legitimacy was the basis for Egypt’s adoption of the matrilineal/matriarchal principle in their society.

Isis (Ast) and Heru (Horus) as the Original Mother Mary (Jesus)

Isis (Ast) and Heru (Horus) as the Original Mother Mary (Jesus)

Throughout Egyptian history, it was the queen who transmitted the solar blood. The queen was the true sovereign, landowner, keeper of the royalty, and guardian of the purity of the lineage. The man who married the eldest Egyptian princess claimed a right to the throne. Through marriage, she transmitted the crown to her husband-he only acted as her executive agent. This social/political law was incorporated into the Egyptian Model Story, whereby Ausar (Osiris) became the first Pharaoh of Egypt, as a result of his marrying Auset (Isis). The Pharaohs, as well as the leaders of smaller localities, adhered to this system. If the Pharaoh/leader had no daughters, a dynasty ended and a new dynasty began, with a new revered woman as a new seed for a new dynasty. The matrilineal practices also applied to the whole society, as evident from the funerary stelae of all kinds of people, where it is the usual custom to trace the descent of the deceased on the mother’s side, and not on that of the father. The person’s mother is specified, but not the father, or he is only mentioned incidentally. This tradition is still enduring secretly among the Baladi Egyptians. (source: Moustafa Gadalla, Tehuti Research Foundation)

Related to the Yoruba Goddess Yemaya


Kamitic: Auset
Canaanite: Gabri-El
Kabastical: Yesod
Yoruba: Yemaya
Indus Kush: Dhumavati

Ast "The Throne, Royal Seat" also known as (Isis)

Ast “The Throne, Royal Seat” also known as (Isis)

Sphere: 9
Planet: Moon
Day: Monday
Color: Sea Blue
Number: 7
Gems: Pearls, Moonstone

Time of Year: Sidereal Full Moon in Cancer
Hekau: Spiritual: Dhum, Vam
Planetary: Aung Shrang Shring Shraung

Spiritual Direction: East
Emotional Traits: Caring, Motherliness, Conservative, Benevolent,Sweet Mannered, Comfort Loving; Wants Security

Careers: Mother,Wife, Domestic Life, Midwives, Nurses, the Masses, Sailors, Teachers of Children,Farmers, Servants,Millers, Dealers and Workers with Liquid.

Goddess who is Mother of All,
Queen of the Deep Sea,
Protectress of women –
Allow your presence to be known throughout this sacred space.
We who call upon you as Yemaya
Our Mother, Our Womb of Creation,
ask that your love rolls and washes over us as the waves of the ocean,
as the rivers from your breasts.
Yemaya, Mother Whose Children are Fish
You who are comfort, inspiration, and forgiveness
We call you forth to enter our hearts.

Athena – Goddess of Wisdom, Military Victory and Crafts

athena_goddess_of_intelligenceAthena, the goddess of wisdom and military victory, and also the patron of the city of Athens, was Hercules’ half-sister. Her parents were Zeus and Metis, a nymph. Zeus heard a prophecy that the child Metis bore after she gave birth to Athena would become the lord of heaven, so, to prevent this from happening, he swallowed Metis while she was still pregnant with Athena.

When the time came for Athena to be born, the smith god, Hephaistos, opened Zeus’ head with an axe, and Athena stepped out, in full armor. The birth of Athena was a favorite topic of Greek vase painters.


Aphrodite – Goddess of Love and Fertility

painting-aphroditeAphrodite  is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. She is identified with the planet Venus.

As with many ancient Greek deities, there is more than one story about her origins. According to Hesiod‘s Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus‘s genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros). Walking to the shore of Cyprus hence her name Kypris and Cyprus, hence Cythera.  According to Homer‘s Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to Plato (Symposium, 180e), these two origins were of entirely separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos. (source: Wikipedia)



Bast – Goddess of Fertility, Dance, Music, Health, Aromatherapy, Protector of Children, and Military -Enemy Victory, Home Realm and Underworld


B-Ast, Bast or Bastet was a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion, worshiped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BC). Goddess as the Sun and the Moon. As Bast, she was the goddess of warfare in Lower Egypt, the Nile River delta region, before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt. Her name is also spelled Baast, Ubaste, and Baset.

Geography/Cultures: Kemet, Egypt (Africa)
Moon and Sun
Elements: Fire (sun), Water (moon), Earth
Days of week: Monday (Lunar), Sunday (Sun), Friday (Venus), Saturday (Saturn/Underworld)
Symbol: the Cat (domestic and wild), Lioness, Sistrum, Essential Oil canisters(bes), Kittens, Felines, Eye of Ra, Daughter of Ra, Solar Disk, Serpent of Victory, Serpent of Wisdom, Kundalini Rising, Rising Sun
Power: Balances Yin and Yang Energies, Fierce Warrioress and Healing Loving Mother Goddess, Master (Goddess) of  Sexuality, Eroticism, and Tantra, Triple Goddess

Tiger's Eye Gemstone Harmonious Balanced Action (Decisions, Discernment, Courage, Confidence, Will, Protection, Creativity, Kundalini Rising, Amplifies Energy)

Tiger’s Eye Gemstone
Solar Plexus and 3rd Eye Brow Chakras, Grounds Root Chakra ~ Earth element.  
Balances Lower and Higher Chakras Alignment and Harmonious Balanced Action (Decisions, Discernment, Courage, Confidence, Strong Will, Self Worth, Psychic Protection, Psychic Awareness, Creativity, Kundalini Rising, Amplifies Energy, Heals Emotions, Brings Clarity, Gold Christ-Consciousness, Abundance and Prosperity, Commerce and Travel )  
Planet: Vedic – Mercury, Ketu Lunar Node Birthstone: November  
Charged by Sunlight, add Hematite for cleaning overnight, 1x monthly


cat-goddesses-reliefNames/Titles: Lady of the Flame, Eye of Ra, Protectress. Goddess of Joy, Goddess of Perfume and Healing Ointments, Fierce One, the Good Mother, Lady of the East, the All Seeing Eye, Goddess of the Rising Sun, The Sacred Eye of Ra, Sun Goddess (Kemet/Egypt), Moon (Lunar) Goddess (Greece), The Green One, The Red One
Gems (based on Elements): Solar+Sacral ~ Tiger’s Eye, Cat’s Eye, Citrine, Sunstone, Pyrite (fools gold), Gold, Topaz, Amber, Ruby
Earth ~ Jasper, Agate
3rd Eye (Brow) ~ Lapis Lazuli
Colors: Red, Turquoise,Green, Black, Gold, Silver, Terracotta Clay
Libations: Beer

Lioness Bast cosmetic jar

Lioness Bast aromatic jar

Aromatherapy/Incense/Oils: Cinnamon, Anise, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Myrhh, Frankincense, Musk, Catnip, Vervain, Hemp, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rose oil
Instruments: Rattles, drums, sistrums

Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Maahes, Sekhmet, Tefnut, Hathor/Het Heru, Isis/Ast/Aset, Wadjet (Uadjet), Triple Goddess, Wadjet-Bast, Mut, Mut-Wadjet-Bast, Sekhmet -Nekhebet

Energies: Eye seeing through Darkness, Clarity of Vision, Goddess of Music and Dance, Defender of Children,  Sexuality and Sensuality, Fertility and Birthing, Healing Fitness and Wellness, Healing Poisons, Hexes and Venim, Blessed with Grace, Agility, Royal Nature, Justice, Vengence, Righteousness, Left and Right Eyes of Ra, Rain (moisture) and Desert (dry-heat)
Family: Sister of Het Heru (Hethert), Sekhmet, Djehuti, Seshat, and Maat; Daughter of Mut and Amon, Daughter of Ra, Daughter of Osiris (Asr) and Isis (Aset/Ast), twin sister of Heru (Horus).


Priestesses of Dance, Healing and Music

Priestesses of Dance, Healing, Eroticism  and Music

Her city or nome was Bubastis, her symbols (symbolism) are the Sistrum, the Cat, and Lion. She is one of the many goddesses known as the Eye of Ra for her fierce warrioress energies. She was the goddess of protection against contagious diseases and evil spirits. She is associated with the Greek goddess Artemis.

The two uniting cultures had deities that shared similar roles and usually the same imagery. In Upper Egypt, Sekhmet was the parallel warrior lioness deity to Bast. Often similar deities merged into one with the unification, but that did not occur with these deities with such strong roots in their cultures. Instead, these goddesses began to diverge. During the Twenty-Second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC), Bast had changed from a lioness warrior deity into a major protector deity represented as a cat. Bastet, the name associated with this later identity, is the name commonly used by scholars today to refer to this deity.

images (4)Originally she was viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt. As protector, she was seen as defender of the pharaoh, and consequently of the later chief male deity, Ra, who was also a solar deity, gaining her the titles Lady of Flame and Eye of Ra.

Her role in the Egyptian pantheon became diminished as Sekhmet, a similar lioness war deity, became more dominant in the unified culture of Lower and Upper Egypt known as the Two Lands.

The lioness represented the war goddess and protector of both lands that would unite as Ancient Egypt. As divine mother, and more especially as protector, for Lower Egypt, Bast became strongly associated with Wadjet, the patron goddess of Lower Egypt. She eventually became Wadjet-Bast, paralleling the similar pair of patron (Nekhbet) and lioness protector (Sekhmet) for Upper Egypt. Bast fought an evil snake named Apep for her father Ra. She is known as the “Protectress.”

As the fierce lion god Maahes of nearby Nubia later became part of Egyptian mythology and assigned the role of the son of Bast, during the time of the New Kingdom, Bast was held to be the daughter of Amun Ra, a newly ascending deity in the Egyptian pantheon during that late dynasty. Bast became identified as his mother in the Lower Egypt, near the delta. Similarly the fierce lioness war goddess Sekhmet, became identified as the mother of Maahes in the Upper Egypt.

Bhramari Devi – Goddess of the Black Bees, Warrioress Goddess against Negativity

Bhramari is a Hindu Goddess. She is an incarnation of the Goddess Shakti. Bhramari means ‘the Goddess of bees’ or ‘the Goddess of black bees’. She is associated with bees, hornets and wasps, which cling to her body. She is typically depicted as holding a mace, trident, sword and shield in her four hands.

The tenth book and thirteenth chapter of the Devi Bhagavata Purana records the exploits of the goddess Bhramari in detail. She is also briefly alluded in the Devi Mahatmya. [1] The Devi Bhagavata Purana describes how she slew the demon Arunasura.






Ceres – 



Cybele – 



DAEIRA (Daira) – Okeanid Nymph, the Titan Spring Guide, the “Knowing One,”  Goddess & Mother of Demigod Eleusis

Titan mythology predates Olympian Greek mythology because it originates prior to the first floods recorded in the Bile and other sacred texts dating history and mythology. Further research shows that the Titans were second generation beings only after the Primordial Gods. Primordial Gods in Greek mythology were the “first born” gods and goddesses born from the Void of Khaos (Chaos)  the Great Mother who preceded the Universe. Many of the early Greeks particularly the Athenians whose etymologic name is surprisingly not of Greek origin boasted of being aboriginal (autochthonian) and linked to ancestors of the Primordial age.

Sea animals (dolphins, hyppocampi). Amphora, red-figured Terracotta (6th-1st BCE), from Caniao. Greek Hermitage Museum

Titan mythology include Chthonian (Underworld)  gods and goddesses including Nymphs (nature spirits) split into 5 different groups; Naiades were the Oceanids associated with fountains springs and wells, the Nephelai were cloud nymphs, Leimonides were nymphs of the pasture, the Anthousai were the Oceanid nymphs of flowers, and the Aurai were nymphs of the water found in breezes. The ancient mysteries of the Underworld had a direct link to cults of Agriculture. The Eleusinian Mysteries (Eleusis, West Attica).

Okeanides. Paestan Red Figure Vase Painting – Greek Pottery C4th BC

DAEIRA is an Okeanid-nymph of the town in Eleusis in West Attika (Attica), (Southern Greece). She is a Titan Greek goddess of aboriginal origin of Eleusis of early ancient Greeks living in the region prior to the first flood.  She is associated with the Goddess Hekate (Hecate, The Triple Goddess), Kore (The Maiden), and Persephone (Core/Kore, which may have also been a titles. Daeira was also the mother of the first king of the town Eleusis giving birth to a Demi God or Goddess by the God Hermes or the first ruler of Attika Ogygus.

Greek Name Δαειρα Δαιρα
Transliteration Daeira, Daira (Latin)
Translation Learned, Knowing (daô)
Nymph Spring, Well, Guide
Significance Underworld Guide to Persephone
Prominence Birthed Eleusis (Town, King)
Origin Titan Nature Spirit
Established Goddess of Eleusinian Mysteries
Other Names Hekate, Kore, Persephone
Birthed Eleusis – Demi-God/ Goddess of Hermes  (father) or Ogygus (first ruler of (Boeotia) Attica also of the aboriginal (autochthonian) chthonian underworld primeval origin)



Eleusinian Mysteries, Bee, Demeter cult. Protectress of the Heart. Minoan Bee Goddess, golden plaque, British Museum. Found at Camiros, Rhodes, 7th century BCE. The Melissae, also known as The Thriae (also Thriai), a triad of divinatory Priestesses in ancient Greece, were originally Nymphs. The Thriae were able to see the future, interpret signs and omens provided by Nature and the Earth. They taught the God Apollo this art. Their names are Daphnis (Laurel), Kleodora (Famed for Her Gift) and Melaina (The Black).

Daeira was connected with the rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Her name means “Knowing One” or “Teacher” from the Greek verb daô which appears to connect her with the instruction of initiates in the secret knowledge of the Mysteries. The name Daeira was also an Eleusinian title of the goddess Persephone. Daeira may also have been identified with the Eleusinian Hekate who, according to some, was a consort of Hermes Khthonios (the Guide of the Dead). She may have been the Naiad of the town’s famous well, or springs, where Demeter first rested upon entering Eleusis.


Demeter also known as Ceres (Core/Kore) was an Agrarian cult and Underworld Mystery Rites. She is of the 12 Olympians (offspring of the Titans).

Parents Oceanus and Tethys
Loved by Hermes
Home Eleusis in Attica

DAEIRA (Daeira or Daira), that is, “the knowing,” a divinity connected with the Eleusinian mysteries. According to Pausanias (i. 38. § 7) she was a daughter of Oceanus, and became by Hermes the mother of Eleusis; but others called her a sister of Styx; while a third account represents her as identical with Aphrodite, Demeter, Hera, or Persephone. (Apollon. Rhod. iii. 847; Eustath, ad Hom. p. 648.)


(Source: http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/NympheDaeira.html)












Demeter – 

Diana (Artemis) – Mother Goddess of the Moon and Hunting, Animal Shaman, Triple Goddess of the Night, Wiccan Goddess  
artemis-bow-US-WU75674A4Roman mythology, Diana (lt. “heavenly” or “divine”) was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis,[1] though she had an independent origin in Italy. Diana was worshipped in ancient Roman religion and is revered in Roman Neopaganism andStregheria. Dianic Wicca, a largely feminist form of the practice, is named for her. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.
Oak groves were especially sacred to her. According to mythology (in common with the Greek religion and their deity Artemis), Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god. (source: wikipedia)
Geography/Cultures: Roman, Greek
Powers: Mutable as Triple Goddess, Hunt, Moon (Lunar), Nocturnal, Virgin Goddess of Childbirth, Animal Shaman, Woods and Woodlands , High Mountains, Light, Heavenly World, Underworld and Darkness
Moon phase: Crescent
Animals: Deer, Dogs,
Symbols: Bow and Arrow, Moon, Water, Forest Items, the Sun, Dogs and Hounds, the Stag
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Month: November
Day of the Week: Friday
Days lucky: 13, 15, 27
Incense/Herbs: Sandalwood, Cypress, Lemon, Rose
Colors: White, Silver (moon/lunar), Black (underworld), Indigo
Goddesses Associated: Triple Goddess of Diana, Minerva and Vesta
young 12-19, and crone goddess

Dione (Aphrodite) – Titan Goddess of Love 
dione-verdigris-garden-statue-01-600Dione is identified as the mother of the Roman goddess of love, Venus,[1] or equivalently as the mother of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite; but Dione is also sometimes identified with Aphrodite.
Dione /dˈn/ is the name of four women in ancient Greek mythology, and one in the Phoenician mythology of Sanchuniathon. Dione is translated as “Goddess”, and given the same etymological derivation as the names Zeus, Diana, et al. Very little information exists about these nymphs or goddesses, though she is described as beautiful and is sometimes associated with water or the sea.
A Dione is among the Titanides or Titanesses. She is called a daughter of Okeanos and Tethys, hence an Oceanid, a water-nymph. She is otherwise called a daughter of Gaia; according to worshippers of Orpheus her father is the sky-god Ouranos,[2] while others identify her father as Aether. She and Zeus are called the parents of Aphrodite by some ancient sources.[3] Hesiod listed Dione among the wives of Zeus who were daughers of Tethys and Okeanos; she is described as beautiful in the “sacred books of Orpheus”.[4]She was one of the goddesses assembled to witness the birth of Apollo.[5]
The Greek goddess of love sometimes takes the name Dione: this may identify her with Aphrodite, though Homer calls Dione the mother of Aphrodite. A feminine form of the god Zeus. (source: Wikipedia)

Durga –  Hindu Goddess of Battle and Victory, The “Invincible”, Goddess of Good over Evil
Durgpbabd010_goddess_durga_liona sanskrit: दुर्गा Durgā “Invincible” also known as Parvathi, Devi, Shakti is pure energy. Her energies are trifold as Creation, Sustenance and Annihilation. She is sometimes seen among the Triple Goddess, Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Paravathi in Kali /Durga form of Death, Destruction, or Annihilation in her form as Warrior Goddess. Durga has many forms including the formless Adi Parashakti, the Mother of the Universe,  and her feirce warrior form as protector of the men, gods and demi-gods. She is known as the Annihilator of Mahishasur the demon whom Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma could not destroy. Enlisting Durga’s assistance she was bestowed (booned) with celestial weapons to defeat the demons of earth. Her weapons include: trident, lightening bolt, mace, conch shell, bow and arrow, goblet, dagger, javelin, lasso, discus, sword, snake, battle axe, shield, spade, rod, horned-weapon, bell, lotus flower, elephant goad, iron weapon, hammer weapon. At times, she is considered another form of the Goddess Kali.
The historian Ramaprasad Chanda wrote in 1916, the following treatise about the ideological development of Goddess Durga from primitive goddess to her current form: [1]

“…it is possible to distinguish two different strata – one primitive and the other advanced. The primitive form of Durga (Parvati) is the result of syncretism of a mountain-goddess worshiped by the dwellers of the Himalaya and the Vindhyas, a goddess worshiped by the nomadic Abhira shepherd, a vegetation spirit conceived as female, and a war-goddess. As her votaries advanced in civilization the primitive war-goddess was transformed into the personification of the all-destroying time (Kali), the vegetation spirit into the primordial energy (Adya Sakti) and the saviouress from “samsara” (cycle of rebirths), and gradually brought into line with the Brahmanic mythology and philosophy….”

Durga is the supreme soul, otherwise called Shakti (primordial cosmic energy).
Mantra: Om Durgaye Namaha / Om Aim Hreem Kleem Durga Devi Namaha
Planet: MarsAnimal: Lion, Tiger
Home/Familiar: Forests
Moon: Waxing

Eostre (Easter) – Goddess of Spring, Germanic

 Erzulie – Warrior Goddess of Love, Sexual Power, Beauty, Protectress of Women, La Siren (Mami Wata) 
Erzuliie-FredaErzulie Fréda Dahomey, the Rada aspect of Erzulie, is the Haitian African spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury, and flowers. She wears three wedding rings, one for each husband – DamballaAgwe and Ogoun. Her symbol is a heart, her colours are pink, blue, white and gold, and her favourite sacrifices include jewellery, perfume, sweet cakes and liqueurs. Coquettish and very fond of beauty and finery, Erzulie Freda is femininity and compassion embodied, yet she also has a darker side; she is seen as jealous and spoiled and within some Vodoun circles is considered to be lazy. During ritual possession, she may enter the body of either a man or a woman. She enjoys the game of flirtation and seduces people without distinguishing between sexes. In Christian iconography she is often identified with the Mater Dolorosa, as well as another loa named Metres Ezili. She is conceived of as never able to attain her heart’s most fervent desire. For this reason she always leaves a service in tears. Common syncretizations include Iyalorde Oxum as she relates to the Yoruba Vodu goddess of erotic love, gold and femininity. (Source: Wikipedia)
Sometimes considered a lesbian goddess for her love of the divine, sacred and profane woman image embodiment and power. she is also known to have had 3 husbands wearing 3 wedding bands. She seeks retribution and justice in respect to women . Associated with the goddesses Oshun, Aphrodite, Venus, Mother Mary, the Black Madonna, La Siren.

Freya – 

Fortuna – 

Gaia – 

Hekate –   Hecate 

Hera – Goddess of Marriage and Protector of Women
Hera (Roman equivalent is Juno)  is one of the most interesting figures of the ancient Greek Pantheon of Gods. She is daughter of Cronus and Rhea, the only lawful wife of Zeus, Olympian goddess, protector of marriage and especially married women and personification of conjugal faith. Hera embodies the virtues and defects of the married woman. (http://www.greek-mythology-pantheon.com/hera-juno-greek-goddess-queen-of-the-gods/) 

Het Heru  – Goddess of Fertility, Pleasure, Dance, Sensuality, Beauty 

Ishtar – Love, Fertility, Birth, Sex, War, Healing, Justice
Goddess Ishtar Queen of the Night artist unknown
Goddess Ishtar Queen of the Night artist unknown
Names/Titles: “Light of the World, Leader of Hosts,  Opener of the Womb, Righteous Judge, Lawgiver,  Goddess of Goddesses, Bestower of Strength, Framer of All decress, Lady of Victory, Forgiver of Sins, Torch of Heaven and Earth.  “Exalted Light of Heaven”,
“She Who Begets All”, “Guardian of the Law” and “Shepherdess of the Lands”
Origins:  Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian
Days of the week: Saturday (7th) (Underworld, War), Friday (Venus), (Love, Fertility)
Planet: Venus (zodiac), Astral Belt
Number: 15
Allies, Sacred Animals: Lions (winged lions), Scorpions, Owls, Snakes
Gems: Lapis Lazuli
Offerings: Olive Oil, Wine, Lapis Lazuli
Signs, Symbols: 8 pointed pentagram, 8 pointed Star, Zodiac Belt, Lionscepter,  Scimitar
Energies: Desire, Battles, Sensual, Sexual, Pleasures, Goddess of Hunting, Goddess of War, Goddess of Vegetation, Fertility, Morning Sun, Morning Star, Moon Goddess, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, Guardian Deity, Independent Women, Goddess of Wine, Goddess of Healing, Dog headed Goddess, Guardian of Cedar Mountains, All Seeing Eye, Evening Star Goddess, Lady of Heaven (Het Heru), Goddess of Love, Goddess of Underworld, Virgin Goddess, Horned Goddess (other depictions)
beyonceinannaMyth: Ancient Akkadian (Sumerian) goddess associated with Inanna and Astarte. The Daughter of Anu (the ancient one)  is the personification of Venus (planetary energy), symbol 8 pointed pentagram star, and allies are lions, owls and the underworld domain.
Ishtar (Istar) was  the sister of the sun god Marduk and the underworld goddess Ereschkigal (“Mistress of the great under”).  She appeared in person wearing a zodiac belt together with hunting dogs like Diana or riding on a lion, her holy animal.
She was the Queen of heaven and the mother, who had born the world and still remained a virgin. Her consort Tammuz the river god of Tigris and Euphrates was her son and brother meaning she was worshiped and seen as the Great Divine Feminine Giver of Life and Love for she born him, made love to him and she remained a virgin. When Tammuz died leaving all vegetation to ruin it was Ishtar to bring him to the Underworld and resurrect him (rebirth him). She was also the goddess of Healing and divine Justice.
Iishtar Goddess
Iishtar Goddess – Ancient Sumerian relief
If she (Ishtar) will not grant thee her release,
To Tammuz, the lover of her youth,
Pour out pure waters, pour out fine oil;
With a festival garment deck him that he may play on the flute of lapis lazuli,
That the votaries may cheer his liver. [his spirit]
Belili [sister of Tammuz] had gathered the treasure,
With precious stones filled her bosom.
When Belili heard the lament of her brother, she dropped her treasure,
She scattered the precious stones before her,
“Oh, my only brother, do not let me perish!
On the day when Tammuz plays for me on the flute of lapis lazuli, playing it for me with the porphyry ring.
Together with him, play ye for me, ye weepers and lamenting women!
That the dead may rise up and inhale the incense.”

Ixchel – Mayan Goddess of Medicine
Ix-Chel-Mayan-Moon-Goddess-Katherine-Skaggs   Toci Yoalticitl “Our Grandmother the Nocturnal Physician”, an Aztec earth goddess inhabiting the sweatbath, and is related to another Aztec goddess invoked at birth, viz. Cihuacoatl (or Ilamatecuhtli). (wikipedia) 

Innana (Sumerian) – 

Isis – Goddesss of Magic, Royalty, Womanhood 

Juno – Goddess of Protection and Special Counselor of the State
Juno is an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state. She is a daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter and the mother of Mars and Vulcan. (wikipedia)

Kali – Goddess of Shakti, Destroyer of Illusion 
Goddess: Kali, (name means Dark Colored, Black) is the Dark Blue-Black Goddess of Transformation, Change, Death (of the Old), and Destruction of Illusion (maya, and time “time has come”).  Devoureer of Time, the Formless One,  Goddess Kali is the Goddess Durga in a more fearsome form, as a Warrior Goddess Kali seeks the blood of her enemies. Her weapons are the sword and trident (trishula).
Kali represents the Divine Feminine form of Power called Shakti (Goddess of Power in All Forms). Kali means the black, the dark before there was light just as the Dark Matter existing in the Universe in the absence of light. She is the darkness of the cosmos existing in matter. In myth, Kali is the Ultimate Reality. She is known to have  manifested prior to her consort Shiva, before time itself.

“The Nirvana-tantra says the gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva all arise from her like bubbles in the sea, ceaselessly arising and passing away, leaving their original source unchanged.”

Kali slays demons, evil and illusions often depicted severing the heads of her enemies in a Divine Warrior Goddess form. She transforms situations quickly and sometimes abruptly. She  brings cycles of death and rebirth.
Kali represents victory over evil, the fall of the ego, greed, anger, lower level vibrations (such as curses, black magic, nightmares, witch-craft spells, evil spirits), and vices of the common world.
Mantras also help dispel the ill-effects of Saturn.
Consort: Shiva (Creator, Preserver, Destroyer), God of Cosmic Dance
Origin of worship: India, Ancient Dravidian (pre aryan), Indus Kush, Mount Kalanjara (Indus Valley, North Central India)

Lakshmi – Goddess of Wealth, Beauty and Compassion

Lilith – Goddess of 

Maat – Goddess of Divine Order, Truth, Justice and Righteousness 

Mary Magdalene – 

Mother Mary, the Madonna  – 

Nekhebet – 
imagesoften seen with her ‘sister’ goddess Wadjet, the Green One, Serpent Goddess.

Oshun – Goddess of Beauty, Sensuality Dance and Pleasure 
Oshun is the Mother of the African sweet or fresh waters. In her form as the mother of salt waters, she is known as Yemaya.
Like Egyptian Isis and later Greek Diana, Osun is the goddess of love and is widely beloved. She is known for healing the sick, cheering the sad, bringing music, song and dance, as well as bringing fertility and prosperity.
She is the protector of the poor, the mother of all orphans, she is the one who brings them what they need in this life through periods of weakness or strength. (source: JIDE UWECHIA)
tumblr_lhfugx0SAY1qfy6jko1_400The Yorùbá clans inhabit parts of western central Africa, in present-day Nigeria. Oshun is the Goddess of the river of the same name, and She is especially worshipped in river-towns. During Her yearly festival, She is said to choose one or more women dancers to descend into (much like participants in Vodou ceremonies may be “mounted” or “possessed” by a Lwa). These women then take new names in honor of Oshun and are thereafter consulted as healers.
Oshun was taught divination with cowrie shells by Obatala, the first of the created Orishas, and then She brought the teaching to humans. She was at one time the wife of Shango, the Orisha of storms, as was Oya, the Orisha of the winds and tempests. Oshun is also said to be the mother of the birds or fishes. (source: http://www.thaliatook.com/AMGG/oshun.php)
Prayer for the orisha when throwing Obi
Oshun yeye mi oga ni gbogbo ibu laiye nibo gbogbo omo Orisha lo uwe nitodi
gba ma abukon ni omi didun nitodi oni alafia ati ayo obinrin jue re ase wiwo
ati re maru ase gele nitosi yo Ayaba ewa ki ula rere iku iko Olofi adupe.
Queen God of all rivers on earth. Where all Orisha Priests must be bathed
to have happiness. Queen God who with her skirt of five colors, bring me
wealth and happiness.
(Secret – You must be careful with this Orisha, because you never know when
she is happy or mad. Oshun is a direct messenger of God.)

Oya – Goddess of Wind, Transformation and Change
In Yoruba mythology, Oya (Alternative spellings: Oiá, Iansã, Iansan), is the Undergoddess of the Niger River. Oya has been syncretized in Santería with the Catholic images of the Virgin of Candelaria.
cuban_oyaOya is the Undergoddess of the Niger River. She is the warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, fertility, fire and magic. It is believed that she creates hurricanes and tornadoes, and serves as guardian of the underworld. Prior to her post-mortem deification, the historical Oya was a princess of the Oyo clan as the consort of Shango, its reigning king.
In Yoruba, the name Oya literally means “She Tore”.[2] She is known as Oya- Iyansan,Oya – the “mother of nine.” This is due to the Niger River (known to the Yoruba as the Odo-Oya) traditionally being known for having nine tributaries. In Brazil, in Candomblé, she is generally saluted with the phrase “Èpa heyi!” while in Cuban-derived Yórùbá traditions, the faithful often salute her by saying “Hekua hey Yansa.
Oya yegbe Iya mesa oyo orun afefe iku lelebi oke Ayaba gbogbo loya obinrin
oga mi ano oga mi gbogbo Egun Orisha ni abaya oyu ewa o Yansan oyeri gekua
Iya mi obinrin ni kiu kuo le fun Olugba mi Olofi nitosi wa Ayaba nikua adupe.
Queen God of the Market Place, and last resting place. In the day, Mother of
Heaven, Queen of the Winds of Death. Queen of all spirits, saint with beautiful
face. Protect me from whirlwinds, and death, Queen of Death, so ordered by
God. Give me your blessings.

Paravati – 

Persephone – 

Quan Yin (Kwan Yin)

Rhea – Ancient Titan Goddess 

Saraswati – Goddess of Wisdom, Music, Education and the Arts

Sekhmet – Goddess of Healing, Goddess of War, The Most Ancient Goddess, Goddess of Love, Solar Diety, Daughter of Ra, The Awakener
Sekhmet Upper Torso
Sekhmet by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin (Creative Commons License 4.0) Wikipedia.

One Who Was Before the Netjeru Were
Lady of The Place of the Beginning of Time”

This ancient goddess is associated with the Goddesses Bast (B’ast) and Hathor (HetHeru) as a triad goddess representing War (death) in her Sekhmet form.
Her lioness headdress is that of  Ra or Solar disk and uraeus symbolizing both infinite light and life (Ra) and the uraues (Wadjet) Kundalini energy. Both symbols represent ancient Kemetic royalty.  Her name “Sekhm” (Shekem) means “Power, Might” and she is often known as the “Powerful Mighty One.”  The lion symbol is known to Africa and a symbol used throughout the world as royalty, dominion, and power for nations, royal families, and nations.  Met closely related to the ancient name of Mut means Royal Mother. Sekhmet’s center or nome city was located in Memphis specifically Leontopolis where both military and physician priests, priestesses and trained warriors practiced their art forms.
“In order to placate Sekhmet’s wrath, her priestesses performed a ritual before a different statue of the goddess on each day of the year. This practice resulted in many images of the goddess being preserved. Most of her statuettes were rigidly crafted and do not exhibit any expression of movements or dynamism; this design was made to make them last a long time rather than to express any form of functions or actions she is associated with. It is estimated that more than seven hundred statues of Sekhmet once stood in one funerary temple alone, that of Amenhotep III, on the west bank of the Nile.
She was envisioned as a fierce lioness, and in art, was depicted as such, or as a woman with the head of a lioness, who was dressed in red, the color of blood. Sometimes the dress she wears exhibits a rosetta pattern over each breast, an ancient leonine motif, which can be traced to observation of the shoulder-knot hairs on lions. Occasionally, Sekhmet was also portrayed in her statuettes and engravings with minimal clothing or naked. Tame lions were kept in temples dedicated to Sekhmet at Leontopolis. “
Name in hieroglyphs
Major cult center
Sun disk, red linen, lioness
Excerpt and Table: Wikipedia 
100 Names of Sekhmet
Beloved Teacher
Beloved Sekhmet
Devouring One
Sekhmet of the Knives
Burner of Evildoers
The One Before Whom Evil Trembles
Terrible One
Lady of All Powers
Eternal As Her Father
Lady of the Manifold Adornments
Most Beautiful Among the Netjeru
Bountiful One
Sekhmet Who Gives Joys
Unwavering, Loyal OneWinged One
Powerful of Heart
The Aware
The Gleaming One
Sekhmet, Who Reduceth to Silence
Sekhmet, Who Rouseth the People
Lady of Jubilation
Adorable One
Shining of Countenance
Mother of Images
Incomparable One
Lady of Intoxications
Mightier Than the Netjeru
Most Beautiful
Most Strong
Great One of Laws
Protectress of the Divine Order
The One Who Holds Back Darkness
The Beautiful Light
Warrior Netjert (Goddess)
Netjert (Goddess) of Love
Great One in Heaven
Great Serpent on the Head of Her Father
Great One of the Incense of The Ennead
Great Lady of the House of Life
Queen of the Venerable Ones
Lady of the House Of Books
Sekhmet, Great One of Magic
Mother of the Netjeru (Gods)
One Who Was Before the Netjeru Were
Lady of The Place of the Beginning of Time
Beloved of Ra, Her Father
Beloved of Bast, Her Sister
Beloved of Ptah, Her Husband-Brother
At Whose Wish the Arts Were Born
Beautiful Eye Which Giveth Life to the Two Lands
Beautiful Face, Image Most Beloved by Art
Flaming One
Sovereign of Ra, Her Father
Protectress of the Netjeru
Lady of the Scarlet-Colored Garment
Pure One
Destroyer of Rebellions
Eye of Ra
Eye of Heru (Horus)
Pre-Eminent One in the Boat Of Millions of Years
Roamer of Deserts
Wanderer in the Wastes
Only One
Lady of Enchantments
Opener of Ways
Lady of Transformations
Lady of The Many Faces
Enrapturing One
Giver of Ecstasies
Satisfier of Desires
Inspirer of Men
Victorious One in Battles
Overcomer of All Enemies
Ruler Of The Desert
Ruler of Serpents and of Dragons
Ruler of Lions
Sublime One
Sparkling One
Great One of Heka
Lady of the Magic Lamp
Mother of the Dead
Lady of the Bloodbath
Destroyer by Plagues
Great One of Healing
Destroyer by Fire
Lady of the Waters of Life
Mistress and Lady of the Tomb
Great One in the Places of Judgement and Execution
Guide and Protectress from the Perils of the Underworld
Great One of the Place of Appearances in Silence
Lady of the Way of Five Bodies
Unrivaled and Invincible One
Ruler of the Chamber of Flames
The Source
She Whose Opportunity Escapeth Her Not

Seshat, Sesheta – Goddess of Mathematics, Astronomy, Geometry, Architecture, Scribes and Akashic Records 
7 Pointed Star
The name Sashet, Seshet or Sesheta means Safekh-Aubi, meaning (she who) wears the two horns.
“Seshat, Great Lady of the House of Books, also known as Sefkhet-abwy, the Silicon Goddess, the Glass Cat and Our Lady of Mathematics. Among the Inner Sphere superintelligences there exist an archetypal attractor, Seshat, providing a shared interface to trans-singularity mathematical and notational understanding.”
‘The Female Scribe’, ‘Sesh” meaning scribe.
She was an architect building by the
measurements of sacred geometry.
“Sesheta” from rw nw prt m hrw (Book of emerging forth into the Light) “The Book of Coming Forth By Day”:
My heart is with me and it shall never come to pass that it shall be taken away.
I am Nebt en Abw.
I live in Ma’at
and I have my being in truth.
I live by my word
and my heart doth live.
download (1)I am Sesheta, the seven horned one;
namer of names, keeper of the akashic records,
mistress of the library,
Goddess of writers and scribes,
she who dwells in the heart,
who dwells in the centre of the body.
I live by saying what is in my heart,
and it shall not be taken away from me.
My heart is mine,
and it shall not be wounded.
No terror shall subdue me.
I have committed no sin against the gods;
I shall not suffer defeat;
I shall be victorious.
I open the door of heaven.
I govern my throne
and I give new birth to myself.
I am not the Child who trod the path of yesterday,
but I am Today.
I am she who is unborn
and the gods, with rose-bright countenances
are with me.

 Shakti – Divine Feminine Energy of Creation 
bog_464622090Shakti (Sanskrit pronunciation: [ˈʃʌktɪ]) (Devanagari: शक्ति; from Sanskrit shak, “to be able”), meaning “Power” or “empowerment,” is theprimordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe in Hinduism. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother‘ inHinduism. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form.
Not only is Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti,  a mysterious psychospiritual force.  Shakti exists in a state of svātantrya, dependence on no one, being interdependent with the entire universe (source: wikpedia)

Tara – Goddess of Compassion, Love and Protection 
[ Devi – Tara ] In Hinduism, the goddess Tara (Bengali:দেবী তারা মা )(Sanskrit: Tārā, Devanagari: तारा) meaning “star”, is the second of the Dasa (ten) Mahavidyas or “Great Wisdom [goddesses]”, is a form of Durga or Parvati. Tantric manifestations of Durga or Mahadevi, Kali, or Parvati. As the star is seen as a beautiful but perpetually self-combusting thing, so Tara is perceived at core as the absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life. (wikipedia)
[ Buddhism – Tara] Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphors for Buddhist virtues.
taraThe most widely known forms of Tārā are:
  • Green Tārā, (Syamatara) known as the Buddha of enlightened activity
  • White Tārā, (Sitatara) also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra
  • Red Tārā, (Kurukulla) of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things
  • Black Tārā, associated with power
  • Yellow Tārā, (Bhrikuti) associated with wealth and prosperity
  • Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger
  • Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā
  • Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the acacia forest), who appeared to Nagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the “22nd Tārā”

Green Tara –  Goddess of Manifestation, Youth, Action
goddessGreenTaraArt.75110229_stdGreen Tara is Tara’s most dynamic manifestation. Her color symbolizes youthful vigor and activity. The Buddhist Lord of karma (action), Amoghasiddhi, is also associated with the green color, thus signifying that they belong to the same family. This is a further affirmation of the perception that Green Tara is a goddess of action.
She is often depicted in a posture of ease with right leg extended, signifying her readiness to spring into action. The left leg is folded in the contemplative position on the lotus pedestal, the two together thus symbolizing the integration of wisdom and art.
Her left hand, in the gesture of granting refuge holds the stem of a blue lotus that floats over her left shoulder as a symbol of purity and power. With her right hand she makes the boon-granting gesture. (source: exotic art

White Tara – Goddess of Health, Strength, Compassion and Beauty
whitetaraWhite Tara is the goddess of compassion. Her love heals the at the source of dis-ease, bringing health, strength, longevity and beauty.
White Tara is a goddess which embodies the spirit of Compassion. She wears the Bodhisattva ornaments. A Bodhisatva vow is to continue to return to this world until the enlightenment of allsentient beings. The White Tara “Wow” is to know her love… to know love… and the inate desire that arises from love which is to share love with all, recognizing our oneness. The Rainbow Body practice is often identified with her. The white of her light when put through the prism of this life shines through as a rainbow, representing the diversity of all life. She is the experience of oneness of all colors, all beings and her love and compassion for all comes from loving herself which is all. She has seven eyes, the two usual ones, one in the middle of her forehead and eyes in her hands and feet. This symbolizes that all of her activities are done with omniscient awareness. She is said to bring health and prolong life. Operating from the space of this compassionate love generates a long and fulfilling life. (source: whitetara.com)

Tefnut – Goddess of the Moon, Moisture, Dew, Mist and Rain, Lunar Goddess, Left Eye of Ra, Tongue of Ptah
Goddess Tefnut
Goddess Tefnut
Tefnut also Tefnwt, Tefnuit, Tefnet, and Tefenet  name means “She of Moisture; spit” is the Lunar (moon) -Solar (sun) Goddess of Moisture. Originally Tefnut, a cosmic diety,  was the left Eye of Ra she was also  connected to the Sun(dryness) in the absence of moisture and humidity. The creative force of the ‘tongue of Ptah’ .  Wife and Sister of  Shu (Wind/Breath), mother of Nut (Sky Goddess) and Get (Earth God). Also connected to the God Tefen performing duties in the Duat (underworld) in the all of Maat.
Physical features: Pointed cat ears, Goddess Sekhmet had rounded cat ears
Tefut Goddess of Creation, Goddess of Moisture, Left and Right Eye of Ra
Tefut Goddess of Creation, Goddess of Moisture, Left and Right Eye of Ra
Titles/Names: Left and Right Eye of Ra, Lady of the Flame, Ureaus on the Heads of All Gods, the First Mother, Goddess of Creation, 
Kemet, Nubia (Africa),
Gnomes/Cities: Memphis, Dendera (House of Tefnut), Ennead, Leontopolis (Nay ta hut), Hermopolis, Buto
Moon, Sun
Powers: Moisture, Wetness, Rain, Creative Force, Fertility (Rain-related), Moon, Night Sky, Carrying out Will, Goddess of Creation (sexual)
Associated to Goddesses: Bast, Het Heru (Hathor), Mut, Sekhmet, Wadjet, Ast (Isis), Nekhbet
Symbols: Solar Disk, Lions head, Ureaus, Scepter and Ankh (hieroglyphs)

Uatchet – 

Venus – 

Wadjet – Goddess of the Royal Throne, Protection and Higher Consciousness 
The Serpent Goddess, the “Green One”  (Wadjyt, Wadjit, Uto, Uatchet, Edjo, Buto) was one of the oldest worshiped Kemetic goddesses. She was one of the goddesses given the title “Eye of Ra” (connecting her to Bast, Hathor,Sekhment and Tefnut amongst others). In fact the symbol of the “Eye of Ra” was often called “the Wedjat”.
wadjetHer sacred animal was the cobra, and she was often depicted as either a rearing cobra, a winged cobra, or a woman with the head of a cobra.She was also depicted as a woman wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt. She often appears with her sister Nekhbet who was in as a snake or woman.
She was worshiped at the Temple of Wadjet, known as “Pe-Dep”. This temple was already long established by the Old Kingdom and is referred to in the Pyramid Texts. In this temple, Wadjet was linked with Horus. Wadjet was thought to be the wife of Hapi in Lower Egypt and was linked toSet in his role as a representative of Lower Egypt. She was sometimes described as the wife of Ptahand the mother of Nefertem, probably because she occasionally took the form of a lion likeSekhmet. (via: http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/wadjet.html)


Yemaya – Goddess of Fertility and the Ocean 
Yemaya Goddess of the Sea
Yemaya Goddess of the Sea
Yemaya is the great mother who lives and rules over the seas.  Water is essential to life, so without Yemaya, life on earth wouldn’t be possible.  Although she’s maternal and nurturing, she’s also fierce.  Her punishments can be terrible when she’s outraged, but she’s fair minded and forgiving when proper remorse is shown.  Yemaya is clever and brave.  When she goes to war on behalf of her children, she wields a machete with expertise and no one can defeat her. Her eleke is made out of transparent crystal beads alternating with royal blue ones, in a pattern of seven, which is her number.  Her day of the week is Saturday, and her colors are blue and white. Traditionally she wears a long flowing dress, cinched by a wide belt,  with a full skirt made of blue and white ruffles, which represent the waves in the ocean.  She likes verbena perfume.  As a mother, she’s wise and virtuous, but she likes to have a good time and she enjoys dancing.  When she dances, she begins slowly and gracefully but as she swirls and moves her skirts to reflect the rhythm of the waves, she builds up speed and intensity, showing her immense power.  (source: Yemaya)
Yemaya – is a mother goddess, the goddess of home, fertility, love and family. Like water she represents both change and constancy–bringing forth life, protecting it, and changing it as is necessary. Originally Yemaya was a river goddess of the Yoruba in Nigeria, far from the ocean. She was a nature spirit, an orisha, a powerful guardian spirit that reflects an important aspect of the God of the Ife religion. An orisha  manifests itself as a force of nature. When her people were hoarded onto the slave ships, Yemaya went with them, thus becoming the Goddess of the Ocean. (http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/yemaya-goddess.htm)
Yemaya is a deity that chooses her followers. She often comes to them in a vision, dream or concept that clarifies the Union between the Goddess and the Student. Yemaya’s feast days are traditionally the 7th of September and the 2nd of February that is also associated with her daughter Oya. Saturday is her sacred day of the week. Offerings to Yemaya often were pidgeons, seashells, mother of pearl, fruits and flowers that were released next to the Ocean, the Home of Yemaya. Please be aware that the offerings to Yemaya can never be fish, as they are her children. However, her followers are allowed to eat fish as the Mother nourishes her children and she embraces balance in Nature. Now, if the followers choose not to eat fish out of respect that is another story as it has to do with the bond formed between each follower and the Goddess. (source: magicalrecipesonline.com)
Number: 7
Day: Saturday
Sacred Place in Nature: the ocean, lagoons and lakes
Colors: blue and clear (beads)
Tools: oars, boat steering wheel, anchor, life preserver, machete (for Ibú Ogunte), a scimitar (for Ibú Okoto)
Temperament: Nurturing, loving, direct, frank
Syncretized Catholic Saint: The Virgin of Regla
Yoruba Prayer to Yemaya
Yenya Orisha obinrin dud ku eke ew maye Ayaba mi re oyu Ayaba ano rigba iki
mi Iya mayele oga nigbo okin yeye omo eya lojun oyina ni reta gbogbo okin
nigbe iwo ni re elewo nitosi re omo teiba adupe Iya mi.
Queen God of all the oceans, known by the seven stripes on your face we
pray to you Mother Queen of all the oceans. Daughter of the deep blue sea,
where you have your riches, and your throne. I who am your obedient child
share with me your fortune. Thank you my Mother.

 Zaria – Goddess of Beauty 
zariaZaria – Polish (Slavic, Zorya)  Goddess of Beauty

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