Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Since today is a special day I'm postponing the Weekly link round up until tomorrow. My men got me a brand new very nice camera, a lovely card signed by both of them, and a surprise gift traveling towards me at this very moment. In honor of Mother's Day I thought I would share a little info about all of the Mother Goddesses I can think of.

Bast
  • Bast was one of the most highly honored feline gods
  • She was a goddess of sex and fertility
  • Also called Bastet
  • She guarded rural fold and nobility alike
  • Also seen as a goddess who protected mothers and their newborn children
Brighid
  • The classic triple goddess (has two sisters also called Brighid)
  • The patron of poets and bards as well as healers and magicians
  • Especially honored when it comes to matters of prophecy and divination
  • Honored during Imbolc
  • Goddess of hearth and home, known to watch over women in childbirth
  • associated with healing and crafts
Cybele
  • Cybele's Lover was Attis, her jealousy caused him to castrate and kill himself (he is resurrected)
  • Associated with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth
Demeter
  • A goddess of grain and of the harvest
  • When her daughter Persephone is abducted by Hades Demeter's grief caused the crops to die and go dormant
  • Persephone escapes only after eating 6 pomegranate seeds and is doomed to spend six months of the year in the underworld
  • Each year Demeter mourns the loss of her daughter for 6 months (the dark have of the year)
Freyja
  • A goddess of love, fertility, war and wealth
  • One of the Vanir (a Norse deity of earth and water that lived in Asgard)
  • Could be called upon for assistance in childbirth, conception, to aid with marital problems, or to bestow fruitfulness upon the land and sea
  • She owned a magickal cloak of hawks feathers, which allowed her to transform at will, a famous necklace named Brisingamen, and a chariot driven by large cats
Frigga
  • Frigga was the wife of Odin
  • A Goddess of fertility and marriage
  • Associated with prophecy
Gaia
  • Gaia personifies the Earth
  • She is born of Chaos
  • Brought forth the Sky, the Mountains, the Sea, and the God Uranus
  • She is paired with Uranus to give birth to the first race of Divine beings (The three Cyclops [Bronte, Arges, and Steropes] the three Hecatoncheirs [each had a hundred hands] and the twelve Titans [led by Cronos became the elder Gods of Greek mythology])
  • Uranus forced her offspring back inside her and she persuaded Cronos to castrate his father (who is later overthrown by Zeus, which she predicts)
Isis
  • Goddess of magick
  • Wife and sister of Osiris
  • Mother of Horus
  • The divine mother of every haraoh of Egypt
  • Gained power over Ra by learning his true name
  • Used her power to bring Osiris back to life (who was killed by his brother Set)
Juno
  • Watched over women and marriage
  • The month of June was named for her
  • With Vesta (the protector of virginity) these two goddesses were sacred to Roman women
If I've missed any please fill me in!

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