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Greek and Roman Goddesses
Euphrosyne, Goddess of Joy
Pythia, Oracle of Delphi: Pilgrims and seekers come to me, and I, the Priestess of Prophesy will advise you. At some point we all yearn for a Seer to divine our future, to unlock the riddles of Life. I commune with the Gods to reveal the Truth, but there's really no reason that you can't gaze yourself into an Eternal Flame to interpret your own destiny.
Ariadne reminds you that you have the answers within yourself, if you go deeply enough to find them. Her dress is stone-gray, embroidered with a classic labyrinth, and she 'holds' a ball of yarn (which will always lead you home!) Rhanna pointed out something I hadn't intended, which is that the little bit of purple in ...her hair could symbolize Ariadne's marriage to Dionysus. I love it that my daughter is surpassing my ability to see these symbols when they crop up! :D
Rhea is the Titanis Mother of the Gods, Lady of the Wilds, Matron of Time and Generation.
She is associated with fertility, motherhood, healing, and protection.
The Romans honored Maia as a Goddess of the warming Earth's fertility and the awakening fecundity of animals, both wild and domestic. Her name means "She Who Is Great" and she was also sometimes called Maia Maiestas, "Maia the Majestic, " which proves just how important she was to our Roman forebears. Hail, Springtime!
Ceres, Mother of the Harvest
Devera, Roman Goddess of Purifying
In ancient Roman times, as in many places today, a sacred space would be swept prior to ritual or celebration to purify and cleanse. My broom sweeps away darkness and makes room for the light.
Eurynome, Daughter of the Ocean
Daphne, Nature Goddess
(and Goddess of Self-Esteem!)
Not much has been written down about the TorchBearer Pheraia, an ancient-ancient Goddess who was probably eventually enfolded into Hecate and Artemis. She is seen on ancient Greek coins holding a torch, and was closely connected with the Moon. She was also known in some areas as Enodia.
Whenever we honor the land or work in our gardens, Chloris, Goddess of Springtime and Flowers is the perfect companion with whom to celebrate!