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Featured Goddess: Yemanya

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Yemanya

Goddess of the Sea and the Moon

“Now is the time to take action. Get in tune with your own cycles and rhythms and follow your heart as the tide flows with the Moon.”

 

Traits Yemanya Embodies:

  • Activating Latent Energies and Talents
  • Flowing in Harmony
  • Getting in Tune with Your Cycles and Rhythms
  • Gentle Unfolding
  • Faithfulness

How to call on Yemanya:

A revered African and a Brazilian goddess, Yemanya was credited with creating the sea and harnessing the moon's powers to create the tides. She is nurturing and protective of all of her children. You can call upon Yemanya when you need a help calling something into creation (e.g., a job, a baby) or letting go of what no longer serves so that you can allow a new opportunity to unfold. 

Prayer to Yemanya:

Yemanya, Mother of all Creation, 

Hear my prayer. 

Help me to release what no longer serves, and

Surrender to Divine timing.

Help me to flow with  grace and ease as I open to new opportunity.

Help me manifest what is best for my heart and my Soul's Calling.

In this I pray, 

Thank you, Yemanya.

Tribute to Yemanya:

Go to a body of water (preferably a stream, ocean, or other non-stagnant water). Write down what you want to release/surrender and what you want to manifest. Offer these to Yemanya with a prayer of thanks. Leave her flowers or a few drops of essential oil as you leave.

Featured GODDESS: Nike

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Cute blondie as an angelNike

Goddess of Victory

“Nothing stands in the way of what you desire except for you. Get out of your own way and watch the future unfold.”

 

 

Traits Nike Embodies:

  • Victory
  • Achievement
  • Courage
  • Strength
  • Decisiveness

 

How to call on Nike:

Winged Goddess of Victory, Nike was the Goddess ancient Greeks and Romans prayed to before entering battle. She was also known for her lovely voice and dancing and would occasionally favor a wedding party with her songs and wicked dance moves! You can call upon Nike when you need a little courage and strength to face your “battles.” Know that she will be there for you and has your back.

 

Prayer to Nike:

Nike, Goddess of Victory,

Hear my Prayer!

I need courage to face [explain situation].

Please help me find the strength and courage I need to prove victorious in this battle,

For the greatest good of all parties involved.

In this I pray, thank you, Nike!

 

 

Tribute to Nike:

The best way to honor Nike is to thank her after you have faced your battle with both song and dance in her honor.

 

 

Featured GODDESS: Hera

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Queen of the Gods

“You are the Queen of your own domain; you are your own sovereign ruler. Let no one take this power away from you.”

 

 

Traits Hera Embodies:

  • The Gift of Prophecy
  • Wisdom
  • Decision Making
  • Love
  • Independence

 

How to call on Hera:

Queen of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses, Hera was both sister and wife to Zeus (this was not a problem for the Ancient Greeks and Romans). She was his closest confidant and best friend, and was also fiercely loyal and protective of those she considered under her watch. Call upon Hera when you need to remember your own power. For she will remind you that no one can take your power from you – you can give it away and you can call it back.

 

Prayer to Hera:

Hera, Queen of the Gods and Goddess,

Mistress of Olympus,

Here my Prayer!

I ask for your help with [explain situation].

Please help me take back my power and use it for the highest good of all.

Please help me remember my sovereignty, my independence, my strength and wisdom.

In this I pray, thank you, Great Queen!

 

 

Tribute to Hera:

The best way to honor Hera is to not give your power away and to help other women do the same. That said, the cow, lion and the peacock were her familiars, so consider abstaining from beef or visiting a zoo to pay tribute to her sacred animal totems.

 

 

Featured GODDESS: Ostara

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Ostara

Goddess of the Radiant Dawn

“Spring is here! It’s time to come out from hibernation, release old ties, and celebrate new beginnings.”

 

 

Traits Ostara Embodies:

  • Rebirth
  • Rejuvenation
  • Dawn
  • Fertility
  • Awakening

 

How to call on Ostara:

Although Ostara’s parentage is up for grabs, one thing is clear: with her trusty hare as her sidekick and the egg as her symbol of fertility, the Anglo Saxon goddess Ostara’s traditions were adopted by the Christian church and renamed Easter. After all, everyone loves bunnies and colored eggs, so why mess with a good thing? Regardless, Ostara is the Goddess of the Spring Equinox, when the days are becoming longer than the nights, the light overtakes the dark. This is a perfect time to dust off the cobwebs of winter, come out of hibernation, and set your intentions for what you want to manifest this Spring.

 

Prayer to Ostara:

Ostara, Goddess of the Radiant Dawn,

Queen of Spring,

Bringer of Light,

Hear my Prayers

In this time of awakening,

I call upon you.

I ask for your help with releasing ______ [insert your issue]

So that I may manifest ______ [insert your issue] in the coming months.

In this I pray,

Thank you, Ostara!

 

Tribute to Ostara:

Like Easter traditions? Ostara loves them! Have some deviled eggs, chocolate, and pet a bunny. Ostara will surely smile upon you.

 

Featured GODDESS: Gaia

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Mother of All

“Hold yourself high and take good care of yourself, for you are a child of my womb. By honoring yourself, you honor me.”

 

 

 

 

Traits Gaia Embodies:

 

  • Mothering
  • Nurturing
  • Creativity/creation
  • Balance
  • Self-care

 

How to call on Gaia:

 

In the beginning were the four Elements: Earth (Gaia), Water (Pontus), Air (Chaos), and Sky (Ouranos) (some say Gaia emerged from Chaos and then gave birth to Ouranos and Pontus). As Gaia was the only female, she had the pick of the litter, so to speak. Ouranos caught her eye and they wed (Note: incest was not a problem for the Ancient Greeks). They were a busy pair! Gaia had somewhere between 30 and 50 children, depending on the tale. I bet she was tired! Call on Gaia when you need help nurturing yourself or with any projects you are creating or birthing.

 

Prayer to Gaia:

 

Gaia, Mother of Us All,

Hear my Prayers

In this gentle time,

The time to go within,

I call upon you.

I ask for your help with ______ [insert your issue]

May I create/birth what is for the highest good of all

And my I take exquisite care of myself while doing so

Thank you Gaia!

 

Tribute to Gaia:

 

The best way to honor Gaia is to take care of yourself! What can you do to take care of you today?

Featured GODDESS: Lucina

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Lucina

Goddess of Light

“Why have you been hiding your light? It’s time to come out from behind the dark curtain.”

 

 

 

 

Traits Lucina Embodies:

  • Inner wisdom
  • Light-bringer
  • Illumination
  • Insight
  • Self-trust

 

How to call on Lucina:

Protector of women, especially during childbirth, Lucina is the Goddess who brings light (and children of the light) to the world. Some say she is a Moon Goddess; some say she is an aspect of Juno or Artemis. Although her parentage is a mystery, one thing is clear: if you find yourself in the dark, call upon Lucina to help light your way – literally or metaphorically!

 

Prayer to Lucina:

 

Lucina, You who bring Light to the Dark,

Hear my Prayers

I have been hiding my light,

Afraid for the world to see who I really am

But I am ready to emerge from behind the curtain of my own creation,

Ready to shine my light for all the world to see

In this I pray for your help!

Thank you Light-Bringer,

Thank you Lucina!

 

Tribute to Lucina:

 

The best way to honor Lucina is to shine your light! Be a beacon unto the world. Speak your truth, walk in your power, and Soar!

Featured GODDESS: Freya

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Freya

Goddess of Love

“Take a risk; follow your heart. It will help lead the way to your desires.”

 

 

Traits Freya Embodies:

  • love
  • sexuality
  • beauty
  • fertility
  • adventure

 

How to call on Freya:

Known for riding a chariot pulled by two cats, having a pet boar, and donning a cloak of falcon feathers, Freya was not a Goddess to be reckoned (hello –she had a wild boar as a pet!). Some historians believe this Norse Goddess was replaced by the Virgin Mary when Norway and Sweden were Christianized. Regardless, her name still lives on in several plants and place names in modern-day Scandinavia.

 

Prayer to Freya:

 

Freya, Goddess of Love

Help me to be bold enough to pursue my dreams

Daring enough to reach for the stars

And courageous enough to live among them!

I ask that you show me the way!

Thank you, Freya!

 

Tribute to Freya:

Given Freya’s associations with birds and animals, spending some time volunteering in an animal sanctuary or taking care of stray animals who seek you out would not go unnoticed by Freya.

Featured GODDESS: Aletheia

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Goddess of Self-Truth

“What have you been lying to yourself about? It’s time to own your truth and walk in your power.” Call upon me when you need to be reminded of who you really are.

 

Traits Aletheia Embodies:

  • Unconcealedness
  • Self-truth
  • Sincere action
  • Self-trust
  • Wisdom

 

How to call on Aletheia:

Aletheia’s parentage is a mystery. Some scholars say she was Zeus’ daughter (mother unknown); some say the God Prometheus sculpted her and breathed life into her lungs to stand as a symbol for truth for mankind. Regardless, she was venerated as a Goddess of virtue, wisdom, and unconcealedness. You could hide nothing from her; she represented Truth in its highest form.

When you feel you’ve been hiding your true nature from others or yourself, call upon Aletheia to reveal what is hidden and bring your dark into light.

 

Prayer to Aletheia:

Aletheia, Goddess of Unconcealedness,

Give me strength to find my truth

Courage to walk in my power

And wisdom to let go of those who will not walk with me

In this I pray,

Thank you Aletheia!

 

Tribute to Aletheia:

The best way to honor Aletheia is to be true to yourself and to be authentically you – don’t hide or pretend to be someone you’re not.

 

Featured GODDESS: Vesta

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Vesta

Goddess of the Hearth and Home

“As Summer turns to Fall, as the Seasons change, come home to me. Go inward to process your past and find your focus for the upcoming season.”

 

Traits Vesta Embodies:

  • Transformation
  • Home matters
  • Transmutation
  • Harvesting
  • Contemplation

 

How to call on Vesta:

Daughter to Titans Kronos and Rhea, sister to Zeus, the King of the Gods, Vesta bargained with Zeus to remain unmarried in return for tending to his home and hearth. As this is what She wanted to do anyway, she happily agreed. So revered in ancient Rome, Vesta’s temple fire was tended to by 12 Vestal Virgins and relit annually. Home altars were common as ancient Romans and Greeks wished for her protection of their most sacred private places – their homes. As Fire was her sacred dwelling place, Vesta can best be reached while in your own home in front of a fire – or stove or oven if that’s all you have.

 

Prayer to Vesta:

Vesta, Goddess of Hearth and Home

Guard my home, feed my belly

Keep me warm as Fall turns to Winter.

I ask for your protection of me and mine –

Near or far

May we all return safely home.

Goddess bless us!

 

Tribute to Vesta:

As Vesta was Goddess of the Hearth, where meals were prepared in ancient times, dedicate your meal – especially those prepared in your home – to Vesta. Give Her thanks for the food in your belly and the fire to cook it with.

 

Featured GODDESS: The Pleiades

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pleiadesThe Pleiades

 Star Goddesses of the Night Sky

“Look to the heavens and you will see us. We will light your way out of Darkness.”

 

Who are The Pleiades?

Maia – Goddess of nursing mothers

Electra – Goddess of Mount Saon; Patroness of Troy

Taygete – Mistress of the animals; Goddess of the Taygetos Mountains in Greece

Alcyone – Goddess who wards off evil storms

Celaeno – Goddess of the island of Euboia or Mount Kithairon

Sterope – Goddess of Pisa in southern Greece

Merope – Goddess of Chios

 

How to call on the Pleiades:

Known more for the tragedy of their story than for their actual accomplishments, the Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione, were nymphs in service to Artemis. After their father Atlas was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders, the God Orion began to pursue the Pleiades. Relentless in his pursuit, the Pleaides begged Zeus for help. He transformed them first into doves, and then into stars. That didn’t stop Orion, however. He got himself turned into a constellation and continues to pursue them across the night sky.

 

Prayer to the Pleiades:

Goddesses of the Night Sky,

Hear My Prayer

Show me what is hidden

Reveal your mysteries to me

Shine your light on my path,

So I may find my way out of the Darkness.

 

Tribute to the Pleiades:

As the Pleiades were turned into both doves and stars, looking into the night sky while reciting the above (or another) prayer will have more meaning. Also be kind to the doves you see as they are Sisters of and favored by the Pleiades.