The Crone: Wisdom

The Crone: Wisdom

The old hag at her cauldron is perhaps the most enduring image of the Wise Woman and a remnant of a time when women were the healers of their communities. They were shamans, witches, midwifes, medicine women, and priestesses of the Goddess.

The Crone is a symbol of inherent wisdom that comes from experience. She has lived through love, sorrow, hope, and fear, coming out of it all a wise and confident spirit. Through these experiences she has learned the secrets of life and death and of the mysteries beyond this world. She has tasted death itself and watched those she loved make the journey before her. It is through her mourning that she faces death, grows to understand it, and becomes the gatekeeper between worlds.

The wisdom of the Crone comes only after learning the lessons of non-judgment and compassion. Through these lessons the Crone becomes the balancing scales between light and dark and between life and death. She is selfless, yet she loves herself. She is kind, yet she knows when to be harsh. She is free, she is compassionate, and she is wise. Only the Crone can complete the journey to the Otherworld and birth the Child of Completion.

The Crone is full of power. Her body is no longer fertile, but her mind is sharp and able. She no longer bleeds, keeping her power within her and owning it without shame or fear.

She is often seen as a healer, working in tune with Nature to cure ailments and guide those ready to leave or enter this world. She is the elder priestess of the Goddess; the Grandmother whose words are few yet priceless in their wisdom.

In myth the Crone is often seen as something to be feared. She is a representation of death and its mysteries. Things that are unknown are always feared, thus we work to know the Crone; to understand her wisdom and beckon her to impart the mysteries upon us. We surrender our fear and ignorance to the Crone and let her strike these overpowering influences down as a stalk of wheat with her shining sickle.

As with all aspects of the Goddess the Crone is not only found within the aged. She is in all beings at all times. She can be present in men and women, young and old; though age may very likely come before her lessons are fully realized.

The Crone is a cleansing force that sweeps through the world carrying away those whose time to live is done to make room for new life. She is associated with the element of water and the direction of west – land of the dead. She is the necessary force of destruction like the force of a wave on the shore; ripping away the beach and returning it to the sea from which it came.

She is the reaper, the comforter, the mysterious old woman who possesses the knowledge of all worlds. The next time a thunderstorm passes overhead take a moment to listen to the voice of the Crone. Feel the tears of joy and mourning fall upon your head and take the first steps to understand her mysteries.

Affirmation of the Crone

Use this affirmation daily to seek the wisdom of the Crone within yourself.

Ancient Crone,
You are the source of eternal knowledge
That leads to the completion of the spirit.
Let my soul seek your lessons,
And strive to understand your mysteries.
I will not fear the darkness
For I know you wait for me within it.

A Journey with the Crone

Prepare yourself as you have for the other journeys. Light incense or play soft music if this is helpful to you.

You begin, as always, on that familiar path. Look up through the now thinning branches of the trees into the night sky. The waning moon hangs overhead, it’s sickle shape bright and surrounded by millions of stars.

It is hard to see anything along the path. Shadows take up much of the spaces where flowers once grew. If you look hard enough you may see a healing plant or two tucked in along the path. Take your time and explore a little. You are not afraid.

Animals of the night move in the forest around you. An owl can be heard in the distance asking her eternal question. She wants to know who you are. Can you tell her or are you unsure of yourself?

As you walk up to the gate you see that it is now covered with dying vines, dried up and withered. Leave the baggage of your mundane life on the ground and push it open to approach the cottage.

You can see smoke rippling out of the chimney and the windows are glowing with a welcoming light. Walk to the door and enter.

Bent over the hearth is an old woman wearing a dark cloak with the hood pulled up over her grey hair. When you enter she turns to you, pays you half a glance, and silently gestures for you to sit by the fire. She has been expecting you.

You watch her work in her cauldron, grabbing bundles of herbs from the mantle to add to her brew. After a moment she takes a seat beside you and pulls her hood down to expose her time weathered face.

She turns to you and in her hand is a cup of the brew she has been tending. She offers it to you and says:

“I am the grandmother of mysteries. You have come to this place seeking wisdom. Drink from this cup and learn all that you need to know at this time.”

You take the hot cup and drink deeply from it. What knowledge comes into your mind as the bittersweet liquid passes over your lips? Is anything foggy? Are there things that are not clear to you still?

Speak with the Crone for a time. Spend time with her and learn from her timeless experience.

When you are ready to leave embrace your grandmother and return to the gate. Take only what you need before returning down the path and allowing your consciousness to surface slowly.

Embracing the Crone Ritual

You will need a dark or silver colored bowl of water, your favorite incense, and a candle. Get everything prepared and find a quiet place to sit alone.

This ritual should be done as closely as possible to the last quarter—the waning moon.

Invite the Crone in your own words. You may choose to use a specific Crone Goddess if you like or simply call on the Crone aspect of the Great Goddess.

Now might be a good time to use the Crone meditation you read earlier. Either way, quiet your mind and ground yourself in whatever way works for you.

Recite the following words:

Ancient Crone, allow me to find wisdom within myself and to always remember that your lessons are within me waiting to be revealed. May I strive to understand all that is light and dark without fear.

The bowl of water represents a portal between this world and the Otherworld. When you are ready, relax the focus of your eyes and gaze into the surface of the water. Stare at it as long as you can allowing yourself to “daydream” into the water.

Make note of shapes, letters, images, etc. that you see on the surface of the water. Later you may want to do some research and soul searching to find out what these things mean.

When you are done scrying thank the Crone in your own words and drip some of the water over your hands and face. Pay special attention to the area of your third eye—on your forehead between your eyes.

The ritual is ended here. You may choose to go outside and gaze at the waning moon and be with the Crone.

Prayers and Chants of the Crone

I.
Ancient Crone,
Cleansing waters of wisdom,
I embrace you within myself,
And dance with you ‘round the well.
Let me be a seeker of knowledge,
And courageous in the face of darkness.
My heart sings your melody
And my spirit is forever whole.

II.
Cerridwyn of the Cauldron,
Timeless Grandmother,
Shape shifting Queen of mysteries,
Let your wisdom surround me and be within me.
Reap away my fear and ignorance.
Lady Crone, bless me with your gifts.

III.
Lady of Autumn,
Fading blossom of Samhain,
I am your heart’s drummer
And forever your student.

IV.
The Crone awakens within me.
Now and always I seek wisdom.


the crone: part of the book of tridea by ps. grian debandia of circle of the green

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The Mother: Compassion

The Mother: Compassion

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet expresses a lesson of the Mother aspect of the Goddess with his famous quote: “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”

The Mother aspect of the Great Goddess is perhaps the most well known. After all, we all have mothers and are typically familiar with the qualities of a healthy mother-figure regardless of our own individual upbringings.

Hundreds of images of the Mother Goddess have been found that date back to the Stone Age. Characteristics of motherhood and fertility are commonly found in their design as they bare exaggerated breasts and bellies. The exaggerated belly conceptualizes qualities of the womb – creation, protection, etc. – as something present in the “creator” and something to be harnessed within oneself. In turn, the engorged breasts illustrate that nourishment is a necessity for all living things and is able to be provided only by other living things.

In myth the Mother appears to have many characteristics, but the most common are those associated with creation and nourishment. She is often seen as the Earth itself, producing and giving freely of the things that her children need to survive.

As with the Maiden, the Mother is not only found within beings who are physical mothers. She is in all things at all times regardless of fertility, gender, or age. Every person contains an “Inner Mother” – an aspect of themselves that is capable of unconditional love.

The Mother aspect of the Goddess is the Teacher of Compassion. After going through the processes and revelations brought on by embracing the Maiden within, the Mother suddenly surfaces and begins to take the reigns.

As you learn to remove judgment and accept Oneness you may begin to notice her voice inside your head, urging you to find compassion for that boss that drives you crazy or the clerk at the grocery store who seems to be taking too much time out of your day. The Mother teaches us to love all people and all life.

One of the most valuable lessons of the Mother is compassion for self. This falls right in line with the concept of non-judgment of self. The Maiden removes judgment and the Mother replaces it with compassion.

The “darker” (for lack of a better word) side of the Mother is one of destruction. She is willing to consume life back into herself when necessary while teaching us that death has a purpose as a part of life.

The Mother is also the archetype of a fierce protector who will defend the lives of her children with her last breath. In this way we understand that life should be fought for and defended.

The Mother is connected with the traditional interpretations of the element of Fire. Fire is transformational energy; destroying and creating all at once. Fire is the primeval force of creation. Where as the Maiden provides inspiration, the Mother takes those ideas and molds them in her fire, like a blacksmith with a fine sword, and gives them life.

The Mother can be felt with the heat of the sun or the warmth of your hearth. Allow her into your heart and she will show you all of the possibilities that come with the presence of unconditional love, kindness, and compassion.

Affirmation of the Mother

Use this affirmation daily to imbue yourself with the compassion of the Mother.

Ancient Mother,
Your spirit is the creating force of love
That nourishes and perpetuates life.
Let my heart be filled with your patience,
And your endless compassion for all things.
I rest always within your eternal embrace.

A Journey with the Mother

Sit in a comfortable, quiet place. Light candles, incense, or anything that may set the mood for you. You may choose to listen to soft, soothing music.

You begin on a wooded path, the same path that you walked to find the Maiden. Except this time the path is lined with red roses of every shape and variety. There are growing things everywhere; bushes and shrubs, trees and flowering herbs. The sweet smell of summer is in the air.

Overhead the sun is high and bursting with heat. The heat is not oppressive and the thick canopy of trees above shields you from the directness of its light. You are comfortable and warm.

Animals move and make sounds nearby. Beside you is a doe grazing on the forest greens. She stares at you with big brown eyes and welcomes you in her silent way.

As you walk the path take the time to investigate your surroundings. Remember that time has no meaning in this place and that you are free to roam the wilderness around you.

Finally you come to the familiar gate in front of the cottage. They are now both covered in blossoms of every shade of red. Remove the trappings of your daily life and leave them at the gate before pushing it open to step into the garden of the Goddess.

You have just closed the gate behind you when a woman opens the door of the cottage. As she steps over the threshold she greets with a smile and a little nod of her head. You feel a pleasant warmth spread over you and you send her a smile in return.

She wears a gown the color of the roses around her with hints of deep green that match her eyes. Her hair is tied up in a bun behind her head and her belly is swollen with new life.

You remain where you are as the woman walks towards you. Her eyes sweep over you from head to feet.

When she is standing directly in front of you her eyes lock onto yours and she peers deep into your spirit, into who you truly are. Do you hide anything from her? Is there something you don’t want her to know?

After a moment she puts her hand to your cheek and smiles with her eyes. She puts her arms around you and pulls your head gently to rest on her chest. Do you resist this contact or do you let the Mother embrace you as a child that has come home? She pulls you up again, her hands resting on your shoulders, and says:

“I accept you exactly the way you are. I love you as I have always loved you; unconditionally and as your mother. I will always be in this place, waiting for your visits, but know also that I am always within you for we are one spirit.”

Talk for a time with the Lady. Go into the cottage if you like. After all, this is your house; your mother’s house. Stay for a while and let your mother teach you what she knows or just lounge in the safety of your spiritual home.

When you are ready to leave, embrace the Mother and promise to return. Take only what you need from the gate before returning to the path. Walk back at your leisure allowing your consciousness to surface slowly.

Embracing the Mother Ritual

You will need at least one candle, your favorite incense, and a mirror. A full length mirror would be perfect but any mirror will do. If possible the ritual should be performed at the peak of the full moon, before the moon begins to wane.

This ritual can be easily done in the bathroom after a nice cleansing bath. If fact, the bathroom may actually be the best place since you should be unclothed as you were for the Maiden ritual.

Why so much nakedness? Well, the purposes of these short, sweet, and simple rituals are geared towards the self. When you are naked there is nothing to define you but you. There are no stylish shoes, designer tops, etc. There is only you.

Now, if you choose to take a ritual bath add some herbs or oils to the water that are symbolic of or remind you of the Mother. You might choose to use the meditation you read earlier and journey with the Mother while bathing.

When you get out of the bath take your time to towel off slowly, put on moisturizer, etc. Take care of yourself. The candles and incense could have already been lit while you were in the bath. If they are not get them going now.

Invite the Mother in your own words. You can choose to be specific or call upon the Mother aspect of the Great Goddess.

Stand before the mirror without clothes on. If you have long hair tie it back so you can see the whole of your face. While gazing in the mirror recite the following:

Nourishing Mother, allow me to find compassion for myself so that I may accept my flaws and move past them. May I be successful in creating the self and the life I desire. You are always with me and I am always home.

Get dressed and go outside to be with the earth and the moon. Bring your candle with you or light a small fire in a barbeque or outdoor fire pit. You may choose to chant.

The ritual is ended here. Be sure to make note of your experiences in your journal.

Prayers and Chants of the Mother

I.
Mother Goddess,
Warming flame of compassion,
I embrace you within myself,
And dance with you ‘round the fire.
Let me be a protector of life,
And a bringer of peace.
My heart sings your melody
And my spirit is forever loved.

II.
Demeter of the grain,
Loving Earth Mother,
Mysterious Queen of Eleusis,
Let your light surround me and be within me.
May all hate be forgotten.
May all love be restored.
Mother Demeter, bless me with your gifts.

III.
Mother of Summer,
All blooming Dame,
I am your heart’s drummer.
And the carrier of your flame.

IV.
The Mother awakens within me.
Now and always I know love.


the mother: part of the book of tridea by ps. grian debandia of circle of the green

Maiden: The Freedom

The Maiden: Freedom

As it was written on the Temple of Gaia (later Apollo) at Delphi; where priestesses read the words as they performed their sacred duties as Oracle… Know Thyself.

Through the Maiden aspect of the Great Goddess you can discover who you are without the confines of the society in which you live. You will begin to think completely for yourself, make all of your own decisions, and live with your own consequences. You will learn to speak and live truthfully and remember the innocence you once had as a child. The Maiden teaches your spirit how to be truly free.

In myth, the Maiden is typically a young woman without family or home to care for. She lives for the moment and frolics in the forests like Artemis and her Nymphs. She is young, unclaimed, and forever virginal. These traits are examples of metaphors that demonstrate spiritual concepts.

Virginity is a symbol of being untied, owning only oneself, and one’s own energy. In fact, this is the original meaning of the word virgin. Everyone struggles with feeling owned or controlled in their lives. It might be by a spouse, a parent, a friend, an addiction, or an illness.

For a moment let yourself see the reality of the Maiden present in all people. The essence of the Maiden is not her physical appearance, her gender, her age, nor her status in society; it is her pure and unabashed freedom. She is a roaming spirit, a free thinker, and a person unto herself who strives to remove the binding shackles of her existence whatever they may be. The Maiden is a state of the spirit not a physical state of being.

While the Maiden is truly free, she does no harm unto others by being so. When she is wrong she admits it. Her strong sense of personal responsibility allows her to accept any consequences her actions may require. When she sees injustice she strives to change it for the good of all. She is the embodiment of perfect truth, the waxing moon, the revealer which is born from the deepest and most mysterious of shadows.

The Maiden will teach you to look within your own dark recesses to reveal the truth of your nature. This is usually not an easy process.

Looking within your darkness can cause discomfort and doubt, but it can eventually lead to a better understanding of self and more control over “darker” traits and impulses. This is a crucial part of your enlightenment which has been presented in myths since the beginning of human history. This concept can also be seen in the stories of our age, many of which are modern interpretations of ancient ideas.

It may seem corny, but think back to the character of Luke Skywalker for just a moment. He is pressed by Yoda (his spiritual teacher) to enter a cave and confront his fears as a part of his training towards the enlightenment of understanding “the Force”.

What Luke learns inside the cave is that his fears are all manifestations of himself. When he cuts the head from Darth Vader he sees only the vision of his own face staring back at him from inside the disembodied helmet. It is the Maiden who reveals the source of Luke’s fears and bids him to look no further than himself for answers.

The above story is only a modern example of the Inner Revealer concept, used here to illustrate this idea in simple, familiar terms. I am certainly not proposing we deify characters from Star Wars.

The Maiden is also the source of those flashes of clarity that I like to call “epiphany moments”. This quality connects her with the traditional interpretation of the air element. She is inspiration, a catalyst for the mind, the breeze that clears the dust from those otherwise unused portions of your psyche.

Connect with the Maiden through the wind as it blows through your hair. Watch in wonder as she dances with the trees. Listen carefully and you may even hear the music that they dance to.

Affirmation of the Maiden

Use this affirmation daily to find the freedom of the Maiden within yourself. Tape it to your bathroom mirror or scrawl it in your daily planner. Memorize it and recite it whenever you require the presence of the Maiden.


This is most useful in the beginning of your journey so that you can very easily connect with the Maiden anywhere and often. By making this a consistent habit you can create tradition through repetition, which the mind greatly benefits from.

A Journey with the Maiden

Sit in a comfortable, quiet place. Light candles, incense, or anything that may set the mood for you. You may choose to listen to soft, playful music.

Your journey begins in the forest. Flowering plants line the path where you stand. The crocus, first flower of spring, is among them. Other sweet smelling blossoms of white and yellow accompany the crocus, their heads bobbing in the slight breeze.

You can hear birds chirping above you in the trees. They sing a song of spring, of hope, and of beginnings. Look up and see them fly from branch to branch and soar through the bright blue sky.

Begin to slowly walk the path. Take time to stop and smell some of the flowers or to pick up a shiny stone at your feet. Be inquisitive and explore your surroundings. Time has no meaning here. Skip, dance, or hum a tune. This is a place of innocence where you can embrace the child that lives within you.

After walking for a time you come upon a gate. It is covered in vines and more blooms of white and yellow. Remove the fetters of your clothes and breathe the clean, free flowing air. Feel the weights of fear, guilt, and judgment fall to the ground with your garments then move through the gate.

You are now in a meadow filled with all manner of wild flowers, butterflies, and buzzing bees. You can see a cottage a short way ahead but you do not go there now.

The breeze moves like kisses on your bare skin. Laugh and spin in the sunlight as it pours out like golden honey upon you. Listen to the trees move in the wind and spread your arms to sway with them in a sacred dance.

As you dance you notice you are no longer alone. A woman has come to dance beside you. She is naked as well and smiling at you with truth glittering in her eyes. There is nothing false about this woman. She is exactly what she shows to the world. You trust her and as she motions for you to come with her you follow without hesitation.

She takes you to a pool of water and bids you to look into the surface with her. You see yourself within the water, but as the wind moves and a ripple passes over the surface your reflection changes to match that of the Lady beside you.

Embrace the Lady and speak with her for a time if you choose. Does she give you anything? Do you have gifts for her?

When you are finished speaking, embrace the Lady again and bid her farewell. Return to the gate, taking only what you need from the pile of garments as you pass through. Move back down the path at your leisure and allow your consciousness to surface slowly.

Embracing the Maiden Ritual

You will need a symbol of the Maiden. This could be a handful of herbs, a gemstone, an altar statue, etc. (See Virtues of the Goddess for more options.) You will also need a white candle, your favorite incense, an electric fan, and at least a half hour of uninterrupted time. This ritual should be preformed during the waxing moon, ideally at the first quarter.

If possible remove your clothes and dim or turn out the lights in the room. Light the candle and the incense keeping them, and anything else that might blow away, out of the wind reach of the fan.

Invite the Maiden to join you in your own words. You may chose a specific Maiden goddess to work with or you may simply call upon the Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess. Turn on the fan and let the breeze blow over your face and body. Recite the following:

Maiden of Freedom, may your presence bring me the keys to my emotional shackles. Allow me to always be true to myself and find joy in my life. You are within me. We are one.

Continue to sit in front of the fan allowing your mind to sink into a state of meditation. Fill your senses with the breeze; the sound, the feeling on your skin, the aroma of the incense. This may be a time to use the Maiden Meditation you read earlier or you might simply clear your mind and listen for the words of the Goddess.

When you are ready take three deep breaths then turn off the fan. Thank the Maiden and release her in your own words. Extinguish the candle and the incense. If at all possible, remain skyclad (this is being naked and in the physical state of freedom) and go outside or stand in a window to view the waxing moon.

You may choose to chant as you stand in the moonlight, calling on the power of the Maiden within you and bidding her to make her presence known.

The waxing moon is a time of growth. Realize that you are also in a period of growth. You are seeking truth and freedom within yourself through the Maiden. Your journey does not have to be a struggle. She has been with you all along. You only need to notice her presence in all things and especially within yourself. Bask in her light and reaffirm to yourself that you are one with her and with all things.

The ritual is ended here. Jot down anything that may have come to you while you were meditating and/or gazing at the moon.

Prayers and Chants of the Maiden

I.
Maiden Goddess,
Light of Truth and Beginnings,
I embrace you within myself,
And dance with you on the wind.
Let me be a warrior for truth,
And a bringer of peace.
My heart sings your melody
And my spirit is forever free.

II.
Artemis of the forest,
Huntress and Queen of Beasts,
Midwife and warrior of the weak,
Let your light surround me and be within me.
May all fear be forgotten.
May all hope be restored.
Lady Artemis, bless me with your gifts.

III.
Maiden of Spring,
Sweet Persephone,
Of your light we sing.
Through truth and joy
Let our Freedom ring.

IV.
She changes everything She touches
And everything She touches changes
(Traditional chant of Kore)

V.
The cage has been opened
And the shackles are broken
So mote it be,
The Maiden Queen has spoken

VI.
The Maiden awakens within me.
Now and always I am free.


the maiden: part of the book of tridea by ps. grian debandia of circle of the green

Ceres



Earth Mother, Mistress of the Grain, Great Ceres


Endow me with your gifts
And the strength of a Mother’s love.
Place your hand upon mine
That I might walk the paths where you’ve stepped
And learn the hidden ways of Eleusis.

Connecting with the Goddess

M U S I N G S

For centuries in Ancient Rome the ultimate vision of a mother was seen through the face of Ceres. She is most commonly thought of as Grain Goddess; a solely agricultural deity and patroness of those who work the land. This is far too simple a role for such an important Goddess as Ceres. To followers of her mysteries she was the caregiver of the Earth and all who lived upon it. In many ways she was seen as the Earth itself.

Kore, Ceres’ daughter, brought the Goddess much joy and while Ceres could hold her child in her arms all was right on Earth. Crops grew, animals multiplied, and flowers colored the land in splendor. But then Kore was taken into the Underworld by Pluton (Hades). Ceres’joy turned into terrible sorrow. Her heart broke without her little girl and the Earth began to wilt and die. As the Goddess mourned, so too did the Earth. Fruit rotted on the vine, flowers turned black with death, and nothing would grow. The land was barren and empty like Great Mother Ceres’
heart.

Ceres called to me initially on her own, as part of an ancient, timeless myth surrounded by mysteries and traditions that have captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world for millennia. Her daughter Kore (in her guise as Proserpina) soon began to take my focus however. It was Proserpina whose voice rang out the loudest and it is through her that the understanding of her mother comes into light.

Step into this little temple and reach out your arms to Mother Ceres. Raise them up as if you were young Kore and embrace the Goddess who is Mother of all Life. Walk up to her shrine and light candles in her honor. Beckon her to enter your heart and gift you will the lessons you require. And, as with her daughter Proserpina, may her light embrace you, taking you into the hallowed caves of Eleusis with all the wisdom of an initiate.

U N D E R S T A N D I N G

Ceres was once called Ge-Meter or Earth-Mother. As I spent time with this aspect of the Goddess I came to the revelation that the triad of Kore, Ceres, and Proserpina are all aspects of the earlier Greek Earth Goddess Gaia. It’s not much of a stretch really as Gaia is seen as somewhat of a primordial, early incarnation of the Great Goddess. Gaia is the Earth in ways that at times can seem very literal. As time went on Gaia took on a more complex face and her aspects were split into different deities, all with a specific set of spiritual lessons to teach. Ceres is perhaps the face that is closest to the Great All-Goddess Gaia, as seen in mythology as the Earth personified.

In myth there are times when Ceres may seem very distant, like a mother who finds it difficult to be affectionate, yet can’t let go emotionally either. Perhaps this is because she is very dependent. As with any triplicate form of the Goddess, each part is at the same time connected with the other two yet also separate and dependent on the other faces to function. Ceres has her own power – the power to make the Earth thrive or die – yet that power is subject to her moods and emotions.

Without Kore, Ceres cannot function. Without Ceres the Earth dies. Perhaps Ceres gives a feeling that she is somewhat controlling because she is not actually in control at all. This is not to say that her other two aspects are not also dependent on her, but for Ceres dependence is something she seems to resent. She is the Mother. She is the one who gives life. Yet she must resign herself to the fact that she can’t do it all alone; that she needs the love of her daughter to go on.

It seems to be that Ceres is a perfect archetype for many modern women, especially those with children. We try so hard to do it all on our own; raising children, working, taking care of the home. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we need anyone else and sometimes it’s easy to resent that dependence when we are so used to being in control of everything.

On a more spiritual level, Ceres is the balancing aspect of the Gaian Triad. While Kore brings about the function of birth (conception), it is Ceres’ job to nourish it within her womb and give it life (creation); to care for it until it returns to Proserpina and another sort of womb in death (transformation).

Ceres gives care, compassion, and love the way a healthy mother does to her children. She needs nothing in return. Even when Kore goes missing, all Ceres wants is another opportunity to love her child. She is not ready to “cut the apron strings” and for a mother it is never the right time to let go of her children. Just because a mother must let her child go off into the world and find their way, does not mean that mother wants to be without her child or not be given the opportunity to be in that child’s life.

So the Goddess is telling us, as her children, that she will never let us go. That though she gave us life and must allow us to fall down, skin our knees, and make mistakes, she will never leave us. And though at times she may seem distant and out of our reach she is forever looking for us and never giving up hope that we might find each other again and again.

So, after a great amount of musing I have come to some conclusions on keywords for Ceres. love, independence, and balance.

Love
– All beings are capable of love.
– Love is the strongest force in existence.
– Life can only be nourished by other life.

Independence
– Independence is good but we must know when to accept help.
– Dependence should not cause negative emotions or distance.
– It is good to be needed and need others.

Balance
– There is balance in all things.
– Love must be balanced, firmly rooted in reality, and unselfish.
– Dependence must be balanced by self sufficiency.

Meditation and Worship

A L T A R I D E A S

An altar to Ceres could be covered in white, yellow, red, or green fabric. In fact, any color can work with this Goddess. Set natural items on your altar such as cut grain, fresh flowers (poppies), and seeds. Altar figures can be purchased, created, or printed from your computer. Light candles in Ceres’ name, perhaps even creating the candle holders yourself, and honor her as you see fit.

S I M P L E R I T U A L

Set up your altar to Ceres and prepare yourself for ritual/meditation in your usual way. Make offerings of any type of grain on your altar and say the following:

Mother, I must make this journey of life alone
But I know always that you are with me.
Your hand with never leave my hand.
Your heart will never be far from mine.
We are always together; always one.

Though I must journey alone I ask
That you lend me your strength in times of need,
Your shoulder in times of sorrow,
Your smile in times of joy,
And your love always.

When the time comes
I shall return to you
As in all things there is a cycle
That has no end.

Spend time in meditation reflecting on Ceres and the relationships in your life then end the ritual in your own way. Take the grain outside to return it to the Earth – to Mother Ceres

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The Three Keys

Dissecting and Interpreting Mythology
and Theological Concepts of the Goddess

I imagine everyone has their own way of interpreting the Goddess. By nature, being a Goddess worshiper fills a person with a sense of empowerment that teachers him/her to trust their instincts and their personal ideas. Perhaps the Goddess inspires us all differently, coming to us in unique ways that teach every individual exactly what they need to learn.

For me it has always been a challenge to order my thoughts when it comes to understanding the Goddess. To me all Goddesses are one Goddess so learning about her different images helps me understand her as a whole. She is all things and sometimes it’s not that easy to wrap my head around her thousands of faces, symbols, etc. The method I use to better my own understanding, and create a sense of order in an otherwise jumbled mind, is what I call the Three Keys System.

First, let me make my personal framework clear. This is the core of my belief system and what I base all of my interpretations on.

• All Goddesses are one Goddess. All deity is one deity.
• The Goddess is all things and everything in nature and life can carry her lessons.
• The Goddess is triplicate; Maiden, Mother, Crone.
• The combination of those three aspects creates the forth or total aspect of Goddess; All-Goddess, Panthea, Great Goddess, etc.
• The All-Goddess aspect is the totality of all things and is the ultimate vision of the Goddess.
• Every Goddess carries the qualities of each the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone though they usually lean further in the direction of one than the others.

Now the things listed above can’t really be called facts. I’m not sure there is much within the realm of religion that can be called wholly factual. I suppose that’s why we have the concept of faith. But does this make them untrue? If perception is reality then the statements of faith above are as true as the sky being blue. Though I see a blue sky a slightly color blind person may think it seems more like a shade of purple. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Well, neither and both at the same time. Both perceptions are completely true, albeit personal truths.

So, after I choose my topic (or my Goddess) that I am going to devote study time to, I research like crazy and put everything I have gathered in one place. I read all of the information as many times as necessary and formulate ideas while specifically looking for keywords that may be ascribed to the Goddess in question. Almost right off the bat I can usually see if a Goddess falls into the Maiden, Mother, Crone, or All categories based on what I know of each.

Then I look at the way this Goddess relates to other deities, if there are other Goddesses involved that can make her triplicate aspects obvious, and examine her relationship to her mate if she has one. I ask myself questions like “what did this Goddess do?”, “what purpose does her myth serve?”, “what are her symbols”, etc.

In between all of this I usually make time to meditate for a few days on the Goddess I am studying. For me it is necessary to spend a lot of time in thought and reflection, allowing the Goddess to send some inspiration along before I come to any conclusions.

The next step is to weed through any keywords I may have come across. I usually take the three most specific or clearly illustrated keywords and elaborate on them. For example, for the Minoan Bee Goddess (Merope) I selected the keywords that jumped out at me the most then jotted down what I felt they meant.

Connection
– It is not good to always be alone.
– Seek connection with other people and with all life.
– Live in harmony with others.

Responsibility
– Live responsibly in co-existence with other people and with nature.
– Work honestly and earn your keep in life.
– Everyone has a purpose.

Humility
– Love is stronger than you.
– Love openly and without shame.
– There is no room for pride in love.

After using the Three Keys System and incorporating the Triple Goddess framework I feel that I have a pretty clear understanding of what this Goddess means to me, or what lessons I needed to gain from her. I can now incorporate this specific Goddess into my vision of the Goddess as a whole and further enrich my spiritual experience.

Your interpretations of individual Goddesses or the Goddess as a whole may be completely different from mine. I trust that the Goddess has a good understanding of us and knows which of her aspects are beneficial to every individual.

For me, the most important part of all of this is to know that the Goddess is ever-present and constant. She cannot be changed. She just is. I find this way of thinking beneficial, especially when participating in theological debates. No one should ever feel their ideas or perceptions are invalid or being threatened by others because it all comes from the Goddess anyway.

We all have different relationships with the Goddess in the way children do with their mothers. Healthy, present mothers know which of their children need to know which lessons and each child is treated as an individual. As we grow mothers teach new lessons, or impart more wisdom in regards to old lessons. It is important to be open to change and an evolution in thought because we never want to be so stubborn in our beliefs that the Goddess can’t teach us more of what we need to know.

So, your unique vision of the Goddess is just as valid as any other. So long as you are enriching your own experience of your Mother, there can be no wrong answers to your questions.


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God & Goddess Feast Days

A-Ma: April 9
Adonis:August 7
Aegir: March 3
Aestas: June 30
Ahes: August 29
Alcyone: December 15
Amaterasu: July 17, December 8
Amazon Goddesses: April 9
Anahit: April 11
Anahita: August 2
Anaitis: February 10
Ananta: August 31
Andros: November 30
Anna: June 18
Antu: the month of January
Apet: the month of Jule
Aphrodite: February 6 and the month of April
Apollo: April 16, May 25, and September 25
Aradia: the month of February
Aranya Sashti: May 12
Ardvi: November 18
Arrianrhod: December 11
Aries: March 21
Artemis: the month of April, May 24, and December 29
Astarte: the months of April and November
Astraea: December 8
Athena: March 19, May 20, the months of Jule, and September 21
Attis: March 22, and the month of December
Azazel: September 26
Baal: October 28
Babo: January 8
Bacchus: November 11
Balomain: December 23
Bau: April 10
Bendi: June 6
Bertha: January 1
Betoro Bromo: January 16
Black Madonna: December 12
Blajini: April 7
Bona Dea: May 3 and December 3
Brigid: February 1
Bruma: December 11
Cailleach: November 1
Caprotina: July 7
Carman: September 23
Carmenta: January 11
Carna: June 1
Carpo: September 23
Castor and Pollux: October 25
Catherine: November 25
Ceadda: March 2
Ceres: January 30, February 1, February 28, April 12, May 29, the month of August, and October 4
Cernunnos: October 18
Cerridwen: June 20
Changing Woman: September 4
Chango: December 4
Chicomecoatl: June 30
Chu-Si-Niu: April 12
Coatlique: December 12
Consus: August 27
Copper Woman: July 18
Corn Mother: the month of August
Cybele: March 24, April 4, and December 3
Daena: September 7
Dae Dia: May 17
Deer Mother: January 3
Demeter: February 28, the month of August, September 17, September 28, and December 7
Devaki: August 27
Diana: April 11, May 27, and August 17
Diev: December 18
Dikaiosune: July 12
Dionysus: January 3, March 19, July 9, September 2, October 5, and the month of December
Domhnach Chrom Dubh: July 28
Domna: July 28
Durga: October 14
Egyptian Threefold Goddess: September 21
Einherjar: November 11
Ekeko: January 24
Elena: May 2
Elihino: August 6
Eostre: the first day of spring
Epona: December 18
Erzulie Freda: July 16
Eurydice: June 17
Faunus: the month of May
Felicitas: the month os January and October 9
Ferona: November 15
Fides: October 1
Flora : April 28, and May 23
Fortuna: June 24
Fortuna Redux: October 12
Freya: January 8 and December 27
Frigg: January 12
Fuji: July 1
Furrina: July 25
Gaia: February 28
Ganesh: September 5
Gauri: March 27
Ge: February 28
Gloosca: July 30
God of the Summer Sun: June 27
Granny March: March 1
Green Goddess: the month of March
Green Man: June 23
Gujeswari: November 27
Gula: September 19 and October 24
Gwynn Ap Nudd: September 29
Hathor: Janurary 23, August 7, and the month of November
Hawk Maiden: December 16
Hecate: August 13 and November 7
Heimdall: September 29
Hemera: June 28
Hera: June 19
Hercules: August 21
Hermes Trismestigus: May 24
Hettsui No Kami: November 8
Hogmagog: December 31
Holda: July 10
Holika: March 16
The Horae: September 25
Horned God: May 8
Horus: July 14
Ia: February 5
Iduna: March 20
Igaehindvo: August 6
Ilmater: August 26
Inanna: January 2
Ing: May 14
Invicti Solis: December 25
Irene: January 29
Irish Lunantishees: November 11
Ishtar: January 27, March 29, and June 2
Isis: January 2, Maech 20, July 19, and August 12
Jagannath: June 14
Janus: the month of January, especially January 1
Juno: May 29, the month of June, and July 8
Juno Februa: the month of February
Juno-Lupa: February 14
Justicia: January 8
Juturno: January 11
Kachinas: July 26
Kali: February 17 and the month of November
Krishna: August 27
Konhana-Hime: November 23
Kronos: July 11
Kuan Yin: January 31, March 28, and April 5
Kukulcan: November 21
Kupala: June 21
Lakshmi: March 20 and October 16
Lara: December 23
Lares: January 12
Laurentina: December 23
Liber Pater: March 27
Libertas: April 13
Liberty: December 10
Loki: April 1
Lono: November 7
Lord of the Greenwood: the month of March
Lucina: December 5
Lugh: July 31 and the month of August
Luna: March 31
Luna Regia: April 24
Lu Pan: July 18
Lupercus: Febraury 15
Lutzelfrau and Perchta: December 25
Maat: July 5 and December 16
Machendrana: April 17
Maia: May 1
Maidens of the Four Directions: September 3
Maman: the month of November
Manes: November 8
Mars: March 23, May 29, and October 15
Maryamma: April 14
Meditrina: September 30
Mens: June 8
Minerva: February 19, June 14, October 24, and December 4
Moccas: November 14
Moon Hare: September 27
Morrigan: the month of October and December 16
Mother of the Universe: November 27
Nagas: July 1
Neith: December 8
Nemesis: August 23
Nepthys: July 18 and September 13
Neptune: July 23
Nincnevin: November 10
Nina: February 19
Nu Kwa: August 22
Obatala: September 24
Oddudua: August 11
Old Lady of the Elder Trees: October 11
Old Woman: October 5
Ops: August 25 and December 19
Osiris: July 13, September 24, the month of October, and November 3
Ostara: the first day of Spring
Pales: April 21
Pan: the month of May
Pandrosos: October 18
Papa Legba: June 29
Parvati: March 20
Pax: January 29 and July 4
Perchta: December 25
Persephone: April 3 and the first day of Autumn
Pomona: November 1
Proserpina: May 27
Prytania: March 24
Puck: August 11
Python: May 28
Quetzalcoatl: September 20 and November 21
Rama: April 18
Reason: November 10
Rhea: July 11 and December 3
Rhiannon: March 4
Rowana: July 15
Salavi: June 26
Sankrant: December 19
Sarasvati: January 31, March 20, and November 27
Saturn: March 23 and December 17 though 24
Sedna: September 25
Sekhment: January 7, the month of November
Set: July 15
Seven Shinto Gods of Good Luck: October 19
Sheela-Na-Gig: March 18
Shiva: February 24 and May 10
Sitala: March 19
Skadi: July 10, November 30
Snow Queen Goddess: December 11
Sophia: October 24, November 28, and December 16
Sothis: the month of July
Spandarmat: February 18
Spider Woman: the month of July and December 16
Sulis: July 23
Sunna: July 8
Surya: January 14 through 16
Tacita: February 18
Tara: October 31
Tari Pennu: August 30
Teinne: August 6
Tellus Mater: January 30
Tempestas: June 1
Terminus: February 23
Terra: the month of April
Theseus: September 26
Thor: January 19, July 28, and the month of September
Thoth: September 19
Three Fates: May 27
Threefold Goddess: November 16
Tiamat: November 6
Tin Hau: May 10
Ti-Tsang: July 15
Tiu: January 13
Tonantzin: December 9 through 12
Tyi Wara: April 27
Tyr: October 17
Ua Zit: March 14
Ursala: October 21
Ullr: November 22
Vali: February 14
Venus: the months of January and April, and August 8
Vertumnus: August 23
Vesta: January 15, March 1, June 7 through 15, and August 15
Victoria: October 7
Vidar: June 14
Vishnu: October 6 through 15
Vulcan: August 23
Walpurga: April 30
Witch of Gaeta: July 3
Woden: the month of December
Xipe Totec: October 30
Yama: July 12
Ying-Hua: the month of April
Yngona: January 21
Ysahodhara: May 2
Yuki Onne: December 11
Zamyaz: February 28
Zao Jun: January 18
Zeus: June 12

Goddess Candle Colors

Although white alter candles alone can usually be used to invoke the female Deities, using a special candle of the appropriate sacred color when invoking a particular goddess will bring better results.

The following alphabetical list contains the names, description and sacred candle color of most of the Goddesses worshiped by the various Craft traditions as well as many of the ancient Deities honored by different Pagan cultures throughout history.

Aditi: Hindu Sku-Goddess. Her sacred candle color is blue.

Amaterasu-O-Mi-Kami: Japanese Sun Goddess. Her sacred candle colors are yellow and gold.

Anaitis: Persian fertility-goddess. Her sacred candle color is green.

Anu: Celtic Mother-Goddess, Dawn Mother, and Goddess of death and the dead. Her sacred candle colors are white and black.

Aodh: Celtic Fire-Goddess. Her sacred candle color is red.

Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of love and beauty and one of the twelve great Olympians. She is also knows as Cytherea, and is identified with the Roman Love-Goddess Venus. Her sacred candle colors are red and pink.

Arrianrhod: Welsh Mother Goddess and Neo-Pagan Goddess of fertility. Her sacred candle colors are green and white.

Artemis: Greek Goddess of the Moon, hunting, and wild beasts. As a lunar Goddess, she has been an influential archetype for Witches and worshipers of the contemporary Goddess cult. She is the equivalent of the Roman Moon-goddess Diana . Artemis is identified with Hecate and Selene in Greek mythology. Her sacred candle color is white.

Asherali: Phonician Goddess of love and fertility. Her sacred candle colors are green and white.

Astarte: Greek Goddess of innocence and purity and daughter of Themis. The Goddess of justice. It is said that after leaving earth, she was placed among the stars where she became the constellation Virgo the Virgin. Her sacred candle color is white.

Athena: Greek Goddess of wisdom and the arts and one of the twelve Olympians. She is identified with the Roman Goddess Minerva and Her sacred candle colors are purple and white.

Bast: Egyptian Fertility Goddess and daughter of Isis. Also known as the Lady of Light. She bestows health and symbolizes sexual passion. In ancient times, she was worshiped in the form of a cat. Later, she was envisaged as a woman with the head of a Cat. Bast is one of the most popular ancient Egyptian Goddesses in modern day Witchcraft and sex magick cults. Her sacred candle colors are red, green and white.

Benten: Japanese Buddhist love Goddess. She is also the Goddess of femininity, music, literature and the sea. Her sacred candle color is pink.

Brigit: Celtic and Neo-Pagan goddess of fire, wisdom, poetry and sacred wells and also a deity associated with prophecy, divination and healing. Her sacred candle colors are red and white.

Ce-Aehd: Celtic Goddess of Nature. Her sacred candle color is green.

Ceara: Ancient Pagan goddess of Nature and feminine equivalent to the God Cearas. Her sacred candle color is green.

Centeotle: Mexican fertility goddess. Her sacred candle color is green.

Ceres: Roman Goddess of Harvest and fertility of the Earth and mother of Proserpina. In Greek Mythology, she is Demeter the Goddess of Agriculture and mother of Persephone. Her sacred candle colors are green, orange, brown and yellow.

Cerridwen: Celtic and neo-pagan Goddess of mountains, fertility and inspiration. Her sacred candle color is green.

Chloris: Greek Goddess of flowers, and equivalent of the Roman Flower-Goddess Flora. Her sacred candle colors are white and all floral colors.

Cybele: Phrygian Goddess of nature and fertility.

Demeter : Greek Goddess of fertility, husbandry and harvest, mother of Persephone, and an important Deity in the mysteries of the Eleusis. She is identified with the Roman Goddess Ceres and her sacred candle colors are green and orange.

Dew: Greek fertility goddess. Her sacred candle color is green.

Diana: Roman and neo-pagan moon goddess, mother goddess and virgin huntress of the moon. She is identified with the Greek Lunar Goddess Artemis and is worshiped mainly by Witches of the Dianic tradition. Her sacred candle colors are silver and white.

Durga (also Durva): Hindu goddess and the God Shiva is her consort who was worshiped throughout India. But especially in Bengal. Durga is depicted as a ferocious ten-armed dragon-slayer, but it is said she is loving and gentle to those who worship her. Her sacred candle color is red.

Eostre: Saxon and neo-pagan Goddess of fertility and springtime whom the holiday of Easter is named after. Her sacred candle color is green.

Epona: Celtic mare goddess who sacred candle color is white.

Ereshkigal: Sumerian horned-goddess and Queen of the Underworld. She is identified with the Greek-lunar Goddess Hecate and is depicted as having the body of a fish with serpent-like scales and the ears of a sheep. Her sacred candle is black.

Esmeralda: South American Goddess of love. Her sacred candle color is emerald green.

Flora: Roman Goddess of flowers and all that flourishes. She is the equivalent of the Greek flower Goddess Chloris and her sacred candle colors are with and all floral colors.

Fortuna: Roman Goddess of happiness, good fortune and chance who possesses the power to bestow upon mortals either wealth or poverty. She is identified with the Greek Goddess Tyche, and her sacred candle colors are green, gold and silver.

Freya (also Freyja): Scandinavian Goddess of fertility, love and beauty who sacred symbols and familiars were cats. She was also Queen of the Underworld and the sister and consort of the God Frey. As a neo-pagan Goddess, she is worshiped mainly by Wiccans of the Saxon tradition. Her sacred candle colors are green, red and black.

Frigga: Scandinavian Mother Goddess and consort of the God Odin. She is also the patroness of marriage an fecundity and is represented in myth riding in a chariot drawn by sacred rams. Her sacred candle color is white.

Frija: Pagan-Germanic earth mother and consort of the God Tiwaz. The day of the week sacred to her is Friday. Her sacred candle color is brown.

Hathor: Egyptian Goddess of beauty and the heavens and patroness of fecundity, infants and music. She is often depicted as a woman with a Cows head, wearing the head-dress of two plumes and a solar disc decorated with stars symbolizing her role as a Sky Goddess. Her sacred candle color is blue

Hecate: Greek Moon Goddess, neo-pagan Goddess of fertility and Moon magick, Queen of the Underworld and protectress of all Witches. She is also known as both the Goddess of Darkness and Death. She is the Queen of Ghosts and Crossroads. She is Hecate the maiden, Hecate the Mother and Hecate the Crone but in later years, She became most familiarized as the Crone. She is also known as Trivia, Goddess of the Crossroads and Antea bestower of nocturnal vision. Hecate’s sacred candle colors are black and silver.

Hera: Greek Goddess of death and rebirth, earth Goddess, and consort of the God Zeus. Her sacred candle colors are black and dark brown.

Hestia: Greek Hearth Goddess. Her sacred candle color is red.

Inanna: Sumerian Goddess of both love and war, who is identified with the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar. Her sacred candle color is red.

Ishtar: Asyrian, Babylonian and neo-pagan Goddess of love, fertility and war who personifies the planet Venus. She was a mother goddess and the consort of Tammuz, the God of Grain an Bread who died each winter and was reborn the following spring. As a triple goddess, she represents birth, death and rebirth. In her aspect as mother, she is the giver of life. In her aspect as Warrior maiden, she is the bringer of death. In her aspect as Crone, she brings rebirth and resurrection. The crescent of the new moon rising is one of her sacred symbols and she is depicted as a woman with bird-like facial features and braided hair, wearing a bull’s horns and jeweled necklaces, bracelets and anklets. She is associated with the Sumerian goddess Inanna and the Phoenician Goddess Astarte. Her sacred candle colors are red and green.

Isis: Ancient Egyptian Mother Goddess of fertility and neo-pagan Goddess of magick and enchantment. She was the sister and consort of the sun-God Osiris and was at times identified with the Goddess Hathor. Isis is the symbol of divine motherhood and she was regarded in her mysteries as the single form of all Gods and Goddesses. She is often called the Goddess of Ten Thousand Names and in Hellespont (now Dardanelles) She was known as Mystis, the lady of the Mysteries. Her sacred candle color is green.

Kali: Hindu death Goddess, personifying the dark and terrifying forces of nature. She is depicted as a fanged, dark-skinned warrior-like woman wearing a necklace of human skulls around her neck. Her sacred candle color is black

Kuan Yin: Chinese Goddess of fertility, childbirth and compassion. She hears the cries of the world and just uttering her name, She appears. Her sacred colors are green and white.

Kupala: Slavic Goddess of life, sex and vitality. She is worshiped on midsummer’s day, and her sacred candle color is red.

Lucina: Roman Goddess of the Moon who is also associated with childbirth. Her sacred candle colors are silver and white.

Luna: Roman and neo-pagan Moon Goddess whose name is Latin for Moon. She is identified with Selene and Artemis and her sacred candle colors are white and silver.

Maat: Egyptian Goddess of truth, justice and the order of the universe. Her symbol was a feather. Her sacred candle color is white.

Morrigan: Celtic War Goddess of Death and destruction and the Mother of all Irish Gods. She is said to appear in the form of a Raven (a bird of ill-omen in the Celtic tradition) before and during battles. She is also known as the “spectre queen” and “Great Queen Morgan.” As a Goddess trinity, she was called Macha when she worked magick with the blood of the slain, Badb when she appeared in the form of a giantess on the eve of war t warn soldiers of their fates, and Neman when she appeared as a shape-shifting crone. Her sacred candle colors are scarlet and black.

Mut: Egyptian Goddess of fertility. Her sacred candle color is green.

Mylitta: Babylonian Goddess of fertility. Her sacred candle color is green.

Nemesis: Greek Goddess of anger and vengeance and mythological daughter of Erebus and Nyx. Her sacred candle color is red.

Ninhursag: Mesopotamian earth Goddess. Her sacred candle color is dark brown

Nut (also Nuit): Egyptian Sky Goddess and Mother of Osiris, Isis, Set and Mephthys. Her sacred candle color is royal blue.

Parvati: Hindu Goddess of mountains and consort of the god Shiva. She is known as the ruler of Elves and nature spirits. The daughter of the Himalayas and the personification of cosmic energy. Her sacred candle colors are white and brown.

Pele: Polynesian Volcano-Goddess who is currently believed to reside in Kilauea on the main island of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, where she is worshiped as the essence of earthly fire. To this day, various offerings such as flowers, sugarcane, white birds, money and brandy are made to her whenever volcanic eruptions threaten the Hawaiian islands. Her sacred candle colors are red and orange.

Persephone: Greek Goddess known as the Queen of the Underworld. She is equivalent of the Roman Goddess Proserpina. Her sacred candle color is black

Pomona: Roman Goddess of fruits and fertility. Her festival of Pomonalia was celebrated in ancient Rome on the first day of November to mark the End of the Harvest. Her sacred candle color is green.

Rhiannon: Celtic/Welsh Mother Goddess, originally called Rigatona (Great Queen) and identified with the Gaulish Mare Goddess Epona, as she is pictured riding astride a pale-white horse carrying a magickal bag of abundance. Her sacred candle color is white.

Sekhmet: War Goddess of Ancient Egypt. She is depicted as a woman with the head of a lion and is the Egyptian counterpart of the Hindu Goddess Shakti. Her sacred candle color is crimson.

Selene: Greek Moon Goddess. She is known as the “Full Moon” and Goddess of Enchantments. Her sacred candle colors are silver and white.

Tlazolteotl: Central American earth-Goddess associated with fertility and love. She is also known as the Mother of All Gods and her sacred candle colors are brown and green.

Venus: Roman and neo-pagan Goddess of love and beauty who personified sexuality, fertility, prosperity and good fortune. She is Roman counterpart of the Greek Love Goddess Aphrodite. Her sacred candle color is pink.

Vesta: Roman Hearth-Goddess whose temple was lit by a sacred fire tended by six virgin priestesses known as the vestal virgins. Her sacred candle color is red.

Xochiquetzal: Central-American goddess of flowers. Her sacred candle colors are white and all floral colors.