Sacred Images of Female Divinites
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In Witchcraft and mystical practice an image of a Divinity may inspire our imaginations and serve as an emblem or symbol of our personal connection to that Spiritual Force, Guide, God or Goddess and/or Magickal Intention. These Goddess charms may be worn as pendants or carried for object links to specific intentions. A link can be forged with the spiritual power that the charm represents, and it can also serve as a home for a Spirit which is welcomed to reside within it.
Ariadne: (2.25" x 1.5") mythology relates: Greek God Dionysos, because of the beauty of Ariadne, took the maiden away from Theseus and kept her as his lawful wife, loving her exceedingly. Indeed, after her death he considered her worthy of immortal honours because of the affection he had for her, and placed among the stars of heaven the Crown of Ariadne [the constellation Corona]."
Goddess with upraised arms: many early Iron Age representations of the Goddess With Upraised Arms have survived from Ancient Crete, and other ancient civilizations that have worshipped and venerated this recurrent iconographical depiction of the Great Mother.
Macha: among the most important deities of ancient Ireland, she is an powerful horse goddess of fighting and fertility, among a group of goddesses concerned with Ireland’s prosperity, welfare and safety, a fierce spirit of protection and righteousness. Macha means "mighty one." She used Her might to protect the Celts’ lands agains invaders, thereby becoming a war Goddess and guardian.
Eostre Goddess of Spring: West Germanic Goddess, associated with stars, the first element of whose name is cognate to Ēostre; Dellingr, a potential personification of the dawn in Norse mythology. Our Witches' Spring holiday of Ostara is named for her.
Siff Harvest Goddess: in Norse mythology, Siff, the wife of Thor, is a goddess associated with Earth, known for her golden hair. Siff's hair may represent fields of golden wheat, that she may be associated with corn harvest, marriage, fertility and family,
Jade Quin Yin: in Chinese Buddhism She is revered as the Goddess of Purity, Mercy, Compassion and Kindness, a Bodhisattva who has the ability to shape shift to any form required to relieve suffering (her male form is Avalokitesvara). Vowing to never rest until she has freed all sentient beings from samsara , reincarnation, Quan Yin is often represented sitting on a lotus, robed in white, with her hands in mudra style. Jade is a stone regarded for purification that may protect and support loving heart energy, symbolizing gentleness, nourishment, harmony and balance.
Mermaid: appearing in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, these Sea Goddess creatures, perhaps the legendary Sirens of ancient mariners' tales, and thousands of other stories of sightings through milennia. Perha[s the earliest mermaid-like figure was likely the ancient Syrian Goddess Atargatis, who watched over the fertility of her people, as well as their general well-being. She, too, was human above the waist and fish below it, and was accordingly associated with water. The Syrians bestowed Atargatis with the biggest, most resplendent temple they could muster, which came complete with a pond of sacred fish that you probably weren’t allowed to throw coins into for a good luck. IDepicted in art, literature, spirituality and more, Mermaids inspire our imaginations.
Nuit:"Every man and woman is a star."( Book of the Law Aleister Crowley) Mother of the Gods, Nuit is depicted in Egyptian artwork as a dark, star-covered naked woman, holding her body up in an arch, facing downwards over Geb (earth god), her fingertips near his head and her toes by his feet. Nuit is the personification of the vault of the heavens. Her arms and legs were imagined to be the pillars of the sky, and hands and feet were thought to touch the four cardinal points at the horizon. Invoke her to connect with Thelema and find your true will as you do the Great Work.
Isis: call upon the Great Star Goddess Isis — Mother of the Gods, protectress of mortals and all living things — for blessings and assistance in times of need, Mighty Matron of Nature and Magick.
Bast: call upon Bast, Sacred Egyptian Cat Goddess, protectress of home and family, for emotional healing and sensuality, and also to protect your feline familiar(s).
Lakshmi: holy maternal Hindu Goddess blesses people with wealth, fortune, power, luxury, beauty, fertility, and auspiciousness.
Goddess Face Pentacle: this image of the Great Mother is superimposed on a Pentacle ...The Pentacle signifies the rulership of Higher Mind over the lower elements of Human Nature. The use of this Divine Symbol signals the awakening of Cosmic Consciousness and the Initiation of Human Consciousness, manipulating its environment by reaching beyond the realms of physical form and perception limited to the five physical senses. The origins of the Pentagram go far back to remotest historical antiquity, as far back as Pre-Babylonian Sumer. It has been venerated by many other civilizations. To the Jews, it symbolically designated the Pentateuch, The Five Books of Moses. Early Christians recognized it as pointing out the five Stigmata — the wounds Christ suffered on the Cross. It has survived under a variety of titles, including “The Druid’s Foot” and ‘The Witch’s Star.”To the followers of Pythagoras, it was called “The Pentalpha,” being composed of five interlaced A’s or Alphas. As Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, we can view the Pentacle as symbolically portraying the Unity of All things in the midst of multiplicity.Ceremonial Magicians throughout the Middle Ages considered the Pentagram to be among the most potent, holy, and protective of symbols — being stronger in this way than even the Cross. Those involved in Occult Practices could be certain that wherever the Pentacle was displayed, there, evil had no power. Traditionally, each of the five angles has been attributed to the Five Metaphysical Elements of the Ancients. EARTH (Lower left-hand corner) FIRE (Lower right-hand corner) WATER (Upper right-hand corner) AIR (Upper left-hand corner) Surmounted by SPIRIT at the topmost point. This becomes a graphic portrayal of Spirit ruling over the four elements and with the Pentagram placed within the Circle (symbol of eternity). The Pentagram, with the single point buried in the depths of matter, has for many centuries been misunderstood by the ignorant and those of ill intent as emblematic of the powers of evil and darkness. However, to the true student of symbolical philosophy, it represents Spirit submerged and bonded into the material elements*. While the inverted Pentagram is representative of Spirit's descent into matter, the Pentagram aright, to those of Spiritual Perception, represents the redemption of Spirit from matter by ruling over it. ©1986 e.v. WLP/SSP