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Deity of the Day for January 7th is Hermes, The Greek God

Deity of the Day

Hermes

The Greek God

The Greek god Hermes was the son of Zeus (before he married Hera) and of the nymph Maia (daughter of the titan Atlas). He was the god of shepherds, travellers, merchants, and even thieves, and he also had the role of herald (messenger) of the gods. His Roman name was Mercury.

The baby was born in the morning, in a cave on Mount Cyllene. Tired after the birth, his mother put him into the cradle, then she fell asleep. But the mischievous baby got out of the cradle and went as far as Pieria, where Apollo’s herds were grazing. He stole them and drove them home, but he was clever enough to make some of them walk backwards, so as to lose their tracks. On his way home, he also found a tortoise, that he killed and cleaned of its entrails, then took it with him.

When he got home, he sacrificed two of the cows to the Olympian gods. The he took the intestines of the sacrificed cows and put them on the hollow shell of the tortoise, inventing the first lyre. It had nine chords, in honour of the nine muses (he surely knew how to gain the favours of the other gods!).

Having accomplished all these before noon, the poor little baby was tired, so he went back to his cradle, where he fell asleep.

When Apollo discovered his cows were stolen, he was very angry. He managed to find baby Hermes the god and told his mother what her son had done. Maia, very astonished, told him to look at the cradle and see how the little “angel” was sleeping. How could he accuse of such things an innocent baby? Apollo didn’t know how to prove he was right, but then he saw the lyre, made with the intestines of his cows, and had a confirmation of the theft.

Thus, baby Greek god Hermes was brought in front of Zeus (I suspect that the elder brother was a little bit jealous about the new-born baby). Zeus, who has seen everything and who told him to render Apollo his cattle (but I also think that he was very proud, in his heart, for what his little son had done – so little, yet so cunning!)

But Hermes started to play the lyre and Apollo was enchanted by this music, so he decide to let Hermes keep the cattle, in exchange for the lyre (which later became one of Apollo’s attributes).

Little Hermes couldn’t live without music, so soon he invented the syrinx (pan-pipe), which Apollo liked too, so he offered Hermes his golden staff, called kerykeion in Greek, better known with the Roman name: caduceus.

Greek god Hermes’ attributes are a winged traveler’s cap, the caduceus with the two intertwined serpents and the winged sandals. He was represented as an athletic young man.

One of his tasks was to guide the souls of the dead to the underworld, that’s why he was called pscychopomp (guide od the dead). He was the one who took Eurydice back to Hades, after Orpheus took her out. At the end of the Odyssey, he takes the souls of the dead suitors to the underworld.

The Greek god Hermes received the mission to save Zeus’ lover, Io, who has been transformed into a cow. Hera wanted to have that cow and ordered Argus, the hundred-eyed giant, to… keep an eye on her ;-) But Hermes played a beautiful music, which made Argus fall asleep, then he killed him.

He also had the mission of leading the three goddesses, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, to mount Ida, where the shepherd Paris would decide which one was the most beautiful.

Greek god Hermes was the one that took care of baby Dyonisus and took him to king Athamas, who was to bring him up.

Being a messenger, Hermes the god was very active: he persuaded Calypso anc Circe to leave Ulysses alone, during his trip back home, and he gave the ram with the golden fleece to Nephele, to help her save her children.

Greek God Hermes’ children:

– with Aphrodite: Hermaphroditus (they didn’t have too much fantasy as regards the name, so they just gave him both their names)

– with a Dryope nymph: Pan. His mother was so scared when she saw him, that she ran away. But Greek god Hermes took baby Pan to the Olympus, where the gods liked his laughter.

– with an unknown mother: Priapus

 

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Deity of the Day for January 6th – Vidar, The Silent God

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VIDAR

The Silent God

Vidar is the brother of Vali, and the son of Odin and Grid. Vidar is known as the Silent God and will avenge Odin’s death by slaying the Fenris wolf at Ragnarok.

Odin once saw and fell in love with the beautiful Grid, who dwelt in a cave in the desert, and, wooing her, prevailed upon her to become his wife. The offspring of this union between Odin (mind) and Grid (matter) was a son as strong as taciturn, named Vidar, whom the ancients considered a personification of the primeval forest or of the imperishable forces of Nature.
As the Gods, through Heimdall, were intimately connected with the sea, they were also bound by close ties to the forests and Nature in general by Vidar, surnamed “The Silent,” who was destined to survive their destruction and rule over the regenerated earth. This God has his home in Landvidi (the wide land), a palace decorated with green boughs and fresh flowers, situated in the midst of an impenetrable primeval forest where reigns the deep silence and solitude which he loves.

“Grown over with shrubs
And with high grass
Is Vidar’s wide land.”
-NORSE MYTHOLOGY (R. B. Anderson)

This old Scandinavian conception of the silent Vidar is very grand and poetical indeed, and was inspired by the rugged Northern scenery. “Who has ever wandered through such forests, in a length of many miles, in a boundless expanse, without a path, without a goal, amid their monstrous shadows, their sacred gloom, without being filled with deep reverence for the sublime greatness of Nature above all human agency, without feeling the grandeur of the idea which forms the basis of Vidar’s essence?”

Vidar’s Shoe

Vidar is tall, strong, and handsome, has a broad-bladed sword, and besides his armor wears a great leather shoe. Vidar’s “thick shoe” consists of all the leather waste pieces that Northern cobblers have cut from their own shoes at the toe and heel, collected by the God throughout all time. As it was very important that the shoe should be large and strong enough to resist the Fenris wolf’s sharp teeth at the last day, it became a matter of religious observance among Northern shoe-makers to give away as many odds and ends of leather as possible.

The Norns’ Prophecy

One day, when Vidar had joined his peers in Valhalla, they welcomed him gaily, for they all loved him and placed their reliance upon him, for they knew he would use his great strength in their favor in time of need. But after he had quaffed the golden mead, Allfather bade him accompany him to the Urdar fountain, where the Norns were busy weaving their web. When questioned by Odin concerning his future and Vidar’s destiny, the three sisters answered oracularly each by the following short sentences:

“Early begun.”
“Further spun.”
“One day done.”

To which their mother, Wyrd, the primitive goddess of fate, added:
“With joy once more won.”

These mysterious answers would have remained totally unintelligible to the Gods, had she not gone on to explain that time progresses, that all must change, but that even if the father fell in the last battle, his son Vidar would be his avenger, and would live to rule over a regenerated world, after having conquered all his enemies.

“There sits Odin’s
Son on the horse’s back;
He will avenge his father.”
-NORSE MYTHOLOGY (R. B. Anderson)

At Wyrd’s words the leaves of the world tree began to flutter as if agitated by a breeze, the eagle on its topmost bough flapped its wings, and the serpent Nidhug for a moment suspended its work of destruction at the roots of the tree. Grid, joining the father and son, rejoiced with Odin when she heard that their son was destined to survive the older Gods and to rule over the new heaven and earth.

“There dwell Vidar and Vale
In the gods’ holy seats,
When the fire of Surt is slaked.”
-NORSE MYTHOLOGY (R. B. Anderson)

Vidar, however, said not a word, but slowly wended his way back to his palace Landvidi, in the heart of the primeval forest, where, sitting down upon his throne, he pondered long about eternity, futurity, and infinity. If he fathomed their secrets he never revealed them, for the ancients averred that he was “as silent as the grave” — a silence which indicated that no man knows what awaits him in the life to come.

Vidar is not only a personification of the imperishability of Nature, but he is also a symbol of resurrection and renewal, proving that new shoots and blossoms are always ready to spring forth to replace those which have fallen into decay.
The shoe he wears is to be his defense against the wolf Fenris, who, having destroyed Odin, would turn his entire wrath upon him, and open wide his terrible jaws to devour him. But the old Northerners declared that Vidar would brace the foot thus protected against the monster’s lower jaw, and, seizing the upper, would struggle with him until he had rent him to pieces.

 

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WOTC Extra – A Few Of The Hearth Goddesses


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A FEW OF THE HEARTH GODDESS

The goddess of hearth and fire dwells within every hearth, whether large or small. In many ancient religions, a fire was kept constantly burning to represent the presence of the goddess. These would be put out and relit with great ceremony on special occasions.

Hestia

In Greek myth the hearth goddess is Hestia. She refused a throne on Olympus to look after the hearth, and never took part in the wars and arguments of the gods. Instead she was the calm centre, the safe haven of the home, where people could seek refuge and shelter. She was worshipped as that centre, whether the centre of the city, the house, even the centre of the world, the omphalos (‘the navel’) at Delphi. As the domestic hearth is the centre of the home, the hearth of the gods is the centre of the cosmos. According to Plato the twelve Olympian gods – who represent the twelve constellations of the zodiac – circle the House of Heaven, while Hestia remains at the centre, tending the hearth, which is called ‘the Everlasting Place’, the still heart of creation around which everything else revolves.

She is the gentlest and most principled of all the gods, and the hearth is both her altar and shrine. She represents security and the solemn duty of hospitality. She presided over all hearth and altar fires, and was worshipped every day with prayers before and after meals. Her hearth was in the care of the woman of the house and before each meal an offering thrown onto the fire. Each city had a public hearth dedicated to her, and in new cities the public hearth would be lit from that of another city; this ensured that every city had a living heart and spirit (which is something that new cities often seem to lack today).

Hestia was the first born of the Olympian deities and last to be released by her father Cronos (Father Time), who had swallowed all of his offspring to prevent them from usurping his throne. Thus it is said that she is both the beginning and the end- alpha and omega. Her name, according to Plato, means ‘the essence of things'; a formless core symbolised by the flame, an essence that flows through everything that has life.

Vesta

Vesta is the virgin fire goddess of Rome, equivalent to the Greek Hestia. She refused a place in heaven, preferring to remain on Earth, tending the fires in homes and temples. She was worshipped in private households and every day, during a meal, a small cake was thrown on the fire for her; it was good luck if it burnt with a crackle. She was also worshipped in an important state cult, maintained in a sacred building on the Forum Romanum with a circular chamber housing an eternal flame that was never allowed to die out. It is said that the cult was founded by king Numa Pompilius (715-673 BCE) and the sacred fire burned until 394 CE. Vesta is usually depicted as an austere woman, wearing a long dress and with her head covered. In her left hand, she holds a sceptre. She represents shelter and the safety and security of life.
Vesta’s temple was served by six chaste priestesses called the Vestal Virgins. When a position became vacant, the Pontifex Maximus (‘high priest’) would select a girl from candidates offered by the best Patrician families. She had to be between the age of six and ten, fair of face and without physical defect or blemish. The new priestess was then taken by the hand with the words “I take you, you shall be the priestess of Vesta and you shall fulfil the sacred rites for the safety of the Roman people”. Her hair would be cut, and then she would be dressed in bridal white, with a white fillet binding her hair and a white veil. During the period she was to serve as a Vestal, the priestess undertook to keep a vow of chastity. After thirty years, Vestals were able to leave and marry if they wished; their elevated positions and personal wealth ensured that they were much sought after as wives.

While in service the Vestal Virgins enjoyed enormous privileges: their person was sacred, they were free from the control of the pater, and they were allowed to own and dispose of property as they saw fit. They even had the prerogative of freeing criminals sentenced to death. When they went out, fasces were carried before them to symbolise their authority.

The Vestals’ chief function was to tend the ignis inextinctus (‘undying fire’) and the priestess who neglected her duty was flogged. The Romans regarded hearth and home as sacrosanct, the foundation on which the stability of Roman society rested. The Hearth of Vesta symbolised the spirit and permanence of Rome itself: to offend against it was to bring bad luck to Rome. If the fire went out, it had to be rekindled in the ancient way, by the use of friction. The cult of Vesta probably originated in tribal society when a fire was the central focus of the village. This may have been attended by women chosen as its priestesses, forerunners of the Vestal Virgins. Vesta symbolises the purity of fire, so it is appropriate that her priestesses should be virgins.

Brighid

Brighid is pan-Celtic goddess, appearing as Brighid or Brigit in Ireland, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany. Her name is variously interpreted as meaning ‘Fiery Arrow’, ‘The Bright One’ and ‘the Powerful One’ or ‘The High One’. She is a fire/dawn goddess born at sunrise when immediately a tower of flame emerged from her forehead that stretched from earth to heaven. She is the daughter of the Dagda (‘good god’) and the wife of Bres. Her face is either pied, half youthful and half crone, or half beautiful and half ugly.

Brighid is a triple goddess: the Brighid of poetry, prophecy and inspiration who invented Ogham; the Brighid of healing waters and midwifery; and lastly the Brighid of fire who oversees the hearth and the forge and who is the patroness of craftsmen and women. This triplication was represented by the Druidic sign of awen (‘inspiration’), known as the fiery arrows of Brighid since it is represented by three shafts of sunlight. It was likely Brighid who inspired the line in the famous Song of Amergin: “I am a fire in the head.” She also has aspects as a goddess of fertility, livestock and warfare.

Her festival is Imbolc (2nd February) also called Oimelc (‘ewe’s milk’) which marked the first stirrings of spring when young sheep were born and when ewes came into milk. On this day, the first of the Celtic spring, she was said to use her white wand to “breathe life into the mouth of the dead winter” meaning the white fire of the sun awakened the land.  In Christian times the festival became Candlemas, when church candles were blessed. Imbolc remained a popular occasion in Celtic areas and most of its customs are plainly Pagan. Brighid was invited into the home by the woman of the house in the form of a doll or corn dolly dressed in maiden white. Oracles were taken from the ashes of the hearth fire which people examined for a sign that Brighid had visited i.e. a mark that looked like a swan’s footprint: if found, it was a lucky omen (the swan was an ancient attribute of the goddess Brighid). Many Irish homes still have a Brighid’s cross hung up. This four equal-armed cross was originally a solar symbol.

The goddess’s chief shrine was at Kildare (Cull Dara = ‘Temple of the Oak’) where a perpetual flame was kept burning behind a circular hedge of shrubs or thorns. It was tended by a college of nineteen virgin priestesses called Daughters of the Flame. Each day a different priestess was responsible for maintaining the flame from sundown till sundown. On the twentieth day, Brighid herself tended the flame. No man was allowed to enter the shrine or have contact with the priestesses; any male who did went mad. With the coming of Christianity, the priestesses became nuns of the abbey said to have been founded by ‘Saint Brigit’ and kept the flame burning for another thousand years, until the Vatican decreed it was merely a Pagan ritual and ordered it extinguished. During the Vatican modernization program of the 1960’s St. Brigit was decanonised.

Hearth Witch (The Eight Paths of Magic)
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Deity of the Day for January 4th – Helios, The Sun God

Deity of the Day

Helios

The Sun God

Helios is the Greek Sun god, whom the Romans called Sol. Most often, people viewed or portrayed Helios as a mighty charioteer, driving his flaming chariot (or gleaming horses) from east to west across the sky each day.

At night, according to the legend, Helios crossed back to the east by floating in a golden cup on the stream of Ocean, the mythical river thought to encircle the flat earth.

Because Helios was in the sky all day looking down on the earth, people assumed he saw and heard everything that went on in that domain; thus, both gods and humans called on him as a witness to various events or oaths sworn.

Helios was usually depicted as a beardless and very handsome man in purplish robes, crowned with a golden aureole, which accented his role as the Sun God. The characteristic chariot was drawn by four winged horses.

Family tree of Helios

Father: Hyperion

Mother: Theia

Sisters: Eos (Dawn) and Selene (Moon)

Who was the god of the Sun? Helios or Apollo here is a confusion in Greek Mythology regarding the identity of the god of the Sun. There are historians and followers of the Greek mythology that denote the role of god Apollo, as God of the Sun, although it is evident that Greeks believed in a separate Sun God.

Helios is mentioned in numerous philosophic texts and poetic or fictional texts; for instance, Homer is the one who refers to Helios as the Sun God, claiming that he was the God who could hear and understand everything that was happening on Earth.

Greek myths about Helios

There are many Greek myths about Helios, the Sun God. For example, the goddess Demeter consulted him after her daughter, Persephone, disappeared; Helios told her that Hades, ruler of the Underworld, had abducted the girl.

The most famous myth in which Helios takes part is that of his mortal son, Phaethon. The boy demanded that his father Helios allow him to drive his gleaming chariot across the sky for a day. However, Phaethon was unable to control his father’s horses, and the chariot ran wild through the heavens until Zeus intervened and struck the young man dead.

Helios and Rhodes

In another story, one day Zeus made each of the gods the patron deity of one or another earthly land or city—all except for Helios, that is, who at the time was fulfilling his daily duty of driving his chariot across the sky.

To compensate for the oversight, Zeus gave Helios dominion over the newly created island of Rhodes. Rhodes is a Greek island located off the southwestern coast of Asia Minor, in the complex of the Dodecanese islands.

There, the sun god’s three grandsons — Camirus, Lindus, and Ialyssus—ruled and gave their names to the three largest cities.

This myth was the basis of the Rhodians’ worship of Helios as their national god. Still, Rhodes is called the Island of Sun.

They honored him as the subject of the huge bronze statue they erected circa 280 B.C. at the entrance to their main harbor. Called the Colossus of Rhodes, it later made the prestigious list of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

It is said that the huge statue Colossus broke and collapsed after a massive earthquake that hit the island of Rhodes in the ancient years.

Heliopolis, the city of God Helios

Helios was worshiped in many cities, states and countries. In Ancient Egypt, there was a city, Heliopolis, built in honor of the Sun God. Heliopolis was the seat of worship of God Helios, therefore its name means the Sun City in Greek.

 

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Deity of the Day for January 1st is Plutus, God of wealth

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Plutus

God of wealth

Ploutos (Greek: Πλοῦτος, “Wealth”), usually Romanized as Plutus, was the god of wealth in ancient Greek religion and myth. He was the son of Demeter and the demigod Iasion, with whom she lay in a thrice-ploughed field. In the theology of the Eleusinian Mysteries he was regarded as the Divine Child. His relation to the classical ruler of the underworld Plouton (Latin Pluto), with whom he is often conflated, is complex, as Pluto was also a god of riches.

Plutus in the arts

In the philosophized mythology of the later Classical period, Plutus is envisaged by Aristophanes as blinded by Zeus, so that he would be able to dispense his gifts without prejudice; he is also lame, as he takes his time arriving, and winged, so he leaves faster than he came. When the god’s sight is restored, in Aristophanes’ comedy, he is then able to determine who is deserving of wealth, creating havoc.

Among the Eleusinian figures painted on Greek ceramics, Plutus, whether a boy child or a youthful ephebe, is recognized by the cornucopia, or horn of plenty, that he bears. In later, allegorical bas-reliefs, Plutus is a boy in the arms of Eirene, as Prosperity is the gift of “Peace”, or in the arms of Tyche, the Fortune of Cities.

In Lucian of Samosata’s satirical dialogue Timon, Ploutus, the very embodiment of worldly goods written up in a parchment will, says to Hermes:

“it is not Zeus who sends me, but Pluto, who has his own ways of conferring wealth and making presents; Pluto and Plutus are not unconnected, you see. When I am to flit from one house to another, they lay me on parchment, seal me up carefully, make a parcel of me and take me round. The dead man lies in some dark corner, shrouded from the knees upward in an old sheet, with the cats fighting for possession of him, while those who have expectations wait for me in the public place, gaping as wide as young swallows that scream for their mother’s return.”

In Canto VII of Dante’s The Inferno, Plutus is a demon of wealth who guards the fourth circle of Hell, “The Hoarders and the Wasters.” Dante likely includes Plutus to symbolize the evil of hoarding wealth.

The linguistic root pluto-

Like many other figures in Greek and Roman mythology, Plutus’ name is related to several English words. These include:

  • plutocracy, rule by the wealthy, and plutocrat, one who rules by virtue of wealth
  • plutonomics, the study of wealth management
  • plutolatry, the “worship” of money
  • plutomania, the delusion that one is immensely wealthy

 

 

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Deity of the Day for December 30th is Eirene, Greek Goddess of Peace

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Eirene

Greek Goddess of Peace

 

Eirene Greek goddess of peace was said to be the daughter of Zeus and Themis. She was one of the Horae, and her sisters were Eunomia (goddess of order, law and legislation) and Dike (goddess of moral justice). The Horae were also goddesses of the seasons (spring, summer and autumn in Greece) and Irene was the goddess associated with spring and all things blooming.

She was represented with a cornucopia, a sceptre and a torch. In art, she was depicted as a beautiful young woman. In one of the most famous statues from the Greek antiquity, Eirene Greek goddess of peace holds in her left arm baby Ploutos, the god of wealth and plenty. This statue was sculpted by Cephisodotus the Elder (father of Praxiteles) and was located in the agora of Athens, to celebrate the Common Peace of 371 BC (i.e. peace between all parts involved in a war, not just bilateral peace established between two cities). This statue was a reminder for everyone that properity flourishes when there is peace.

In Aristophanes’ comedy called Peace, Trygaeus, a citizen of Athens, flies on a giant dung beetle to the house of the gods in heavens, because he wants to plead with them to restore peace on earth. There, he only finds Hermes, who tells him that the other gods are sick of war and of the prayers of the mortals and just went away. Only Polemos (War) lives there now. He imprisoned Peace in a cavern and we wants to grind all Greeks to paste, in a giant mortar.

When War goes looking for an adequate pestle, Trygaeus calls all Greeks to come and free Peace. All kind of Greeks, from many city-states, come to the rescue. Those who work most are the farmers, because they are those who appreciate Peace more.

In the end, Eirene/Peace is freed, but she does not want to speak to the Greeks: she is angry with them because they made her suffer. She whispers in Hermes’ ear that she offered Greeks truces, many times, but they all spoke in the assembly against her and in favour of War. Trygaeus apologizes for all his countrymen.

When he returns on earth, Trygaeus prepares a sacrifice for Eirene Greek goddess of peace, but a slave tells him not to kill the lamb on the goddess’ altar, because she hates to see blood.

The Chorus sings about how nice it is to spend winter afternoons with friends, in front of the fire and enjoying the good life in times of peace, as opposed to having to do the regimental drill in times of war.

Now, that Eirene came back to Greece, the businesses of the sickle maker and of the jar makers flourish again, while those who make weapons and war equipment should reconvert their object: Trygaeus suggests that spears should be turned into vine poles, helmet crests should be used as dusters and breastplates as chamber pots!

 

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Deity of the Day for December 29th is Jord, Norse Earth Goddess

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Jord

Norse Earth Goddess

The goddess of the uncivilized, uncultivated, wild earth, Jord is little mentioned in any of the myths. Her name means simply “Earth”, and she is the daughter of Nott, the goddess of Night, and her second husband Annar, an island-giant whose name may or may not mean “Water”. One could metaphorize from here and see the daughter of Night and Water, dark and flowing, whose strongest connection is the fertile earth. In a way, Jord is the ultimate example of the earth-giantess, the being that is entirely in touch with the fertile soil. She is also not a “wifely” goddess. Jord seems to be very centered in herself and her fertility, and though she might willingly mate with a man, she would not center herself around being his partner.

Ari, a spamadhr, writes: “Ah, Jord! What can I say about her except to sing her praises? She lives in the area of Jotunheim that is the most fertile, and her very touch causes trees to fruit and seeds to sprout. In her own way she is just as much a mistress of fertility as any of the Vanir gods. Long hair and eyes the chocolate of rich, turned earth, skin darker than that of most Jotnar. Nothing small about her — belly of billowing female flesh, breasts that could drown a man, hips broad enough to spill forth triplets with ease.

She is very often pregnant by her various lovers. It is probably impossible to calculate how many children she has borne. She is like the Earth itself, drawing you into her strong, soft, motherly embrace. Probably one of the most generous and giving etin-women in existence. I can see why Odin fell in love with her. I can also see why he left her — a man could get lost in her bed and never come out again to do any brave, heroic deeds. I have to wonder if Thor’s ambivalent relationships with giantesses suggest how hard it was to cut the apron strings with such a powerful mother.”

It is said that Jord was Odin’s first consort, before taking an “official” Aesir wife. Perhaps he found her lushness irresistible; perhaps he was acting out an archetypal role of sky-father mating with the Earth-mother. Their son, Thor, is certainly one of the Aesir, but he is in many ways the most giantlike of the lot of them, both in appearance and in behavior.  Jord is also said to have borne a second son by Odin named Meili, but no one knows anything about him.

Alternate names for her are Fjorgyn and Hlodyn; the first name also refers to a parent of Frigga, so it is very likely that she is Jord’s daughter, regardless of whether Fjorgyn is Jord or a male consort of hers. Many of the folks who work with Jord have been told this by her. As Frigga is a dignified and maternal goddess, it is easy to see her as the more civilized daughter of the wild earth mother. This would make Frigga an older half-sister of her stepson Thor. One can also see Jord passing the young and eager Odin off to her daughter for more civilizing. Whichever it might be, if this is the case, Odin did the tribal equivalent of marrying his stepdaughter, trading the motherly but independent Jord in for her beautiful Asa daughter. Frigga, in her turn, was much more willing to assume the role of Royal Wife and Consort, making herself the mistress of Odin’s halls and realms.

 

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Northern Paganism.org

 

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Deity of the Day for December 28th is Amunet, Egyptian Goddess

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Amunet

Egyptian Goddess

In Egyptian mythology, Amunet, although predominantly known as the goddess of the air and invisibility, has changed in personification over the duration of the dynasties of Egypt. She is believed to be the female form of the greater god Amun and is one of the eight featured deities in the Ogdoad (consisting of four pairs where the woman’s name is a derivative of that of the husband). Like most of the Ogdoad goddesses, she takes the form of a woman with head of an Egyptian cobra, or simply just a regular snake. Her name also comes in several other variations including Amonet, Amaunet, Imentet, Imentit, Amentet, Amentit and Ament. Her name means a female who is hidden and her powers are connected to the words silence, stillness, mystery and obscurity.

According to some myths Amunet was the daughter of Horus and Hathor. She was also sometimes merged with Hathor, Isis and Neith, Mut, and Nut.

As the goddess of the air, she is depicted as a winged goddess or a woman with an ostrich feather or a hawk on her head. In hieroglyphs, she is represented as a woman with the sign of the West (a semi circle on top of one long and one short pole), thus she has been given the title “She of the West”. In Ancient Egypt, the West is the where the dead enter the underworld and Amunet is believed to be as the goddess who welcomes their entrance into the Kingdom of Osiris.

Over the years, she became increasingly associated with Iusaaset, a shadow of Atum. This association made her the mother of all creation who owns the tree from which life emerged and returns (the most ancient acacia tree believed to be found in Heliopolis, the city where all deities were born). She is sometimes shown as a woman with a scepter and the ankh of life in her hand.

Amunet started as one of the androgynous goddesses capable of giving birth without a male to procreate (like snakes whom ancient Egyptians believed to be all females). Because of this, she acquired the title “the mother who is a father”. She likewise acquired a familiar association (even leading to as role as lesbian consort in some stories) with the moon Iah making her a goddess of the tomb, sarcophagus, and coffins.

The cult association with the goddess Neith led to the building of an imposing statue and temple of this goddess in Karnak in the time of Tutankhamun. She was depicted as woman wearing a red crown and carrying a staff made of papyrus. By this time (around the twelfth dynasty), she was already a distinct female goddess and known consort of the god Amun. However, Mut eclipsed her role as the main consort of Amun. Despite that, she remained of relative importance as a protector of the pharaoh especially in the region of Thebes.

 

 

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Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

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