Goddesses and Their Attributes
Cultures around the world have long viewed the Goddess in many forms, with many faces. Our ancestors divided the Divine Feminine into lots of different deities and assigned certain attributes, powers, and responsibilities to each. Thus, individual goddesses express the various aspects of the feminine archetype.
Some depictions of the Goddess embody characteristics that are unique to the national or religious traditions of the people who worshiped her. In most cases, however, goddess figures express similar qualities, regardless of the country or faith with which they are associated.
The Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Romans’ Venus both represent love and beauty. Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess, has much in common with Kali, the Indian goddess of destruction and rebirth. The Buddhist Kuan Yin and the Christian Mary both symbolize compassion.
Whatever she’s called, however her story is told, the inherent features of the Divine Feminine — fertility, creativity, compassion, wisdom, beauty, love, healing — can be seen in the deities of all cultures. Here are some of the world’s many goddesses and the attributes usually associated with them.
Goddesses of the World
|Amaterasu||Japanese||beauty, leadership, brightness|
|Aphrodite||Greek||love, beauty, sensuality|
|Artemis||Greek||courage, independence, protection|
|Brigid||Celtic||creativity, smithcraft, inspiration, healing|
|Diana||Roman||hunting, purity, independence|
|Freya||Norse||love, healing, sensuality|
|Hecate||Greek||magick, death, wisdom|
|Inanna||Sumerian||journeys, facing fears, courage, grief|
|Isis||Egyptian||art, nourishment, wholeness, awakening|
|Kali||Indian||transformation, destruction, change|
|Kuan Yin||Chinese||compassion, humanitarianism, mercy|
|Pele||Hawaiian||fiery spirit, destruction and rebirth, vitality|
|Sekmet||Egyptian||grace, dignity, strength|
|Sophia||Greek||wisdom, primal power|
|Tara||Indian||nourishment, protection, compassion|
|Tiamet||Babylonian||power, magick, protection|
|Yemaja||Nigerian||secrets, dreams, childbirth, purification|
On days when a witch wishes to connect with certain qualities in herself or wants to strengthen abilities she feels are weak, she can ask for help from a goddess who embodies those beneficial qualities. Say you have an important business meeting coming up and you want to make a good impression. The Egyptian sun goddess Sekmet, depicted as a lioness, symbolizes the attributes you desire to accomplish your goals. Align yourself with her energy to accomplish your aims.