goddess spotlight: kuan yin

Kuan Yin is the Chinese goddess of compassion and mercy. She is the protector of the sick, poor, and disabled.

She is also a patron goddess of healing and healers. In an original life, Kuan Yin was a man named Avalokitesvara, who lived a life of suffering. After dying, falling into over a thousand pieces, was reformed into the goddess Kuan Yin.

Kuan Yin is often petitioned with prayers for the dead and with prayers for healing and health.

She is also the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion as Guan yin.

She is called ‘She who hears the cries of the world,‘ because of her responsiveness to all prayers and deeply compassionate nature.

Due to how appealing she was to those following her, word spread and she became popular and frequently petitioned by other cultures and traditions, accumulating other names in the process, such as Tara and was also synchratized to the Virgin Mary in some Asian cultures.

Correspondences of Kuan Yin

  • Color: White
  • Zodiac: Cancer
  • Planet: Moon
  • Element: Water
  • protector, protection
  • divine feminine
  • enlightenment
  • women and children
  • healers and healing
  • mercy and compassion
  • hands with eyes in the palm
  • a jug of healing water
  • protector of fishermen and sailors
  • peacocks and fish
  • white flowers, especially lotus
  • jade (mineral)

magick you can do on tuesdays

The next in the series of ‘when timing matters’ in magick: Tuesday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Tuesday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Tuesdays

Mars is the planet associated or corresponding to Tuesday on the calendar. Mars energy is strong, masculine, aggressive, and sexually potent.

Tuesday is also most closely associated with the element fire, which relates to passion, destruction, creativity, and strength. Mars is also associated with war, competition, and physicality, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving success, strength, and triumph.

It is the 2nd day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 2 numerology.

Deities Associated with Tuesdays

This list will not include every single deity associated with Tuesday, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, and that are associated with Mars, Tuesday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Tuesday include:

  • Ares (Greek)
  • Mars (Roman)
  • Nergal (Babylonian)
  • Ganesha (Hindu)
  • Durga (Hindu)
  • Kali (Hindu)
  • Hanuman (Hindu)
  • Tiw/Tiu (Norse)
  • Tiwaz (Norse)
  • Tyr (Norse)
  • Anubis (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Tuesday

  • Colors: Red
  • Zodiac: Aries (Fire of Mars, Scorpio (Water of Mars)
  • Tarot: The Tower
  • Good for courage and strength spells
  • Spells for revenge/vengeance
  • Spells or work for war or battles
  • All things defense/protection
  • Spells for servicemembers or individuals fighting for a cause
  • Spells for sexual potency/virility
  • thistles
  • garlic
  • maca
  • dandelion
  • arrowroot
  • rue
  • basil
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • chives
  • aloe
  • chickweed
  • dragon’s blood incense
  • bloodstone
  • red jasper
  • rubies
  • lodestone
  • hematite
  • iron (metal)

goddess spotlight: Hel

Hel (sometimes also spelled Hela, or proto-Germanic Halja) is the Norse goddess of the underworld and death that comes to those who do not die in battle.

Her dominion is called Helheim, but the underworld she rules over was once called Hel, but that name was later bestowed upon the goddess who would become its queen.

Hel is the daughter of Loki, the trickster god of the Norse pantheon. She was also said to be the sister of Fenrir, the huge wolf who was prophesied to kill Odin, and Jormungandr, the great serpent which fought Thor and will eventually kill him during Ragnarok. She was given the realm of Hel(heim) to rule over when Fenrir and Jormungandr were cast below by Odin.

Hel is associated with another large, dark hound-like beast, Garmr, the hellhound.

Hel is depicted as a duality of either a half live/half dead woman, half blue/half flesh-colored woman, or a half white/half black being. There is an extreme lack of mythology that clarifies the role she played in veneration or worship of the Norse deities, and how she may have been honored or worked with by Norse pagans.

There is some information that points to her being a patroness of Norse shamans, as she was responsible for thinning the veil between the world of the living and the dead, and would act as that guide into the other realms.

Those that work with Hel in modern times may choose to work with her in the aspect of their shadow work or to explore and accept their own inner darkness, or may also approach her similar to working with the Hindu goddess Kali, to whom she later had some synchratization after the Viking era had ended and more significant trade was occurring between European cultures and those of the Asia.

Correspondences of Hel

Colors: black, gray, red, blue,

Animals: wolf, hound, crows

Rune: Hagalaz

Other associations: an all-seeing eye of truth, ice, death, judgment, aging, darkness, illness, crones, shamans, spirits/the spirit world, Earth element

goddess spotlight: hina

Hina is the moon goddess of Hawai’i, however this goddess name appears in many other Polynesian beliefs, and she is represented in a number of different manifestations or aspects of the goddess. She has two faces, symbolizing the duality of our existence. Night and day, light and dark, above and below, and so forth.

She is seen as the divine feminine generative force, in nature and the cosmos. She, therefore, takes on the role of the mother goddess to all other goddesses in Hawai’ian spiritual beliefs.

Hina travels via the pathway of rainbows, but is a strong moon goddess, with associations to monthly cycles, femininity, death and rebirth.

At one point, her myths also incorporate her role as an ocean goddess. She is also depicted as either the wife, the mother, or the sister of the god Maui.

Overall, Hina represents the strong feminine personification, as a headstrong goddess who lives by her own will.

Correspondences of Hina

Colors: the rainbow

Planet: Moon

Other: butterflies, communication between men and women, creativity, art, artists, beauty, coconut shells, fertility, portals/liminal spaces, happiness, magick, nature, night, moonlight, protection, rebirth, transformation, divine feminine, the ocean, seashells, eels

goddess spotlight: calliope

Calliope (Kalliope) is one of the nine Greek muses (the others were Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomeni, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, and Ourania), and is associated with the mastering of beautiful, epic, and eloquent poetry and writing. She can also be helpful to those who are songwriters or musicians.

The muses, who resided on Mt. Olympus, were raised and taught the arts by the god Apollo. Calliope is the oldest of the nine daughters/muses and considered to be the supreme muse. She helped and guided kings, emperors, and leaders in justice and rhetoric.

She is the daughter of Zeus and the mother of Orpheus and Linus. It is rumored that she was the actual muse to Homer, who wrote the Illiad and the Oddysey.

Correspondences of Calliope

Arts and crafts, dance, eloquence/power of words, inspiration, judgment, music, poetry, public speaking, courage/confidence, writing, Ostara, Beltane, tablet, stylus, scroll, lyre,

Color: Orange, Yellow, Blue,

Element: Air, Water

goddess spotlight: Maya

Maya is the Hindu goddess of dreams, wisdom, illusion, intuition, and creation. Maya can help one see how all is within them. The solutions and answers are within, and ‘as within, so without.’

Maya can help us understand how we are not just connected to the divine, but it is part of us. She is also a goddess associated with magick and witches. This may be because, in later schools of Hindu spirituality, the word maya had morphed from simply meaning illusion or dreaming, to meaning trickery, sorcery, deceit, or witchcraft.

In some Hindu stories, Maya is seen as one of Lakshmi’s manifestations.

She is also considered to be the divine feminine form of Shakti, the creator.

She is said to be the power of the mind to distinguish between what we think we perceive and what is present or true, but is unperceived. This is part of the enlightenment journey.

Correspondences:

Animals: spider; she is The Weaver, weaving the web of destiny

Associations: aging, the cosmos or heavens, creation, destiny/fate, dreams, illusions, intuition, magick, manifestation, removing obstacles, witchcraft, spiritual enlightenment, transformation, truth, weaving, wisdom, summer/summer solstice/Litha, Samhain

Colors: red, black, white

Elements: Air, water

Plants: given her association with dreams, illusions, and illumination, mugwort would be an excellent choice of herb, as well as lavender; rue would also be an excellent choice.

goddess spotlight: Ningal

Ningal, also Nikkal, (translated as ‘great lady’ or queen), is the Sumerian goddess of dream interpretation and divination. She was later associated with language and linguistics.

Her story says that she was a maiden and the moon god, Nanna, was besotted with her. After spending several passionate nights together in the marshes, he departed, promising to return. When he finally did, he found Ningal matured and assertive, making requests of him before she would agree to marry him.

He completed the tasks she asked and they were married, after which she gave birth to a son, Utu, the sun god, and two daughters: Inanna/Ishtar and Ereshkigal, both famed and devoutly worshipped goddesses of their own rights.

Ningal also was worshipped as a goddess of love and fertility, as well as divine feminine mysteries.

Associations:

  • Colors: Yellow, Purple, White
  • Planets: the Moon
  • Elements: Earth, Water
  • Maternal love, destruction, divination, dreams, fidelity, happiness, love, loyalty, intuition, femininity, vision, psychic dreams, prophetic dreams, agriculture- especially water plants such as reeds, cattails, lily pads
  • Seasons: spring and summer, especially between Beltane and Litha; Samhain;

goddess spotlight: yemaya

Yemaya (also spelled Yemoya, Yemoja, Yemonja, Yemaja, Iemanja) is a widely worshipped goddess in the Afro-Carribean pantheon, associated with water and women.

History

Yemaya began as a goddess in the Yoruba tradition and was brought to the Caribbean and N America, later S America, with African slaves.

She is considered an orisha, which comes from the southeastern region of Nigeria, where these deities were considered guides sent by the creator or source to help humans live to their fullest potential on Earth. Some interpretations consider orishas to be a manifestation of an aspect of that supreme deity or source.

She was eventually synchratized in the US with figures such as the Virgin Mary, in order to appear to align with Christianity or Catholicism, because slaves were beaten and even killed for openly practicing their native African religions.

She is the goddess of water, beginning in Yorubaland as a goddess of rivers and streams, and eventually, the ocean. She is considered the mother of all bodies of water.

She is also the patron goddess of women, femininity, especially pregnant women, and children. She is seen as a very loving and maternal goddess. She also protects fishermen. She is also petitioned for healing, fertility, and love.

Yemaya is often depicted as a mermaid and seashells, particularly cowrie shells, are a symbol of her influence and love. When you hold a seashell up to your ear, it is her voice you hear whistling through it!

She is also the mother of Oya, the goddess of the winds.

Yemaya also provides comfort and strength during times of struggle, pain, and obstacles in life, encouraging us not to lose hope.

Associations

  • water and emotions
  • water signs, especially Cancer
  • Colors: blue, light blue, white
  • seashells
  • seaweed
  • quartz
  • white flowers
  • the Moon
  • Fish, peacocks, ducks
  • Number: 7

goddess spotlight: bastet

Bastet has recently become one of my favorite goddesses. She’s more than just another love goddess. If you’re not familiar with the deities of the Egyptian pantheon, I highly recommend reading up on them. They are some of the most fascinating and beneficial deities to work with on a wide variety of areas of life.

But, back to Bastet.

History

Bastet (also Bast) is the Egyptian goddess of love, sexuality, fertility, music, dancing, and war, but also lotions and perfumes. She is typically depicted in Egyptian art and writing as either a cat or a beautiful woman’s body with the head of a cat.

There are sources that point to her being worshipped in Egypt as far back as 3200 B.C.

Some historical sources point to her being the daughter of Isis and Ra, but most just depict her as the daughter of Ra alone. The hieroglyph that represents her is also the same that represents the ointment jar, which is why she is associated with lotions, oils, and perfumes.

She was said to be the wife of Ptah, the god of architecture and craftsmen. She was closely associated with the goddess Hathor, who was also associated with love, music, fertility, dancing, and intoxication.

There is also some indication that she was originally a lioness goddess, and at some point, she and her sister Sekhmet became two separate goddesses with different attributes.

In addition to her associations above, she is also a goddess of cats, highly revered animals in Egypt.

Bastet is a solar deity, and, therefore has attributes of all the planetary bodies, which she can manifest under certain conditions.

Bastet could also be a vengeful goddess, taking vengeance on the enemies of the Pharaoh when called upon.

She is commonly shown holding a sistrum, a musical instrument commonly used in ancient times.

Bastet was most commonly worshipped during huge celebratory festivals in her honor. These occurred several times per year, and women attending the festivals were said to ride large ships up the Nile river, partying, dancing, drinking, and exposing their genitals to others on the river banks as they sailed past.

She was petitioned to protect households from evil spirits and thieves, as well as a protectress of pregnant women. People also had their pet cats mummified after they died, in honor of Bastet.

Bastet was said to have slain Apep, an underworld serpent god of chaos, who was also the enemy of her father, Ra.

At some point, as the Greek pantheon and Egyptian pantheon began to take on associations of their counterparts, Bastet also was likened to the goddess Artemis, and therefore became associated with the moon, in addition to also being a solar deity.

Associations

  • Cats
  • Patron of: dancers, musicians, possibly other performance artists, mothers, and healers
  • Fertility, Love, Femininity, Beauty, Pregnancy, Sexuality, Intoxication, Dancing, Music, Protection, War, Vengeance
  • Sensual pleasure
  • Perfume
  • Lotions, oils
  • Colors: Green, Red, Gold, Turquoise
  • Planets: all, depending on the day of the week; especially rising sun
  • Incense: Myrrh, Frankincense, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Vervain, Lavender
  • Herbs: catnip, cattail, yew, cypress
  • Crystals or metals: gold, pyrite, lapis lazuli, red jasper, red agate

There’s really a huge body of content and information out there if you want to get more about Bastet, so if this has piqued your interest, I highly encourage you to search out more information, and even maybe check out some of the Khemetic resources on Bastet.

goddess spotlight: Creiddylad

Creiddylad, (Creddylad), is also sometimes associated with Cordelia, but this may be an erroneous association carried over from a 12th century fictional tale written by the cleric Geoffrey of Monmouth, in which he wrote of Queen Cordelia of the Britons, a woman not known to have ever actually existed, and with a very different story than that of Creiddylad.

Creiddylad, on the other hand, is the Welsh goddess of the spring, and strongly associated with the Greek Persephone.

In the Celtic myths, she is the daughter of Lludd Silver Hand, and a lady at the court of King Arthur. She was set to marry her true love, a knight named Gwythr, but was kidnapped by the dark knight Gwyn, whose aspects associated strongly to Hades and the Underworld.

She is fought over every year on May Day (the festival also known as Beltane in many pagan traditions) by the two knights who desired her hand. It is said that they will fight for her each year until Judgment Day, at which point the victor will finally marry her.

Creiddylad is associated with the land of faeries, beauty, love, and fertility.

Other Associations with Creiddylad

  • May
  • Liminal
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Flowers
  • Love
  • Fertility
  • Peace
  • Balance
  • Cycles
  • Seasons
  • Maidens
  • Ivy
  • Self-love
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