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)