Finnish Goddess Ilmatar  

Posted by Stella Clark

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A Finnish goddess, Daughter of the Air. She created the world. Sometimes she is called Luonnotar, Daughter of Creation. In the beginning there was only ILMATAR, the void and a great deal of wind. ILMATAR, tired of counting rainbows and letting the wind play with her hair, began to long for a son.

Her longing was so great that the East Wind itself took pity. She found herself buffeted and tossed by the wind's tempestuous love-making until, exhausted, she could bear it no longer and collapsed. And there inside her was conceived VAINAMOINEN, the child of the wind. Unfortunately he didn't seem inclined to make an appearance, and after seven centuries or so she began to give up hope of seeing him. Then one day she noticed a Celestial Duck flying overhead. (Okay, it wasn't a duck, it was an eagle. Have you never heard of poetic licence?)

The poor bird was desperately pregnant and looking for somewhere to land. So ILMATAR helpfully raised her knee and the bird came swooping down. Half a dozen Cosmic Eggs were laid, followed by an egg made of iron. The bird then gathered them all up, sat upon them and went to sleep...

And now ILMATAR was faced with a problem familiar to anyone with a household pet. How do you move without waking them up? Her leg was aching, her knee was hotter than an incubator and she desperately wanted to go to the bathroom. Slowly, carefully, she began to stretch out her leg.. and slowly, inevitably, the seven eggs rolled off and fell majestically into the raging sea. Now, Cosmic Eggs are delicate things, and no sooner had they touched the water than the shells cracked and a vast Cosmic Omelette was formed upon the waves. ILMATAR watched in amazement as the churning mixture solidified into Heaven and Earth. One yolk slipped into the sky to form PAIVATAR, the Sun, while the egg white became KUU, the glistening Moon. Stars were made from pieces of speckled eggshell, and thus the world was formed.

You may be wondering what happened to the iron egg. Well, the black yolk became a thundercloud. (That egg didn't have a white as you can't have a black white.)

ILMATAR was delighted with events, and busied herself shaping the lands and adding finnishing touches. And then she felt a stirring inside her. VAINAMOINEN had woken up after so many years and was eager to see the new world. He had quite a struggle to get out as no-one seemed very keen to help him, but he managed in the end and emerged, a bouncing bonny old man.We're not sure what happened to ILMATAR after that. Is she still tending to creation? What happened to the Celestial Duck? You are welcome to her feast day celebrations on 26th of August — and then perhaps you can let us know what the scrambled egg situation is.

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Goddess Uhamiri  

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UHAMIRI is the Ibo Goddess of the lake Oguta in Nigeria. She is one of the Mami Wata, water spirits known throughout western and central Africa. Uhamiri, like most of the Mami Wata, is usually represented as either a mermaid or a very beautiful woman. She has long black hair that she combs with a golden comb. Although the Mami Wata appear as women, their beauty shows them to be more than mortal: they have hair longer, darker, and finer than mortal women, and their jewelry is so bright that it can blind the viewer. Uhamiri brings health and well-being to her followers, but it often comes with a price. To women who seek her, she will bring either fertility or beauty and wealth, but not both. When she appears to a man, she may ask him to promise to be faithful to her. If he is, she will bring him wealth and prominence. If he betrays her, she will take away everything he has worked for and leave him broken.

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Celtic Goddess Druantia  

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"DRUANTIA "IS THE CELTIC GODDESS OF TREES AND FERTILITY. SHE IS A TRIPLE GODDESS OF FIR TREES. HER NAME IS DERIVED FROM "DRUS", THE CELTIC WORD FOR OAK TREES; HENCE, SHE IS CALLED THE "QUEEN OF DRUIDS". DRUANTIA IS OFTEN SEEN AS THE ETERNAL, WISE, AND KNOWLEDGEABLE MOTHER, THE ONE WHO GUIDES THE SEEKER TO THEIR TRUTH PATH AS SHE INSTRUCTS AND TEACHES THE SACRED WAYS OF THE FOREST.

SHE HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOTHER OF THE TREE CALENDAR. SHE IS DEPICTED AS TALL, AND IT IS SAID THAT SHE CARRIES THE 'GREEN MAGIC'. SHE SYMBOLIZES PROTECTION, KNOWLEDGE, CREATIVITY, AND GROWTH. HER FEAST DAY WAS BELTANE.

SHE IS THE GODDESS OF FERTILITY OF BOTH PLANTS...RULING OVER ACTS OF SEXUAL PASSION AND LOVE. TODAY, SHE IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRYADS, THE TREE FAIRIES AND REIGNS OVER THEM AS THEIR QUEEN...AND, AS THEIR QUEEN, SHE PROTECTS THE TREES AND THE WOODLANDS AND PUNISHES THOSE WHO SHOW DISRESPECT.

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