Waning Moon Woman  

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The Waning and Dark Moon aspect of the Goddess is the Crone. She is the Goddess of banishing, of bringing an end to those things which have reached the point that they require it. She is the Goddess of the wisdom of old age, of everything which is hidden, of darkness and silence. Sadly, our modern society is one that is based on youth and beauty, and many view the Crone as a shadow figure, one to be avoided, but the fact is, they are afraid of Her because they do not know Her. Things that are unknown are always feared; thus it takes work to know the Crone...to understand the wisdom She has to offer.

The Crone is the symbol of wisdom that comes from experience. She has lived through love, sorrow, hope, and fear, and through these experiences She has learned the secrets of life and death. She may be kind, but she also knows when it is time to be harsh. She is full of power. Her body may no longer be fertile, but Her mind remains sharp. She is the elder of the Triple Goddess. (Note: The Crone is not only found within the aged. As with the other aspects of the Goddess, She is all beings at all times...both men and women...young and old...though age may very likely come before Her lessons are learned.)

The Mayan Triple Goddess "IXCHEL" ("ee-shell") may be perhaps the greatest of the Mayan goddesses. In Her dark aspects, She is depicted as a Crone wearing a skirt with crossed bones; She carries a serpent and a jug of water. The serpent represents regeneration, cycles and the power of magic and medicine. She is connected to the tides, water, and rain flow...of floods and of cloudbursts, and with Her jug of water, Ixchel would pour rainstorms and floods onto the land to destroy, cleanse and make way for rebirth.

"WANING MOON RITUAL"

CREATE A QUIET, SAFE SACRED SPACE WHERE YOU WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED. DECORATE WITH THE COLOR RED AND SNAKES. BRING AN OFFERING FOR IXCHEL. LIGHT A RED CANDLE, THEN CALL TO IXCHEL

"ISCHEL, I HONOR AND CELEBRATE YOU. PLEASE ACCEPT THIS OFFERING AS A TOKEN OF MY HUMBLENESS AND REVERENCE OF YOUR GREATNESS AND YOUR POWER. OH, GREAT GODDESS, KEEPER OF THE CYCLES OF LIFE AND DEATH, TEACH ME YOUR MEDICINE AND YOUR MAGIC. TEACH ME YOUR WISDOM."

NOW, SIT IN MEDITATION AND BE OPEN TO ANY MESSAGES OR GUIDANCE THAT SHE HAS COME TO OFFER YOU. KEEP THE RED CANDLE TO LIGHT AND RE-CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER MEDICINE AND MAGIC AT SOME OTHER TIME IF YOU SO WISH.



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Goddess Guan Yin  

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GUAN YIN (pronounced Gwan-yin) is the Buddhist Goddess of mercy and compassion. She is worshipped in China as GUAN YIN (also seen as KUAN YIN or KWAN YIN), in Japan as KANNON (also KWANNON and KANZEON), in Korea as GWAN-EUM or GWANSE-EUM, in Thailand as KUAN EIM or PRAH MAE KUAN EIM, and in Vietnamese as QUAN AM or QUAN THE AM BO TAT. The name Guan Yin itself is short for GUANSHI YIN or KUAN-SHIH YIN, meaning "she who observes the cries of the world". She is worshipped by Buddhists and Taoists alike, from India to Japan, as a bodhisattva (enlightened being) who encourages and helps her followers to attain enlightenment as well.

Guan Yin is usually shown holding a willow branch in one hand (symbolizing grief) and a lotus flower containing the nectar of wisdom in the other. She looks down, watching over her followers. In some depictions, she carries a basket of fish, as she is also a patron Goddess of sailors and fishermen. In others, she carries an infant, and is venerated as a Goddess of fertility.

The predominant legend associated with Guan Yin involves her refusal to marry as her father had chosen. He decided to have her executed, and in forgiving her executioner, she took on the karmic guilt that would have been his to bear. Because of this, she ended up in the hellish realm of the dead, where she began to play music. Flowers blossomed around her and hell turned into a paradise, much to the dismay of the ruler of the underworld. He sent Guan Yin back to the world of the living, where she attained enlightenment and entrance to Heaven. On her way to heaven, she heard the cries of earth's inhabitants and came back, vowing to stay as long as she was needed to relieve the suffering she saw.

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Roman Goddesses  

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- Angerona. The Roman goddess of the winter solstice, Angerona is shown with a bandaged mouth with a finger to her lips commanding silence. Her feast the Divalia or Angeronalia was celebrated on December 21.
- Aetna. Aetna is the Roman mountain goddess after whom the Italian volcano Mount Etna is named.
- Aurora. The Roman goddess of dawn.
- Antevorta. Antevorta is the Roman goddess of prophecy.
- Bona Dea. The "good goddess," Bona Dea became the most popular name by which the goddess Fauna or Fatua was known in Rome. She is worshipped only by women, and only in secrecy at rites in early December. Led by Vestal priestesses, these rites were held at the home of a high-ranking Roman matron. The room was decorated with vine branches and with wine flowing freely, it is thought these events were rather rowdy.
- Bellona. The serpent haired goddess Bellona is often described as the feminine side of the god Mars. She represents conflict as well as peace in war.
- Concordia. Concordia is the Roman goddess of peace and in art shown as a heavyset matron holding cornucopia in one hand and an olive branch in the other.
- Ceres. The goddess Ceres is the force of crop growth personified and celebrated by women in secret rituals.
- Camenae. These Roman water spirits dwell in freshwater springs and rivers, their most notable haunt being the sacred spring at the Porta Capena, just outside of Rome. Their name means "foretellers." Their festival, the Fontinalia, was celebrated on October 13 by tossing good luck wreaths into wells.
- Disciplina. Disciplina is the Roman goddess of discipline.
- Diana. Diana is the mother of wild animals and forests, and a moon goddess. Oak groves are especially sacred to her. She is praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty and her hunting skills. With two other deities she made up a trinity: Egeria the water - Devera. Devera is the Roman goddess that rules the brooms used to purify ritual sites.
nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.
- Edusa. Edusa is the Roman goddess who oversees the weaning of infants.
- Flora. Flora is the embodiment of the flowering of all of nature, including human nature. The female body was honored at the Floralia, the festival of nude women celebrated until the 3rd century A.D., when Roman authorities demanded revelers must wear clothes. Flora is the queen of all plants. Romans called her the secret patron of Rome, without whose help the city would die.
- Fraud. Fraud is the Roman goddess of treachery.
- Fons. Fons is the Roman goddess of fountains.
- Fortuna. The goddess Fortuna controls the destiny of every human being. She is the goddess who permits the fertilization of humans, animals and plants.
- Felicitas. Felicitas is the goddess of good fortune, not to be confused with Fortuna.
- Juno. The Roman supreme goddess is Juno, married to the ruling god, Jupiter. She is believed to watch and protect all women. Every year, on the first of March, women hold a festival in honor of Juno called the Matronalia. To this day, many people consider the month of June, which is named after the goddess who is the patroness of marriage, to be the most favorable time to marry. The peacock is sacred to Juno.
- Minerva. Minerva is the goddess of wisdom, commerce, crafts, and inventor of music. Ovid called her the "goddess of a thousand works." The Romans celebrated her worship from March 19 to 23 during the Quinquatrus, the artisans' holiday.
- Proserpine. Proserpine is the counterpart of the Greek goddess, Persephone. She was kidnapped by Pluto and taken to his underworld and made queen of the dead.
- Panacea. Panacea is a Roman goddess of health.
- Potina. Potina is the goddess honored as the spirit of weaving and of drinking.
- Puta. Puta is the Roman goddess of tree pruning.
- Pallor. Pallor is the Roman goddess of fear.
- Providentia. Providentia is a Roman goddess whose name means "forethought."
- Salus. Salus is a Roman goddess of health.
- Tempestates. Tempestates is the Roman goddess of wind and storm.
- Tellus Mater. The Roman "Mother Earth" is the constant companion of Ceres, and the two of them are patrons of vegetative and human reproduction. Tellus is also the mother death goddess since the dead are returned into her womb, the earth.
- Unxia. Unxia is the Roman goddess of wedding anointment.
- Sentia. Sentia is the Roman goddess who heightens feelings.
- Verplace. Verplace is the Roman goddess of family harmony.
- Venus. As the goddess of love, Venus is the "queen of pleasure" and mother of the Roman people. She is married to Vulcan, the lame god of the forge. She is also associated with her lover, Mars the god of war. She is also a nature goddess, associated with the arrival of spring. Venus is the bringer of joy to gods and humans.

Further reading (free e-books):

Charlotte Fell Smith - John Dee
Michael Jordan - Dictionary Of Gods And Goddesses
Francesca De Grandis - Be A Goddess

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