The Rainbow Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

The Rainbow Goddess Image
"THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, MANY OF US HAVE LOOKED TO THE RAINBOW AS A SYMBOL OF HOPE. THE ANCIENT GREEKS WENT A STEP FURTHER. THE PERSONIFIED THE RAINBOW AS THE GODDESS IRIS", THE BELOVED MESSENGER OF THE GODS WHO IS OFTEN REPRESENTED AS THE HAND MAIDEN PERSONAL MESSENGER OF HERA. IRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE TITAN, THAUNUS, A SEA GOD, AND ELECTRA, A CLOUD NYMPH. SHE IS THE SISTER OF THE HARPIES. SHE IS THE WIFE OF ZEPHYRUS, GOD OF THE WEST WIND. AFTER THE RAINS OF APRIL, SHE BRINGS US THE GIFT OF THE RAINBOW.

IRIS IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MAIDEN WITH GOLDEN WINGS AND A STAFF; SHE CARRIES A PITCHER WHICH CONTAINS WATER FROM THE RIVER STYX. AS A MESSENGER, SHE HER SHIMMERING WINGS CARRY HER AS FAST AS THE WIND FROM ONE CORNER OF THE EARTH TO THE OTHER...AND HUMANS CAN SEE ONLY THE TRAIL OF HER RAINBOW-COLORED PASSAGE ACROSS THE SKY...AND, JUST AS THE RAINBOW IS THOUGHT TO LINK HEAVEN TO EARTH, IT IS IRIS WHO LINKS THE GODS TO HUMANS.

AMONG HER DUTIES WAS LEADING THE SOULS OF THE DEAD WOMEN TO THE ELYSIAN FIELDS; HENCE, IN A TOKEN OF THEIR FAITH, THE GREEKS PLANTED PURPLE IRIS'S UPON THE GRAVES OF WOMEN...HOPING THAT IRIS WOULD GUIDE THEIR LOVED ONES TO THEIR RESTING PLACE.

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Persian Goddess Anahita  

Posted by Stella Clark

Persian Goddess Anahita Image
This day is sacred to the ancient Persian mother goddess," Anahita." She was the goddess of all the waters...rivers, streams, lakes, and the sea, as well as the life-giving fluids of mankind, such as semen and mother's milk. Rivers and lakes were sacred to her, as they were thought to be the waters of birth. She is depicted as a beautiful young woman with full breasts. She is dressed in golden robes complete with jewels and a halo crown.

One of the earliest of the great mothers, HER TITLES INCLUDE "GOLDEN MOTHE"R AND "IMMACULATE ONE". "ANAHITA "ORIGINATED IN BABYLON, TRAVELED THROUGHOUT ASIA MINOR, EGYPT, AND INDIA". " SHE WAS IDENTIFIED WITH THE PLANET "VENUS "AND WAS POSSIBLY DESCENDED FROM ISHTAR, THE CHIEF "GODDESS" OF THE REGION IN THE PRE-LNDO-EUROPEAN ERA. "ANAHITA" WAS ALSO THE PATRONESS OF WOMEN AND THE GODDESS OF WAR WHO RIDES IN A CHARIOT DRAWN BY FOUR WHITE HORSES.

ALONG WITH "MITHRA "AND "VERETHRAGNA", SHE LOST MUCH OF HER POWER DURING ZOROASTRIAN PERIOD BUT SHE DID NOT COMPLETELY DISAPPEAR.

"MAY AHURA MAZDA BE REJOICED!...."ASHEM VOHU: HOLINESS IS THE BEST OF ALL GOOD...."I CONFESS MYSELF A WORSHIPPER OF MAZDA, "A FOLLOWER OF ZARATHUSHTRA, "ONE WHO HATES THE DAEVAS AND OBEYS THE LAWS OF AHURA;"FOR SACRIFICE, PRAYER, PROPITIATION, "AND GLORIFICATION UNTO [HAWAN], "THE HOLY AND MASTER OF HOLINESS...."UNTO THE GOOD WATERS, MADE BY MAZDA; "UNTO THE HOLY WATER-SPRING ARDVI ANAHITA; "UNTO ALL WATERS, MADE BY MAZDA; "UNTO ALL PLANTS, MADE BY MAZDA,"BE PROPITIATION, WITH SACRIFICE, "PRAYER, PROPITIATION, AND GLORIFICATION."YATHA AHU VAIRYO: "THE WILL OF THE LORD IS THE LAW OF HOLINESS.... "

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