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Goddesses Of The Moon In Paganism

Updated on November 26, 2011
Crescent moon in celtic knot
Crescent moon in celtic knot

Introduction

In the Pagan belief the moon holds a high importance, many of us may feel connected to it, some more than others. I have always held a fascination with the moon and therefore I find any of the deities, no matter what the origin, to be interesting.

To me it is important to have knowledge of deities under each category. You may find that you connect more with certain ones, which is usually the case and this is fine but many Pagans/Wiccans will incorporate other deities into their workings from time to time if they feel that they will help them. This is why it is important to know the Gods/Goddesses and what categories they can fall under. These Goddesses all are useful for many other intents and they fall under other categories besides the Moon but for now let's keep it short and simple. This hub is about the Moon Goddesses.

Celtic Goddesses

There are several Goddesses with the Celtic origin that have a connection with the moon. Some of these names will probably sound familiar for usually Celtic deities are well known, however there are a few here that you may not have ever heard. A few that may be completely new to you.

Arianrhod is a Celtic Moon Goddess. I do not know too much about her except this little fact that she is also called the Goddess of the Silver Wheel.

Ceridwen is a well known one. I stumbled upon this one when I first ventured into Paganism. The dark moon is associated with her.

Rhiannon, also a familiar name to those who follow Pagan paths. For those who do not know this name belongs to a well known Lunar Goddess who has many followers. After her name means Divine Queen.

Morrigan, who is darker side Goddess is known to be the Goddess of the Dark Moon.

There is also a Goddess that is very ancient and is considered a Romano-Celtic belief because both followed her.

Any of these Celtic Goddesses are considered more than just a Moon Goddess but they do all fall under the category. If you are as interested in the moon as I am you may end up being interested in one of them or feeling connected to one of them if you aren't already.

Greek Goddesses

Artemis is a well known and very respected Goddess in Greek Mythology and it is no secret that one of her symbols is the moon. I'm sure this name is one you recognize because she is one of the most popular Greek Goddesses out there.

Hecate, well known for being the Goddess of the Crossroads is also a Goddess of the moon. It is just as important to her as it is to Artemis or any other Goddess of the moon.

The name Phoebe may or may not be one you recognize but she is of the Greek origin and is also considered to be a goddess of the moon. She is a Titan so that may be the reason behind not recognizing her name. Just like any other Goddess the moon is of high importance.

Selene, another Titan, is also known to be connected to the moon. She usually had a lunar crescent symbolized with her, sometimes as a crown.Though she is a Titan she is well known and has many followers.

Sophia, also of Greek origin is well known for being the Goddess of Wisdom, however one of her symbols is of the crescent moon and so I feel it is of importance to also list her here.

There are so many Greek Goddesses that can fall under the category of the moon, proving only the importance of the moon. Not only its beauty but its effect on men and on women.

The Others

There are so many others out there, not just the Greek or the Celtic Goddesses. There are some belonging to beliefs you may not have even heard before..

The Romans had the Goddesses Diana, Juno, Luna, Adeona, and Alemona. Adeona is said to be connected to children and Alemona is said to be connected to unborn children. The other three are name you may recognize. Diana is another important Pagan deity. One that many choose to incorporate into their workings, the same for Juno as well as Luna.

The Native Americans, specifically the Lakota, had a woman that they treated as a prophet, almost like a Messiah. They called her White Buffalo Calf Woman. This being, might as well be considered a Goddess in her own right and is also connected to the moon.

The Buddhists have one that they call Patadharini which is connected to doorways and curtains in their beliefs. This Goddess is also said to be associated with the moon.

Freya, which is of the Norse/Germanic origin is a greatly known name and is yet another Goddess who is still followed to this day. She is said to be associated to the moon as well.

The Incas believed in one called Mama-Kilya, which to them was the Goddess of the Moon. She was widely revered among them and was of great importance.

Arawa of East Africa is said to be connected to moon as well as Gleti of West Africa. All of them show some kind of connection the great source of silver light at night.

Ixchel is a Mayan Goddess the was a Jaguar. She is also in some way connected to the moon. A little interesting fact is that she was also called the Lady of the Rainbow.

Astarte, though it's a Greek name is considered to be a Western Semitc Goddess because she was widely spread throughout the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This Goddess is said to be a Moon Goddess.


Conclusions

There are Goddesses through out many cultures that are connected to the moon. To me that just shows the importance that it has. I am in some ways in love with that ball of light and there is nothing anyone can say to change my feelings. I have fallen in love and boy does it hurt.

If you have just begun your Pagan/Wiccan path and really haven't connected yet to a Goddess I hope that this information may help you in one way or another. It took me so long to find the Goddess that I connect with now. I bounced back and forth from one to another until one night Sophia came to me. It takes time, just be patient.

If you have already connected to a few Goddesses/Gods it never hurts to incorporate others into your spells/workings if you feel that their energies will aid you in way or another. Do whatever feels right you. Blessed be my friends!

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    • Cresentmoon2007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cresentmoon2007 

      8 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Cyndi10, I would be so proud to have a name that'd tie in with Artemis. That's great to hear. Thank you for reading.

      Lily, I believe that they did and many priestesses still do where the upside down symbol of a crescent moon for the symbol of the Goddess.

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      8 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Loved this hub, I have a cresent moon on my jacket, and didn't druid priestesses have an upside down crecent moon in woad scarification on their foreheads? Nice work... lily

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I've always had an affinity for the moon. My name, Cynthia, is Greek in origin and was a name that was sometimes associated with the Greek Moon Goddess, Artemis, you wrote about in your hub, so I guess interest in the moon is almost a natural. Again, you have given great information! Thank you for sharing.

    • Cresentmoon2007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cresentmoon2007 

      8 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      It is fascinating isn't it Molometer? Yes there are many cultures out there that do or at least did at one point have a Goddess that was connected to the moon. I find it to be very interesting and for it to only prove how important the moon is to everyone.

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      Micheal is 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fascinating,

      I find the Moon very interesting too especially now with Jupiter so bright in the evening sky.

      All of these goddesses hey! amazing really that just about every culture has the Moon in their deities somewhere?

    • Cresentmoon2007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cresentmoon2007 

      8 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Thank you kitty! :)

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      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      Great moon goddess starter hub. Voted up and awesome!

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