Pagan/Wiccan Gods & Goddesses: Aradia
Who is Aradia the Goddess?
The goddess of teachers, the poor, slaves, and witches; she is the daughter of the sun and the moon. Her mother is Dianna (the Greek goddess) and her father is believed to be Lucifer (not the same Lucifer of the Bible), who was cast out of paradise because of his splendor and beauty. She is often times considered the "Mother of Witches" and the "Mother of Italian Witchcraft".
Aradia was trained by her mother in witchcraft and sent out amongst the Italian pheasants to spread the knowledge of witchcraft. She was sent to teach the Old Religion to these people to help them survive against the rise of the Roman Catholic Church and also to preserve the old ways.
She worked with the poor and helped slaves escape slavery. She was captured many times but always managed to escape, continuing to spread the knowledge of Witchcraft and the teachings of the Old Religion.
Almost all of our information on Aradia the Goddess comes from Charles Leland's book, Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches. Leland claimed that he received the text from a group of witches in Tuscany who claimed that it was a valid religious text. However, some historians and researchers have disputed this claim.
Books About Aradia
Aradia di Toscano
For years, Leland's account of Aradia was all that Pagans and Wiccans had. Recently, prominent Italian witchcraft author Raven Grimassi has written out a different account of Aradia. Grimassi claimed that Leland's account of Aradia was "off" and that Aradia was actually a real woman by the name of Aradia di Toscano.
Grimassi claimed that Aradia di Toscano was a woman who lived during the 1300's and helped spread the revival of Italian Witchcraft during the rise of Catholicism. His account of the human Aradia is almost identical to that of Leland's goddess account. Both Aradia's lead religious revivals and were known for helping the poor and the slaves out of their hardships.
Symbols Associated with the Goddess Aradia
- The moon
- The sun
- The color yellow
- The element air
- Waxing moon cycle
- Red garter
Pagan Worship of Aradia
Aradia is a very popular patron goddess amongst Wiccans. Despite the fact that there is very little information on the goddess aspect of her, this actually makes her an easier goddess to look up to and revere. This allows you to seek out the goddess herself and inquire from her on how she would like you to connect to her.
One way to connect to her is through the moon. The moon has huge symbolic meaning for the goddess and is a great way to produce a connection with her. Add a symbol of the moon to your altar, or perhaps wear a moon totem piece of jewelry to show your reverence to her.
Air is an element that has great symbolic meaning to the goddess. Taking a walk outside during a windy day, or simply enjoying the breeze from your porch is a great way to connect to her.
Remember to keep your mind and heart open to allow the goddess to communicate with you. Just listen and she will speak to you and show you ways to communicate with her.
My Other Hubs on Pagan Deities
- Pagan Deities: Aglaia
An introduction to the Greek goddess Agalia and tips on how to revere her as a patron goddess for people of the Pagan religion.
- Pagan Deities: Thor, God of Thunder
An introductory hub on the Norse god Thor. In this hub you can find basic information on the god, symbols associated with him, and how to revere him as a Pagan.