Exploring The Goddess
The phrase the Goddess can mean a female deity, it can refer to the concept of a singular supreme female deity, or it can refer to the concept of the Earth as a feminine creative life force.
It is often heard in expression of women's spirituality, but it's not exclusive to that. Goddess-spirituality is not anti-male. The Horned God, as the male aspect is called, is a necessary and balancing compliment and consort to the Goddess.
Goddesses of the World
The many goddesses found throughout the world are nearly endless. Sometimes cultures came up and older goddesses were absorbed into newer belief systems. In my own beliefs, I view the various goddesses as different facets of a Supreme Divine Feminine. Much like different faces on a diamond, or like the different parts of our personalities. Some parts may be distinct, but they are all part of a larger whole.
- Asian Goddesses
Amaterasu, Benten, Kwan Yin
- British/Celtic Goddesses
Bridgid, Rhiannon, Cerridwen, Eostre, Morrigan, Morgan
- Egyptian Goddesses
Bast, Hathor, Isis, Ma'at, Seshat, Sekhmet
- Greek/Roman Goddesses
Athena, Demeter, Diana, Hecate, Hestia, Aphrodite, Hera, Artemis
- Hindu Goddesses
Durga, Parvati, Kali, Rahda, Devi, Shakti, Saraswati
- Native American Goddesses
White Buffalo Woman, Corn Maiden, Grandmother Spider, Lady Hanging Hair
- Norse Goddesses
Freya, Hel, Frigga, Skadi
- Sumerian Goddesses
Inanna, Ereshkigal, Nammu, Gula
- Voodoo/Haitian Goddesses
Oshun, Erzulie, Oya, Ayizan
Learn More About The Goddess
Here are some books that I own and which I turn to regularly for reference and information.
Maiden, Mother and Crone
This triple aspect of the Goddess is found in many cultures.
In many Goddess traditions there is the concept of the Godess as being threefold. Each stage represents different seasons or stages of life, or even moon phases. They are known as Maiden, Mother and Crone. This type of viewpoint can be found in the older Greco-Roman traditions, in Norse/Asastru, Celtic Wicca, Hindu beliefs and more.
The Maiden is the Goddess portrayed as a young Girl. She symbolizes the new moon, spring, youth, innocence, purity, new beginnings and rebirth. White was most often the color associated with this aspect of the Goddess and she was often invoked for puberty rituals, first plantings and the start of new ventures.
The Mother is the Goddess grown into the full-flowering of womanhood. The full moon symbolizes this phase, as does the color red. The Mother is viewed as possessing the qualities of growth, fertlity, ripening, sexual awareness and power. The Mother is sometimes also viewed as a warrior, a position of defending her young. She is invoked for rituals dealing with marriage and childbirth, for the fruiting of crops, and bringing projects into fruition.
The Crone is the Goddess in the position of wise elder. She is a woman now in possession of the experience and wisdom of a full life. The waning moon and the color black are her symbols. In addition to wisdom, she is associated with change, transformation and death. The Crone is invoked for burial rituals, for things that are ending (leaving a job, getting a divorce), partings of ways and menopause.
Expand and explore further aspects of the Goddess via music.
The Gaia Thesis
The Gaia Hypothesis or Gaia Thesis encapsulates the idea that the Earth and the space area very near to it is a living being, with all life as we know it on the surface being part of a single larger living whole.
Two different men both began thinking of this theory around the same time. One was NASA research scientist James Lovelock, who came at the idea from the vantage point of envisioning a geo-biosphere which is self-regulating and self-sustaining. The other was Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, a sculptor/theologian and self-identified Wizard, who was one of the founding members of the Church of All Worlds. What both men have postulated is that every form of life and all of the systems found on the planet Earth are in fact the subsystems of a larger single living organism, which includes not only the planet and all life on it, but all of the matter and material that is located in close proximity to the planet, a singular being they call "Gaia." From this vantage point, all the barriers of race and culture become inventions of man, fragmenting ourselves from each other instead of looking at human life as a singular form of existence.
Altars and Shrines
You don't need much to establish an altar for your favorite goddess. Areas of the home that related to the energies of your deity can be make appropriate by devoting and dedicating just a small area to a small display. Some people like objects which are symbolic of the Goddess and some like a more iconic figure, something specifically representational.
Altars are often draped or decorated in a color of significance to the goddess being honored. Flowers sacred to her, or candles in her colors are also appropriate. Many people like to add live plants, crystals and bowls with salt and water. These symbolize earth connections and can also be used for ritual cleansing and energy work.
Get a Goddess of your Very Own
Whether you're looking for a doll, a statue, a figurine or an icon, this list is sure to help you find the goddess you've been seeking.
- Dancing Goddess Dolls
A perfect blend of playfulness and spirituality, Dancing Goddess Dolls make wonderful gifts for Menarche ceremonies, Blessingways, Cronings, House Blessings, Birthdays, and Solstice celebrations, and are a wonderful decoration for an altar or season
- The Mythic Images Collection
Welcome to Mythic Images online catalog and informational resource. We are a family owned company dedicated to the rebirth of mythology and the awakening of Gaia.
- Goddess Dolls - Pandora's Bazaar Pagan Marketplace
Greek mythology, Norse sagas, Celtic Legends, and more! Find your favorite goddess here.
- Goddess Dolls
Email me with your custom order! Prices start at $15, depending on what extras you want (natural stone beads, charms, special fabric, dried herbs inside.)
- Art Dolls Ooak fairy , faerie , faery , mermaids , mermaid , sirenas , adas
One of a kind hand sculpted fantasy dolls by Aidamaris Roman. Feel free to browse my extensive image archive.
- Sacred Source
A committed supporter of Fair Trade, Sacred Source is a leading producer and distributor of ancient deity images in North America.
- OY! My Goddess! Creations
Honor and celebrate your personal connection to the Goddess with a handcrafted Goddess statue, pendant or mini-altar custom-created just for you. Each one of my statues is lovingly handcrafted, charged with Reiki energies and made to order.
Learn More About Godess Spirituality - video clips and musical selections
Goddess Temples - join together with others in sacred space
- The Goddess Temple of Orange County
PRIESTESS...YOU ARE HERE! Women of the Sacred Feminine priestessing the earth towards peace and prosperity. Offering two Sunday Services for women in Irvine, CA.
- Sekhmet Temple in Nevada
The Temple of Goddess Spirituality, Dedicated to Sekhmet A Project for the Study of the Gift Economy under the direction of Genevieve Vaughan
- goddesstemple.co.uk - Home
Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury Goddess Temple
- Sedona Goddess Temple
Our temple is an open source for all who wish to better know the Great Mother and her unique gifts for healing body,mind and soul.
- The Goddess Temple
The Goddess Temple is a beautiful sanctuary located in the foothills just above Chico, CA. Â