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Artist Spotlight - Jessica Galbreth
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Anu
Mother Earth, Goddess of Plenty.The flowering fertility goddess. Her priestesses comforted and taught the dying. Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess in Ireland. Goddess of fertility, prosperity, comfort and death. She gave birth to The Tuatha De Danann - the gods of Ireland.
Aphrodite/Venus
Goaded by his mother, Cronus being jealous of Uranus great power and wanting it for himself, castrated his father, and tossed his fathers genitals into the foam of the ocean. It was here that Aphrodite was born. Her name comes from aphros meaning "sea foam", where she was created. Aphrodite is the goddess of romantic love, sexual desire and great beauty. She loves laughter, creativity and passion. Aphrodite gives us the word Aphrodisiac, the legendary potion that could enhance the act of love making, and which was also the name of her festival, where she would be worshipped via the act of lovemaking, her priestesses serving as the catalyst for this worship. Aphrodite is accompanied by the three Graces, who love charm and beauty in nature, and in life. Some times they are seen as aspects of Aphrodite, or deities in their own right. They are Aglaea (who loves Splendor), Euphrosyne (who is heartened by mirth), and Thalia, who embodies a cheery disposition.
Badb
Goddess of Life, wisdom, enlightenment, and inspiration. Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess in Ireland. Sister of Macha, the Morrigu, and Anu. Seek her counsel when you wish to see the truth in a situation. Her influence is often felt in times of war.
Bast
Bast is goddess of cats, and protects them vehemently. Like a mother defending her young, her wrath knows no bounds when her charges are threatened. She is also known as a goddess of life and joy, as well as a guardian of women. She will offer unmatched protection to those she favors. She is also associated with dancing, music, sex and pleasure. Although a defender of Re the sun god, she became associated with the Moon, and with Pleasure, Music and Dance.
Blodeuwedd
Created by Math and Gwydion as wife for Lugh. She was changed into an owl for her plotting his death and for her adultery. Goddess of the Earth in bloom. Flowers, wisdom, lunar mysteries, intiations. If you are preparing for dedication or promotion, she would work well for you.
Cernunnos
"The Horned One" is a Celtic god of fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld. The Druids knew him as Hu Gadarn, the Horned God of fertility. He was portrayed sitting in a lotus position with horns or antlers on his head, long curling hair, a beard, naked except for a neck torque, and sometimes holding a spear and shield. Virility, fertility, animals, physical love, Nature, woodlands, reincarnation, crossroads, wealth, commerce, warriors.
Cerridwen
The Moon Goddess or Great Mother. Her areas of influence are Death, fertility, regeneration, inspiration, magic, astrology, herbs, science, poetry, spells, knowledge and mountains. She was known as the Queen of the Witches - any exploration of arcane or occult arts is aided by offerings to Cerridwen.
Freya
Freya is the goddess of erotic, sexual and sensual love, also fertility and marriage. She is the twin sister of Frey. She weeps tears of gold for her lost husband Odur. Freya’s solar chariot was pulled by cats across the heavens. These cats were said to control the sunshine, and if it rained at inconvenient times, it was because cats living in the area where the rain fell were going hungry. She is generous, passionate and exuberant and expects the same of those who would honor her.
Merlin
Associated with the fairy religion of the Goddess. He is said to have learned all his magic from the Goddess under her many names of Morgan, Viviane, Nimue, Fairy Queen, and Lady of the Lake. Tradition says he sleeps in a hidden crystal cave. Illusion, shape-shifting, herbs, healing, woodlands, Nature, protection, counseling, prophecy, divination, psychic abilities, foreseeing, crystal reading, tarot, magic, rituals, spells, incantations, artisans and smiths are all his domains. Anyone wishing to work with the occult may wish to consult him for wisdom and guidance.
Nyx/Nox
The Goddess Nyx was one of the first deities to emerge from the void at the beginning of time. She is the feminine personification of night, and represents darkness, nightmares, dreams and mystery. she is attributed with power over illness, suffering, dreams, misfortunes, quarrels, war, murder, sleep and death. Daughter of Chaos and wife of Erebos she bore two children, Aether and Hemera. It is reputed that anything inexplicable or frightening that befell men was attributed to Nyx.

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