|There are many Goddesses, who control different things.
Aphrodite: Greek; Goddess of passionate, sexual love. Aphrodite will assist you in pulling loving energy toward yourself. Venus is the goddess of the love and romance too, so call upon her.
Aradia: Italian; Queen of the Witches, daughter of Diana. Aradia is an extremely powerful entity and a protectress of Witches in general.
Arianrhod: Welsh; Goddess of the stars and reincarnation. Call on Arianrhod to help with past life memories an ddifficulties as well as for contacting the Star People.
Aradia: Greek; Godess of the Moon.
Astarte: Greek; Fretility Goddess. Whether you wish to bear children or have a magnificent garden, Astarte will assist in your desire.
Athena: Greek; Warrios oddess and Protectress. Someone giving you a rough time at work/school? Call on Athena to help you.
Aurora: Goddess of the dawn.
Bast: Egyptian; Goddess of Protection and Cats. Bast is great for vehicle travel as well as walking down a dark alley. Call on her essence in the form of a giant panther to see you through to your destination.
Brigid: Celtic; Warrior Goddess and Protectress. Bridid is also a Triple Goddess. She is strong and wise. Call on her to hlep protect your children in a tough situation.
Ceres: Roman; Goddess of the Harvest.
Cerridwen: Welsh; Moon and Harvest Goddess, also associated with the Dark Mother aspect of the Crone.
Demeter: Greek; Earth Mother archetype. Excellent Goddess where birthing or small children are involved.
Diana: Roman; Moon Goddess and Goddess of the Hunt. Diana is many faceted. She is a seductress (as she enchanted her brother Lucifer to beget Aradia in the form of a cat) as well as a mother figure for Witches.
Dryads: Greek; feminine spirits of the trees.
Flora: Roman; Goddess of Spring and Birth. For beautiful flowers, babies, and all bounties of Earth Mother.
Fortuan: Roman; Goddess of Fate Freya: Scandinavian; Moon Goddess and wive/lover of Odin. Also commander of the Valkyries.
Hathor: Egyptian; Protectress of Women in Business. A Hathor's Mirror is very important for the Witch. Hathor was cunning as well as beautiful.
Hecate: Greek; Moon Godess as in Crone or Dark Mother.
Hera: Greek; Godess of Marriage. If handfasting or some type of commitment is the isseu, Hera is the Goddess to seek. Just remember that she has a vindictive side.
Hestia: Greek; Goddess of Home and Hearth. Building a house, remodeling, or apartment hinting. Safety in the home and the family unit.
Inanna: Sumerian; Goddess representation of the Mother. Isis: Egyptian; represents the Complete Goddess of the Triple Goddess connotation in one being.
Kali: Hundu; Creative/Destructive Goddess. Protectress of abused women. Kalima should be called if a woman is in fear of physical danger. Her power is truly awesome.
Lilith: Hebrew; Adam's first wife and said to be turned into a demoness; however, if you have ever read any of zecharia Sitchin's work, you may change your mind. In my opinion, Lilith was a Star Woman bred with Adam. This would make her a goddess of Higher Intelligence or a representation of the Star People.
Maat: Egyptian; Goddess of Justive and Divine Order. Maat is the true balance of any sitation. She plays no favorites and will dispense justice to all parties involved. Be sure your own slate is clean in the situation before you call her.
Morgan: Celtic; Goddess of Water and Magick. Morgan was said to be married to Merlin. It was from him she learned her magick. She was also doubled with The Lady of the Lake.
Muses: Greek; Goddesses of Inspiration who vary in number depending upon the pantheon used.
Nephtys: Egyptian; Goddess of Surprises, Sisters and Midwives.
Norns: Celtic; the three sisters of the Wyrd. Responsible for weaving fate-past, present, and future.
Nuit: Egyptian; Sky Mother. Often seen depicted in circular fashion cradling the stars.
Persephone: Greek; Goddess of the Underworld as well as Harvest. Daugher of Demeter.
Selene: Greek; Goddess of the Moon and Solutions. Appeal to Selene to bring a logical answer to any problem.
Valkyries: Scandanavian; women warriors who carried the soulds of men slain in battle to heaven.
Venus: Roman; Goddess of Love and Romance.
Vesta: Roman; Goddess of Fire.
|Anemone-Wind flower-The name of anemone plant is connected with the ancient myth, telling the famous love story between Adonis and Aphrodite. This specific myth inspired great poets like Ovidius or, much later, Shakespeare, to compose hymns dedicated to love, but we will only quote the part related to the flower. According to this myth, when Adonis lived with Aphrodite, the two lovers would go hunting in the woods. As Adonis chased game through the forest, the goddess would follow closely behind, in her swan-driven chariot, dressed as a huntress. Aphrodite's ex-lover, the god of war Ares, grew jealous of her affair with the mortal. While his rival was hunting alone, Ares disguised himself as a boar and attacked Adonis causing him lethal injuries.Adonis used his spear to strike back to Ares, but was soon gored to death by the boar's great tusks. Aphrodite hurried to Adonis in her chariot, but his soul had already descended into the Underworld. In despair, she sprinkled nectar on Adonis’ wounds. As Aphrodite bore her lover's body out of the woods, crimson anemones sprung up where each drop of blood and nectar fell onto the earth. It is said that that the wind which blows the blossoms open, will soon afterwards blow the petals away; so it is called the Anemone, or Wind Flower, for that which brings forth its life, ends it.
Adonis- Pheasant's eye. It would be an omission not to mention that there is one more flower by the name of Adonis, which possesses medicinal properties. However, it is obvious that the flower the myth refers to is another famous Greek flower. It is the field poppy, certainly the prince of weeds with the beautiful red color (Adonis blood).
Iris- The flower got its name from the Greek goddess Iris, goddess of the rainbow. Iris was also know to be the messenger of Zeus and Hera. Iris would take messages from "the eye of Heaven" to earth travelling on the arc of the rainbow. The word iris means "eye of heaven". It was the name given to the goddess, this flower, and the center of your eye. This means that each of us carries a piece of heaven with us.
Hyacinthus-hyacinth-A handsome Spartan youth loved by both Apollo, god of the sun, and Zephyrus, god of the west wind. Both gods competed to gain this handsome youth’s attention. One day, as Apollo was teaching the young man how to throw the discus, the god accidentally killed Hyacinthus. According to another legend, Zephyrus was jealous of the youth's love for Apollo and blew upon the discus,causing it to strikeHyacinthus and kill him. The truth is that the hyacinth mentioned in this myth is most probably not what we call hyacinths today, as the “modern” hyacinth is not native to Greece. In fact, the myth may not even be the true source of the word "hyacinth," as it has been traced back to even more distant antiquity; a non-Greek language spoken some 4,000 years ago, called 'Thracopelasgian.'
Narcissus-narcotic-This famous, flower inspired myth is perhaps more suited to the beauty of the narcissus. Narcissus was an exceptionally handsome young man. His mother had told him that he would live a long life if he did not look upon his own beauty. Narcissus however,decided to see his reflection on the surface of the water coming from a spring. He was so enchanted by his own beauty that he remained there, still, admiring his image until he died by the side of the spring. According to another version, he mistakenly thought that his own reflection was the face of the nymph that inhabited the spring and he drowned when we jumped into the water trying to catch her. The narcissus flower supposedly grew at that spot
Crocus-Snow crocus-Crocus was a friend of the Greek god Hermes. One day as the two friends were playing, Hermes accidentally hit and killed his friend. A small flower grew at the place of the accident. Three drops of Crocus’ blood fell on the center of the flower and formed the spots on this plant. The plant took the name crocus because of this event. According to another myth, Crocus was a young man who transformed into a flower because of his unfulfilled love for a nymph called Smilax. At the same time, Smilax transformed into a vine-plant (Smilax aspera-Sarsparilla).
Daphne -Laurel tree- She was a young beautiful nymph, daughter of the river god Peneus. She was a huntress who dedicated herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, and, like the goddess, refused to marry. She was pursued by many admirers but she rejected every lover, including the powerful son of Zeus, Apollo. Apollo fell in love with Daphne, and when she rejected his advances, he pursued her through the woods. Daphne got frightened and prayed to her father for help. Whereupon her father told her that he would protect her by turning her into a Laurel Tree on the bank of his river (Greek native daphne). When Apollo came looking for Daphne, her father told him that she was transformed into a Laurel tree. Apollo then cut off some branches and made himself a wreath in memory of her beauty and his love for her. Apollo made laurel his sacred tree. He appropriated the laurel wreath, since then called DAPHNE in Greek, for champions and those who strived for excellence in their chosen fields, i.e. in the ancient Olympic Games all the champions were crowned with a DAPHNE.
Rose-Many legends exist about the rose. In a Greek myth, the rose was created by the goddess of flowers, Chloris. On day, she found the lifeless body of a nymph in the woods and she turned her into a flower. She called upon Aphrodite, goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of wine. Aphrodite gave the flower beauty as her gift and Dionysus added nectar to give it a sweet fragrance. Zephyrus, god of the West Wind, blew the clouds away so Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. That is how the rose was created and rightfully crowned "Queen of Flowers".
Aster-Elegance and Daintiness. Talisman of Love.
It is said that this kind of flowers began to grow from the tears of Asterea, the Greek goddess of the starry sky (also known as Virgo in Rome), who cried because she saw no stars when she looked down upon the earth.
Peony-Plant of Healing. Happy Life and Prosperity.
It is believed that Peony is named after Paeon (also known as Paean), who was a healing deity who had healed Hades’ and Ares’ wounds. The flower myth related, says that Paeon was a student of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing. He was once instructed by Leto (Apollo's mother and goddess of fertility) to obtain a magical root growing on Mount Olympus that would soothe the pain of women in childbirth. Asclepius became jealous and threatened to kill his pupil.Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. However, peony seeds were actually used by pregnant women in ancient times.
Hellebore-Christmas Rose -Madness and Delirium.
In Greek mythology, Melampus, the great seer, used this plant as a herb to cure the madness of King Proetus' daughters and other Greek women, who lost their minds and roamed wildly through the mountains and the desert of Tiryns, thinking they were cows. As a result, Melampus and his brother Bias gained a fortune (two thirds of King Proetus' kingdom) becoming the husbands of the princesses they had cured.
Achillea-Yarrow -Dispute and Quarrels
It is named after the hero Achilles of Homer's Iliad, who was said to have been giving this plant to his soldiers (the legendary Mirmidones) to help stop the bleeding from their wounds during the Trojan War. Modern tests on this plant have shown that it does indeed contain chemicals that help blood to clot. It is also called "devil's plaything" because people in the past believed that placing yarrow under their pillow would make them dream of matters of love.
Agave-Mexican Agave, Century -The Greek word "agave" means admirable or highborn (in origin). This plant came to Greece from Mexico. However, its name is Greek and it was probably used because the Greek Agave was one of the "lesser" gods of the Moon, that means that she was one of the faces of the ancient Mother Earth of the Mediterranean; the ground in Jalisco, Mexico, reminds a lot of the ground in Mediterranean countries. Agave was the daughter of Kadmus, King of Thebes, and sister of Semele who was Dionysus’ mother. When Semeli was thunder-striken by Zeus, Agave spread the rumor that Zeus killed her sister because she spoke badly of him. Later on, Dionysus avenged his mother’s death and punished Agave very severely. When Dionysus returned to Thebes, where Pentheus, son of Agave, was the king, he ordered all the women of the town to go to Mount Kithairon and perform rituals in his honour. Pentheus, who did not approve the introduction of such worship, tried to spy on the women. His mother noticed his shadow, but thinking it was a wild animal, she dismembered and devoured him.
Althaea-Marsh Mallow -The following legend has no connection to this plant, other than its name. Althea was the wife of Oineus, King of Kalydona, the mother of Deianeira and Meleager. When her son turned seven days old, the goddesses of Destiny (the three Moirae) visited her and told her that her baby would die if the torch that was lighted in the house at the moment was burned down to the end. Immediately, Althea put off the torch and hid it in a chest. Meleager grew up and became a famous hero but during the quest for the Kalydon boar, Meleager killed by mistake his uncles, Althea’s brothers. Althea went berserk and threw the torch into the fire. Meleager died immediately. When Althea realized what had happened she hang herself in despair.
Fir-Greek Fir. -In modern times it is known as the most suitable Christmas tree. But what do Greek myths narrate? Ancient Greeks called the Fir-tree "Pitys" and together with the pine-tree they were god Pan sacred trees. Pan was once in love with a nymph called Pity. The god of the North wind was also attracted to Pity, but the nymph chose Pan over him. The god of the North wind, insulted, blowed her over a gorge and killed her. Pan found her lifeless body laying in the gorge and turned her into his sacred tree, the Fir-tree. Ever since, every time the North wind blows, the nymph cries. Her tears are the pitch droplets that leak out of the fir-cones in autumn.
Cypress-Cyparissus -According to tradition, Cyparissos was a handsome young man from the island of Kea, the son of Telefus and grand son of Hercules. He was god Apollo's protege as well as of god Zephiros (god of the wind). His beloved company was a holy deer. However on some summer day while the deer was lying in the sun, Cyparissos mistakenly killed it with his spear. The young man, in despair, wished that he was dead as well. He asked the heavens for a favour; that his tears would roll down eternally. The gods turned him into a cypress tree, the tree of sorrow. Ever since, the cypress tree is considered as a mourning tree and has been planted in cemetaries until now.
Centaurea-Cornflower -named after the wise Centaur Hiron, mentor of Asclepius, Achilleas, Jason, and Apollo. During the Titan war, Hiron took Hercules’ side in his battle against the centaurs. But Hercules, by mistake, wounded Hiron’s foot with an arrow full of Hydra poison. Hiron used the "Centaurea" plant in order to heal his wound.