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Goddess Stories

 
The Goddess Stories

  Aphrodite    Artemis      Atalanta    Athena     Demeter      Hera       Hestia     Persephone     Psyche  
  Rhiannon       Isis    Amaterasu and Uzume    Tara    White Buffalo Calf Woman
 


Learn to recognize the goddesses within,

for it is the spirit of the goddesses stories that instructs us

about the patterns we see repeated in our lives.

The goddesses stories  have inhabited the human imagination and spirit for thousands of years, representing the eternally feminine qualities that pattern women's lives.  Each goddess story is different just as each goddess is unique -- motivated by different values and priorities. Each has goddess-given characteristics, both positive and potentially problematic ones.

 

Reading the goddesses' stories instructs us.  The goddess stories speak to our spirits because they evoke feelings and touch on themes that mirror our experience as women.  Reading the goddess stories is a pathway to understanding our selves, a path to understanding our goddess type as well as a way of "re-membering" the disallowed (dismembered) parts of the self.

 

 The understanding that results when we

 intuitively or intellectually grasp the meaning 

of the goddess stories can be both powerful and healing.

   
Read the Goddess Stories for these goddesses:
Greek (Roman) goddesses: Aphrodite (Venus), Artemis (Diana), Atalanta, Athena (Minerva), Demeter (Ceres), Hera (Juno), Hestia (Vesta), Persephone (Prosperina), Psyche, the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon, the Japanese Goddesses Amaterasu and Uzume, the Egyptian goddess Isis, Tara, and the Native American legend, White Buffalo Calf Woman.

Amaterasu & Uzume


In Japanese mythology Amaterasu was a beautiful and compassionate goddess who ruled the sun and the heavenly fields of rice that fed the Japanese people.  Uzume was a lesser goddess, responsible for laughter and revelry.

The goddess Amaterasu and the goddess Uzume (who brought her out of her deep depression) are heroines in Japanese myths that parallel the story of Demeter and the maidservant Baubo in Greek mythology.

Learn more about Amaterasu and Uzume here.

Aphrodite


Goddess of romance and passion, of fashion beauty and art, Aphrodite as has captivated poets and painters for centuries.  Known for her numerous affairs of the heart, as well as her willingness to help others find the love they seek, Aphrodite's stories reveal the extent of her power.  

Aphrodite's irresistible touch transformed the lives of individuals and shaped the course of human history.  Both playful and sophisticated, Aphrodite makes our world a livelier place.  Known as the Roman goddess Venus. 

Learn more about Aphrodite here.

 

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Artemis


One of the earliest feminists, the Greek goddess Artemis was fiercely independent, choosing the wild beauty of the forest and mountains over marriage and the city life. 

As goddess of the moon and the hunt, she was an accomplished archer with a steady aim . . . always able the reach the goals upon which she set her sights. A courageous and skillful goddess, Artemis was the protector of all those who were vulnerable, especially women and children.  Known as the Roman goddess Diana.

Find the story of Artemis here.

Athena


Athena was the ultimate career woman.  As goddess of war Athena was a superb strategist.

But she preferred using her wisdom in the role of judge, negotiating and problem-solving in order to keep the peace.  

Associated with the urbane life and the city, during peacetime the Greek goddess Athena devoted her considerable skills seeing to the progress of civilization, including her patronage of the arts and literature.  The Roman goddess Minerva was her counterpart. 

Learn more about Athena here.

Atalanta


Talk about headstrong! Atalanta defied convention and refused to settle down until she finished her education, had seen a bit of the world, and had a few adventures of her own. 

At last Atalanta consented to marry, but only to a man who could manage to outrun her.  Many failed, but one finally succeeded with the help of Aphrodite. 


And they had a passionate love affair that lights up the nighttime skies until this day!

Find out about Atalanta here.

           Demeter


The most nurturing of all the goddesses, Demeter was responsible for the fertility and the arts of cultivating the soil and therefore the abundance of the harvest. 

Devastated by the abduction of her daughter, Demeter stood her ground and withheld the harvest, demanding Persephone's return.  

So valuable were Demeter's gifts that the gods relented and the two were reunited.  Known as the Roman goddess Ceres, from which the English word cereal is derived. 

Read the story of Demeter here.

Hera


Her name means "Beautiful Lady", and she was Queen of the Olympians and beloved by all. As the goddess of committed love and marriage, Hera was a queen in her own right as well as being the wife of Zeus, the most powerful ruler of the Olympian gods. 

Although she was frequently wounded by her husband's wandering ways, Hera, through her persistence and good humor, eventually led him to the physical, emotional, and spiritual union that Hera had so desired.  Hera was called Juno by the Romans, and the month of June (the most popular for weddings) is named in her honor. 

Learn more about Hera here.

 

Hestia


Hestia, She of Many Names
(also known as the Roman goddess Vesta) . . .


Hestia, First and Last . . .


Hestia, Goddess of Architecture . .


Vesta, Center of the World . . .


Vesta, who invented the townhall,  foundation for democracy . . .


Hestia, called the "forgotten goddess" in contemporary times . . .
How could this be?
We fear that, sadly, it is so.

Hestia was once known as "Chief of the Goddesses" and "Hestia, First and Last". She was the most widely revered of all the Greek goddesses.
 

Learn more about Hestia here.

 

Isis


The Egyptian goddess Isis is considered by many to be the absolute ultimate in goddesses, and she is referred to as "The Mother of All Goddesses".  Isis was an earth goddess who was a caring ruler and also served her people as a midwife and physician, teacher and friend.

Isis was a gal who had all the bases covered! Isis was such a well-rounded and complete woman that she was called "She of Ten Thousand Names". Gentle ruler, loving wife, and nurturing mother, Isis did it all! She was even known as the "Goddess of Magic", and was a goddess of life and rebirth.

Read the beautiful story of the love that refused to die . . . the inspiring story of her eternal love for her husband Osiris and how she breathed life into his broken body.

Learn more about Isis here.



Persephone


Carefree and innocent daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone, a lovely girl-child, was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to become his queen.  Although Persephone's beloved mother Demeter eventually secured her release, Persephone managed to insure that she could "have it all"! 

Persephone spent part of the year above ground with her mother but returned to her husband each winter (for she had grown rather fond of him and enjoyed her role as queen of the underworld). Spring represents the return of the eternally youthful Persephone to our world each year.  Also known in her youth as the Greek goddess Kore (or Cora). Her counterpart was the roman goddess Prosperina. 

More about Persephone here.

Psyche


Psyche was a beautiful young mortal who became a goddess when Zeus ordained her marriage to Eros, the god of love and son of Aphrodite. 

Psyche had to prove her worth by accomplishing a series of seemingly impossible feats required by her mother-in-law. In so doing, Psyche embarked on a remarkable journey of self-discovery and personal growth. 

Having learned to confront all the dark and mysterious places of the soul, Psyche was well-prepared for her eventual union with her beloved.

Read the story of Psyche here.

Rhiannon


Rhiannon, the enchanting fairy princess who rode so swiftly that no horseman could catch her, loved and chose to marry a mortal king of Wales. 

Wrongfully accused of murdering their infant son, Rhiannon bore her humiliating punishment with a grace and dignity that melted the hearts of her adopted countrymen. 

Eventually proven innocent, Rhiannon was reunited with her husband and son and restored to her throne. 

Later Rhiannon
became the famous Lady of the Lake who, in the legends of Camelot, gave Arthur the magical sword called Excalibur, empowering him to become King.

Learn more about Rhiannon here.

 

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Myths: Amaterasu

Myths: Aphrodite
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Myths: Artemis
Symbols: Artemis

Myths: Atalanta
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Myths: Athena
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Myths: Demeter
Symbols: Demeter

Myths: Hera
Symbols: Hera

Myths: Hestia
Symbols: Hestia

Myths: Isis
Symbols: Isis

Myths: Persephone
Persephone

Myths: Psyche
Symbols:Psyche

Myths: Rhiannon
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Myths: Tara
Symbols: Tara

Myths: White Buffalo Calf Woman
Symbols: White Buffalo Calf Woman



 

Tara


In Buddhist tradition, she is much greater than a goddess -- she is a female Buddha, an enlightened one was has attained the highest wisdom, capability and compassion. One who can take human form and remain in oneness with the universe.

There are many embodiments of Tara, but the best known are the peaceful, compassionate White Tara who protects and brings health, long life and peace, and the more dynamic Green Tara, who brings fertility to the earth, overcomes obstacles, and saves us from physical and spiritual danger.

Learn more about Tara here.

White Buffalo Calf Woman


White Buffalo Calf Woman is one of the most revered deities among the Native Americans in the United States.

A beautiful young woman who appeared to a young warrior as a white buffalo calf, she was a wholly benevolent figure, for it was she who gave The People the peace-pipe and provided the teachings that allow them to respect and live in harmony with all things. 

Another version of her myths recounts her compassion, her great  love for children and her concern for their futures.

Learn more about White Buffalo Calf Woman here.

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