Eris: Goddess of Chaos

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday, I have chosen the Greek goddess Eris.    She was the goddess of chaos, and was known to cause discord wherever she went.    Eris had the Roman name of Discorda, and was closely identified with the war-goddess Enyo (Homer even used the names interchangeably).   In some versions…

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Persephone: Queen of the Dead

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday I have chosen the figure of the Greek Goddess Persephone.   She is a deity who began as a goddess of springtime and flowers, which made sense given her mother was hearth goddess Demeter.    She would become Queen of the Dead when she married the god of the…

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Nymphs and Sexuality

For today’s post I would like to discuss nymphs and sexuality.   Nymphs are ancient Greek faerie woman, who can be associated with several elements.   That is why we have tales of woodland nymphs, water nymphs, and even nymphs associated with trees alone!   These magical women sometimes get a bad rap for having…

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Pygmalion

For today’s post I would like discuss the story of Pygmalion.    This tale began as a myth in ancient Greece, and later would be used to inspire George Bernard Shaw when he wrote a play of the same name.    That play, which was set in the nineteenth century, was adapted to become the…

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Birds as Emblems of Goddesses

For today’s post I have chosen to discuss the birds that are sacred to my four favorite goddesses!    These goddesses are Aphrodite (Venus), Freya, Rhiannon, and Blodeuwedd!   All of these goddesses have bird associations, that make birds sacred to them in some way. First I would like to look at Aphrodite.  The Greek…

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Sacred Objects to the Goddess Aphrodite

Today I would like to look at sacred objects to goddesses!   In particular I will be focusing on sacred objects to Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty.  Aphrodite had two origin stories, either she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or she was born of sea foam.    The sea foam birth,…

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Adonis: Lover of Goddesses

Today I would like to talk about the Greek myth of Adonis.     He was a very beautiful young man who gained the attention of Aphrodite.   Eventually he was killed, and this is actually the story of the invention of the red rose.    When Adonis was killed Aphrodite pricked her finger on…

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Orpheus and Eurydice

The tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice is one of the great romantic myths of the Greco-Roman pantheon.   Orpheus was the best musician of the ancient world.  He was gifted his lyre by Apollo himself!   When Orpheus fell in love and married Eurydice their happiness was short lived. Eurydice would die not long…

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