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Post by SageWolf » Mon May 07, 2007 1:26 pm

Copyright (C) Norma A. Peters
Image used with Permission Great Mother
Diana

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Pantheon: Faery
Element: Water
Sphere of Influence: Administration and Womanhood
Preferred colors: Blue, Green, Aqua
Associated symbol: The Moon
Best day to work with: Monday
Best Moon phase: Full Moon
Associated Planet: Moon


The Great Mother is the consort of the Harvest Lord - the spirit of Earth and Sea and Sky. The World is her body. She is the birth mother, matriarch, administrator and executive. She embodies Womanhood. She represents fertility, growth, and the nurturing and care of children.
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The Great Mother manifests itself in myth as a host of archaic images. Commonly conceived of as a nature goddess, the recurrent theme of nature and motherly care go hand in hand. As the prominent feature of almost all early Indo-European societies, the mother archetype manifests itself in a host of deities and symbolism (independent and therein).

The most defined occurrence of a mother goddess is with the Celts, and their predecessors. The Goddess, Danu, was an archaic character and was that namesake for the pseudo-pantheon of gods found in the Celtic tradition, the Tuatha De Danaan (People of the Goddess Danu). The Mother goddess will consistently be associated with, if not in direct control of nature. There is a multitude of reasons for this, though, most plausible is the seemingly divine nature of life, the mothers ability to beget it, and the nature that obviously is the host of all of it.

Many aspects of the mother goddess become deified in their own right, usually as a fertility goddess or a goddess of war or destruction. The general contention behind this is that nature is both the giver and destroyer of life. In Celtic mythology this is manifested in the character of Queen Medb. Medb is an example of remnants of a war goddess with her general military prowess, and with her leading role in the Cattle Raid of Cuilage. She shows the qualities of a euhemerized fertility goddess as she constantly negotiates with her friendly thighs, and is renowned for being promiscuous.

She appears in Shakespeares "Romeo and Juliet", during Mercutios monologue concerning dreams. He draws out the role of Medb as a fairy of sorts, and being responsible for maidens becoming impregnated. This is important in how she is associated with a small being and pregnancy. In more than one place in Celtic myth, a small being who is swallowed is shown as a method of becoming pregnant. This would show that her qualities as a fertility goddess were more pronounced and emphasized as she endured time. Typically the Mother Goddess is referenced in archaic and distant terms and rarely occurs in the present of the myths. The main feature that survives with the Mother Goddess is her connection to nature, this will occur as independent symbolism, either directly connected to the goddess or as the trait of another character This text is made available under the GNU Free Documentation License Agreement. The full text of this article is available for download here. (Great Mother)



Now I posted this because I wanted to point something out that I just couldn't figure out, I have always been attracted to Fairies, and I've always worshipped the Great mother, And I never knew that they were basically one in the same.

The Article is on www.pagannews.com

Anyway I'm so happy to find this Because it puts so much of myself into perspective. So now I also know I've been worshipping the Fairy goddess and thats why Fairies love me as well LOL

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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Mon May 07, 2007 3:02 pm

Always wonderful to find something that both inspires you and gives a great amount of illumination!
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Post by iriseyes » Mon May 07, 2007 6:00 pm

Have you read Practical Celtic Magic Hoppe is the author I think, it talks a lot about Danu, and the Tuatha De Danan. I am reading a book right now Faery Wicca Stepanich, is all about the Faeries. I love it I am in search of Faery Wicca Book II.

I find her fascinating to say the least. :-D
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