Goddesses are found in cultures and religions throughout the world. There are also goddesses associated with the seasons, the moon, the harvest and various aspects of life. The power of the feminine is embodied in each goddess and by connecting to the archetype of a specific goddess, you can connect with the spiritual wisdom and authenticity that the goddess represents. Here are a few well known goddesses that may help you begin your personal journey towards connecting with the energy of the Divine Feminine.
Known as the goddess of war and wisdom, she has great intellectual abilities which allow her to see the truth and to develop strategies. Crafts, courage, law and justice, strength and skill are all attributes of Athena. She is connected to the owl as well as the olive tree.
She is a fearsome goddess who represents the death and destruction of evil forces. She grants liberation by removing the illusion of the ego and is worshipped as the Divine Mother or Mother of the Universe.
Representing fertility, creativity, harvest, inspiration and knowledge, Cerridwen embodies lunar energy and the changing seasons and is often depicted with her cauldron. The cauldron is sacred as it contains awen or the divine spirit.
Lilith’s symbol is an apple as depicted in the Garden of Eden. She refused to be subordinate to anyone and is symbolic of the themes of freedom, courage, playfulness and passion. Internalizing Lilith means embodying fairness, bravery and equality.
Spider Woman (Native American)
Grandmother Spider is an important goddess amongst many North American tribes. Her webs represent the matrix of our societies and she uses her power to weave the fabric of time. She creates all with her thoughts and dreams.
Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and women, Hera ruled over the heavens and earth. She reminds us that there is light and dark within all of us and joy and pain are linked in life. She affirms that we can use our own wisdom in the pursuit of our goals.
If you wish to work with goddess energy or to align yourself with the Divine Feminine, research the path of the goddess by using a goddess oracle or meditate on making a personal connection to a specific goddess. There are several books available on goddesses which can show you how to communicate or attune with the unique energy of each goddess. Become your own guide by embodying the attributes and sacred energy of whatever goddess you chose to connect to.