Tag Archives: ancient views of the feminine

Is the Sun male? Part 2: The lion, the warrioress, and the sun.

Venus engages in a complicated dance with the Earth which creates a 584 day cycle of relationship as the two planets journey in orbit around the Sun. In one half of this cycle, she is the Evening Star, shining her … Continue reading

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Is the Sun male? Part 1: The Northern Sun

Even the most avid reader of ancient mythology could be forgiven for assuming that humanity has forever and always looked up at the brightest object in the sky and venerated it as a masculine source of energy, warmth and creation, … Continue reading

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Is the Moon female?

It is popular in modern times, especially in neopagan circles, to think of the moon as representing a goddess. But what did the ancients think?  Was the moon female to them? In classical Greece and Rome, the answer to that … Continue reading

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The Dawn

The Greek Goddess of the Dawn, Eos (Roman Aurora), is thought to be an exceedingly ancient divinity, dating back to the early speakers of the Indo-European language which forms the root of  most of the languages now spoken in the … Continue reading

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Who is this mystery goddess? The serpent-wielding woman of Crete.

What’s her name and what divine power did she represent? No one knows.  Whoever made her did so in about 1600 BC on Crete, during a time when a people called the Minoans lived there.  They did leave writings, called … Continue reading

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Mirror, mirror: Reflections on Medusa

When Athena looks in the mirror, does she see Medusa? When Perseus cuts off the head of the Gorgon Medusa, he does so with the aid of a mirror shield given to him by Athena, Goddess of Wisdom.  Later, he … Continue reading

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Devouring Wisdom: Why the Sky God ate his first wife

I sometimes think a volume compiling the Greek Myths ought to be labeled Gods Behaving Badly.  No heavenly bad boy exhibits worse behavior than does Zeus, King of the Gods, wielder of lightning bolts, ruler of Olympus. Zeus is father … Continue reading

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