The 13 moon cycles within
the calendar year are the original "months". 13 was always a number
sacred to the Goddess, which is why it was thought unlucky by patriarchal
Luna- The Latin name for
the Moon Goddess, worshipped in Rome. Many myths said that the Moon Goddess was
the Creatress of all things, who drifted alone in the primal ocean of chaos
until bringing all forms of life into being. "Lunatic" used to mean
possession by the spirit of the moon, or being in a sacred state of
consciousness. "Moon-struck" meant "chosen by the Goddess".
Artemis - As the Moon
Goddess to both the Greeks and the legendary Amazons, Artemis's followers paid
homage to her by the light of the full moon in the forest. Associated often with
the waxing moon, she was the Goddess of all places and things wild. She was
portrayed as tall, slim, lovely and dressed in a short tunic by the Greeks. Her
chariot was pulled by silver stags and she roamed the forest, mountains with her
nymphs and hunting dogs. She was defender of women who were threatened by men.
She is associated with young girls, magick, sorcery, enchantment, psychic
development, purification, woodlands and healing.
Mawu is the Creator/Moon
Goddess known among the The Fon of Benin, people from the Dahomey region of West
Africa, the female aspect of the divinity Mawu-Lisa. She is associated with the
moon, night, fertility, motherhood, gentleness, forgiveness, rest and joy. The
cosmology of the Fon has the Earth as floating on the water, while above circle
the heavenly bodies on the inner surface of a gourd.
Hanwi - Oglala Moon
Goddess who lived with the Sun God Wi. She was tricked by a woman into giving up
her seat next to Wi, and consequently shamed. She left Wi and gave up rulership
of dawn and twilight, hiding her face when she is near the sun.
Arianrod - is the Welsh
Moon Goddess, and also one of the several children of the mother Goddess Don.
Her home was in the constellation Corona Borealis. She is also referred to as
Silver Wheel, High Fruitful Mother, Goddess of reincarnation. She was the keeper
of the silver wheel of stars, which symbolizes time and karma. Rituals to
Arianrod take place at the Full Moon.
Chang-O - (Also known as
Chang-wo, Heng-E, Heng-O) Chinese Moon Goddess. According to legends, she was
the wife of a famous archer to whom the gods had promised immorality. Chang-O
stole her husbands magical potion, drank it and was forced to escape his wrath
by fleeing to the moon in the shape of a frog. She is represented in the dark
spots of the moon as a three-legged frog.
Selene In Greek art,
Selene was depicted as a young winged woman with a pale face, riding a silver
chariot pulled by two horses. Often, she was shown riding a horse or bull,
wearing robes and a crescent on her head and carrying a torch. After her
brother, Helios, the sun, finished his journey across the sky, Selene began hers
as night fell upon the earth.
Hina - (also known as INA)
Hina is the Polynesian Moon Goddess, in Hawaiian mythology her full name is
Hina-hanaia-I-ka-malam, which means the woman who worked in the moon. Legend
tells of how she went to the moon by sailing there in her canoe, and lives there
in a groove of trees she brought from earth in her canoe.
Chia- also called Huitaca,
Moon Goddess to the Chibcha tribe who lived in what now is known as Columbia.
Shown as an owl, she represented the spirit of joy and pleasure, and was
constantly arguing with the male shaman Bochica who represented hard work and
serious approach to daily living. In some legends she is depicted as his wife.
Levanah - ("The Lunar
Flame") A Chaldean or Hebrew name for the Moon goddess. The world used for
in the Song of Solomon vi:10 is the Hebrew form Lebanah: "Who is she that
looketh forth as in the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and
terrible as an army with banners?"
Manat- Arabic Moon
goddess, ruler of Fate, and her name is a synonym for Luck or Fortune. She was
venerated at a sacred stone at Kadaid in pre-Islamic times, and was part of the
trinity of Fates worshipped at Mecca. The root word for both "Moon"
and "mind" was the Indo Europian manas, mana, or men. representing the
Goddess's wise blood, governed by the moon, as in menstruation.
"Mania" used to mean ecstatic revelation.
Ixchel - Mayan earth and
moon goddess. She was usually shown as an older woman dressed in a skirt with
crossed bones on it, with a serpent in her hand. Ix Chel is often shown with a
great jug that is filled with water, sending floods and rainstorms down to
Earth. Sometimes shown as a young maiden with a rabbit of fertility as a
Hecate There are
approximately twelve centuries of recorded Hecate worship including the early
Egyptian roots from the midwife Goddess Hekat, through Turkish, Greek and Roman.
Original images of her indicate a Maiden goddess, or a triple Goddess
(maiden/mother/crone). Her images guarded three way crossroads for centuries,
and her rites involved magic, prophecy and consultation with spirits. Hounds,
snakes, frogs and others were sacred to her.