Goddesses and Their Attributes

Cultures around the world have long viewed the Goddess in many forms, with many faces. Our ancestors divided the Divine Feminine into lots of different deities and assigned certain attributes, powers, and responsibilities to each. Thus, individual goddesses express the various aspects of the feminine archetype.

Some depictions of the Goddess embody characteristics that are unique to the national or religious traditions of the people who worshiped her. In most cases, however, goddess figures express similar qualities, regardless of the country or faith with which they are associated.

The Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Romans' Venus both represent love and beauty. Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess, has much in common with Kali, the Indian goddess of destruction and rebirth. The Buddhist Kuan Yin and the Christian Mary both symbolize compassion.

Whatever she's called, however her story is told, the inherent features of the Divine Feminine — fertility, creativity, compassion, wisdom, beauty, love, healing — can be seen in the deities of all cultures. Here are some of the world's many goddesses and the attributes usually associated with them.

Goddesses of the World

Name

Culture

Attributes

Aino

Finnish

beauty

Amaterasu

Japanese

beauty, leadership, brightness

Aphrodite

Greek

love, beauty, sensuality

Artemis

Greek

courage, independence, protection

Axo Mama

Peruvian

fertility

Bast

Egyptian

playfulness, joy

Brigid

Celtic

creativity, smithcraft, inspiration, healing

Calypso

Greek

music

Ceres

Roman

nourishment, health

Ceridwin

Celtic

inspiration, wisdom

Concordia

Roman

peace

Cybele

Asia Minor

fertility

Diana

Roman

hunting, purity, independence

Freya

Norse

love, healing, sensuality

Hathor

Egyptian

love

Hecate

Greek

magick, death, wisdom

Inanna

Sumerian

journeys, facing fears, courage, grief

Isis

Egyptian

art, nourishment, wholeness, awakening

Kali

Indian

transformation, destruction, change

Kuan Yin

Chinese

compassion, humanitarianism, mercy

Lakshmi

Indian

wealth, abundance

Medea

Greek

magick

Pele

Hawaiian

fiery spirit, destruction and rebirth, vitality

Sekmet

Egyptian

grace, dignity, strength

Siva

Slavic

fertility

Sophia

Greek

wisdom, primal power

Uttu

Sumerian

creativity

Tara

Indian

nourishment, protection, compassion

Tiamet

Babylonian

power, magick, protection

Wang-mu

Chinese

immortality

Yemaja

Nigerian

secrets, dreams, childbirth, purification

On days when a witch wishes to connect with certain qualities in herself or wants to strengthen abilities she feels are weak, she can ask for help from a goddess who embodies those beneficial qualities. Say you have an important business meeting coming up and you want to make a good impression. The Egyptian sun goddess Sekmet, depicted as a lioness, symbolizes the attributes you desire to accomplish your goals. Align yourself with her energy to accomplish your aims.

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