Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow

Maybe you've noticed the abundance of rainbows that appear each June for pride month and wondered what the symbol meant in the past. Or perhaps you've wondered where the purple iris flowers got their name. The answer is found in Greek mythology, with a lovely and often overlooked goddess, named Iris. Jupiter sending Iris by... Continue Reading →

Lyssa Goddess of Rage

Lyssa is the Greek goddess of rage and crazed fury. She also controlled rabies in animals.  And with unprecedented demonstrations of public outrage, looting and violence in the streets, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess of the Moment. Lyssa was the daughter of the primordial deity Nyx (the night) and... Continue Reading →

Hygieia, Goddess of health and hygiene

In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia was the goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “Hygiene”. And with a pandemic sweeping the world, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess... Continue Reading →

Norse Goddess Frigga

Norse Goddess Frigg and her Maidens. From ‘Asgard and the Gods; the tales and traditions of our Northern ancestors, forming a complete manual of Norse mythology’, by Wilhelm Wägner, 1800-1886. Frigg (old Norse “beloved one”) is the queen of Asgard and wife to Odin the all-father. Frigg is a sorcerer and associated with love, marriage,... Continue Reading →

Fire Drake

A beautiful Fire Drake light fixture outside Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel. A Fire Drake or wyvern is a legendary two-legged winged dragon, a creature of Teutonic mythology, with a tail often ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip. The drake is an important symbol in heraldry, and it is a popular creature in European literature... Continue Reading →

Jörð, Norse goddess of Earth

  Jörð is attested to in the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda. She is Mother Earth, the goddess who is the earth herself. Her name is pronounced “ee-YURth” with a soft “th” like in “leather,” rather than a hard “th”, like in “earth.” However, as English is a Germanic language, it is completely appropriate... Continue Reading →

Roman Goddess Diana

Diana, in Roman religion, goddess of wild animals and the hunt, identified with the Greek goddess Artemis. Her name is akin to the Latin words dium (“sky”) and dius (“daylight”). As a fertility deity she was invoked by women to aid conception and delivery. She was also a goddess of domestic animals. Though perhaps originally... Continue Reading →

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