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 The
Goddess

The Charge of the Great Mother

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who is known by many names; Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite,Cerridwen, Diana, Brigid, Arianrhod, Yemaya, and by many other names:
"Whenever you have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, you shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me who is Queen of all the Wise.  You shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that you be free you shall be naked in your rights.  Sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in my presince, for mine is the ectasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on Earth.  For my law is love unto all beings.  Mine is the secret that opens upon the door of youth, And mine is the cu of wine of life that is the cauldron of Cerridwen that is the holy grail of immortality.  I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those that have gone before.  Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold, I am the mother of all things and My love is poured upon the Earth."

Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the host of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:
" I who am the beauty of the green Earth and the white Moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters, I call upon you soul to rise and come unto me.  For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.  From me all things proceed and unto me they must return.  Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold-all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.  Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverance within you.  And you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.  For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and I am that which is attained at the end of desire."

Traditiona charge
-written by: Doreen Valiente

Out of our dreams, our myths, our nursery tales those ghettos in which survive your memory we behold the ear of corn, we know the song you sung, Song of the Sacred Body, Yours and our own. We honor you, Mother, Maiden and Crone.

Maiden-Virginity ,birth and initiation, beginnings the hunt

Mother-Growth, fulfillment, sexuality, maturation, nurturing, love

Crone-Old age, the Woman past menopause, deep secrets, wisdom, divination, prophecy, death and resurrection, endings

Goddesses
These descriptions are but short ones.  Some of the Goddesses will have links to their own pages soon, but only the ones that I myself work with.

Aphrodite (greek)
Goddess of beauty and love

Aradia (italian)
Queen and protectress of witches.  Daughter of Diana

Ariadne (greek)
Goddess of vegetation

Arianrhod
(welsh)
Star Goddess; sky Goddess; virgin; Goddess of reincarnation; Full Moon Goddess.  Goddess of the Summerland

Artemis (greek)
Goddess of the hunt; Goddess of birth, vegetation and fertility; Goddess of the Moon.

Astarte (Syria)
Goddess of love and fertility; warrior Goddess, protectress

Athena (greek)
Goddess of wisdom; warrior Goddess; protectress; Goddess of peace

Badb (celtic)
Primary war Goddess, who is of the triple aspect, containing the Goddesses Neman, Macha, and the Morrigu in a single form. Mother aspect.

Bast (egyption)
Goddess of protection and cats

Bean Si (celtic)
Means Faery Woman, or Woman of peace.  Messenger of death, possibly a Crone Goddess

Blodeuwedd (celtic)
Goddess of the Earth in bloom; Lily maid of initiation ceremonies; ninefold goddess of the western Isles of Paradise; Maiden Goddess, moon Goddess

Branwen (celtic)
Goddess of love and beauty; Venus of the Northern seas; Lady of the Lake(cauldron)

Brigid (celtic)
Goddess of poetry, smith-work, fertility, fire and hearth, healing, and martial arts. Patron of warfare, inventor of the Irish keening

Cailleach Bera (celtic)
A very ancient Crone Goddess that controlled the seasons and the weather

Ceres (italian)
Goddess of the harvest, fertility, and marriage

Cerridwen
(celtic)
Moon Goddess; Great Mother; goddess of Nature; Crone Goddess

Dana (celtic)
Mother of the Gods.  Moon Goddess; her name means wisdom
Demeter (greek)
Goddess of the Earth; Goddess of fertility
Diana (italian)
Moon Goddess; Goddess of the hunt; Mother figure for witches
Don (welsh)
Queen of the heavens; goddess of sea and air
Dryads (greek)
Female tree spirits
Flora (italian)
Goddess of spring and birth

Fortuna (italian)
Goddess of fate
Freya (scandinavian)
Moon Goddess; Commander of the Valkyries
Gaia (greek)
Earth Mother
Grainne (celtic)
Sun Goddess
Hathor (egyptian)
Sky Goddess; Goddess of dancing, music, and love
Hecate (greek)
Crone Goddess; Dark Mother; Goddess of the Moon
Hera (greek)
Goddess of marriage and childbirth
Hestia (greek)
Goddess of home and hearth

Inanna (sumerian)
Goddess of love and war
Isis
(egyptian)
Complete triple Goddess in one being; moon goddess; goddess of Magick
Kali
 (indian)
Mother Goddess; embodies tne natural forces at the time of creation and destruction
Lilith (hebrew)
Dark Goddess.  Adams first wife.
Luna (italian)
Goddess of the moon
Maat (egyptian)
Goddess of justice and divine order
Macha (celtic)
Name means mighty; one of the triple forms of Badb, personification of battle
The Morrigan (celtic)
Her name means Great Queen; She has threefold nature-she is the three phases of the moon. A vengeful Crone; patroness of witches; one of the triple forms of Badb
Muses (greek)
Eight Goddess of inspiration
Neman (celtic)
Name means venemous; the confounder of armies
Nephtys (egyptian)
Goddess of surprises, sisters, and midwives
Norns (norse)
three sisters of the Wyrd responsible for weaving fate
Nuit (egyption)
Sky Goddess
Persephone (greek)
Goddess of the underworld; goddess of the harvest
Rhiannon (welsh)
The Great Queen; Goddess of birds and horses; Goddess of enchantment, fertility, and the underworld
Selene (greek)
Goddess of the Moon and Solutions
Valkyries (scandinavian)
Women warriors who carried souls of slain men to heaven
Venus (italian)
Goddess of love and romance
Vesta
(italian)
Goddess of fire

If you really need descriptions before I can get mine in here
Go check out
Lady Morgans List of Goddesses.

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