You can move to Nirvana, but the Gods find out where you go.~James Hillman
It's bigger than a Dark Goddess. This tile set focuses on goddesses and immortals who interfered in the lives of mortal, sometimes wreaking havoc, occasionally benevolent.
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You can choose individual tiles, tile sets or to make your own set of tiles of the same size across different sets. You can choose individual tiles, tile sets or to make your own set of tiles of the same size across different sets.
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William Blake painted Hecate in 1795 so neither Victorian nor Pre-Raphaelite. Blake was a favorite with the Morrises and their circle. See Jane Morris's Tiger Tiger embroidery. There is yet another imposter here, however.
From top left:
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine; William Blake, The Triple Hecate*; John Collier, Lilith; Frederick Sandys, Valkyrie; DeMorgan, Demeter; Briton Rivière, Aphrodite
The goddess of Beauty, Love, Art, Gardens. What's not to like?
But no one gets included here without a dark side. Who was behind the kidnapping of Helen and the subsequent fall of Troy? Who was so jealous of her son's wife that she sent the poor girl on a quest that started with sorting a mound of seeds? Enough said.
When your child becomes the reason for your life, you have abandoned the invisible reason you are here. ~James Hillman
Demeter was the most generous of the Olympians. Up to a point. She gave the gift of harvest, and taught humans to grow, preserve, and prepare grain. It was she who made the land fertile. Indeed, she kept this up even after her daughter was abducted.
It wasn't the loss of her daughter. It was the betryal that set her off. It was not until she learned from Hecate that Zeus had sanctioned Hades marriage of her daughter, Persephone, and had given permissionto abduct her daughter. Understandably, Demeter left Mount Olympus in a huff, putting a curse upon the earth that it would remain barren until her daughter was returned to her.
The endless winter continued, despite coaxing and attempts to charm her out of it. Demeter demanded a temple be build in her honor and there she sat alone in the darkness, grieving for her lost daughter. Zeus apologized; not accepted.
Demeter persisted. Finally, Zeus relented and sent Hermes to command Hades to release Perephone. Because Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds, she would have to return to the underworld four month each year. During those months, Demeter withdraws her favors for the winter.
The virgin, the mother, the hag. Hecate was originally a cthlonic goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, but over time became a goddess of Sorcery. She predates the Olympian gods and is the only Titan whom Zeus allowed to retain authority. She is the guardian of households and the protector of all that is newborn. She is omnicient, having three faces: virgin, mother, hag. She is associatd with nature and fertility, the crossroads, the otherworld, spirits, magic, and the moon.
Hecate witnessed Persephone's abduction by Hades and told Demeter what had happened. She also befriended Persephone in her new role as Queen of the Underworld. As thanks, Hades invited Hecate to reside permanently in his kingdom and gave her free reign to come and go as she pleased.
As Queen of the Night, Hecate enjoys nightly jaunts, accompanied by two large black dogs ,and the spectres of those who were once social outcasts. She helps those who are dying transition to the other world and is a protector of young children, shepherds, and sailors.
Lilith was Adam's first wife who voluntarily left the garden of Eden. Like Lamia, she was a serpent woman who purportedly had the ability to harm young children.
As the Greek Persephone, she is the Queen of the Underworld, having been abducted by Hades and after some negotiation amongst the gods and a bit of trickery, she spends half the year with him in the underworld, during which time, plants die, the world grows cold, and we experience winter.
She is both a chthonic diety who receives the souls of the dead into the earth and a vegetation goddess, a queen of the underworld and the goddess of spring.
The valkyries are the "choosers of the slain". They choose who will die in battle and who will live. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals. Freya was also a war goddess and often appears as a valkyrie. Valkyries understand and speak to birds. They are often accompanied by ravens.
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