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DIANA: Goddess of the Month, April 2019

March 28, 2019

DIANA: Goddess of the Month, April 2019

GODDESS OF THE MONTH

April 2019: DIANA

Goddess of The Hunt / Wild Animals / Childbirth / Triple Moon Goddess

 

Correspondences


Attributes
As a lunar goddess, the moon and its phases play a vital role in working with Diana. Having a dependance on the moon cycles will greatly influence her skills in the hunt.

 

Goddess Gossip

Diana, known as Goddess of the Pagans and Queen of the Witches, was worshipped in many areas, including Greece, Rome and Italy. However, in Italy, the worship of Diana appears to be somewhat indigenous. The name "Diana" is also known as "Lucina", or "Light Bringer", and interestingly enough,  a "Society of Diana" existed in Italy, where women met, mostly during the night, to work spells and worship her with ritual and celebration. Additionally, her festival, called The Festival Of Torches, is celebrated on August 13th, and during ancient times this festival forbid the hunting or killing of any animal in all of Italy. During this time a truce between humans and all the natural world was made, and slaves and women were freed of their duties to celebrate the goddess. Men and masters could participate as well, but they were required to be equals of the women and slaves. 

Diana is linked to Artemis, Hera, Hecate, Bast, and many other Goddesses, and is called upon for strength, power for spells, healing, and for helping lost souls transition peacefully; she also hears the prayers of birthing women, and assists them with their painful contractions, giving them easy births. She is also considered a Goddess of nature ("Mother of animals") and fertility, and is often paired with Pan. She is well known for her "baths", and you can call on Her while taking a ritual bath, asking to be strengthened and purified. Her daughter, named Aradia, teaches women the gift of magick.

 

What we love about Diana

We at JSS love calling on Diana when we need to hit our targets, goals, and dreams. She’s a perfect goddess to work with, meditate & call upon when you need to regain your focus and cunning.

 

Altar Decor

  • Ssacred flowers (jasmine, poppy, mugwort, lily, vervain). Many options can be found here.
  • Silver flasks of water or a glass of wine
  • Arrows for her bows
  • A wreath of flowers using the species mentioned above
  • Offering bowls in the shapes of moons, like these.
  • Idols of her sacred animals (bears, deer, dogs, bats)


A Simple Ritual 

  • Using a white or silver candle, carve the name of the goddess into the wax, and include words, sigils, or other symbols reflecting the intentions you are setting, i.e strength, protection, etc.
  • Dress the candle with oils of jasmine or vetiver.
  • Light the candle with a match, and using the candles flame, burn cedar or mugwort to cleanse and protect, followed by flowers to honor the Goddess. You may use a charcoal burner or cauldron to burn loose herbs, or carefully burn whole, dried flowers over the candles flame.
  • Hold your amethyst or moonstone over the smoke to charge it. Place the charged stones on your altar near the candle.
  • Pray or meditate to Diana, asking for protection, strength, courage, and precision. Be sure to focus on a specific task, or have a clear understanding of what you need help with. 
  • Let the candle burn, undisturbed, until it goes out on its own.
  • Carry the crystals with you, either in your pocket, bag, or talisman pouch, to remind you of your intention.

  

 

diana by pietro rotari 
Diana leaning against a tree, by Pietro Rotari (Italy, b. 1707– d. 1762)
 
diana artemis
Diana, Goddess of the Hunt by Guillaume Seignac (France, b.  1870– d. 1924)
 
diana by Leochares
Diana of Versailles, a Roman copy of a Greek original
by Leochares (4th century BCE)
 
diana by guillaume seigna
Another depiction of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt by Guillaume Seignac (France, b. 1870– d. 1924)
  
 

 

 

 

 

Pogo of J Southern Studio is a Brujx living in Los Angeles, California who has been practicing various forms of divination, healing and spellwork for a greater part of the last decade. Their abilities and intuition come from a bloodline of healers that they walk in gratitude with daily.
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