Friday, May 17, 2013

Maiden Goddess

Maiden Goddess
Goddess History dates back to the earliest civilizations.  It’s well documented that ancient societies worshiped feminine forms of God - typically as mother, earth and nature, or as deities who personified feminine attributes.  In common Neopagan usage, the three female figures are frequently described as the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone (Triple Goddess).  For some pagans, there is a fourth Goddess aspect, the Dark Goddess (see Dark Goddess post in December for more info).  Each Goddess symbolizes both a separate stage in the female life cycle and a phase of the moon and often rules one of the realms of earth, underworld and the heavens.

The Maiden is the youngest aspect of the Goddess.  For male wiccans, the aspect is the son or warrior.  She is the innocence and lack of worries, the joy of living.  The Maiden is usually associated with the waxing moon G, the spring season, the colors white and pink and flowers, especially the wild or white ones.  The animals associated with her are the owl, deer or any other wild animal.

Sometimes the Maiden is perceived of as a child, but more often as a young woman.  She is the young Goddess of spring and new beginnings, dawn, youth, passion, fresh potential, art, creativity, self expression, beauty, intelligence and skill.  The Maiden represents purity and the innocence of childhood, where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail. She is often called on for coming of age and handfasting rites. 

The Maiden reminds you to look after the magical child that lies within us all.  It reminds you to stay in touch with your childhood intuition and fantasies that are used to fulfill your dreams.  Hence you can still have the Maiden in you at any time of life.
The Maiden in Greek Mythology is Persephone, purity and a representation of new beginnings.  Other maiden goddesses include: Brigid, Nimue, Virgin Goddess or Idunn.

Idunn is the Norse Maiden Goddess of youth and springtime.  She is the keeper of the golden apples that give the Gods immortality.  The golden apples grew on a tree that could only be harvested or given to others by Idunn.  Since the Norse Gods are not immortal, the apples are considered very precious.  

Dearest Maiden, Goddess of Spring,
Please bring illumination in early morning.
As you awaken at your hour,
Let me feel your energy and power.

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