Wisdom of Americas and Caribbean Goddesses

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Changing Woman - Goddess of Cycles

Changing Woman or Estsanatlehi is benevolent Goddess of Navajo and Apache. She can change her age merely by walking into the horizon. Her other names are White Shell or Turquoise Woman, which corresponds to the changing colors of her dress as the season change. Navajo believe that she was found by Coyote, after being born of Dawn and Darkness only covered in blanket of clouds and rainbows, secured in the cradle with lightning and sunbeams. She is also a corn Goddess, symbolizing ever-changing, ever-fertile earth. She changes from a young maiden in the spring, to a mother during harvest time and crone during winter. She blesses people with food, seasons and Blessingway ceremonies - a series of Navajo rituals used for weddings, childbirth rites and other joyful occasions in Navajo people.

Coatlicue - Goddess of Grief

Coatlicue or Serpent Skirt is a mother of Aztec deities. Her name comes from the skirt she wears, made of rattlesnakes. She is worshiped as earth and life/death mother. She became pregnant by placing some white feathers on her breast. Her other children didn't want her to have this child, and had planned to kill her. Her daughter, Coyolxauhqul, the Moon Goddess warned her. After Coatlicue's son, the Sun God learned that she betrayed them, he cut off his sister's head. Grieving Coatlicue placed Coyolxauhgul's head in the sky, so that she can shine forever.

Corn Woman - Goddess of Nourishment

Corn woman is Goddess of southwestern pueblo people and Americas aboriginals - from Arikakra, Cheyenne, Pawnee to Cherokee and Huron. She is a figure of Corn Mother, The Corn Maiden and Yellow Woman. She relates to the corn as a sacred being, who gave herself to save and nurish her people. She was created by Arikara Creator God - Nesaru, who made her out of corn which grew in heavens. She came to Earth to teach people how to cultivate the corn and honor the deities. Her wisdom lays in her love in form of food, that is a time to nourishing yourself through the food, as eating is a sacred act. Something living dies so that you can live, whether is a plant or an animal. She comes with a message that we must accept that a part of being a human is to cause death of things in order to live. .

Gyhldeptis - Goddess of Synthesis

Gyhldeptis means "lady with hanging hair" is a gentle forest Goddess of Haida and Tlingit people of northwest America, Alaska's region. She is a mossy goddess handing down from cedar trees. She protected her people who were threatened by whirlpool called Kaegyihl Depgeesk. which would bring a destruction where ever it went. In stead of attacking, she called all natural powers together and prepared a great feast for the Kaegyihl. Delighted by the sumptuous feast, they all agreed to work together rather than against each other. Goddess Gyhldeptis was able to synthesize all energies in order to work together and thus change the destructive whirlpool into a gentle river. She is known for her ability to blend opposites and create a lasting union of wholeness.

Ix Chel - Goddess of Creativity

Ix Chel is a Mayan Goddess of Yucatan peninsula, inhabiting an island of Cozumel. She is a moon and snake goddess. She is a goddess of magic, weaving, health, sexuality, water, healing and childbirth. She is assuring Fertility of land by holding her sacred womb upside down, and thus allowing everlasting flow of her waters of creation. Her special animal is ancient dragonfly. She was almost killed by her grandfather, because she chosen to become a lover of the Sun. It was dragonfly who sang over her until she was well again. She comes to your life to let you know it is time to express your own creativity and be daring.

Mama Killa - Goddess of the Moon

Mama Killa is a great Inca Goddess of the Moon, daughter of Goddess Mama Qocha, goddess of the Water and Great God Viracocha, God of Sun, Fire, Storm and Lightening. She is a sister and consort of well known Inca Sun God, Inti. They were equally bright once, but Inti got jealous of her, and he threw ashes into her face, to dim her light. 'She spends equal time in the dark as she does in the light of the sun. She is a protector of women, she guards the moon phases and illuminates the night sky. She regulates the moon calendar, controls the seasons, planting and harvesting time. She is a guardian of fertility cycles and celebrations. She is a mother of Mama Ocllo and Ayara Manca, who were send down from heavens by their father Inti to bring civilization and agriculture to Inca people. They founded a great capital city of Cuzco, and Ayara Manca became a first ruler of Inca civilization and received a new name - Manco Capac.

Mama Qocha - Goddess of the Water and Sea

Mama Qocha is an ancient Incan Goddess, the first Goddess of Incan pantheon, a Goddess of the Sea. She is a consort of a Great Inca God Virachoca, God of Sun, Storm, Fire and Lightening and creator of the universe. Together they had a son Inti, God of Sun and a daughter Mama Killa sometimes called Luna, the Goddess of the Moon. As a Sea Goddess she brings the nurturing waters to the Earth in various forms - rivers, rain, clouds or snow. She is a patron of sailors and fishermen, bringing them calm ocean waters. She is also granting a good health to those who went swimming.

Oshun - Goddess of Sensuality

Oshun is originally a Goddess worshiped by Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria, who became adopted by Afro-Brazilian religion as Macumba Goddess of waters, rivers, purity, fertility, love and sensuality for beautiful things. One of the main deities of Yoruba religion, Orisha a goddess of river Osun. She is a favorite wife of God of Thunder Shango. She loves to adorn herself in yellow and gold. She is therefore honored by golden honey and copper pennies. She wears a necklace of cowrie shells, representing her wisdom and knowledge of divination. As the only female goddess of the original Orisha, she gathered women to stage a protest when she was ignored by other orishas. Women kept men from working, and thus not worshiping the gods. Women dedicated to Oshun carry a special gift, they can walk and dance in very tantalizing and provocative way, none can escape their charm. Oshun calls you to remember and honor your own sensuality, focusing your attention on your body, respecting and playing with your senses and sensuality.

Oya - Goddess of Change

Oya is another Yoruban Goddess, adapted by Afro-Brazilian religion as Macumba deity. Oya is a powerful goddess of weather, especially tornadoes, lightning and destructive rainstorms. She is also a goddess of transformation, fire, female charm and leadership. She is called upon when women find themselves in hard conflicts which are difficult to resolve. She wears wine, her favorite color and her sacred number is nine. She was wed to a powerful God of War and Rum-making, Ogun. She is associated with buffalo, she is often portrayed with turban twisted into buffalo horns.