Wisdom of Roman Goddesses
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
Ceres - Goddess of Agriculture and Harvest
Ceres is a Roman Goddess of cultivation, she teaches people the right process of agriculture, but also how to grow themselves into a better person. She ruled over crops, the fertility of the land as well as motherly relationships. She had a dual relationship with god of law and order, Jupiter, she was both his sister and a wife. They had a daughter Proserpine together. She was the only goddess who got involved in day-to-day life of humans. She was the protector of girlhood, womanhood and motherhood. Pluto once kidnapped her, and her rage caused a famine on Earth.
Diana - Goddess of the Moon
Diana is an ancient Rome Goddess, ruler of the wild animals, hunting and the Moon. She could communicate and control animals. She was a daughter of Jupiter and Latona, and a twin sister to Apollo. As the divine huntress, she represents the Divine Feminine's ability to provide nurturing for all creatures, even during winter when not much is growing. As a moon goddess she ruled over the celestial body whose light was believed to influence the growth of grain and the growth during pregnancy. Diana chose never to marry, but she lived in woods instead accompanied by nymphs and untamed animals. She is often portrayed as a huntress with a bow and archers with a crescent moon crown above her eyebrows.
Fortune - Goddess of Good Fortune
Fortune is a Roman Goddess of Luck and Fortune. She can bring either good or bad luck. She is also a Goddess of fate, She is portrayed as blinded and veiled maiden, holding in one hand a cornucopia - a horn of plenty from which all good things flowed in abundance. In the other hand, she is holding a ship's rudder which is an indication of her power controlling fates. Her father was Jupiter, god of Law and Order. She can be also seen by the spinning wheel, representing the cycles of the ups and downs of luck and fortune.
Juno - Goddess of Tradition and Marriage
Juno is a powerful sovereign Roman Goddess, a patroness of marriage and other traditional rites of passages. She was a daughter of Saturn and a wife and a sister to god Jupiter. She was a mother to God of War, Mars. It was believed, she watched over all women, from the first to their last breath. In honor of the Goddess, women called their own sour - Juno. Month of June which bears Juno's name is the most favorable month of the marriage. On the 1st of March, matrons of Rome held special festivals in honor of Juno, to ask the Goddess to bless their marriages and help them safely give birth to healthy babies.
Minevra - Goddess of Mind and Beliefs
Minevra is Roman and Etruscan Goddess of the mind - intelligence, creativity, wisdom, domestic skills and handcrafts. She was a patroness of artisans, basically of all people whose handiwork was guided by their minds. Her name has roots in a word - Mind. She is often portrayed with an olive tree besides her and an owl, which signified her connection to Death and the deepest mysteries of life.
Salacia - Goddess of the Salt Water
Salacia was a Roman goddess of the sea, a wife of Neptune, ruling a world of the ocean. She is portrayed as a nymph wearing crown of seaweed. She is often sitting besides Neptune or driving a pearl shell chariot with him pulled by sea-horses and dolphins. When Neptune proposed to Salacia, she fled, as she was in love with someone else. She hid in depths of Atlantic Ocean, to preserve her virginity and grace. Neptune send one of his dolphins to persuade her to come back and become queen of the seas. Neptun rewarded the dolphin by creating a constellation Delphinus. Salacia symbolizes calmness, and her name deprives from word salt.
Venus - Goddess of Love
Venus is a Roman Goddess of Love. She brings joy both to gods and humans, She is associated with the arrival of Spring, the most love-inspiring season of the year. She has been created out of happy union of sea and sky. Venus has been described as a queen of pleasure, who inspires people to enjoy the pleasures of sensuality and passion. She herself has been wed to Vulcan, the cripple God of the forge. She had many affairs with others, but her favorite was God of War, Mars and Adonis, who was killed by a boar. She is mother to Cupid and Aneas.