*footnote* I recieved permission from the author of this article to use it with the following copywrite informationThank you Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway Copyright,2002, 2006, Laurie Sue Brockway all rights reserved, adpated from her book, A Goddess Is A Girl's Best Friend: A Divine Guide To Finding Love, Success and Happiness (Perigee Books, December 2002). For more information go to http://www.goddessfriends.com/ A Goddess for Every Need
A selection of divine figures from world religions, and how they can help you in your daily life.
By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
The Goddess in her many forms is accessible to modern women for divine inspiration and guidance with all aspects of our lives. They can help increase finances and good fortune, bring love and success, enhance intuition, and ward off negativity. Most of the figures below are actively worshipped or considered goddesses in one tradition or another; and others, like Mary Magdalene, are revered as spiritual heroines or saints. Find out which divine female can help most as you learn to empower your self-esteem and spirituality and bring out the goddess in you!
Goddesses of Work and Finances
Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of fortune, gives you a hand -- or four -- increasing your income, your financial potential and your ability to plan for your future.
Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, helps you pursue your career goals with passion and focus.
Brigid, Celtic Irish goddess of inspiration, poetry, birth and blacksmithing, helps you find your inspiration and creative flow.
Nemesis, Greek goddess of retribution, helps you handle office politics and troublemakers while helping you see ways you sabotage yourself.
Durga, Hindu Mother goddess of protection and war, helps you draw your boundaries and protect yourself from negative energies.
St. Térèse, beloved Catholic Saint known as The Little Flower is a spiritual heroine for women of all faiths. She helps you get even the most menial jobs done by showing you the relevance, power, and sacredness in life's little chores.
Goddesses of Self
Hathor, Egyptian goddess of love, beauty and pleasure, helps you to your inner light and shows you how truly beautiful you are.
Lilith, Hebrew Goddess, said to be Adam's first wife, was demonized in the Bible but is an empowered woman in Kabbalah and Feminine spiritually. She helps you discover your dark and wild side.
Oya, Yoruban goddess of wind, hurricane and wild weather, helps you welcome the winds of change.
Nike, Greek goddess of Victory and herald of success, helps you claim your victories in life.
Goddesses of Strength
Mary, mother of Jesus, is not considered a goddess in the Catholic Faith yet has all the powers of a divine female and is the primary representation of the feminine divine for 2000 years, making her the Spiritual Mother for us all. She helps you connect to your healing power.
Sophia, goddess of wisdom in Gnostic Christianity, is also referred to in Hebrew texts and the books of Solomon. She helps you tap into, and trust, your own intuition.
Kuan Yin, Chinese goddess of healing and compassion, helps you find compassion for yourself, and others.
Green Tara, Tibetan Buddhist goddess of protection, helps you feel safe and shows you how to stay calm and centered in a crisis.
White Buffalo Calf Woman, Native American Spirit Woman, is the mystical feminine force who taught great sacraments to her people. She helps you connect with the true nature of the soul and create a more peaceful life... and world.
taught great sacraments to her people. She helps you connect with the true nature of the soul and create a more peaceful life... and world.
Goddesses of Love and Romance
Venus, quintessential Roman goddess of love and beauty, shows you that self-love and appreciation is the first step to embracing your own divinity and empowering your sense of self-worth.
Oshun, Macumban Goddess of sensuality, beauty and womanhood. Helps you tap into your more sensual side and express your sensual self.
Isis, famous Egyptian mother goddess is hailed for her healing, magic, and resurrection powers. She helps you rescue troubled relationships and get them back on track.
Freya, Norse goddess of sexual prowess and war, guides you on how to be a man magnate and enjoy every minute of sizzling sexual energy in your life.
Persephone, Greek goddess of springtime who was abducted by the god of the underworld, shows you how to liberate yourself from bad relationships and set forth a new path in your love life.
Gauri, Hindu goddess of love and marriage shows you how to get yourself ready for a serious relationship, and how to gently encourage your true love toward the altar.
Goddesses of Friendship and Family Life
The Great Goddess is the divine female energy of all there is. She represents life its self, death, and regeneration and can help transform your relationship with your own mom by connecting with the power of your female ancestry.
Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess who dwells in the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, shows you how to channel and express anger and heal hostility in a healthy way.
Mary Magdalene, the spiritual heroine who is closely linked as soul companion to Jesus, helps you survive the loss of a loved one.
St. Lucy/Lucina, the cherished Catholic saint who originated as the Roman Goddess of a newborn's first light, Lucina, can help you open your spiritual eyes, see family in a new light and bring light to the shadow side of family life.
The Muses, the nine Greek deities who joyfully presided over the arts, are among the most familiar mythical woman and Goddesses. They help you Celebrate creativity and connections with sisters and friends.
Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the Hearth, assists you in creating a true home.
Goddesses of Play and Lightheartedness
Bast, Egyptian goddess of play, felines and females, shows you how to be as playful as a pussycat.
Iris, Roman goddess of the rainbow helps you add color and zest to your life.
Butterfly Maiden, Native American spirit woman, takes you from cocoon to butterfly and helps you transform your life.