Wiccan Goddesses
and Pagan Goddess Names

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A great many of our Wiccan Goddesses and Gods in fact come from the Roman/Greek pantheon.

It's ironic that a religion like Wicca, whose forerunner was destroyed by the Romans, has claimed the conquerors' gods for itself.

Nonetheless, the Roman pantheon fills out the family of divinities quite well. Probably because the Romans borrowed so many deities from other cultures too.

And since the Romans were technically pagans too, I guess it makes some sense.

We also take many Pagan Goddess names from the Celtic and the Egyptian religions.

In fact, we tend to gather Wiccan Gods and Goddesses from around the world. There are 2 reasons for this . . .

  1. Somewhere in the world there is a Deity for every occasion that could arise, and

  2. Many of us try explicitly to be inclusive, and honour the Deities of many cultures.

Now, having said all that in a previous article about there being "no specific Wicca Goddesses and Gods," there are certain deities who are more commonly invited into Wiccan Circles.

List of Wiccan Goddesses

Here is a list of some of the most common pagan Goddess names. I've been in Circles that have invoked each of this Wiccan Goddesses at one time or another, so I know they are actively used in Wiccan Goddess worship.

Akhilandeshvari — Hindu Goddess Never-Not-Broken

Amaterasu — Japanese sun Goddess

Annapurna — Hindu Goddess of Food and Nourishment

Aphrodite / Venus — Greek Goddess of love and beauty

Artemis / Diana — Greek/Roman Goddess of the hunt, virginity, and childbirth, twin sister of Apollo, and an Olympian, often associated with the moon

Astarte — Phoenician Goddess of fertility, sexuality, and war

Athena — Greek Goddess of wisdom, defensive and strategic wars

Bast — Egyptian solar and war Goddess (in the form of a cat)

Baubo — Greek Goddess of mirth, jests, and bawdy humour. A bawdy body goddess, sexuality and play (in an adult sense) and ribald humour, the power of life (in a manifest sense) and procreation and enjoying — even flaunting — flirtation and sexuality. Also the one who teasingly, laughingly tempted Amaterasu out of her cave — ie, brings us out of intellect and isolation into our physical selves and connection. (At least, this is how I understand her.) The Goddess of Having A Good Time!

Brighid — Celtic Goddess of poetry, healing, and crafts (especially smith-work), holy wells and eternal flames

Cerridwen — Celtic Goddess of transformation, of the cauldron of inspiration, of prophecy

Cybele — Greek Earth Mother

Danu — Irish Mother Goddess

Demeter — Greek Goddess of the harvest and of grain, mother of Persephone

Durga — Hindu Great Goddess, Divine Mother

Eos — Greek Goddess of the dawn

Ereshkigal — Mesopotamian Goddess of Darkness, Death, and Gloom

Flora — Roman Goddess of flowers

Fortuna — Roman Goddess of fortune

Freya or Freyja — Norse Goddess of fertility, sexual liberty, abundance, and war

Frigg — Norse Goddess of marriage, household management, and love, Queen of Heaven, and wife of Odin

Gaia / Earth Mother — The Greek Goddess Gaia is the primordial Goddess of earth, mother and grandmother of the first generation of Titans

Hathor — Egyptian Goddess of the Milky Way, Mother Goddess, Goddess of childbirth and death

Hecate — Greek Goddess of witchcraft and magick, crossroads, and the harvest moon

Hestia — Greek Goddess of the hearth and domestic life

Hel — Norse Goddess daughter of Loki and the giantess Angrboda, Queen of the Dead

Hera — Roman Goddess of the Hearth, of women, and of marriage

Inanna — Sumerian Goddess of sexual love, fertility, and warfare

Isis — Egyptian Mother Goddess, matron of nature and magick, Goddess of creativity and the underdog

Ishtar — Mesopotamian Goddess of sexual love, fertility, and war

Juno — Roman Queen of Heaven, Queen of the Gods. Juno is the Goddess of marriage and childbirth, home and family. (This is why June, named for this Goddess, is considered the most auspicious month for weddings.) Juno guards the family's wealth and the nation's finances. Invite Her in, when asking for help manifesting greater abundance for your family. The peacock is Her special animal and symbol. to honour Her, offer a pink rose.

Kali — Hindu Goddess of Time and Death, slayer of demons, protectress (as Kali Ma: Divine Mother Goddess)

Kore — Greek Maiden Goddess of bountiful Earth (See also Persephone)

Kuan Yin , Kwan Yin Ma , Quan Yin — Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

Lakshmi — Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Fertility (Goddess as Mother/Sustainer)

Lalita — Hindu Goddess of Beauty

Luna — Roman Goddess of the Moon

Ma'at — Egyptian Goddess, personified concept of truth, balance, justice, and order

Mary — Mother Goddess, Queen of Heaven, Goddess of Femininity

Maya — Hindu Goddess of Illusion and Mystery

Minerva — Roman Goddess of wisdom and war

Morrigan — Celtic war Goddess

Nut — Egyptian Goddess of heaven and the sky and all celestial bodies

Parvati — Hindu Divine Mother, the embodiment of the total energy in the universe, Goddess of Power and Might

Pele — Hawai'ian volcano Goddess, Destroyer and Creatrix

Persephone — Greek Goddess daughter of Demeter, Queen of the Underworld, also a grain-Goddess, Maiden Goddess

Radha — Hindu Divine Mother

Rhiannon — Celtic Goddess of the moon

Rosmurta — Celtic/Roman Goddess of abundance. She is also the Goddess of Business Success.

Saraswati — Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, the Arts, Mathematics, Education, and cosmic Wisdom (Creatrix)

Sedna — Inuit Goddess of the Sea and Queen of the Underworld

Selene — Greek Goddess of Moon

Shakti — Hindu primordial cosmic energy, Great Divine Mother

Shekina — Hebrew Goddess of compassion in its purest form (feminine aspect of God)

Sita — Hindu Goddess representing perfect womanhood

Sol — Norse Sun Goddess

Sophia — Greek Goddess of wisdom

Spider Woman — Teotihuacan Great Goddess (Creatrix)

Tara — Hindu, Mother Goddess, the absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life.

Tara, Green — Buddhist female Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism of compassion, liberation, success. Compassionate Buddha of enlightened activity

Tara, White — Buddhist Goddess known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra

Tara, Red — fierceness, magnetizing all good things

Tara, Black — power

Tara, Yellow — wealth and prosperity

Tara, Blue — transmutation of anger

Tiamat — Mesopotamian dragon Goddess, embodiment of primordial chaos (the Velvet Dark)

Uma — Hindu Goddess of power, the personification of light and beauty, embodying great beauty and divine wisdom

Vesta — Roman Goddess of the hearth

Voluptas — Roman Goddess of pleasure

Yemaya — Yoruban Mother Goddess, Goddess of the Ocean

White Buffalo Calf Woman — Lakota Goddess

To access info on more Pagan Goddess names from various cultures, see A Small Dictionary of Pagan Gods & Goddesses.

Wiccan Goddesses' Titles

Many times you'll hear these used as names of Wiccan Goddesses, but accurately speaking they are more like titles that can be used for multiple Wiccan Goddesses.

Crone Goddess — Title used for Wiccan Goddesses of death, rebirth, and wisdom, such as Cerridwen, and Hecate. Signifying wisdom, mystery, the Gates between the Worlds, etc.

Earth Goddess — Title used for embodiments of the Earth, such as Greek Goddess Gaia, Demeter, Cybele.

Great Mother Goddess — Creatrix existing in most religions, under various names such as Demeter, Gaia, Isis, Parvati (also Great Goddess, Great Mother, Divine Mother).

Moon Goddess — Title used for Goddesses of the Moon, such as Luna, Selene, and Artemis.

Mother Goddess — Title used for the bountiful embodiment of the Earth (see Earth Goddess). Signifying life, procreation, fecundity, abundance, etc.

Maiden Goddess — Title used for Goddesses who personify the youthful energy of spring, such as Kore, Diana (also Virgin Goddess)

Queen of Heaven — Title used for Virgin Mary, Asherah, and possibly other Great Mother Goddesses

Queen of the Underworld — Title used for Ereshkigal, Persephone, and possibly other Death Goddesses

Star Goddess — Primary Goddess, Creatix of All

Triple Goddess — Worshipped since the 7th millennium BC as the Goddess in three aspects — as a young woman, a birth — giving matron, and an old woman (Maiden — Mother — Crone). Passed down through the ages into virtually all religions:

  • Parvati-Durga-Uma (Kali) in India

  • Ana-Babd-Macha (the Morrigan), and Brighid in Ireland

  • Hebe-Hera-Hecate, the three Moerae, the three Gorgons, the three Graeae, and the three Horae in Greece

  • the Fates or Fortunae in Romans

  • the Norns to the Vikings

  • Diana Triformis to the druids

    ~ The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, p 1018.

Virgin Goddess — Title used for Goddesses who are solitary, choosing to stand alone, without consorts. Signifying Spring, beginnings, innocence, purity, etc. See also Maiden Goddess.

With Brightest Blessings,

erin Dragonsong

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