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Powerful Goddesses

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Lethe

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What are some of the most powerful goddesses you know of? What goddesses do you really admire or respect?

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Nyx, god of the night.

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I was about to say Nyx.

to elaborate who/what that is. In Greek mythology Nyx was a "goddess" so how up that humans didn't worship her (she was worshipped by the gods).

In the beginning there was only Chaos and Nyx (its debated based on version if chaos was a sentient being or just a state of the universe). Nyx had children, Life, Death, darkness, sleep, as well as Eurynome and Styx. In some versions she's also the mother of the fates, nemesis, and furies (Greek mythology like all religions has variations).

Nyx created Gaia, Uranus, and Oceanus (the Earth, sky, and ocean) so her children would have something to play with.
(from here most people know the rest) Gaia and Uranus bore the titans, titans bore the Olympians, Olympians bore multitudes of lesser gods and demi-gods.

To give some idea of how powerful Nyx is in this context. In one myth Hera has Hypnos (god of sleep, child of Nyx) place Zeus into a deep sleep as part of a ploy by the other Olympians to arrest power from him. (it doesn't end well), When Zeus goes after Hypnos he runs to Nyx for protection. Zeus is forced to retreat least he anger Nyx (who could destroy the entire world and Zeus as easily as Zeus could smite a blade of gras).
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One whom I adore is Pomba Gira. She is the consort of Exu and worshipped/consulted in Umbanda and Quimbanda. She is the embodiment of female beauty, sexuality, and desire. There are many Pomba Gira paths but she is often seen with a cigar and red rose.

If you'd like to read more about her: http://www.scarletim...m/pombagira.htm

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Kali, the Hindu goddess of Time and Change was a challenging entity I tried to align myself to long ago. In the end I didn't even come close, but there were extremely difficult times in my life where I thought of her strength and it helped me through.

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Hecate, Greek goddess of the crossroads is another that I've had very few dealings with, but I have a strong inclination toward her as well. I read somewhere that she is the protectorate of women, especially those in the midst of childbirth, and she was also tolerant and comfortable with the shunned and outcast in her company. And I believe it was she who consoled Demeter when her daughter, Persephone was taken to the Underworld.

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Frigg(Frigga, or Allmother whose name means "beloved") the allmother is an overseer on Hlidskjalf and holder of the rune berkana.
Frigg is important(and powerful) because she ecompasses a deep and primordial feminine function in nature. Her role in the Eddas seems to teach young women of the pain and responsibilities of motherhood or matronhood. The Eddas paint her in mystery, and she seems to be a pained, stricken figure due to her posession of vast prophecy(which she keeps silent). Though most see her as the teacher of women, I see her as encompassing in all her aspects of queenhood. I see "Friggness" in politics and justice but also deep in the wilds of nature.