Starting in May, I'll be doing a monthly Goddess color. It may be a blush, eyeshadow or any type of other loose powder product.
Feel free to share as much info as you wish about the Goddess-inspired shade you'd like to see. Links, pictures are awesome!
I'll choose a monthly Goddess to feature based on your suggestions here.
It can be from any part of the world- in fact, the more obscure, the better. I love to learn new things!
IMPORTANT- Please only list ONE goddess per post. It is very hard for me to process information if you present a list of many things.
I've already done tons of Greek and Roman Goddess colors over the years, and if there's ones I haven't done it's because I have them planned for future collections.
I have a whole series of Norse Goddess colors already researched and upcoming.
I have no shortage of ideas for Goddess colors, but the idea of this thread is to get your suggestions, your wishes for a Goddess color.
Thanks and have fun!
In the creation epic Enuma elish, written around 2000 BCE, their descendants started to irritate Tiamat and Apsu so they decided to kill their offspring. Ea discovered their plans and he managed to kill Apsu while the latter was asleep. Tiamat flew into a rage when she learned about Apsu's death and wanted to avenge her husband. She created an army of monstrous creatures, which was to be led by her new consort Kingu, who is also her son. Eventually, Tiamat was defeated by the young god Marduk, who was born in the deep freshwater sea.
Marduk cleaved her body in half, and from the upper half he created the sky and from the lower half he made the earth. From her water came forth the clouds and her tears became the source of the Tigris and the Euphratus. Kingu also perished, and from his blood Marduk created the first humans.
The origins of the Morrigan seem to reach directly back to the megalithic cult of the Mothers. The Mothers (Matrones, Idises, Disir, etc.) usually appeared as triple goddesses and their cult was expressed through both battle ecstasy and regenerative ecstasy. It's also interesting to note that later Celtic goddesses of sovereignty, such as the trio of Eriu, Banba, and Fotla, also appear as a trio of female deities who use magic in warfare. "Influence in the sphere of warfare, but by means of magic and incantation rather than through physical strength, is common to these beings." (Ross 205)
Eriu, a goddess connected to the land in a fashion reminiscent of the Mothers, could appear as a beautiful woman or as a crow, as could the Morrigan. The Disir appeared in similar guises. In addition to being battle goddesses, they are significantly associated with fate as well as birth in many cases, along with appearing before a death or to escort the deceased.
There is certainly evidence that the concept of a raven goddess of battle was not limited to the Irish Celts. An inscription found in France which reads Cathubodva, 'Battle Raven', shows that a similar concept was at work among the Gaulish Celts.
Valkyries in Norse cosmology. Both use magic to cast fetters on warriors and choose who will die.
During the Second Battle, the Morrigan "said she would go and destroy Indech son of De Domnann and 'deprive him of the blood of his heart and the kidneys of his valor', and she gave two handfuls of that blood to the hosts. When Indech later appeared in the battle, he was already doomed." (Rees 36)
Compare this to the Washer at the Ford, another guise of the Morrigan. The Washer is usually to be found washing the clothes of men about to die in battle. In effect, she is choosing who will die.
An early German spell found in Merseburg mentions the Indisi, who decided the fortunes of war and the fates of warriors. The Scandinavian "Song of the Spear", quoted in "Njals Saga", gives a detailed description of Valkyries as women weaving on a grisly loom, with severed heads for weights, arrows for shuttles, and entrails for the warp. As they worked, they exulted at the loss of life that would take place. "All is sinister now to see, a cloud of blood moves over the sky, the air is red with the blood of men, and the battle women chant their song." (Davidson 94)
An Old English poem, "Exodus", refers to ravens as choosers of the slain. In all these sources, ravens, choosing of the slain, casting fetters, and female beings are linked.
"As the Norse and English sources show them to us, the walkurjas are figures of awe an even terror, who delight in the deaths of men. As battlefield scavengers, they are very close to the ravens, who are described as waelceasega, "picking over the dead"..." (Our Troth)
"The function of the goddess [the Morrigan] here, it may be noted, is not to attack the hero [Cu Chulainn] with weapons but to render him helpless at a crucial point in the battle, like the valkyries who cast 'fetters' upon warriors ... thus both in Irish and Scandinavian literature we have a conception of female beings associated with battle, both fierce and erotic." (Davidson 97, 100)
The Morrigan and Cu Chulainn
She appeared to the hero Cu Chulainn (son of the god Lugh) and offered her love to him. When he failed to recognize her and rejected her, she told him that she would hinder him when he was in battle. When Cu Chulainn was eventually killed, she settled on his shoulder in the form of a crow. Cu's misfortune was that he never recognized the feminine power of sovereignty that she offered to him.
She appeared to him on at least four occasions and each time he failed to recognize her.When she appeared to him and declared her love for him. After he had wounded her, she appeared to him as an old hag and he offered his blessings to her, which caused her to be healed. On his way to his final battle, he saw the Washer at the Ford, who declared that she was washing the clothes and arms of Cu Chulainn, who would soon be dead. When he was forced by three hags (the Morrigan in her triple aspect) to break a taboo of eating dogflesh.
Later, in the great epic of Gilgamesh, she tried to make Gilgamesh her husband, but he refused her and reminded her of her former lovers, whom she mercilessly killed or left injured. She reported this to her father, Anu, and he gave her the mystical bull of heaven to avenge herself. Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu stopped and killed the mighty creature and threw its headless body at her feet. They also insulted her, and she responded by sending disease to kill Gilgamesh's best friend Enkidu. She is one of Aphrodite's counterparts.
Ereshkigal is dark and violent, befitting her role as goddess of the underworld. As ruler over the shades, Ereshkigal receives the mortuary offerings made to the dead. In the Sumerian cosmogony she was carried off to the underworld after the separation of heaven and earth. She is often praised in hymns. Ereshkigal was probably once a sky-goddess.
All some of my favorites!
I would love to see Quan Yen (Quan Yin/Guanyin or other spellings depending on the country). She's considered one of the minor Buddhas, or a goddess depending on who you are asking. She is the protector of mothers and children.
She is considered the goddess of mercy; often depicted standing on top of a lotus blossom with a willow branch in one hand and a small vase of water in the other. She usually wears long white robes. There is a story about how she tames the sea dragon who creates sea-storms to save people from drowning on the ocean. She stands atop his head and infuses him with calmness and peace until he submerges again and the storm subsides.
I would love to see a color for her or even a small collection maybe depicting her, the water dragon, lotus, and willow. She has great meaning to me personally, and I've always thought there was beauty and tranquility in every aspect of her.
I second Kuan Yin and add Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire/volcanoes and Ix Zacal Nok (pronounced EESH SAK-el NOK) is the Mayan Goddess of weaving. She is the wife of Kinich Ahau, God of the sun. As she creates her tapestries, she also creates the changes in the seasons, bringing forth plants in the spring and readying them for harvest in the fall.
Lots more ideas here: http://www.goddessaday.com/
Ooh ooh! I suggest Persephone - and hear me out on this one, because she sounds a bit mainstream and obvious at first. Modern folk usually know her as the "Goddess of the Spring," and that's not exactly wrong. She is the goddess of new growth, but the Greek agricultural year doesn't work like Northern Europe. Summer is too hot to grow much, so that is when 'Persephone' (seed grain) is stored underground to keep it from parching. In the winter, when it gets cool and damp again, she's planted to grow.
Everyone thinks they know the myth of Persephone's abduction, but it's more complicated than "He steals her and tricks her into being his wife." By the standards of the time our best source, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, was written, Hades did everything right. He asked her father, then came to pick her up. The poem, though, tells the story from the POV of Demeter, who, like women of the time, was left out of the discussions and was upset to lose her daughter. In the end, Hades negotiates a time-share. He's not entirely innocent, though - he does force Persephone to eat the pomegranate seeds that bind her to the underworld. The story's meant to use a woman's point of view of marriage (You're snatched from home and made to live apart from your family, but you gain power and influence with a husband) to understand death better. Just like a woman's marriage, death is inevitable and doesn't care if you want to die or not. But, also like marriage, it isn't all bad.
Persephone's marriage was a model for how a wife held power in the household, because her husband was both faithful and open to negotiation with her. Hades gets a bad rap - he doesn't cheat on his wife, and he maintains a fair, orderly afterlife. But he's also a very stern fellow who is serious about The Rules (dead people should stay dead, and sorted into their proper underworld zip code). So there's Persephone, his wife whom he lets come and go between the worlds of the living and the dead, who can talk him into letting heroes visit unharmed, and who sometimes allows dead people a second chance at life. If you visited the underworld, you brought her a present - not Hades! Annoying her was the fastest way to get on Hades' bad side.
Through the Eleusinian mysteries, she was courted as (we think) a sympathetic go-between who could make your life in the afterlife much more pleasant. Stern, but fair, she was the Materfamilias of the dead and, sometimes, would advocate for people to return to the land of the living. She shares some aspects with Isis, enough so that she's sometimes depicted as Isis - it was common in the ancient world for deities to be 'mashed up' across culture barriers in a process called syncretism.
Her aspect as a goddess of new growth was symbolic of hope for life after death, and her position as reluctant bride made her more sympathetic than most goddesses to the prayers of women in trouble. For this reason, she was also one of the goddesses most frequently invoked to curse people or demand justice. Far from some floofy dancing flower goddess, she was a badass Queen of the Dead and champion of second chances.
Anyway, a blush/ shadow based on the Advocacy Goddess of the Dead and Downtrodden would be pretty cool thing.
I'd also buy any and all of the ones on this list, especially Tiamat.
Maybe Sekhmet too - the raging Egyptian lion-goddess of war. Blood red, anyone?
Oh, and Hekate, patron goddess of women and marginalized peoples, and broker of magical power whose three bodies symbolized the three stages of a woman's life. Also cool.
But seriously, guys, Persephone!
Images: From a tomb in Vergina, a painting of Hades capturing Persephone and taking her to the underworld. The symbolism here is the inevitable trauma of death.
Image: From a Crater (wine and water mixing bowl) Hades and Persephone enthroned in their 'house.' Their marriage makes the underworld from a gloomy shade-pit into a real home with a married couple ruling it. This is how they're usually depicted in Greek art - a happy couple sharing rule and everyday life. Most married god couples aren't shown hanging out so happily.
I vote Saraswati! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saraswati
Akhilandeshvari, because we've all been there....
Also, this image for Akhilandeshvari
I absolutely second Tiamat so I'll leave the above comments to speak for her.
Inanna: Sumerian fertility, love, war goddess. She was one the principle goddess in Mesopotamia in 4000 BCE and worshipped as a great mother. She also though was a war goddess said to stir chaos on the battlefield which would sometimes be called the "Dance of Inanna".
In one myth she goes to the underworld dressed in her very best, including jewelry and ornaments of lapis lazuli. I would love a blush for her that was perhaps warm like a lover's (or soldier's) flush with a subtle blue sparkle as a tribute to her jewel of choice.
As a separate offering, maybe some more Eastern goddesses. I'd love an Amaterasu shade, probably a highlighter!
Amaterasu is the sun goddess in Shintoism, and separated night from day after her co-ruling brother killed another goddess. She did spend a period in hiding during which the sun was banished from the sky, but she emerged after a time and the sun returned to the sky!
For color I am thinking a subtle peachy highlighter with a slight golden/ivory shimmer, as though Amaterasu shone the sun on your face herself!
I second the request for Kali. Maybe predictable, but she is my favorite!
It'd be a cool red blush with blue shimmer. And I'd wear the heck out of it.