Fall is upon us and as conscious women, we are continuously called to live in harmony with our soul nature which unequivocally means honoring the rhythms of mother nature as well. Goddesses are energetic archetypal forces that we can activate within ourselves and call upon when we feel weak in certain areas in our inner and outer worlds. They help fill the weakened spots in our mind, body, and spirit and restore our precious balance.
So here are some Fall Goddesses that will inspire you to gather your harvest and appreciate the abundance you possess. The Fall equinox is quite an auspicious day as it marks the perfect middle mark between day and night. Day and night are exactly the same length…calling you to observe where you are out of balance and using the good energies of the Fall equinox to support and amplify your own return to equilibrium.
THE HORAI (Horae) were the goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time. They guarded the gates of Olympus and each of them symbolized the divine conditions for fertility of the Earth. Together, they ensured the order of nature and protected the natural laws.
Huichi is the Japanese Goddess of the Harvest and Fall. Japanese farmers made fire offerings to Huichi so that She would help them with their harvest by offering her own spark of energy to fuel their harvest and labor.
Selu is known as the Corn Mother Goddess in the Cherokee mythology. Honored as the first woman and “Mother Goddess”, her name literally means “corn” in the Cherokee language. She was able to create corn out of nothing from just rubbing her belly. According to tradition, she was killed by her twin sons who grew afraid of her power. She managed to teach them how to plant corn and so her spirit was rebirthed with each harvest.
Heqet is known as the Goddess of fertility and childbirth in Ancient Egypt, her symbol is the frog and she is often associated with Hathor. When released, her powers elicit the flooding of the Nile in its last stages and the germination of corn. She was called upon during the final stages of childbirth and symbolizes the last stages of growth. Call on her archetype when completing a creative process or leaving a period in your life when you need an extra boost of courage.
(Means Mother Earth in the ancient Quechua language)
Pachamama was the Andean Goddess of self-sufficiency, fertility, abundance, and crops. She protects both the spiritual world and the material aspect of our lives, offering a balanced mantel for the people who revere her. She was a very important aspects of the ancient Incan culture as she represented the balance between all elements and helped sustain life with the power to destroy it. Still revered in indigenous communities across the Andes, she remains an intrinsic deity in the Peruvian spirituality.
Oh Demeter. I tried to be objective and unbiased in the picking of our Goddess but I do love Demeter, the GreeButk goddess of the Harvest, fertility, and sacred law. She is a force to be reckoned with and calling upon her archetype is immediately felt in my experience. Perhaps it is because I have embodied her many times that it is not embedded in my memory. Anyway. She is a relevant archetypal force for us today as the grief of losing her daughter Persephone brought about desolation on Earth, leaving it barren and bringing drought and famine to the lands as she retrieved into her temple.
The earliest recorded worship of Demeter was a of a deity possibly equivalent to Demeter is found in Linear B Mycenean Greek tablets of c. 1400–1200 BC found at Pylos.
Her worship inspired women-only fertility festivals in Ancient Greece as known as the Thesmophoria. The rites were kept secret and the women would walk up the hill that led to the Demeter sanctuary in their white togas and carrying their torch. Although the festivals were organized by women only, men were still responsible for its funding. The women wore wreaths, slept in communal encampments, and fasted while sitting on the ground on branches to join Demeter in her grief.
Mbaba Mwana Waresa
She is the harvest goddess of the Zulu people in Southern Africa. She appears around 4000 BC, making her one of the oldest beer deities. She also symbolizes rain, crops, and agriculture. She taught her people how to make beer and can make rain rolls down from her rainbow house in the heavens. She married a mortal since she could not find an appropriate husband in heaven. She aggravated the Gods for they looked down on humans. A man captivated her attention by singing her a beautiful song but Mbaba Mwana Waresa still had to test him and see his valiance. So she sent him down a beautiful bride while she herself transformed into an old woman. But he instantly recognized her and they married. She invented a special brew (a beer called umqombothi) that would bring both humans and God closer.
Now here is a simple ritual you can do to plant your own seeds for the upcoming Fall and Winter to nurture and maximize.
What do you want to continue building in your life? The Harvest represents planting seeds in the fertile soil of your soul, of your heart, of your inner world. What do you want Life to grow for you?
Take a piece of paper and write down your intentions. Fold the paper and then wrap it with either a vegetal thread or leaf. Plant it in your garden or in a sacred spot that is of meaning to you. Also write down that intention in your journal or notes to let them grow within you as well.
Onward women! En avant les femmes!
Featured image: Josef Fischnaller, Bacchus, 2009.