Let’s visit with one more goddess. Here is Cybele.
The introduction to this thorough and fascinating article describes her well:
Cybele (Greek Κυβέλη) was a Phrygian goddess originating in the mythology of ancient Anatolia, whose worship spread to the cities of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. She represented the Mother Earth and was worshiped as a goddess of fertility, nature, caverns, and mountains, as well as walls and fortresses. Like other ancient goddesses, such as Gaia (the “Earth”), she was known as potnia theron, referring to her ancient Neolithic roots as “Mistress of the Animals.”
The goddess was known among the Greeks as Meter (“Mother”) or Meter oreie (“Mountain-Mother”), possibly in connection to the myth that she was born on Mount Ida in Anatolia. Her Roman equivalent was Magna Mater, or “Great Mother.” Additionally, she was worshiped as a deity of rebirth in connection with her consort (and son), Attis.
Cybele was a pivotal influence on The Healer’s Daughters. She is included in the itinerary for a proposed Goddess Tour to Turkey; read the article for an idea of how present goddesses are in Turkish culture.
Above artwork is by Amanda Lindupp. You can see more at her Etsy shop.
Here is a lovely pen-and-ink drawing of Hygieia. She is the goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene and one of the daughters of Aesklepios, god of medicine. You can learn more about her on Wikipedia.
One of my favorite ways to respond to readers is by meeting with book clubs. I have three scheduled soon (one this Wednesday), and I’m eager to discover more. Do you know any book clubs looking to chat with a local author? Please let me know.
Remember, this Saturday, December 7, I’ll be signing books at the Glenbrook South High School Holiday Bazaar. Many great vendors will be in attendance; check out the Facebook page for more information.
This Saturday, November 23, I will be selling and signing books at the Highland Park Public Library. Thank you to East on Central for co-sponsoring this Local Authors’ Book Festival.