Saturday, 12 October 2013

Contemporary Visions of the Divine

I thought it might be cool to do a contemporary version of a previous post I did that has proved to be pretty popular (Imagining the Gods) - I was super impressed with some of the images I found, especially the ones (below) of Mercury, Faunus, Venus ... actually most of the them are pretty fabulous. I acknowledge that the majority of the images used in this post are sourced from - a very addictive website, which I spend far too much time on:p

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Apollo, God of light and the sun, healing (or disease), music (especially stringed instruments), archery, poetry and prophecy
"Invictus" by

Bacchus (Dionysus), God of grapes, fruitfulness, vegetation, wine, ecstasy and madness
"Bacchus" by

Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) Twin Gods of sailors and horsemanship; associated with camaraderie 
"Castor and Pollux" by

Ceres (Demeter), Goddess of agriculture, plant growth and crop fertility
"Demeter" by

Diana (Artemis), chaste Goddess of the hunt, animals (esp. wild), woodlands, childbirth and the moon 
"Artemis" by

Faunus (Pan), woodland God who brings fertility to fields and flocks; associated with pleasure-seeking
Detail of "Pan and Selene" by

Flora (Chloris), Goddess of flowering plants; associated with spring, fertility and sexual licentiousness
"Flora" by

Fortuna (Tyche), Goddess of increasing prosperity, good fortune, ill fortune, chance and luck
Model posing as Lady Luck for

Freyja (Germanic equivalent of Venus), Goddess of love, life and fertility*
"Freyja" by

Freyr (Germanic equivalent of Faunus), powerful fertility God, associated with good times, peace and plenty
"Freyr, Lord of the Vanir" by

Hercules (Herakles), God of heroism, strength and perseverance
"Hercules vs Hydra" by

Janus, God of beginnings, transitions, openings, closings and entrance-ways
"Janus" by

Juno (Hera), Goddess of women, marriage and motherhood
"Hera" by Soa Lee on

Jupiter (Zeus), protecting God of the sky and weather, esp. rain and storms; associated with oaths
"Zeus" by

Magna Mater (Cybele), Earth Goddess, great mother of the Gods and all beings
"The Lion Rider" presumed to be by N Boonham (b. 1953). Source unavailable.

Mars (Ares), God of war, valour and virility
"Greek God: Ares" by

Mercury (Hermes), God of financial gain, trade, travel, writing, language, communication, cunning and psychopomp
"Mercury Rising" by Heidi Taillefer @

Minerva (Athena), Goddess of wisdom, skilled workmanship and strategy
"Minerva" by

Neptune (Poseidon), God of water, the sea and horses
"Neptune" by

Odin (Germanic equivalent of Mercury), God of writing, wisdom, cunning, eloquence, prosperity, travel and psychopomp 
"The Grey God, Odin" by

Pluto (Hades) & Proserpina (Persephone), Deities of death, the underworld and mineral wealth
"Hades and Persephone" by

Saturn (Kronos), God of agricultural abundance, sowing, seeds; ruler of a past golden age
"The Planets - Saturn" by

Thor (Germanic equivalent of Jupiter), protecting God of the sky, thunder, lightning and rain
"Romanesque Thor" by

Trivia (Hekate), Goddess of crossroads (usually three-way), ghosts, the undead and witchcraft
"Hecate" by

Tyr (Germanic equivalent of Mars), God of war and bravery
"Tyr" by

Venus (Aphrodite), Goddess of love, relationships, passion, pleasure, beauty, charm and fertility
"Venus reclining on furs" by

Vesta (Hestia), Goddess of the hearth-fire and home; associated with purity and virginity
"Fire" by

Victoria (Nike), Goddess of victory, especially military victory
"Nike" by

Vulcan (Hephaestus), God of potent fire, the forge and blacksmithing
"Fire God" by

* It is possible that Freyja and Frigg are in fact different names for the same great fertility Goddess of the Germanic tribes. Note that among the western German tribes "Frija" became the consort of Woden and was equated with Venus, hence "Freitag" (lit. Frija's day, or Friday) was used in place of the Latin name for the day the Romans called "dies Veneris" (lit. the day of Venus). Freyja-Frigg may even be the same deity as the great Earth-Mother Goddess whom Tacitus called "Nerthus" - who seems to have been associated, like Freyja, with boars. Alternately, as there were many Germanic tribes, perhaps they each worshipped distinct Goddesses whose myths eventually converged over time, as tribes melted away into kingdoms. 

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