Saturday, April 30, 2011

Maia

Maia, the Greek goddess of spring and rebirth; She is the shy and gentle goddess who brings about the seasonal warming of the earth, the patron of mothers and nurses, to whom sacrifices were made to ensure the growth of crops. Her name means the maker. Every Spring this goddess is believed to make the grass and flowers grow again.  Her name is the origin of the month, May.  Her traditional day of celebration is May 1st.  On this day, men and women dress in green clothing and dance about the Maypole to welcome the Spring. 

Maia was the eldest and most beautiful of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and the Oceanid, Pleione.A shy and solitary goddess, She lives alone in a cave on Mt. Cyllene in Arcadia.  Some stories say She scorned marriage, preferring to be free, which hints at Her ancient, pre-patriarchal origins.  Maia was the mother of Hermes, also a skilled magician and messenger of the gods.  The Greeks knew her has the Grandmother of Magic.

On the next clear night, take some time to look into the night sky and you will see Her.   She is the brightest star in the Pleiades.  Be sure to add some splashes of color to your home with fresh cut flowers, bowls of fresh fruit and brightly colored candles.

Blessings to you at this most special time of the year.

1 comment:

  1. Maia, "the maker", and "Grandmother of Magic".
    Wonderful news this fine day!

    Blessings and thank you!

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