Many spiritual systems honor the Divine Feminine but because to me Pagans and Wiccans seem to place most emphasis on the Goddess I have chosen to put this page within the Pagan pages of this site.
"The role of the goddess is one of a supernatural being,
but more importantly one in a position to pity and help mortals."
The Role of the Goddess in Homer’s “Odyssey”
I chose to open this page on Goddesses with an image and biography of Leila Waddell because of a few reasons. In fact she spawned my desire to even create a separate page on Goddesses. The first time I saw this image I did not know who she was. All I knew was I immediately fell in love with her in a flash like a lightening bolt! It was much later I came to realize that she was one of Aleister Clowley's Muses. Being a student of Magick, in particular Chaos Magic, I was not surprise that Crowley was smitten by her. Even in a two dimentional photograph, her power reaches out to me. I am haunted and humbled by her. As Leila Waddell was a practitioner of Ceremonial Magick as opposed to Nature Magic, it would seem she should be within my Magick and Occult pages. She has a place there also but this seemed most appropriate to me. (All the links and some text added below by me not Wikipedia).
Leila Ida Nerissa Bathurst Waddell, also known as Laylah, (1880 – 14 September 1932) was a daughter of Irish immigrants to Australia, Mr and Mrs David Waddell of Bathurst and Randwick. Part-Maori, she was a voluptuous beauty and became a famed Scarlet Woman of Aleister Crowley, and a powerful historical figure in magick and Thelema in her own right.
Waddell was born in Bathurst, New South Wales. A pupil of Mr. Henry Stael, Miss Waddell became a teacher of the violin at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney, (Croydon) and at the Ascham School and Kambala Girls School. She made her public debut at the organ recitals of the then city organist Mr. Arthur Mason and joined as a soloist. The Brescians, a party from Europe, who appeared in peasant festival costumes in association with J.T. West’s early cinematograph shows.
In 1908, Mr. West introduced her to London and she achieved success as the leader of the Gipsy Band in “The Waltz Dream” at Dalys Theatre. As The Ragtime Gipsy, Miss Waddell won fame in vaudeville throughout England. It was while in London that she met Aleister Crowley.She later toured Europe with a party which she formed (with Crowley’s assistance) of six girl violinists with a talent for stately dancing – ‘The Ragged Ragtime Girls’ – and also with trios and quartets. The vaudeville troupe also visited America and Russia, promoted by Crowley. In America she studied under the great teachers including Leopold Auer. She traveled across the country appearing in all the great cities.
She was familiarly addressed by Crowley as “Laylah,” and was immortalized in his 1912 volume The Book of Lies and his autobiography The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. Crowley referred to her variously as ‘Divine Whore’, ‘Mother of heaven’, ‘Sister Cybele’, ‘Scarlet Woman’, and most affectionately of all, ‘Whore of Babylon’ (an aspect of Ishtar text and link my addition). They studied the occult and took mescaline together. (see sites Entheogenics page) Crowley’s famous Book of Lies was largely dedicated to Waddell, with poems like “Duck Billed Platypus” and “Waratah Blossoms”. A photograph of her in ritual is reproduced in the volume.
Waddell herself was an accomplished writer, magician, and a founding member of the original company of the Rites of Eleusis.(my link added as wiki says ) In Oct and Nov 1910, Crowley starred Waddell and other members of his magical order the Argenteum Astrum, in his series of dramatic planetary-based magical rites, the Rites of Eleusis, at London’s Caxton Hall. ~ More @ Source Wikipedia
The Leila Waddell Memorial Web Site @ The Hermetic Library
Another modern Goddess I am in love with.
Historical Badass: Explorer Alexandra David-Néel
Bio: Eugenie Alexandrine Marie David Wikipedia
Pnterest Page (in French)
Alexanrda David Neel spent 14 years in Tibet studying Tantric Buddhism Image Here of her in Backpack
Image of her group traveling in Tibet ~ Most sites on her are in French
Just for fun another women "goddess I love. Theda Bara Wiki ~ Images ~ Short Video
The Cult of Magna Mater, the Great Mother, is probably the oldest religion of all. The earliest stone-age sculptures depict the mother- goddess, and an idol found in Catal Hüyük, 6000 years old, depict her in the form she later became worshipped as Cybele in Phrygia, as a seated woman flanked by two leopards. The worship evolved through the millennia, but the goddess remained a symbol of the powerful female forces in the universe.
Goddess Worship #1 ~ #2 ~ #3 ~ #5
~ Durga ~ Nu Gua#1 #2 #3 ~ Coatlicue ~ Asase Yaa ~ Danu ~ Artemis ~ Frigga ~ Jord ~
Star of Bethlehem
Mary (mother of Jesus)
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Mary #2 ~ #3 ~ #4 ~ #5 ~ #6
is the Hellenized form of the Middle Eastern goddess Ishtar
the goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex.
Shaktism goddess associated with abundance and fertility
Mahadevi or "Great Goddess" (Hinduism) is the goddess or devi that is the sum of all other devis – an all-encompassing female deity as the consort or complement to an all-encompassing male deity (deva) or the Ultimate Reality Brahman. Mahadevi is the supreme force that creates, drives and destroys the universe.
More on Lilith on the KetherMuse Lilith Page
Lilith Search ~ Wikipedia ~ Lilith (good page) ~ Anima and animus ~ Arcana Wiki Lilith ~ The Invocation of Lilith A Rite of Dark Sexuality by Joseph Max.555 and Lilith Darkchilde.777 ~ The Rape of Eve ~ Lilith Talisman (Part 1)
The Lilith Library ~ Gnostic Studies The Lilith Myth ~ Lilith - Encyclopedia Mythica ~ Lilith Wikipedia
Children of Lilith Mythology Google Search
In Greek Mythology Pandora was the very first woman who was formed out of clay by the gods
The Pandora myth is a kind of theodicy, addressing the question of why there is evil in the world...Pandora In Greek mythology, Pandora (meaning 'all-giving') was the first woman on earth. Thyeoi ~ Greeka.com ~ Wikipedia
Unfortunately while studying Lilith, Pandora or other mythologies of the "first woman" the association of her and the onset of "evil" are linked im many cultures. And blood and magick also are commonly linked, especially menstrual blood.
Culture and menstruation Wikipedia
Myth, Magic and mystery: Menstrual Blood
Medusa: the corals of the Red Sea were said to have been formed of Medusa's blood spilled onto seaweed when Perseus laid down the petrifying head beside the shore during his short stay in Ethiopia where he saved and wed his future wife, the lovely princess Andromeda. Furthermore the poisonous vipers of the Sahara, in the Argonautica, Ovid's Metamorphoses and Lucan's Pharsalia were said to have grown from spilt drops of her blood. The blood of Medusa also spawned the Amphisbaena.
Semen, Blood, Milk and Evil
The Beliefs, Myths, and Reality Surrounding the Word Hema (Blood) from Homer to the Present
The Power of Women in Celtic Society: Female Druids
CELTIC GODS AND GODDESSES
Aztec "Lady of the Dead")
goddess of filth (sin), vice, and sexual misdeeds
Leshachikha Slavic Nature Goddess
List Of Nature Deities - Wikipedia
Shee-Eire Gods and Goddessess
Witches: The Legacy of the Druidesses
Image: Earth Mother Temple of Oralcle of Delphi
Omphalos Stones ~ Wikpedia ~ Images
Sibyll ~ Wikipedia ~ Pagan Goddess of the Sibyl and Cybele Oracle
Yoni Tantra #1 ~ #2 ~ #3 ~ #4
Tralia Cook Goddess Tarot
A Chapel of Our Mother God ~ Woman Thou Art Goddess ~ Infinite Goddess ~ Paleothea.Com ~ Journeying To The Goddess ~ Spiral Goddess ~ Carlos Oarada Greek Mythology ~ Dr. Michael Delahoyde Mythology ~ Theoi ~ Ancient History Encyclopedia ~
Crystalinks ~ Ancient Egypt Online ~ Egyptian Myths.Net ~ Norse Mythology.Org ~ The White Goddess Portal ~ Legends and Myths.Com ~ Myth Web Index ~ Joy of Sects ~ Sanatan Society Hindu Gods & Goddesses ~ Religious Tolerance.Org ~ About Religion ~ Most Wonderful: The Sacred Feminine Index ~ Thalia Took Goddess Gallery ~ The Awakened State ~ Read Legends and Myths.com ~ **
Jewish Encyclopedia ~ Biblical Archeology Society ~ In Plain Sight (Christian) ~ Women Priests.Org ~ Northern Way.Org
Some scholars regard the mythological Black Sun as the ancient female origin of all, it is both tomb and womb.
Land of Goddesses
Tuatha Dé Danann - Wikipedia
Aos Sí (Sith)
Brísingamen Mythical Torc of the Goddess Freyja See also Sedgeford Torc
Among many Druids, there is a system of tree lore, through which different associations are attributed to different species of tree, including particular moods, actions, phases of life, deities and ancestors
Black Isis, The Black Virgin
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
(click cover image to the left to go to beginning)
"In cultures that value strengths of the right brain, feminine power is celebrated. In a survey of 150 cultures today, anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday compared cultures structured around male dominance with those that embrace female power. She found a clear correlation between female power in society and the Goddess veneration found in these cultures."
“Perhaps the most provocative discovery of recent archaeological research is that nowhere in Neolithic Goddess cultures is there any sign of warfare. There is no evidence of fortifications, of violent death, invasion or conquest. We can only conclude that there was some direct relation between Goddess religion and peaceful coexistence. Neolithic Goddess culture was woman-centered, peaceful, prosperous, and nonhierarchical.”
>> The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time <<
In Our Right Minds
Women Waking The World
Gather The Women.Org