Lunar Deities

Are you interested in Lunar Deities? Then this guide is for you!

Lunar deities play an essential role in your life if you are involved in moon-related rituals and practices.

Wicca and Pagan traditions hold that moon deities will come to your aid in fulfilling your spiritual practices.

Here’s a look at some common lunar deities.

#1 – Hecate – Greek Mythology

Wiccans and Pagans regard Hecate as the Goddess of Darkness. This is a departure from her role as the Mother Goddess before the Ptolemaic period in Greece.

At one point, Hecate was also referred to as the Goddess of Ghosts.

Pagans and Wiccans appeal to this deity when they want to get in touch with ghosts, the spirit world, and the dark moon.

She is also a valued player in the Wiccan art of magic.

According to Greek mythology, Hecate was an only child of the star goddess Asteria. She was also an aunt to Artemis and Apollo.

Hecate is closely connected to the dark moon because Diana, the lunar Goddess, appeared at the moment of her birth.

#2 – Cerridwen – Celtic Mythology

From the ancient Celts, we get Cerridwen, the Goddess of the Underworld and the keeper of wisdom and secrets of the Universe.

Pagans and Wiccans pray to this Goddess for inspiration to understand the hidden secrets of the natural world.

Cerridwen is closely associated with the moon, and represents the Mother and Crone phases of this lunar body.

She is symbolized by a white sow. This is to honor her contribution to enhancing the strength and fertility of mature and older women.

Older women (Crones) are wise and resourceful thanks to the intervention of Cerridwen. Also, mothers get inspiration to nurture their young ones from this deity.

#3 – Artemis – Greek Mythology

Artemis is the Greek equivalent of Diana, the Roman Goddess of the Moon. Artemis is a valued deity, especially among Dianic Wiccans.

Pagans look to this Goddess for support on issues related to their work, career, and finances. This is because, since the pre-classical period, Artemis has been known as the Goddess of the Hunt.

She motivates hunters to work hard not to return home empty-handed.

Her association with the moon comes by default because of her twin brother Apollo. Since Apollo was associated with the SunSun, it was only logical that his twin (Artemis) became linked to the moon.

Artemis is often shown beside a crescent moon in drawings and other works of literature.

#4 – Chang’e – Chinese Mythology

According to Chinese myths, Chang’e was married to the great king Hou Yi.

Although this marriage started on the right note, the king soon changed and became harsh, unreasonable, and authoritarian.

He harassed his subjects and treated everyone brutally; not even his wife, Chang’e was spared.

Because of all the atrocities he committed against the people, Hou Yi feared that they would rise against him and kill him.

He sought the services of a shaman and was given a powerful potion to protect him and make him live forever.

Chang’e knew that this was a bad idea. If Hou Yi lived forever, there would be no end to suffering. So she stealthily stole the potion one night while the king slept.

When he discovered this, the king flew into a rage and demanded she returns the potion. But, of course, Chang’e would have none of it.

She decided to drink the potion and escape the king’s wrath by turning into the moon and flying into the sky.

#5 – Alignak – Inuit Mythology

The Inuit believed that Alignak controlled the weather and the moon. He made the tides rise and fall, and he caused eclipses and earthquakes.  

He was also the God of Reincarnation – he was tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead back to earth to be reborn.

But, Algnak’s journey to godhood was not an easy one. Myth has it that he and his sister were banished from the earth after they committed incest.

They moved into the sky and made it their permanent residence. While his sister became the Sun, Alignak transformed into the moon.

#6 – Khonsu – Egyptian Mythology

Khonsu is the Egyptian God of the Moon. But, according to legend, this good was not always the way he appears today – pale and appearing only at night.

He was on the same level and footing as the SunSun.

Myth has it that the Sun God, Ra, had forbidden the Sky Goddess, Nut, to give birth on any day of the year.

During those days, the calendar had only 360 days. The God of Wisdom, Thoth, wanted to assist Nut in having more children, but they did not want to go against Ra’s commands.

Thoth approached Khonsu to create more days in the calendar to allow Nut to give birth. Khonsu agreed on the condition that Thoth beat him in a game of senet.

Having been thoroughly defeated by Thoth, the moon god had no option but to add 5 days to the calendar.

Thoth successfully helped Nut deliver healthy children during the additional days.

Ra was infuriated when he learned of this. He immediately demoted Khonsu to a lesser rank and banished him to appear only at night.

To pagans and Wiccans, Khonsu is the light that shows the way in the darkest moments of emotional or mental turmoil.

#7 – Sina – Polynesian Mythology   

Sina, the Polynesian Moon Goddess, is the guide and protector of night travelers. Although this deity moves to all corners of the world, helping people, she has made the moon her permanent abode.

According to Hawaiian myth, Sina decided to live on the moon to escape domestic troubles instigated against her by her husband.

Pagans and Wiccans look to this deity for peace and calmness in their homes. She is the restorer of stability and security in broken relationships.

Sina also has a close association with fishermen and seafarers. Legend has it that this deity got to the moon using a canoe.

As she peddled to find peace and tranquility in the lunar body, she encountered many people in the ocean who wanted her help and support.

#8 – Aningen – Inuit Mythology

The Inuit tribe of Greenland considers Aningen the god that guards the great igloo in the sky. This god provides humans with the night light they need to find their way home during the night.

Myth has it that Aningen is engaged in a game of cat and mouse with his sister Malina, the sun god.

The moon god is so obsessed with chasing after his sister that he often forgoes his meals, making him thin and emancipated.

This explains the different shapes of the moon at different times.

#9 – Coyolxauhqui – Aztec Mythology

The Goddess Coyolxauhqui became the moon deity as a result of domestic violence. According to legend, her brother, the god Huitzilopochtli was a troublesome deity even in his mother’s womb.

He violently leaped from the womb during birth and murdered all his siblings by stepping on them.

He then cut off their heads and threw them in different directions. Finally, Coyolxauhqui’s head was thrown to the sky, where it remains today as the moon.

Wiccans and Pagans look to this Goddess for support and inspiration in dealing with domestic gender-based violence.

#10 – Mani – Norse Mythology

According to Norse mythology, the SunSun (Sol) and the moon (Mani) are rivals and constantly chase each other across the sky.

When the SunSun wins this duel, it becomes day; but when the moon wins, the world becomes dark and nighttime.

Another version has it that the Mani (moon) is constantly being chased by an angry wolf. So this heavenly body runs to his brother, the SunSun, for support and protection.

The SunSun diligently comes out to scare away the wolf and protect his sibling. This is what brings about daylight.

If the wolf catches up with Mani, even for a brief moment, the world experiences a lunar experience.

#11 – Selene – Greek Mythology

Selene is regarded as the moon incarnate by pagans, and is worshiped and revered during the full moon.

According to ancient Greek mythology, Selene had a lover called Endymion, who was given immortality by Zeus.

However, Endymion was also given eternal sleep – meaning there was nothing much he could do with his gift of immortality.

Selene appears from her hiding each night to locate her lover, Endymion, and sleep beside him. Whenever this happens, the world is bathed in moonlight.

#12 – Chandra – Indian Mythology

Chandra means the Shinning Moon, a symbol of better things to come. This moon deity is venerated as the link between the night and all vegetation.

Chandra is believed to watch over nature and plants at night, while the SunSun takes over during the day.

The belief in this deity further underscores the Pagan and Wiccan’s close attachment to nature.

Chandra is shown holding a lotus in one hand and a club in the other. He stands on a moon chariot drawn by a graceful antelope and ten magnificent white horses.

This further shows human closeness with living and non-living things. It also reminds humans to handle nature with a purity of intention (white horses) and integrity (graceful antelope)

Pagans look to Chandra to protect their domestic animals. This deity also ensures a bumper harvest in crop fields because of his love for nature.   

Conclusion…

Since the beginning of time, humans have always wondered about the spiritual meaning and symbolism of the moon.

Many agree that this celestial body plays a unique role in our lives.

Pagans and Wiccans associate the moon with energy and power.

Pagans teach that by appealing to the gods dedicated to the moon, one can get help handling challenging life situations.

Lunar gods are associated with soft power, knowledge, and subtlety.

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