Eir. Goddess of healing in Norse Mythology. As a Valkyrie, Eir accompanied her battle-sisters. While the other Valkyries chose the slain, Eir would choose who would live and recover, and return to health.
Folk tradition holds that Eir was invoked in healing rituals using a white flower known as Eirflower. She is associated with copper, which was used in healing ceremonies. Hence I have added her holding a white flower, camomile to be exact. Since there is no Eirflower in the plant species (as far as my research skills go), I figured that it might as well have been another word for camomile, as camomile has many known healing benefits. On the other hand she is holding a sack of copper, which she can use during healing rituals. Around her neck is a sharp object, either a bone or rock, that she uses to cut plants for harvesting.
I've also surrounded her by well known medicinal herbs such as thyme, st.johns wort and echinacea.
Fun fact: before the rise of the male dominated medical institutions of Europe, the healing and medical care of the community in Norse and Germanic countries was largely the sphere of women. Although the Sagas record several male healers, during the pagan period, the role of doctor was women’s work, while men were usually nurses or helpers. If you wish to call upon Eir, you should light a red or green candle, as It was common to do so while praying for healing.
Mokoš. Slavic goddess of life-giving, protector of women's work and women's destiny. She watches over spinning and weaving, embroidery, and protects women in childbirth. Mokoš is the Great Mother.
She is the only female deity mentioned in the Old Kievan pantheon of AD 980.
I've illustrated the life-giving and crafting aspect with a spiral on her pregnant stomach, which she is embroidering, thus creating life both literally and figuratively. The Spiral has become perhaps the best known modern symbol of the Divine Feminine. The life renewing potential of the Spiral appears in the stories of various cultures, as a representation of the universal process of growth, as well as the desire for diverse expressions of creativity.
On her chest is the ichthys symbol. I bet the majority of Christians out there don't realize that the fish used today to refer to Jesus, officially called the ichthys, originally represented the vagina. It was an ancient symbol that pretty much showed up next to any fertility goddess, including Atargatis, the Syrian fertility goddess; Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and sex, and the pagan Great Mother goddess Mokoš.
It has been said that it was chosen as a symbol of Jesus because it was so commonly known and used, but there have been a lot of attempts to separate it from its vaginal roots — especially by Christian scholars, because heaven forbid Jesus is so closely connected to a vagina.
Her colors are simple, hair decorated with a few braids and flowers to bring out her earthliness. Moons above symbolise the powerful yet sadly taboo subject of menstrual cycle, which in itself is a rebirth cycle.
This goddess was recommended by my all time number one supporter @pikturesk974 who has always been there for me giving comments of encouragement. ♥️ I hope you like this piece, even though its a bit more laid back. I have some goddesses written down, but if you have any more suggestions please do let me know! 🖤
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Sif. Goddess of the harvest, autumn, bread, and of food for the family, as well as of family gatherings and provisions. Her hair symbolizes farm fields abundant with golden wheat, and the brightly coloured leaves that fall in autumn.
Sif’s hair is thought to represent golden grain crops, ready for harvest, and the golden leaves of the fall season. She is envisioned as the embodiment of the crops reaching upward to her sky-god husband, Thor, who’s summer storms reach down and fertilize her.
Ive surrounded her and her dress with flowers found on fields, like Poppies etc, and above her head are the colorful leaves of Autumn. On her chest I've added the Jera rune, a rune of harvest and reward for right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. 🖤 Thank you to @esotericfolkart for suggesting I draw Sif! 🖤
For those who feel like reading more, here's a short version of a story from Norse Mythology surrounding Sif:
The most famous tale about her features her hair. The trickster god Loki shaves her head and absconds with her hair. Throughout the stories, Loki is often a jealous god. Although he himself is described as comely and charismatic, he is envious of gods who are beautiful and well-liked. While asleep he creeps into their bedchamber and shears off Sif’s crowning glory.
The act is a violation and an outrage, and Loki is almost killed for it. He scarcely evades this fate by gifting the goddess an unparalleled replacement for her shorn hair, through wheeling and dealing with two clans of dwarfs.
To sweeten the deal and assure his forgiveness, Loki throws in five more magic wonders, establishing the six treasures of the gods: Sif’s golden wig, Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer), Skíðblaðnir (Freyr’s ship), Gungnir (Óðin’s spear), Gullinbursti (Freyr’s boar), and Draupnir (Óðin’s ring). Sif’s wig is made by the dwarfs from strands of actual gold, which sparkle and shine more brilliantly than her own golden hair, and the strands are described as flowing like water. The hair piece makes her more beautiful than ever and the wig multiplies itself and grows strands of hair-like gold all on it’s own, just as if it was Sif’s natural hair.
Very excited! I've been looking for something more fine art friendly and it looks like Plaid Craft's FolkArt Pure Artist Pigment could be the heavy bodied acrylic paint I've been looking for. Can't wait for a chance to try it out!
[Jedrzej Wowro] Ale musze jeszcze wam powiedzieć, że jak się zabieram do zrobienia jakiego wizerunku, to musi być spokój taki że ino. Nawet kura nie śmie przebiec przede mną, gdy strugom, ani spoźrzeć na mnie nikt nie może, bo zaraz po głowie mąt mi taki chodzi, że nic a nic robić nie moge. Toć wicie, panie, że te śtuke to trzeba mieć nie ino w palcach, ale i tu - w głowie. I gdy zaczynam te swoje robote, to mam wielkie utrapienie na głowie i strach, czy aby wydole. (E.Zegadłowicz i E.Kozikowski, O Jędrzeju Wowrze snycerzu beskidzkim)
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Casual priceless family heirloom my aunt brought over today. A small handwoven rug made by my great grandfather Artinanagh Ekizian in 1935. We’re still decoding exactly what the writing says , but you can clearly see an American flag and the shape of a traditional Armenian church. Artin’s wife and children died in the genocide, this piece was made after he had been remarried to my great-grandmother Nektar.
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This is my fave Hunter, Gaige, in my fave skin for her, "Speak No Evil"!
I just started Borderlands 3 & FL4K is really trying to top her, but Gaige remains numero uno 💜
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A bag full of temari in an antique shop on 🐸 Nawate street. Matsumoto is famous for it’s temari handballs; they are one of the more prominent symbols of the city. A legend says that over 200 years ago the spouse of a ruling samurai lord made the first temari. These folk crafts were originally made from scraps and odds of silk yarn and primarily used as toys. It’s actual history goes all the way back to Tang Dynasty, China, and the spread of cuju (kind of like a Chinese soccer.) So it makes sense that when those first made their way to Japan they were mostly used as playthings. Later on it evolved into the beautiful folk craft it is to this day. From gifts from bride to groom’s family representing harmony between the two bloodlines to a popular good luck souvenir. ☺️ .