…Though, I should say straight off that the goddesses who have arrived are not “new goddesses,” they’re actually quite old and have existed for a long time, but their images are new to me and to my ownership, though I’ve been doing cultus to them in various ways for a long time as well.
Earlier this week, thus, two goddesses arrived in the mail: Cybele and Artemis of Ephesus. After Megalensia this year, I felt a real need for a Magna Mater image, and so when divination finally cleared me on doing so, I ordered one, as well as one of Artemis of Ephesus. I have several Artemis/Diana images already (though not enough room on my current home shrine for all of them), which I like, but I’m beginning to see even larger differences not only between Artemis and Diana, but also between the Greek Artemis and the Anatolian Artemis of Ephesus.
So, when both of them arrived, I re-arranged one of my newer shrine areas, and now have a kind of “Anatolian Goddesses” shelf, which holds Cybele, Artemis of Ephesus, and my picture of the Thracian goddess Bendis. No, they’re not “all the same,” by any means, and yet I feel they’re connected in various ways, even if only geographically. I’ve also relocated my Ephesia Grammata to that shrine, and I plan to write the letters/words themselves on the base of the Artemis of Ephesus statue because it feels right and proper to do so.
Polytheism, eh? Even apparently “singular” deities seem to multiply in different ways, even as other and further deities get added to the mix in other ways as well.
Any new goddesses–or divine beings of whatever of the many-more-than-two genders–in your lives these days?