As I ate breakfast on my deck this morning I was looking up the hill. Very gently the sun arrived bit by bit in the spaces between the trees. The it touched the pines changing them from dark green to bright almost yellow green. Slowly the grey sky turned blue and Dawn cast her blessing across a waiting world.
Is it any wonder that the ancient peoples attributed the attributes of Dawn to female deities.
Occidental examples of dawn goddesses include the reconstructed Indo-European dawn goddess, see Hausos and her reflections in historical daughter traditions:
- Greek Eos
- Etruscan Thesan, (possibly also Albina)
- Germanic Ēostre (note the similarity to Easter - my note)
- Hindu Ushas, Saranyu
- Roman Aurora (and later Mater Matuta)
- Slavic Zorya
In Japan, the non-Indo-Europen dawn goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto (Uzume) is a Shinto spirit with a temperament very similar to Eos.
The above is from Wikipedia. The thoughts about the Goddess of Dawn came to me this morning after spending some time in conversation this week about Mother Nature, The Earth Goddess, and the blessings bestowed on us in the amazing environment in which we live. We are blessed every day by our surroundings and for that blessing, I am very, very grateful. The Spirit of Creation can sometimes be violent and torrential ~ and yet Dawn always comes with the blessing of Hope that today will be better.