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A List of 5 Deities Associated with the Moon [With Stories]

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Written by: Tina Caro

Moon has its roots as the ancient symbol of the Great Mother and has to do with the most natural and instinctive part of femininity, which is expressed in reproduction and attachment to family, life, and above all, to land.

Moon personifies essence, power, vitality, female knowledge, sinking its roots in the ancient symbol of the Great Mother. It represents femininity and is considered the sensitive side of the ego, directly affecting nature but above all the rhythms of the woman’s body compared to the masculinity of the Sun, which has a balanced structure. Whether considered masculine or feminine, it universally symbolizes the rhythm of cyclical time: universal becoming.

Since ancient times it has been at the center of myths, cults, divinities, and superstitions related to beliefs on fertility and reproduction. Its cyclical nature has made it an ally of the female reproductive cycle and therefore the patroness of those deities who supervise birth protectors of marriage and childbirth but there are also masculine deities linked to its energy and power

Also read:
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KEY TAKEAWAYS

The Moon has held significant symbolism and spiritual importance in various cultures and mythologies. Here are some deities and gods commonly associated with the Moon:

  1. Luna (Roman Mythology): Luna is the Roman goddess of the Moon, often depicted driving a chariot across the night sky. She represents the Moon’s nurturing and illuminating qualities.
  2. Selene (Greek Mythology): Selene is the Greek goddess of the Moon, often depicted riding a chariot drawn by two horses across the night sky. She personifies the Moon’s light and beauty.
  3. Tsukuyomi (Japanese Shinto): Tsukuyomi is a Japanese Shinto deity of the Moon. In Shinto mythology, he was created from the right eye of the god Izanagi and is associated with the Moon’s beauty and purity.
  4. Chandra (Hinduism): Chandra is the Hindu god of the Moon, often depicted as a young, fair, and handsome deity riding a chariot drawn by antelopes. He is associated with tranquility and beauty.
  5. Thoth (Egyptian Mythology): Thoth is an ancient Egyptian god of wisdom, writing, and the Moon. He is often depicted with the head of an ibis and is associated with the Moon’s role in measuring time.
  6. Coyolxauhqui (Aztec Mythology): Coyolxauhqui is an Aztec goddess of the Moon, often depicted as a dismembered figure representing the phases of the Moon. She is associated with the cyclical nature of time.
  7. Mani (Norse Mythology): Mani is a Norse god associated with the Moon, representing the passage of time and the Moon’s phases. He is the brother of the Sun goddess, Sol.
  8. Heng-O (Chinese Mythology): Heng-O is a Chinese Moon goddess often associated with lunar festivals. She is sometimes depicted with a hare, which is linked to lunar symbolism.
  9. Ix Chel (Maya Mythology): Ix Chel is a Maya goddess of the Moon, fertility, and childbirth. She is often depicted with a rabbit, symbolizing the Moon’s influence on fertility.
  10. Khonsu (Egyptian Mythology): Khonsu is an Egyptian god of the Moon, often portrayed as a young man with a crescent Moon on his head. He is associated with lunar cycles and timekeeping.

These deities and gods associated with the Moon reflect the diverse cultural interpretations of this celestial body, symbolizing its influence on time, beauty, fertility, and the cycles of nature. The Moon holds a central place in the spiritual and mythological beliefs of many civilizations throughout history.

5 Strong Deities That are Associated with the Moon

Selene or Luna

A later version of the iconic mother- and moon-goddess Hekate, (greek) Selene, Luna (roman), type/style “Phosphorus” (the lightkeeper) attributed by the torch, wearing a mask, which makes the crescent on her forehead appear like horns. Early 3rd century AD

Selene is the goddess of the moon in the ancient Greek polytheistic tradition, born from the love between titans. His mother was Theia, the divinity of light, united with his brother Hyperion, divinity of the sky’s brightness. Selene had two brothers: Elios, the god of the Sun, and Eos, goddess of the dawn.

Also called “the Radiant”, Selene illuminated the earth with her superhuman beauty. The goddess Selene was traditionally described as a woman of incomparable beauty and a pale face.

Depicted in long flowing white or silver robes, she carried a torch in her hand and a crescent moon over her head. Her most characteristic image sees her in the firmament driving her lunar chariot, pulled by white and meek oxen. Selene belonged to the Greek triad of moon gods.

Together with her were Artemis, the growing moon, symbol of youth and carefree, and Hecate, the waning moon, a symbol of old age and wisdom. Selene was the depiction of the full moon. For this reason, within the triad, she had the role of mother.

By virtue of this triple characterization of the moon, Selene was the symbol of the fullness, maturity, and fertility of a woman, who carries the seed of life and new birth in her womb.

Artemis

artemis with a deer
Artemis with a hind, better known as “Diana of Versailles”. Marble, Roman artwork, Imperial Era (1st-2nd centuries CE). Found in Italy

Artemis was in fact known as the lunar goddess (terrestrial) together with Selene (celestial) and Hecate (underground). She was the daughter of Zeus and Latona and spent her life in the woods in the company of the Nymphs devoted to her.

His most recurring image was characterized by a silver bow (which is symbolic of the half-moon or crescent moon), a quiver full of arrows (like her brother Apollo) and a retinue of faithful dogs.

She often had her head surrounded by the moon and stars, in her hand she carried a torch (as a lunar deity) and some animals were sacred to her, such as the bear which has two opposite characters: protective sweetness towards her cubs and ferocity bloody towards those who oppose it; the lioness, majestic, fascinating and very skilled in the art of hunting; the fallow deer and the hare, by their nature fugitive creatures prone to a secluded and shy existence.

Hekate

Relief of triplicate Hekate. Three female figures framed in aedicula, with high poloi on their heads, dressed in chiton and peplos, holding torches in their hands.

If Selene is associated with the full moon and Artemis with the crescent moon, Hecate can be connected to the phase of the new moon, that is, the moment when the moon is totally dark.

This is the phase of the moon’s death, which runs through the world of the underworld in which this divinity reigns. Hecate was in fact an infernal deity originally from Asia Minor who was then exported to Greece and worshiped in a triad together with Artemis and Demeter, goddess of the earth.

In his Theogony, Hesiod wants her to be the daughter of Perse and Asteria, of the lineage of the Titans, but in the rest of the poetic tradition Hecate is identified as the daughter of Zeus, or of Tartarus or Aristaeus.

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Like all underworld deities, dark attributes dominate in Hecate, which links her to the sphere of spells, evocations, and ghosts. For this reason, even after the end of paganism, this divinity remained linked to magic and witchcraft.

In fact, wizards and witches sacrificed lambs and black dogs to her. Its altars, as well as in the houses, were erected in the trivi and in the quadrivi, hence the nickname “Trivia”.

Sin Polynesian

Sina in Akkadian or Nanna in Sumerian is the Sumerian moon god and protector of the lunar cycle, son of the sky god Enlil and the wheat goddess Ninlill, Sina was associated with cattle breeding, he bestowed fertility and prosperity on cowboys, ruled the increase of water, the growth of reeds, the increase of the herd, etc.

His consort is Ningal “Great Lady”, goddess of reeds and swamps, every Spring the worshipers of Sina reconstructed the myth of Sina’s visit to his father Enlil with a ritual journey to Nippur, bringing with them the first dairy products of the year.

Sina was depicted as an elderly man with a flowing lapis lazuli beard, wearing a four-horned headdress topped with a crescent and riding a winged bull, and he was also depicted as a herdsman or boatman.

 

Thoth

Author: Champollion, Jean-François, 1790-1832.

Beloved and revered in the city of Khmonou (in Greek, Hermopolis) in Middle Egypt, Thoth was the God of writing, magic, wisdom, mathematics, and geometry, inventor of hieroglyphs. He is the patron saint of scribes; he was responsible for the invention of writing.

Another characteristic of Thoth was that of being a lunar deity. Since the moon was one of the bases of the Egyptian calendar, he was the “collector of years” and the “lord of time”. In the Low Age, as the moon replaced Thothiva for the sun during the night, he was called the “Silver Aten”. It was represented in the form of baboon and ibis. On his head, he had a crescent-shaped moon.

There you have them, the main deities associated with the moon. If you are looking for a way to connect with the moon to a deeper level, you could rely on the deity resonating with you and your energy the most. It would be amazing for both your craft and your spirituality.

Other deities associated with the Moon

DeityPantheonDescription
ArtemisGreek MythologyGoddess of the hunt, wilderness, and the moon. She is often depicted with a silver bow and arrows, and associated with nature and feminine strength.
ThothEgyptian MythologyGod of wisdom, writing, and the moon. Thoth is often depicted with the head of an ibis and is associated with knowledge and lunar cycles.
Chang’eChinese MythologyThe Moon Goddess in Chinese mythology, associated with beauty, immortality, and the moon. She is often depicted with a rabbit companion.
Ix ChelMayan MythologyGoddess of the moon, water, and fertility in Mayan mythology. She is associated with healing, weaving, and childbirth.
ManiNorse MythologyGod of the moon in Norse mythology. Mani is believed to ride across the night sky on a chariot, guiding the moon’s path.
About
Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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