AUSTEJA is the Lithuanian Bee Goddess with whom some interesting rituals are connected. It was believed that bees chose their own homes according to how generous the farmer was; when a queen hived off, the people followed until she set up a new location, after which the two families were considered linked through "biciulyste", a kind of kinship-via-bee. Neither bees nor honey could be bought or sold, because they were gifts, not products. The Lithuanian language had several words for…
Bee Goddess from Rhodes, 7th Century BCE The bee was a prevalent image of the Goddess found in such diverse cultures as Mesopotamia, Lithuania, Egypt, Sicily, and elsewhere. The names Melissa and Deborah refer to a priestess of the goddess and literally mean “honey bee.”
Queen Bee. The Anatolian goddess is often shown wearing a beehive as a tiara, most frequently at Hacilar. This is the introduction of a motif that would flourish in historical times. Of all the insects represented in the ancient world, bees are foremost in ritual and symbolic meaning. The Goddess's tiara announces her status as a queen bee and suggests that she streams with honey, a much-revered substance in ancient times. (from thebeegoddess.com)
A Melissa, an ancient bee priestess. The bee was an emblem of Potnia, the Minoan-Mycenaean "Mistress", also referred to as "The Pure Mother Bee". Her priestesses received the name of "Melissa" ("bee"). In addition, priestesses worshipping Artemis and Demeter were called "Bees".
Žemyna is the goddess of Earth in Lithuanian mythology. She personifies fertility. The word žemė in Lithuanian means “earth”. In this image, the Goddess is a life giver and protector; she vivifies soil after drought with pure water extending from her veins. Ordinarily, she is thought of a mother or pregnant female carrying out Lithuanian woman’s features.
Lithuanian Goddess Saule "Saule (SOW-lay) is a Baltic sun goddess whose name also means 'sun', and is queen of heaven & Earth, matriarch of the cosmos. She is a beloved and popular deity of the Lithuanians and Latvians. Her main feasts occur at the summer solstice" Painting and Quote By Helena Nelson Reed
Mari is the basic name of the goddess found throughout the Mediterranean region, and Isis-Mari is her Egyptian name. Like Mary of the Christian tradition, she is a vast cosmic sky goddess as well as an earth mother goddess. In the Egyptian tradition, she was associated with a star which was the source of love and light radiating from her heart.
Eki is the name of the Sun in the Basque language. In Basque mythology, Eki is daughter of Mother Earth to whom she returns daily. She was regarded as the protector of humanity and the enemy of all evil spirits. Her worshipers believed that when the sun set, Eki travelled into Itxasgorrieta (the reddish seas) beneath the earth into the womb of Lurbira, her mother.
➰ Kali, is the powerful and often feared Goddess of death and destruction which is part of the Alchemical process of resurrection, rebirth, and empowerment. She brings the death of the Ego as the illusory self-centered view of reality. She is the great destroyer and transformer of that which is profane and needs to be purified by fire (Shakti) to bring the life force into its highest expression.