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Alphito, White-Goddess.
[to Whom the seventh day of December, day 341, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Greek. Arcadian: Danaan of Argos.
Linguistic Note: the Germanic word alpdrucken, the nightmare or incubus, is connected with Her name and the Greek words alphos, dull-white leprosy, (Latin albus) and alphiton, pearl-barley.
Description: She seems to have originally been White Goddess of the barley flour; Hag of the mill; Deliveress from guilt; Lady of the Nine Heights, the clifftops of perpetual snow; Queen of Spring; Mother of the Willow; fearful-faced Goddess of Destiny.
In classical times She degenerated into a nursery bug-bear.
To Whom Sacred: sow; the Irish Beth-luis-nion writing system.
Invocations, Pleas, Hymns and Other Homage to HER: Alphito.

Source: Graves GMv1 86, 184; Graves WG 67, 366, 376, 434, 455.
Albina, White-Goddess.

Geography/Culture: Roman.
Linguistic Note: Her name accounts for the Germanic words: elven, an elf-woman; alb, elf. [Middle English albe, from Old English, from Medieval Latin alba, white, feminine of Latin albus, white. See albho- below.] Related English word: albino, albion, alb. Important derivatives are: elf, oaf, albino, album, auburn, daub. albho- White. 1.a. ELF, from Old English ælf, elf; b. OAF, from Old Norse alfr, elf; c. OBERON, from Old French Auberon, from a source akin to Old High German Alberich. a, b, and c all possibly from Germanic *albiz, *albaz, if meaning “white ghostly apparitions.” 2. ELFIN, from Old English -elfen, elf, possibly from Germanic *albinj½. 3. ABELE, ALB, ALBEDO, ALBESCENT, ALBINO, ALBITE, ALBUM, ALBUMEN, AUBADE, AUBURN; DAUB, from Latin albus, white.
Description: Eponym of the earliest name for Britain: Albion; Eponym of the river Elbe (Albis in Latin).

Source: Graves WG 67.
Alpheia, Whiteness.

Geography/Culture: Greek. Letrini, Ortygia.
Description: White Goddess of the moon.
To Whom Sacred: gypsum, white-clay.
Male Associate: She eluded the pursuit of Alpheius by daubing Her face with gypsum. (This story probably arose in explanation of the fact that the priestesses of Artemis-Alpheia at Letrini and Ortygia daubed their faces with gypsum in imitation of the moon's white disk, an honoring of the White-Goddess.)

Alpheta, White-Goddess.

Geography/Culture: Greek.
Linguistic Note: from alfita, barley-meal {but in what language? Greek?}. Related words: Alpheus, the principal river in the Peloponese.

Source: Graves WG 366.
Arethusa, Waterer.

Geography/Culture: Sicilian Greek: Elis, Syracuse, Ortygia.
Linguistic Note: The name is perhaps from ardusa, the waterer.
Description: White Goddess of the moon, spring-waters and immortality; She Who is the source of the poet's inspiration.
To Whom Sacred: dolphin; gypsum (a white-clay with which Her priestesses daubed their faces in honor of the moon).
Male Associate: As a wood nymph She was pursued by the god Alpheius, Whiteish. She appealed to Artemis, High-Source-of-Water, for help. Artemis hid Her in an enfolding mist and transformed Her into a spring. He became a river. Son Eleutha, by Apollo, Destroyer.

Note: Various Oceanides, Daughters-of-the-Swift-Queen, Nymphs and one of the Hesperides, Western-Ones are called Arethusa. They are probably all emanations of Artemis-Alpheia, White-Artemis.
Source: Graves GMv1 22.1; Graves WG 435; Kravitz WWGRM; Encyc Brit v2 456.
Leprea, Scabby.
Alternate meaning: Scaliness.

Geography/Culture: Greek: Lepreus.
Linguistic Note: related English words: leper, leprosy.
Description: Foundress and Eponym of the leper-colony town Lepreus, close by the river Alpheus; Her sole prerogative to inflict or heal leprosy.
To Whom Sacred: the Thank-offering for a cure should be a measure of barley; {the antipathes stone}.

Source: Graves GMv2 63; Graves WG 434.
worked on: October, July, May 1995; August 1991; July, June 1990.
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