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Goda, The-Good.

[to Whom the first day of June, day 152, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Celtic: British.
Linguistic Note: Old Slavic, Godu, 'fit, season'. Related English words: gather (?), good.
Description: Shapeshifting excellent Goddess of the calendar cycle, the chase, love, fertility, prophesy and death.
Note: since I have as yet found no image of Goda, the image used is of Epona since there seems to be a connection between Epona and Godiva, and through Godiva, possibly a connection between Epona and Goda. The image is from page 81 Celtic Mythology, Mac Cana.
To Whom Sacred: onion (perhaps mistaken interpretation of round object in icon); apple (of immortality); hare; greyhound; goat (sacrifice--and which She rides); raven; net; maze-dance; the colour black.
Iconography: She holds a round object (sometimes called an onion, probably fruit, likely an apple) in one hand, or to Her lips; Her hair is long and loose; She is wrapped in a net and rides sidesaddle on a goat which is preceded by a hare, or with a hound at Her side; a raven flies overhead.
Festival: April 31 -- May-eve.

Gerthr, Protectress.
Alternate meanings: Field.

Geography/Culture: Scandinavian.
Description: Giantess Goddess of surpassing beauty, magic, earth, light, fire, the sun's journey across the sky and into the underworld, death and the land of death.
To Whom Sacred: groves; house ringed with flame; flames shooting from Her fingers; the number 9.
Male Associate: consort, Freyr (Frey).

Source: BB.GN/163, 175.
Godiva, ---.

Geography/Culture: Celtic: British, especially Coventry.
Description: Benefactress of the people; She Who agreed to ride naked through the streets of Coventry that Her consort would repeal his tax impositions.
Festival: procession on Corpus Christi, always held on a friday 60th day after Easter, but roughly corresponding with May-Eve which it may have superceded.
Male Associates: in legend Her consort is Leofric, Earl of Mercia, c. 1040 AD. Source: Funk & Wagnall SDFML 457; Graves WG 405-6; Monaghan 95.
worked on: August 16, 1990; January 4, 1991; August 6, 1991; May 1995.
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