Mary
And
Other Goddesses


"When you pray to Mary, mother of Jesus, you pray, without knowing it, to the World Mother in one of her many forms."

--The Mists of Avalon

Canadian 18th Century
Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Quebec





Just like any other Goddess, Mary has many different titles. She appears in many different forms (or personifications) and has many different attributes. She is known for what is sacred to her, the gifts she has given, and whom she especially protects.

While the topic "Mary and Other Goddesses" is discussed in almost every section of this website, this page is intended as an easy reference for comparing Mary to the specific Goddesses discussed here.

Tradition holds that Mary ascended into heaven before she became an old woman, before she became a crone. But Mary does share characteristics with the Dark Goddesses, especially as Our Lady of Sorrows and as The Black Madonna.

Mary


Titles
Personifications
Attributes
Sacred To Mary
Gifts from Mary
Protector Of



Other Goddesses

Anat - Aphrodite - Artemis - Asherah - Astarte -
Brigit- Cybele - Demeter - Diana - Hecate - Ishtar - Isis - Juno - Kuan Yin
Maat - Maeve - Sophia - Venus-


Titles

Mary bears more titles than could be collected here. Some titles refer to her personifications, such as: Immaculate Virgin, Most Holy Virgin, Blessed Virgin, Ever-Virgin; Madonna, Holy Mother, Mother Mary, Divine Mother, Cosmic Mother, Mother of God, God-Bearer, Theotokos; Bride of Christ, Bride of God, Bride of the Church; Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Peace; Black Madonna, and Black Virgin.

Some are specific personifications, such as: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and The Holy Mother of Akita, just to name a few.

Other titles refer to Mary's attributes, such as: Mediatrix, Co-Redemptrix, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of the Helping Hand, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Mercy, and Lady of Valor.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Mario Parial (Philippines b. 1945)
Dr. and Mrs. Yolando Sulit Collection


Personifications

Mary's most common personifications in the liturgy and in art are Virgin, Mother , and Queen. Slightly less-common are protrayals of her as Bride (a role shared with Mary Magdalen) and as Black Madonna.



The Wilton Diptych
c. 1395
The National Gallery, London
Attributes

Mary has almost as many attributes as she has titles. Again, it would be impossible to catalog them all here. She is known for granting mercy and giving help to all those who call upon her; for sharing burdens and sorrows; for bestowing healing, peace, guidance, grace, and love; for providing protection; for granting gifts, miracles, visions, and victory; and for interceeding with Mighty Forces (including God the Father and the Son) on behalf of her petitioners.




Sacred To Mary

Sacred to Mary are red and white roses, pearls, and the colors blue, white, and gold.


Gifts from Mary

Mary is noted for giving many paintings, icons, and statues to her devoted followers, as well as the rosary (prayer beads), the scapular (a garment worn for protection), and the Miraculous Medal (with her image on it). Perhaps her most precious gifts are her miracles and apparitions, reported in increasing numbers each year.


Protector Of

Mary is known as the special Protectress of children, young maidens, mothers, childbirth, those devoted to chastity, sailors, and the sea.


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