Vesna, Slavic Goddess of Spring {Tara Reynolds}

Vesna is the Slavic Goddess of Spring and fertility. The name Vesna in the Slovene language translates to literally mean “Spring”. Vesna is known as a beautiful and youthful goddess with flowers in her hair and long flowing locks that reach down to her knees. Sometimes she is portrayed scantily covered in leaves while holding an apple in one hand and grapes in the other.   She was honored at Spring and was a Goddess […] Read more »

Demeter, Goddess of Agriculture and Grain

Yesterday was the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as Mabon, this seasonal point marks the first day of Fall. From now until Spring the days will grow short while the nights grow long. In honor of the Autumn Equinox, I decided to paint a picture of the Goddess of the Harvest, Demeter. This original painting can be found in my etsy shop. Demeter was the Greek Goddess of the harvest, agriculture, grain […] Read more »

Prayer Cards, Now Available in the Devotional Art Shop {Tara Reynolds}

Prayer cards are now available in the Tara Reynolds devotional art shop! Do you prefer to recite your own personal prayers in honor of your deities? These prayer cards have a blank back for you to write your own prayers on them. Writing and reciting your own prayers adds meaning to your rituals and makes a bigger impact. We can always read what someone else wrote but reading something we wrote helps us to form […] Read more »

Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon {Tara Reynolds}

Ixchel (pronounced ee-shell) is a Mayan goddess of the moon, water and the earth. Her name is said to translate to mean “Lady Rainbow”. She is a Mother Goddess associated with fertility and procreation and was one of the most important deities in the Mayan pantheon.  Ixchel is the consort of Itzamna who is the sky God and together they had thirteen boys. Ixchel has been portrayed in two different aspects, one of an aged […] Read more »

Tending the Altar and Altar Cleansing Rituals {Tara Reynolds}

The altar is the place you go to honor and pay homage to your deity. It’s the place you go to pray, perform magical rites and connect with the energy of spirit. The altar is a sacred space and it should be treated as such. Over the years I’ve read about many different ways one is “supposed” to set up an altar. Put “this” over there and “that” over there and make sure you have […] Read more »

Honoring the Goddess the Creative Way – Goddess Mandala Coloring Book {Tara Reynolds}

  The Goddess Mandala Coloring Book is finished and available for purchase!   This project was definitely a labor of love and a beautiful journey. It’s been so great to be able to connect with each Goddess through each mandala that was created. Many of the Goddess mandalas were inspired by the Goddesses you asked for, so I also feel connected to all of you throughout this journey as well. Thank you for your continued […] Read more »

What it is to be a Modern Day Priestess {Tara Reynolds}

The word priestess carries much weight behind it. Being a priestess today is much different than it was a couple thousand years ago. In the ancient world being a priestess meant that you lived your life in service to the deity you worshiped. Many times a priestess would reside at the temple and her sole purpose was to be of service to the deity and the temple. And this meant living with other priestesses and […] Read more »

Zenobia, Warrior Queen of Palmyra {Tara Reynolds}

In honor of Women’s Herstory Month, I wanted to write about Zenobia, one of my favorite warrior queens in history. Zenobia was born Around 240 CE in the Palmyrene Empire, which was known as Roman Syria. She was thought to be of Arab descent and claimed to be related to Queen Cleopatra and Queen Dido of Carthage. She became wife to Septimius, the King of Palmyra, in 258 CE. Septimius had a son from his […] Read more »