Aurora, Goddess of Dawn
Born at the dawn of time, the Roman goddess Aurora, known as Eos to the Greeks, rules over rejuvenation and renewal. Daughter of the Titan Hyperion (Bringer of Light), and granddaughter of Gaia (Earth) and Ouranos (the Heavens), she holds universal power as a direct descendant of the primal elements.
It is said her forearms and fingers shimmer in rose colored hues as she sweeps across the heavens, opening the gates for her brother, the sun god Helios, to guide his golden horse-drawn carriage into the sky while her sister, the moon goddess Selene, retreats into slumber.
Aurora has fallen in love many times, and had a great many lovers, both mortal and immortal. Some say she had been cursed by Aphrodite to be perpetually in love, as a punishment for once laying with Aphrodite’s beloved, Ares, god of war.
She is mother to Zephyros (West Wind), Boreas (North Wind), Notos (South Wind) and the Morning Star (Eosphoros) all of whom she bore to the Titan Astraeus (of the Stars).
The one man she loved more than any was Tithonus, the prince of Troy. So great was her love that she went to Zeus, the king of gods and goddesses, and asked that he grant Tithonus immortality, in order that the two might be together for eternity. Zeus granted her wish, but in a twist of cruelty, did not include his youth, so Tithonus continued to age until his body decayed and shriveled, at which point she lay him within his chamber walls and when only the wisps of his voice could be heard, she turned him into a grasshopper.
As she wakes every morning vibrant and fresh, her beauty so radiant she has the ability to blind the stars, she also sheds her heartache in the form of tears that turn to dew and cover the ground each morning.
Through Aurora we remember that love, though precious as it may be, can bring into our hearts loss and sorrow. However, this sorrow can be shed, leaving behind nourishment and rejuvenation everywhere our tears may land.
Color – all shades of red, orange and pink
Phase – Dawn
Herbs – Rose
Aspects – rejuvenation, renewal
Wheel of the Year – Year Round