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[Include ideograph]. Alternate meanings: The-Weaver-Girl, Spinning-Maid.
[to Whom the tenth day of October, day 283, is dedicated]
Description: Goddess of weaving; Heavenly Spinster; Weaver of the irredescent seamless robes of the deities; Eponym of the star known in the west as Vega; She Who changes Her ways after marriage from industry to idleness; Matron of weavers; She Who grants cunning to Her worshipers in the arts of needlework, embroidery, and the making of fancy flowers.
To Whom Sacred: fruits, especially water-melons; vegetables; cakes; magpies; birds-nests; rain-bow foot-bridge; shuttle; the constellation Lyra (the lyre presented by Apollo to Orpheus in Greek mythology) in Chinese mythology it represents Chih-Nü's loom; the star Vega, in which She is immanent (it is almost overhead during summer evenings); [the colour blue (the colour of the star Vega)].
Festival: the 7th day of the 7th moon -- the one night of the year when She and Her consort meet. The bridge of the River of Heaven (the River of Heaven being more familiar in the west as the Milky Way) which allows Her to meet with Her lover is created by the clustering together of magpies in flight, over the bodies of which She walks to meet him. Every year clear weather is hoped for; if it should rain the flood would sweep away the magpie foot-bridge and the lovers could not be re-united. The tears they weep, when the time comes to separate are the cause of the heavy rains at that time of the year. Any magpies which refuse to go to heaven to help build the bridge are aflicted with scabies.
Male Associates: consort Ch'ien-Niu, Cow-Herd, Heavenly cattle herder (also called Tung-Yung, ----. He is immanent in the star Altair in the constellation Aquila. Sons, The-Twins, two small stars near Vega, are Her children. She and Her consort are worshipped principally by women.
Description: Goddess of love; She Who takes the sexual iniative; Seductive, willing maiden.
Geography/Culture: Chinese. She has a shrine on Wu Shan (Shamanka Mountain).
Description: Shapeshifting Goddess of rain, swirling mists and mountain heights; Mistress of the rainbow; Sky-treader; Shamanka (ie. female shaman); Great creative power of nature and fertility; She Who brings about the generation of the myriad creatures; Consort of kings, heroes and shamans; Ancestress of the royal clan; She Who is 'Dawn-Cloud' in the morning and 'Moving-Rain' in the evening; She Whose form is without peer and whose beauty is without limit.
Invocations, Pleas, Hymns and Other Homage to HER: Shen-Nü.
To Whom Sacred: Wu Shan, 'Shamanka Mountain' (Her home); rainbow; the number 12 (there are twelve peaks to Her mountain).
Male Associate: The King of Ch'u aspired to Her love.