return to Home Page
or move on to Goddess Etain, next chronologically,
or use Her Cyclopedia Index

Egeria, She-of-the-Black-Poplar.
[to Whom the fourth day of October, day 277, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Ancient Italian, Roman. She has a spring at Porta Capena, near Rome and the grove at Aricia.
Linguistic Note: possibly from Greek aigeiros, 'the poplar', derivation uncertain. Latin aegeiria, 'black-poplar'.
Description: Goddess of wisdom, prophecy, healing-springs and death; Oak Queen; Giver of urban laws; Teacher of rites for the worship of Earth; Granter of easy delivery.
To Whom Sacred: oak; mistletoe (a branch of which, if broken off Her oak by a run-away slave was a fight-to-the-death challenge to current priest who had attained his position in the same way); [black-poplar]; spring (at the Porta Capena); mid-summer and mid-winter marriage festivals.
Festival: May 01 -- when the Romans would go in procession to Her grotto. At Midsummer, during the Alban Holiday, Her marriage feast with the Oak-King was celebrated -- an occasion of promiscuous love-making, repeated at Mid-winter during the Saturnalia.
Male Associates: Male counter-part at Aricia: Manius-Egerius, perhaps an alternate name for Her consort: Virbius, Holy-Life, (or Twice-a-Man). She gave inspiration and advice to lover: Numa.

Source: EBv9/12d; EBv17/931/a; EBv19/847a; GR.WG/228, 352, 357; RHJ.HGM/317
Aigeiria, She-of-the-Poplar.

Geography/Culture: Greek.
Linguistic Note: c(psilon)iro(mikron)s, 'the poplar'.

Source: IGEL/19.
Aricia, ----.

Geography/Culture: Roman.
Description: Eponym of the grove at Aricia.

Nemorensis, She-of-Nemi.
Alternate meaning: Queen-of-the-Grove.????

Geography/Culture: Roman. Near Lake Nemi.
Description: Goddess of the grove.
To Whom Sacred: oak; mistletoe.
Male Associate: consort, Virbius (Dianus).

Source: EB. NGB.JF/360.
Vegoia, ----.

Geography/Culture: Etruscan.
Description: Goddess of civilization; Teacher of rituals and augury; Inventor of measurement and the setting of boundaries; culture Bringer.

worked on: September, June 1995; August 1991; July 1990
Return to the top of this document.