As we near August 2, known to the ancient Celts as Lughnasadh or Lammas, examples of abundance are everywhere. Gardens and farms are in full bloom with some crops ready for harvest and others very near. Lambs born in spring are now reaching maturity. Days are still long and we are full of energy. It is a perfect time to remember the Celtic Goddess, Rosmerta.
Rosmerta, a goddess loved by both Celtic and Roman Gauls was known as ”The Great Provider”. She is a goddess of fertility and wealth. She was worshipped in South-western Britain, Gaul, and along the Rhone and the Rhine rivers.
After the region was conquered by Rome, Rosmerta was incorporated into the Roman pantheon, becoming associated with Mercury. Though She has been called Mercury’s consort there is no evidence that was the nature of their relationship. She survived in the Roman era as a powerful goddess in Her own right, being depicted alone many times. Alone and with Mercury, She carries a cornucopia and a basket of fruit, symbols of abundance. A giving goddess, She was often shown with a patera, a ritual offering bowl, and with a ladle or scepter.
Rosmerta has a unique attribute which has been difficult to decipher. Marian Green suggests that this attribute is a butter churn. In lands where cattle is wealth one would expect milk to be an important part of the economy and of religious ritual. It is not hard to imagine a link between Rosmerta’s butter churn and the magic cauldrons found so often in Celtic mythology. Both are sources of plenty and transformation.
In addition Rosmerta was often depicted with the caduceus, Mercury’s wand with two entwined snakes. The caduceus is associated with healing, making Rosmerta a healing goddess also. A bronze statue of Her from Haute-Savoie, a department in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, shows Her sitting on a rock holding a purse with the wings of Mercury on Her head. Rosmerta with a purse suggests that she also bestowed abundance in the form of money. It seems that Rosmerta was able to not only share but also to appropriate Mercury’s powers.
Call on Rosmerta for help with material well-being – sales for your business, a raise at your job, finding a job and financial investments are all things with which She can help. Rosmerta will also help with the abundance we need from Mother Earth. In these days of crazy weather events which affect our ability as a species to grow and harvest crops call on Rosmerta to help us all maintain an abundant supply of food. Her powers of fertility and abundance, combined with Her healing skills makes Her a perfect Goddess to call on to heal our world and bring us to a state of harmony and abundance.
Sources: http://earthandstarryheaven.com/2015/02/14/rosmerta/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosmerta, http://www.deomercurio.be/en/rosmertae.html, http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/deitiesr-s.html, https://inanna.virtualave.net/celtic.html
Judith Shaw, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been interested in myth, culture and mystical studies all her life. Not long after graduating from SFAI, while living in Greece, Judith began exploring the Goddess in her artwork. She continues to be inspired by the Divine Feminine in all of Her manifestations. Originally from New Orleans, Judith now makes her home in New Mexico where she paints and teaches part-time. She is currently hard at work on a deck of Goddess cards. Her work, which expresses her belief in the interconnectedness of all life, can be seen on her website.