In the moments when life gives you lemons and you’re struggling to make lemonade, these ancient wise women are your go-to supporters. You can call on them during quiet contemplation and ask them to help lift your mood, or see if any pearls of wisdom come through during meditation…
Bast or Bastet
This feisty Egyptian goddess would ride through the sky at the side of the Sun God Ra, helping him battle the serpent demon Apep. Also known as the protector of cats and women, she’s super powerful, bold and stands up for what she believes in.
This Norse warrior was the leader of the Valkyries. It was her job to transport the souls of dead warriors to Valhalla. An adept fighter, Freya could match anyone in combat, but her most powerful weapon was said to be her smouldering gaze, which made softened even the hardest of hearts.
One of the most powerful women in mythology, this Greek enchantress was the daughter of the Sun God Helios and the Nymph Perse. Known for her spell-casting abilities, Circe was not a woman to mess with. She had the habit of turning any man that dared go against her into a pig!
This legendary Amazonian queen belonged to a mythical race of warrior women. Never one to avoid a fight Penthesilea would storm through the battlefield. An expert with a bow and arrow, it’s believed that she and her comrades cut off their breasts in order to help them wield their weapons with precision!
You wouldn’t want to get in the way of this powerful Hindu mother goddess. She’s often associated with destruction, but in truth Kali only destroys in order to re-create. She’s best known for helping her followers face their fears and move forwards with strength and courage.
Morgan Le Fay
A brilliant combination of magical skill and quick wits makes Morgan Le Fay a sorceress and woman to be respected. A powerful seductress from Arthurian legend, she’s known for her ability to ruffle feathers! Strong enough to go up against the wizard Melin, Morgan does eventually reconcile with her half brother, King Arthur.
The daughter of King Metabus in Roman mythology, Camilla was raised as a huntress in the woods. Known for her supernatural speed and strength, it was thought that she chased horses and could even run across water
This Queen of Iceland is famous for her supernatural powers and ability as a skilled warrior. In the epic poem the Nibelungenlied, Brunhild sets a series of challenges to her suitors including throwing a spear which takes three men to lift.
This mighty Norse deity has the power to summon storms and ice. Her name means foreboding, which fits with her fearless nature. A witch goddess, she can appear as a beautiful maiden clad in gold or a withering hag.
This winged gorgon of Greek mythology has a stare to die for. She could turn you to stone with one look from her blazing eyes. With a head of hair made up of wriggling snakes, Medusa is an awe-inspiring but deadly sight. Turn to her when you want to repel negative people in your life.
About the author
Alison Davies is an author, professional storyteller and magical exeprt with a keen interest in folklore. She runs workshops throughout the UK and is adept in the magical arts and psychic development. Check out her book Be Your Own Fairy tale