White witch Patricia Weston shows us which deity resonates with your zodiac sign, and how you can connect with this higher feminine energy…
Athena is the Greek goddess of war and wisdom. She’s the Olympian goddess and daughter of Zeus. She is an invincible and wise warrior. Her symbols are the shield, the owl, spear, flute and olive tree. Athena is strong, courageous and very wise – she embodies the archetypal unconquerable female warrior. Athena is easily associated with Aries in that Mars is the ruling planet of Aries. The Aries character is impossible to ignore − they are driven, powerful and far from subtle. A natural-born leader, Aries speaks up and likes to be right. They may not like to play as part of a team, so they will strive to conquer and lead the way. Both Mars and Athena exude qualities of aggression, courage, fire and strength. Quick-witted, assertive and sometimes forceful, the Aries personality loves nothing more than a good battle to keep their flame ignited. To connect to Athena, light a red candle dressed with geranium oil. Light the candle and invoke her to assist you with any area in your life where you need to do battle or when you are in need of extra courage, strength and fire.
Hathor is the Egyptian goddess of beauty, love and strength. Her symbol is the mirror. Taurus is a fixed sign of the zodiac, associated with beauty and enduring strength. A determined Taurus can at times be inflexible and very strong-willed. They are certainly not the risk takers of the zodiac. They love routine and a secure, solid existence, and this also ensures their reliability and extreme loyalty. Every task they approach, they do so with determination, diligence and duty. Under pressure, the Taurean personality can show incredible stamina. They also love and greatly appreciate music and the arts and all the good things in life. Taureans love luxury and all things gorgeous. To connect to Hathor, adorn yourself – buy yourself something glittering and beautiful to celebrate and honour both your own inner and outer beauty. Thank Hathor by lighting her a yellow candle, preferably placed on or near a mirror.
Greek goddess of the crossroads Hecate corresponds to the Gemini personality in her adaptability, duality and multifacetedness. Gemini is the quintessential dual personality. The Gemini personality can be charming and pleasant one moment, and caustic and sullen the next. They are very sociable and chatty and can easily hold down two jobs and balance both very adeptly. They like to keep themselves busy and have a wonderful childlike quality, in that they delight in-jokes, puzzles and tricks. Hecate is depicted in three different forms − as maiden, mother, crone. She also inhabits the crossroads where she can vacillate between worlds, just like the Gemini who can easily balance between two energies or responsibilities. To connect to Hecate, go to a crossroads and leave her a gift of food with the ingredients garlic or onions. Afterwards, light a black candle after dark in her honour.
Nephthys is the Egyptian goddess of the home. She is receptive, peaceful and reserved – much like Cancereans who are sensitive, protective and love creating a safe and peaceful, tranquil space to inhabit. Cancer is the nurturer of the zodiac. They have hidden depths, just like their hard crab-like shell, which they hide very well, so it’s not always easy to see what’s going on in the Cancerean’s mind. Cancer is also closely aligned to the moon and can change moods just like the phases of the moon. They swing between being kind, compassionate and at times, cold, closed off and defensive. Cancer loves nothing more than to belong and loves spending time in the home and with family and being part of a community. Home is of the essence to the Cancer personality. To connect to Nephthys, honour and reveal your own hidden talents. These may well be your hidden psychic gifts. In peace, tranquillity and meditation, connect to your higher self or intuition and allow these gifts to assist you on your path rather than denying or doubting them.
Brigid is the Celtic goddess of fire, healing, childbirth and poetry. Like the strong Leo personality, she oozes an energy of lion-like fire and creativity. Leo loves being in the centre of things, and has a very magnanimous and dominant personality. A natural leader, Leo loves to take charge and people will follow due to their charming and influencing personality. A warm personality, Leo is good-natured and benevolent, and can be like a blast of sunshine to be around. Leo also believes in their own importance at times, and like the lion, pride is very important to this zodiac sign. To connect to Brigid, light a fire. Place all the things you would like to release from your life on the flames to let go and transform. You could burn an old photograph of yourself to release and shed an old aspect of yourself. You could write out any bad habits or negative traits that you would like to release on paper, and burn this as a way of freeing yourself from them and burning them out of your life. Then offer up some dandelion into the flames as a thank you to Brigid.
Hebe is the Greek goddess of youth who served the Greek gods their nectar and ambrosia. She is also known as the cupbearer. She corresponds to the efficient, organised Virgo personality, who strives to serve and be agreeable to create harmony. The Virgo personality can be quiet and self-sufficient − they seem to always have matters under control and can be very efficient. They are filled with a desire to serve and at times can become exhausted from being over-worked. They like everything to be neat, tidy, organised and just right. They can also be very critical, as they are a hard taskmaster on themselves. The most fulfilling thing we can do whilst on this earth, I feel, is to serve and compassionately assist others. To connect with cupbearer Hebe, why not practice a random act of kindness for someone? Serve up some food to the homeless or assist a friend or stranger in some kind way without them asking.
Maat is the Egyptian goddess of justice, balance, harmony and truth − just like the Libran personality who strives for balance, justice, truth and harmony in all things. Libra is regarded as one of the most balanced signs of the zodiac. They also possess a vacillating personality that can swing between extremes. They may also like to sit on the fence and not make a decision at all at times. Charming and very sociable, the Libra personality can be a people pleaser because of their love of harmony, and they don’t always want to upset the apple-cart, but because of their love of justice they will go to great lengths to see things right and redress the balance. If you need to know the truth about something or someone in your life, author Murry Hope suggests this powerful spell: Visualise a scale with a feather on one side and an object representing the issue you are looking for the truth about on the other side of the scale. Imagine this image being taken up by the goddess Maat from the heavens above, and within three days the truth will reveal itself to you.
Wife of Hades, daughter of Demeter and Queen of the Underworld, Greek goddess Persephone is associated with rebirth, springtime and the underworld, which has a lot in common with sexual, intense and transformative Scorpions. Persephone was abducted by Hades and allowed to spend part of the year in the Underworld with her husband and part on Olympus with her mother. This attributes to her fluctuating energy, contributing to a personality that can be both at times superficial and very deep − just like the Scorpio personality, which can be intense but also knows how to keep emotions under check. Persephone’s to-ing and fro-ing may have attributed to an energy of feeling out of balance at times and inadequate. One of the traits of the Scorpion character is to feel inadequate at times, which can be masked by arrogance. Connect with Persephone by doing some de-cluttering. Grab a black bag and give yourself twenty minutes to fill it with all the things you have accumulated over the past year. Then clear them with Native American white sage and donate them to a charity.
Diana is the Roman goddess of hunting and the moon, and she is commonly associated with wild animals, just like the archer Sagittarius, who is always on a quest for adventure and freedom. Freedom-loving Sagittarius loves to explore and travel, and they are almost always ready to set off on a new journey. They love nothing more than the lastminute approach to their journeys and relish the prospect of every new adventure. They are also optimistic, action-orientated, hopeful and positive and may invest too must hope of fulfilment in the next new journey, rather than living in the here and now. They may at times act impulsively and need to watch they don’t overshoot their arrow! To connect with animal loving, adventurous Diana, donate some food or money to an animal shelter or leave food out for the wild animals during winter. Thank Diana for her influence by lighting a white candle in her honour.
Greek goddess of deep thought, prudence and wisdom, Metis corresponds to the Capricorn personality who can be wise, stable, careful and responsible. Capricorns are the traditionalist sign of the zodiac. They can become prone to resisting change. Ruled by Saturn, they have a tendency to be solid, stable and at times too rigid. Saturn’s influence also ensures their strength and resilience, although they can be very reliable and dependable personality types. A patient personality type, Capricorns can be very helpful and adept at handling difficult tasks. This highly organised and efficient sign with an added dose of wisdom has a great eye for detail and a tremendous ability for seeing things through right to the end. To connect with the wise and sensible Metis, light a yellow candle asking her to assist you in revealing your own inner wisdom. Thank her by leaving a yellow crystal outside on the earth, preferably in the direction of the east as a gift.
Greek sea goddess Amphitrite corresponds to the water bearer Aquarius, who merges intuition with humanitarianism and reason. The quirky Aquarius personality can manifest differently, depending on whether Uranus or Saturn are the strongest rulers in their sign. In general, the Aquarius personality can vacillate between desiring change and upheaval and craving order and perfectionism. They are a very humane personality type, and like to follow a set of ideals to live by. They also possess a streak of rebellion and may crave revolution in their youth. To connect with Amphitrite, bask in glorious water. Take a long, luxurious soak filled with bath oils or your favourite bubble bath and allow yourself to daydream. Light a candle in the bathroom and enjoy and appreciate the cleansing, healing qualities of water as you merge with your own inner unconscious mind. Another way to appreciate the healing qualities of water is to drink plenty of clean, filtered water to cleanse and detox your body – feel the healing power of the water within you.
Yamaya is the Yoruba mother goddess of the ocean. She is the source of all waters including rivers and seas, and associated with the fish sign Pisceans who love nothing better than basking in and near the water. Pisces has a wonderful gaze and their eyes can be likened to pools of water that you can linger in. Ironically though, the Pisces personality may lack focus and their boundaries can be sometimes too fluid. The Pisces personality also needs to be careful because they can be like a psychic sponge, absorbing other people’s emotions. To connect with Yemaya, sit in meditation near the sea or by the river. Set up an altar beside the water using all the gifts from that water source. End your ritual by placing a flower in the water.
Patricia Weston is a witch based in Dublin, Ireland and calls herself a White Witch because she works in the light. Patricia gives mediumship readings, psychic readings, healings and hypnotherapy. For more info, visit patriciawestonpsychicwitch.com