Perchta - Goddess of Fertility - Teutonic Goddess. Her name means the bright one.
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Perchta - Goddess of Fertility - Teutonic Goddess

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Perchta - Goddess of Fertility

Her name means "the bright one". She was known as a goddess who oversaw spinning and weaving; she was sometimes the leader of the Wild Hunt.

Perchta (Berctha, Bertha in English, also known as Percht) was a goddess and guardian of the beasts. She is refered to as wild, which originally meant belonging to the forest, she is a creature of all groves and glens and sometimes connected to the fae.

She is sometimes seen as a winter goddess of fate, fortune, death and fertility. She has a dual aspect where she is seen as a beautiful maiden as white as snow or a wizend old crone. Her feast day and processions occurred on the nights of the 5th and 6th January was refered as perchtentag (bright day). She is thought to be similar to the Slavic baba yaga, she is also thought to be connected to St Nicholas, giving good children nuts and fruit and punishing bad.

--~Attributes and Correspondences~--

Area of Influence:
Fertility, Spinning, Weaving, Winter, Fate, Fortune, Death, Fertility

Teutonic

Forests

Barn owls, dogs, birds of prey, wolves, goats

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Red jasper, petrified wood, moonstone

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Cederwood, Lavender

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Hazel nuts, honey, mead, red meat

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Spinning, Weaving, spindle

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Teutonic - Gods and Goddesses

NameTitleType

Eostre

Goddess of the Earth.

Goddess

Nerthus

Earth and Fertilty Goddess

Goddess

Perchta

Goddess of Fertility

Goddess

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