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The 12 Goddesses of Fertility Around the World and Their Stories

I love reading and sharing about goddesses and feminine power that has elevated my life but are so overlooked by today's society.

Fertility goddesses are deities associated with love, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and crop production.

Fertility goddesses are deities associated with love, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and crop production.

Why Do People Pray to the Goddess of Fertility?

Parenthood comes with its fair share of difficulties, but in the end, children are a blessing to have in one’s home. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to acquire this blessing. Couples from all over the world have faced struggles in regards to conception.

If you are facing these obstacles, know that you are not alone. Women or men who cannot conceive with their partners can get upset. You may start to think there is something “wrong” with you. Having children is a full-time job, and you don’t get sick days. For the time that you are not a parent yet, try to relax and enjoy yourself as much as possible. Stressing out about this issue will only make matters worse.

If you have tried many times to get pregnant and have not been able to succeed, you may want to look into the goddess of fertility. So what exactly is a goddess of fertility? Fertility goddesses are deities associated with love, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, and crop production. People from all over pray to these deities for a fruitful womb. Some individuals believe in their powers and groups of skeptical people.

Either way, it is fascinating to learn about various cultures, religions, and countries associated with fertility in terms of deities.

12 Goddesses of Fertility Around the World

  1. Venus
  2. Leto
  3. Xochiquetzal
  4. Chimalma
  5. Anahit
  6. Atahensic
  7. Oshun
  8. Isis
  9. Hathor
  10. Jiutian Xuannü
  11. Adi Parashakti
  12. Bhavani
Venus is known as the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility

Venus is known as the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility

1. Venus

Venus is one of the more popular goddesses you may have already heard of. She is a part of Roman mythology and is known as the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. Prostitution is another factor that Venus is in charge of.

Venus was married to Hephaistos, but she also had an affair with a god, Mars. She was brought to life when Saturn cut off his father, Uranus’ genitalia and threw it into the sea. An amalgam of blood, semen, and seafoam was formed out of which the goddess Venus was created.

2. Leto

“Leto” directly translates to gentle in English. Therefore, one of the specialties of this goddess is gentleness.

She was one of the brides of Zeus and gave birth to the twin gods, Apollon and Artemis. Leto protects children and keeps an eye on young ones like a guardian angel.

Xochiquetal's flowers are a powerful representation of the female reproductive system.

Xochiquetal's flowers are a powerful representation of the female reproductive system.

3. Xochiquetzal

In Aztec mythology, this deity represented sexuality, pregnancy, and conventional feminine activities. In addition to this, she was also a power in flowers, plants, and birds.

In many illustrations, Xochiquetal has been painted with flowers and heavy jewelry adorning her body and her surroundings. The flowers were a representation or a metaphor for the female genitalia.

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Chimalma was given the name of the shield hand.

Chimalma was given the name of the shield hand.

4. Chimalma

Yet another goddess from Aztec mythology is Chimalma. Quetzalcoatl is an important god of Aztec culture. He was the son of this goddess. She has powers related to the womb and feminine health. A god saw Chimalma while hunting in the forest. He was head over heels in love with her. He became very fascinated and tried to win her approval.

When she rejected his proposals, again and again, he got caught in a rage and shot not just one but five arrows at her. Fortunately, she was able to catch them all with her hand. From this incident, she is given the name of the shield hand.

While Anahit initially was a goddess of war, she soon became a deity associated with motherhood.

While Anahit initially was a goddess of war, she soon became a deity associated with motherhood.

5. Anahit

Armenian mythology also includes a goddess of fertility and pregnancy, and her name is Anahit. There are many temples devoted to Anahit. Initially, she was a goddess of war but then became a deity associated with motherhood.

Atahensic traveled to the middle of the earth and powerfully gave birth.

Atahensic traveled to the middle of the earth and powerfully gave birth.

6. Atahensic

Atahensic is a deity from Iroquois mythology. In this mythology, it was believed that a tree fell and created a hole. This whole was to be the midpoint of the earth.

Atahensic was lowered into this whole with the support of a creature’s wings. There was water in the hole, and she had to be brought back to the ground level earth by turtles. When she reached the ground level, she gave birth. Hence, she is the goddess of pregnancy and motherhood in Iroquois culture.

Out of the 17 gods sent to Earth in Nigerian mythology, Oshun was the only female.

Out of the 17 gods sent to Earth in Nigerian mythology, Oshun was the only female.

7. Oshun

The Yoruba religion of ancient African societies recognized Oshun as their fertility goddess. The gods are called Orisha in the Yoruba religion, and this orisha is linked to rivers as a sign of purity and sensuality. She is regarded as the central deity responsible for the birth of all people.

There were a total of 17 gods sent to Earth in this Nigerian mythology. Oshun was the only female god of the lot.

Isis is the daughter of Geb the god of the earth and the goddess of the sky, Nut.

Isis is the daughter of Geb the god of the earth and the goddess of the sky, Nut.

8. Isis

In ancient Egyptian mythology, the god of the earth, Geb, and the goddess of the sky, Nut, came together to give birth to Isis. Isis has powers over motherhood, fertility, salvation, and rebirth. She is an important part of Egyptian culture as she was a part of the Ennead. Ennead is a collection of the most esteemed gods in ancient Egyptian mythology. The group consisted of a total of nine gods and goddesses.

An interesting and mildly disturbing fact about Isis is that she married her brother, Osiris. Incest was not considered unorthodox or taboo in those times. It was encouraged as it ensured the integrity of the bloodline.

9. Hathor

This goddess dates back to the 3rd millennium BCE. Hathor is (another goddess, similar to Isis) a part of the Egyptian religion of prehistoric times. She has control over the sky, women, motherhood, and of course, fertility. Hathor also represents love and happiness.

Soldiers would pray to her for strength and courage. Hathor was given the title of “The Great One with Many Names.” Various festivals are under her name. A lot of people have taken inspiration from Hathor while naming their children. She was initially considered to be an embodiment of the Milky Way, which was perceived as a cow with a multitude of udders.

Jiutian Xuannü (九天玄女) translates to "Dark Lady of the nine heavens."

Jiutian Xuannü (九天玄女) translates to "Dark Lady of the nine heavens."

10. Jiutian Xuannü

Our second last goddess of fertility is Jiutian Xuannü (九天玄女), who belongs to Chinese mythology. Like the rest of the deities on this list, childbirth is her specialty. Her name translates to “Dark Lady of the nine heavens.”

11. Adi Parashakti

In Indian culture, there are many gods and goddesses for specific concepts. There are gods of rain, war, love, and so much more. One of the supreme gods is Shiva in Hinduism. Shiva is believed to have the power of destroying, creating, and breathing new life into the universe. He is perhaps the most powerful of all Hindu gods. Shiva’s wife is the goddess Adi Parashakti. She is more commonly known as Paravati.

Traditional stories and books revolving around Paravati use over ten thousand different names for this deity. She rules over the concepts of marriage, children, and loyalty. She is one of the three goddesses that form the trinity called Tridevi. Lakshmi and Saraswati are the other two deities. They form the female counterpart of Trimurti.

Known as the "giver of life," Bhavani is connected to the womb and conception.

Known as the "giver of life," Bhavani is connected to the womb and conception.

12. Bhavani

Lastly, another Indian goddess by the name of Bhavani will be included in this list. She was a patron deity to the Maratha King. She is known as the “giver of life.” Her skills are connected to the womb and conception.

How Do You Pick a Goddess to Pray To?

After sharing 12 goddesses, which goddess are you connected to? Having a sense of connection can be in many forms.. perhaps she feels closer to how you are as a character? Is she connected to you because of your culture, religion? Do you feel closer to her due to her story?

You can choose to pray to more than one goddess and seek their help in your journey. Don‘t pray to all because you just want quantity; it won’t help the spiritual realm! Faith and being genuine are the critical ingredients to getting your prayers answered.

Praying doesn't have to be complex or difficult.

Praying doesn't have to be complex or difficult.

How to Pray to the Goddess or Goddesses

While there are complex rituals done to celebrate goddesses, prayers to goddesses can be as simple as the usual prayers you do for your faith. For freethinkers, you can take it as a form of self-love.

The simple act of closing your eyes and saying your intent suffice. If you are in a state of stress or anxiety, it’s better to calm yourself down with some self-love like a bubble bath. Take more deliberate actions like lighting candles and surround yourself with items that represent your wishes (e.g., a photo of your family, a plushie that you enjoyed playing with as a child). Feel the joy and pray sincerely to the goddesses of your choice.

A gentle reminder not to be attached to the outcome. I think you know what I mean when I use money as an example. The more you want money, the more money will escape from you. Prayer is not a command, and it’s up to the goddess's will to grant the wish.

Sample Prayers to Conceive

  • “Oh, Goddess Divine! Bless my womb and protect this body from all evil and harm that comes its way.”
  • “Today, I surrender to your power and ask humbly for your blessing in this home. Aid my partner and me in conceiving a child of this womb.”
  • “Goddess! Forgive the mistakes that this soul has committed for it to become a body worthy of bearing a child. I seek and ask for your guidance as you are in the power of motherhood and conception.”

My Journey to Parenthood

I have a stepson. While we have our ups and downs, I'm blessed to have him. Perhaps, I'm so awestruck by his dad that I wanted to have biological children with him, but that was not an easy journey.

After almost a decade of an abusive relationship, I was traumatized to start a family. Hence when I had the intention to get conceived, there was nothing but frustration and disappointment.

When things do not go your way, a little prayer and help from above are comforting. I started reading up on the Goddesses of Fertility from all over the world. It was nice to form an imaginary support group with the goddesses to face the uncertainties of getting pregnant, not to mention, ample negative pregnancy results (and somewhat hoping that the results were false).

Lo and behold, I am now a mum to two young children! Well, I have to add the disclaimer that I strongly believe my mental block prevented me from conceiving. It's also important to note that while prayers are helpful, they should not be the only way to increase your fertility. Please seek proper medical care and advice.

Fertility Goddesses Summary

It is fascinating to observe how different cultures, religions, and mythologies all overlap in certain aspects. People belonging to various backgrounds and historical perspectives perceive the world differently.

These prayers should help you feel more connected to that innate feminine energy that is present within you. Your feminine energy is not just on the outside. Coupled with meditation and rest, these prayers will help you align your chakras and gain spiritual confidence.

These goddesses of bearing fruit may shine their light on you to alleviate your struggles with conception.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Muriel B Tewes

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