We are pleased to announce the opening of The Goddess Project, a year-long collaboration between photographer TJ Caffarelli and stylist Honey Heart of Elite Equestrian and Ladies’ Pleasure.
The Goddess Project takes a fresh look at 18 Greek goddesses from the Titanic and Olympian pantheons, with 28 images created in Second Life.
The Opening reception is Monday, September 25, from 5-8 pm SLT at the Equine Island Great Hall. Please join us to meet the photographer, TJ Caffarelli.
The Goddesses that were styled and photographed include Amphitrite, Aphrodite, Artemis, Asteria, Astarte, Atalanta, Athena, Demeter, Eos, Gaia, Hecate, Hera, Iris, Maia, Nike, Nyx, Phoebe, and Selene.
For more information about the Goddesses selected, please read below.
Amphitrite was a sea goddess and wife of Poseidon and the queen of the sea. Under the influence of the Olympian pantheon, she became merely the consort of Poseidon and was further diminished by poets to a symbolic representation of the sea. Our Amphitrite is shown in her full panoply with her legendary horses of the sea.
Aphrodite is the is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and sexuality. Aphrodite was one of the major Greek goddesses and along with Athena, Artemis and Hera appeared prominently throughout the mythos and literature of the age. In one legend of her birth, she was born from the foam of the sea. She was regarded as the most beautiful goddess, and her beauty was the source of a great deal of conflict. Forcibly married to the ugliest of the gods, Hephaestus, she took many lovers both mortal and immortal, including Hermes and Ares. She was the patron goddess of prostitutes.
Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. She often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. A virgin, she was the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women.
Asteria was the Greek goddess of the stars and the oracles of the night, such as astrology and dream interpretation. She was also the last Immortal to live with man. A titaness, Asteria was the daughter of the Titans Coeus (Polus) and Phoebe and sister of Leto. Her daughter was Hekate, goddess of witchcraft.
Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus. Astarte is the Goddess of the Morning/Evening stars. The deity takes on many names and forms among different cultures, including Istar, Ishtar, and Ashtoreth.
Atalanta was a lesser goddess and an Arcadian heroine. Atalanta had a complex legend with many incidents. Having grown up in the wilderness, Atalanta became a fierce hunter and was always happy. She took an oath of virginity to the goddess Artemis. She was unwilling to marry, although loved by the hero Meleager. She was an adventurer and amazing runner, and was known for her defeat in a footrace against Hippomenes who used Aphrodite’s 3 Golden Apples of Hesperides to trick Atalanta. Atalanta and Hippomenes were later turned into lions by Aphrodite.
Athena is the goddess of wisdom, craft, war, diplomacy, weaving, poetry, medicine, and commerce. Athena is known for her calm temperament, as she moves slowly to anger. She is noted to have only fought for just reasons, and would not fight without a purpose.
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest and agriculture, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth. Though often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. Demeter’s greatest gifts to humankind were agriculture, particularly of cereals, and the Mysteries which give the initiate higher hopes in this life and the afterlife. Demeter is also referred to as the mare goddess because of her alliance with Poseidon.
Eos was a goddess of dawn, bringer of the early light when came from the ocean`s stream at the far east to overcome the night. She was often described as bringing hope and rejuvenation to all living mortal beings as they woke up in the morning. Eos was a Titaness with 2 siblings, Helios, god of the sun, and Selene, goddess of the moon. She is described as being rosy-fingered or with rosy foreams as she opened the Gates of Heaven for the Sun to rise. Her team of horses pull her chariot across the sky and are named in the Odyssey as “Firebright” and “Daybright” or Lampus and Phaeton. She was cursed by the jealous Aphrodite with unsatisfiable sexual desire after Eos consorted with Ares.
Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess. She is the immediate parent of Uranus (the sky), from whose sexual union she bore the Titans (themselves parents of many of the Olympian gods) and the Giants, and of Pontus (the sea), from whose union she bore the primordial sea gods.
Hekate was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery. Hekate was a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition.
Hera was the Olympian queen of the gods, and the goddess of marriage, women, the sky and the stars of heaven. Hera is married to her brother Zeus and is titled as the Queen of Heaven. One of her characteristics is her jealous and vengeful nature against Zeus’s other lovers and offspring and against the mortals who cross her. Hera is commonly seen with the animals she considers sacred including the cow, lion and the peacock. Portrayed as majestic and solemn, often enthroned, and crowned with a high cylindrical crown worn by several of the Great Goddesses), Hera may hold a pomegranate in her hand, emblem of fertile blood and death and a substitute for the narcotic capsule of the opium poppy.
Iris was the personification of the rainbow in Greek mythology, as well as messenger of the gods along with Hermes. She was also known as the goddess of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.
Maia, the eldest of the Pleiades in Greek mythology, also identified with an Ancient Italic goddess of spring and the most beautiful. She is the mother of Hermes.
Nike was the goddess of speed, strength and victory. Ancient Greeks worshiped Nike because they believed she could make them never die and was able to grant to humans the strength and the speed needed to be victorious in any task they undertook. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame, symbolized by a wreath of laurel leaves (bay leaves).
Nyx is the Greek goddess of the night. A shadowy figure, Nyx stood at or near the beginning of creation. Her appearances reveal her as a figure of such exceptional power and beauty that she was feared by Zeus himself. With Erebus (Darkness), Nyx gives birth to Aether (Brightness) and Hemera (Day). Later, on her own, Nyx gives birth to Moros (Doom, Destiny), Ker (Destruction, Death), Thanatos (Death), Hypnos (Sleep), the Oneiroi (Dreams), Momus (Blame), Oizys (Pain, Distress), the Hesperides, the Moirai (Fates), the Keres, Nemesis (Indignation, Retribution), Apate (Deceit), Philotes (Friendship), Geras (Old Age), and Eris (Strife).
Phoebe was one of the 12 descendants of Uranus and Gaea and thus a Titanide. She was never involved in the battle between the Olympian gods and the Titans and was therefore spared from being captured in Tartarus. Instead, she became a prophet at the Oracle of Delphi. She was a goddess of the Moon and is described as bright and golden crowned. Phoebe was perhaps seen as the Titan goddess of prophecy and oracular intellect.
Selene is the goddess of the moon. Both Selene and Artemis were also associated with Hecate, and all three were regarded as lunar goddesses, although only Selene was regarded as the personification of the moon itself. Several lovers are attributed to her in various myths, including Zeus, Pan, and the mortal Endymion. Selene is usually portrayed either driving a chariot drawn by a pair of winged white horses, or riding sidesaddle on horseback (or sometimes on an ox or bull, mule, or ram).