3763 – Aradia Queen of the Witches statue
- Physical description:
- White/cream statue of naked young woman holding broomstick with silver coloured crescent moon on her head.
- Museum classification:
- Goddess and the Moon
- 22cm x 9cm x 7cm
One version of the Canon Episcopi (in a manuscript of Burchard’s Decretum dating from c.1020) reads, “Wicked women... ride upon animals with Diana, the goddess of the pagans, or with Herodias.” Herodias was the wife of King Herod who tricked him into killing John the Baptist. In legend, she became a night-flying spirit, and her name was eventually Italianised into Aradia.
Charles Leland (writing in the late 19th century) records another legend – that Aradia was the daughter of Diana and Lucifer, and taught witches their magic. Charles Leland's writings were very influential in establishing the idea that there was a connection between witchcraft and pre-Christian pagan religious beliefs, and particularly between witchcraft and a lunar goddess. As a result Aradia is a popular deity in some branches of Modern Pagan Witchcraft.
See Charles Leland's "Aradia: Gospel of the Witches" in the Museum library for more.
The following is taken from the seller's ebay web shop page:
With a silver moon adorning her head as a crown, and her broom under her arm, Aradia is cloaked in a flowing cape with a serene look on her face in this meditative depiction. A nice creamy color with a yellow tint, and silver painted moon crown.
Aradia - Greek/Roman. Queen of Witches
Strong, lovely and charismatic, Aradia is the daughter of moon goddess Diana. She is a timeless spiritual entity, embodying Kore in her power, Aphrodite in her beauty, and Diana in her courage and love of wild places.
She was sent to Earth as prophetess of the religion of witchcraft, with the mission of protecting women from the oppressions of feudalism. With her broomstave of power, her cloak of mystery, and her knowledge of every plant, Aradia taught women how to invoke the full moon at midnight, sprinkling salt from a red bag while asking favors of the Goddess. With quiet authority she proclaims "Never Again the Burning!" A small pentacle adorns the reverse of Aradia's cloak-hem.
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