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Animals and Familiars

Common Goddess Familiars

In legend, many goddesses have an animal familiar. In some myths a goddess may shape shift into this animal to escape harm, or to warn mortals. Some, such as in Egypt are part animal, and part human.
What follows is a list of common goddess familiars, and what goddess they're connected with.

Bear- Artemis/Diana, Callisto, Dea Artia, Freyja
Blackbird- Rhiannon
Boar, Sow, or Pig- Aphrodite/Venus, Briget, Cerridwen, Circe, Demeter/Ceres, Freyja, Persephone/Prosperina, Tellus Mater
Cattle- Aditi, Artemis/Diana, Asherah, Astarte
Centaur- Demeter, the Muses
Cobra- Isis, Neith, Ua, Zit/Buto
Crane- Cailleach
Crow- Athena/Minerva, Bahb, Branwen, Kronia, Macha, The Morrigan
Deer or Stag- Apgrodite/Venus, Athena/Minerva, Artemis/Diana, Flidais, Isis
Falcon- Circe, Freyja
Goat- Athena/Minerva, Artemis/Diana
Griffin- Nemesis
Hawk- Amenti, Artemis/Diana
Hedgehog- Ishtar
Heron- Aphrodite/Venus, Athena/Minerva
Horse- Anahita, Epona, Freyja, Kuan Yin, Kwannon, Rhiannon, The Valkyries, Demeter
Mongoose- Ningal
Nightingale- The Muses
Owl- Athena/Minerva, Blodeuwedd, Cailleach, Lilith
Phoenix- Circe
Rabbit, or Hare- Andraste, Aphrodite/Venus, Eostre, Freyja, Holda
Raven- Athena/Minerva, Bahb, The Morrigan, Nantosuelta, The Valkries
Scorpion- Ishtar, Isis, Nanna, Selket
Sparrow- Aphrodite/Venus
Sphinx- Hathor
Swan- Aphrodite/Venus, Devi, The Muses, Sarasvati, The Valkries
Toad- Hecate
Turtle, or Tortoise- Aphrodite/Venus
Unicorn- Artemis/Diana
Vulture- Aphrodite/Venus, Athena/Minerva, Eileithyia, The Harpies, Hathor, Juno, Mut, Nehkebet
Whale- Derceto