Cybele: Roman Earth Mother
Roman Earth Goddess and Modern Goddess of Spring Break
Cybele is the Roman Earth Mother. She is a goddess of embodies the fertile Earth.
She was originally Phrygian, the goddess of caverns As the Earth Mother Goddess, she is the Goddess of Wild Animals, particularly bees.
Cybele’s was the first festival of the Roman calendar, the Festival of Joy. And it was a festival!
The celebrations were wild, emotional, and filled with drinking, dancing, music, sex and bloody sacrifices. Except for the sacrifices, Spring Break seems to be a modern day celebration of Cybele’s Festival of Joy.
Interestingly, her most devoted followers were so taken with her that they would castrate themselves and dress as women. A bit extreme, I think.
You might wonder why Cybele is honored with black crystals. The reason goes back to her origins as the Phrygian Goddess of Caves Since caves are dark and hidden, she is honored with black crystals such as Jet, Stibnite and Onyx.
If you need someone to look after you on Spring Break, take a few pieces of Jet, and remember to ask Cybele to watch out for you.
- article by Jessica Sitarik, age 14; art by conejovlanco user on Fiverr