Areas of Influence: Aurora was the Roman Dawn Goddess. Her name means dawn, daybreak or Sunrise. She is the personification of the first light of day.
Her energy therefore represents renewal and the new hope that each day brings.
She has very little of her own, unique, mythology borrowing instead many of the attributes and stories from her Greek counterpart Eos. Aurora does however; get a special mention in one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet.
Origins and Genealogy: Her parentage is disputed, we do however know that she had two siblings; a sister Luna (the Moon Goddess) and a brother, Sol (the Sun). She had numerous mortal lovers including Tithonus the Prince of Troy and several children including the four winds.
Symbolism: This Dawn Goddess is often depicted wearing a golden cloak and riding a chariot across the morning skies. Aurora is very similar to the Latin word for gold, aurum, suggesting her golden light. Her name is also part of the word Aurora Borealis, the amazing phenomenon of the Northern Lights.
Sacred Plant: Saffron, a costly spice that could have dyed her clothing yellow.
The Femme Fatale:
This Archetype represents the seductress or enchantress who manipulates men for sex, status or money. The complete lack of emotional envolvement with their victim, results in the symbolic killing or getting rid of her lover when he has served his purpose.
On the more positive side rejection by the male can result in the opening her heart.
Aurora fits this Archetype with her relentless pursuit of young. Although she wants her lover to live forever, when she fails to specify as an immortal he ages and she gets bored of him and transforms him into a grasshopper.
Other Goddesses associated with the break of day include:
Aja (Sumerian) - Associated with the eastern mountains where she helped the sun into the sky at the beginning of the new day.
Astarte (Phoenician) - Goddess of the morning star. Her role was later assimilated by the Goddess Ishtar.
Eos (Greek) - She is Aurora’s Greek counter-part. Follow the link to find out more about this Goddess.
Hekt (Egyptian) - A frog-headed, Egyptian Goddess who is midwife to the sun each morning.
Ostara (Germanic) - Her name means East or morning light, she is also Goddess of Spring. Large bonfires were lit at dawn on the spring Equinox to honor this Goddess.
Tefnut (Egyptian) - Goddess of morning dew, linked to the East where the sun begins its travels across the skies.
Thea (Greek) - Pre-Olympian Goddess of light and mother of the dawn.
Usas (Hindu) - This goddess of the dawn was the remover of darkness and the bringer of light.
Zorya (Slavic) - Associated with the morning star.