For my fifth entry in the A-Z Challenge, I would like to introduce the fourth of the thirteen core gods of my consolidated pantheon, the goddess of love and fertility. E is for Estara, the Divine Lover:
Estara, the Divine Lover
Estara is a goddess of love, lust, family and fertility. She is frequently honored by lovers, wives, mothers, prostitutes and others who revel in the arts of physical love, primarily women. While she is worshiped in elaborate temple-brothels and great gardens of beautiful flowers, the Divine Lover is also a guardian and protector of children, and many orphanages are built in her name. Her priestesses (for there are few priests of Estara) participate in celebrations that honor and promote fertility in all living beings. The lessons of the Divine Lover, as recorded in her sacred texts, include:
The Divine Lover’s favored weapon was a light mace, and her symbol is two inter-linked gold rings.
- You are each and every one, the living shield that protects children and pregnant mothers. It is a sacred duty to defend these from harm.
- The sanctity of family is paramount. The goal of any true follower of Estara is to find a mate whom they love and raise a family worthy of Estara’s blessing.
- Followers of Estara are urged to promote the reasonable and responsible expression of love, and to avoid actions that deliberately or intentionally destroy or hinder the progress of love.