Other names-Abondia, Abunciada, Habonde, Abondia, Abundantia, Diana, Nicevenn, and many others.
Origins in time and place- It’s really uncertain, so many cultures had there own version of her. The list is so exhaustive and it’s really difficult to figure out who worshiped what version of her first. One thing I can say it that she is extremely old.
Lineage- Depends on the culture.
What the deity symbolizes-In one word abundance. The roman Goddess I belive it was the abundantia spelling, or something very similar actually is the source of the modern word abundance.
Powers and Properties- Fertility, luck, wealth, prosperity. In many cultures her symbol was the cornucopia.
Myths-In one story she would supposedly ride through the air on samhain night with her followers and enter homes. If food was left out for her she would leave gifts and blessings of prosperity to all who live there. This kind of activity also ties in with some of the stories suggesting she was a fairy spirit or fairy queen. In the 13th century poem Roman de la Rose she was referred to as the Dame Habonde, queen of the witches.
I had a very difficult time writing this, there are so many deities and myths to choose from, and I don’t exactly “worship” any. I turn to ancestors and familiar spirits for guidance and aid in magick. Anywho I settled on Habundia because I believe she really summed up everything. I felt that she best represents the feminine energies that Wiccans wish to invoke during ritual, the great mother goddess that is known by many names. The goddess of abundance and fertility. Most of the literature that I could find on her is from the middle ages and the way in which she is described in poems and stories I get the feeling that she was one of the main goddess used in the surviving witchcraft practices at that time. You can’t really say she is long forgotten, but you can’t really say that she is remembered. It seems like Diana, Bride, Isis, and Aradia are the four most used today. I know that the many names and forms of the goddess Wiccans and others worship and use in ritual is important, and people will argue to witch is correct, more effective, older more powerful, etc. I don’t wish to offend anyone but to me, it just seems like a senseless argument because they are all really the same in a way. It’s like arguing over the “correct spelling of the goddess bride, Brigit, breet, etc. and if the Irish stole her from the Scotts or vice versa. A tree is a tree no matter what you want to call it. It comes in many different shapes and sizes, grows differently in different places, some have flowers some don’t. But at the end of the day it’s still a tree and they all do the same thing. Grow up towards the sun, absorb water and light, and give us air. And which ever one you choose to plant in your front yard as your “patron” tree is not any better, worse, or more historically accurate or politically correct than your neighbors. This is what I got from Habundia. After researching so many other goddesses she was the only one that really felt like she encompassed everything that the creative mother goddess is supposed to stand for as opposed to some of the others that only focus on healing and harvest, or mother hood and magick. If I ever choose to follow a wiccan tradition I would deffinitly choose Habundia as my patron goddess, Mother of all, goddess of the summer fields, the harvest, the triple goddess of life, love, and change. Goddess of many names, ruled by the moon with the power to bring prosperity and take it. The infinite goddess of abundance whose name means abundance.
Much Love and Blessings H-