Phoebe: Meet the Radiant Greek Goddess

07/05/2021

     Phoebe was, in Greek Mythology, the Ancient Goddess (or Titanide) of Purification, as she was a deity connected with the Light and adored for being the "Prophet" of human life.


Phoebe in Greek Mythology:

     Phoebe, in Greek Mythology, was a Titanide, daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She was known as "the most beautiful among the titanids". Her name is linked to the Greek words phoibos: (bright or radiant), phoibaô (to purify) and phoibazô (to prophesy).

     She was one of six titanids, daughters of Uranus and Gaia, in addition to the titans: Ocean, Céos, Crio, Hyperion, Iapetus, Web, Reia, Themis, Mnemosyne, the golden crown Phoebe and the beloved Tethys and Cronos. Perhaps the first goddess of the Moon that the Greeks met, Phoebe is confused with her niece Selene (daughter of Hyperion and Teia), and also with her granddaughters Artemis and Hecate.

Also, the Moon Goddess:

     Phoebe is the goddess of the moon, related to the nights of the full moon. Her name means "brilliant", a name that was borrowed from her grandson Apollo, also called Phoebus (although it was most often depicted with the first name).

     Phoebe joined Coeus and had as goddesses Leto (mother of Artemis and Apollo) and Asteria (mother of Hecate), who respectively symbolize the oracles of light and darkness. Higino still adds the name of Afirafes among his daughters.

     Phoebe was an ancient goddess of prophecy and the third to preside over the oracle at Delphi, after Gaia (her mother) and Themis (her sister). She later gave the oracle to her grandson Apollo as a birthday present.