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Pomona

January 5, 2010

Pomona - Mask by Lauren Raine

Isn’t She beautiful? 

Pomona is an Ancient Roman Goddess who was the keeper of orchards and fruit trees. Unlike many other agricultural deities, Pomona is not associated with the harvest itself, but with the flourishing of fruit trees. She is usually portrayed bearing a cornucopia or a tray of blossoming fruit.  

Pomona was among the Numina, guardian spirits of Roman mythology, who watched over people, places, or homes. The Numina are, in essence, the holy spirits of place, from which the word “numinous” derives. Pomona protected and inspired the abundance of the fruitful gardens and orchards. She had her own priest in Rome, called the Flamen Pomonalis. A grove sacred to her was called the Pomonal, located not far from Ostia, the ancient port of Rome.

(Source:  rainewalker.com)

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2 comments

  1. I love word origins! I didn’t know the etymology of “numinous” — thanks for that info! Here’s another one: the French word “pomme” (apple) derives from Pomona. Fitting, isn’t it?


  2. I’ve always loved the word “numinous”; it sounds like what it is, somewhat undefined and light and just out of reach. And I finally found the ultimate expression of The Magician in Raine Walker’s tarot! I’m very excited 🙂



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