Who was Asteria?
Asteria was the second generation of Titan gods and was revered as the dark goddess of necromancy, nocturnal oracles & prophecies and the goddess of the falling stars and necromancy. She was one of the extraordinary number of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Ancient Greeks. The Titans were the descendents of the first gods or divinities, called the primordial or primeval gods, who were born out of Chaos. The children of the Titans included the famous Olympian gods who included Zeus, Hera, Hestia, Hades and Poseidon and are shown on the Titans Family tree. The legend and myth about Asteria, the goddess of necromancy, nocturnal oracles and falling stars, and the Titans has been passed down through the ages and plays an important role in the history of the Ancient World of Greece and the study of the Greek classics.
Asteria was adept at the reading of the stars and prophecy but she was also strongly associated with necromancy, the practice of witchcraft by communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.
Facts about Asteria
Asteria features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Asteria:
Role & Function: The function of Asteria is described as being the goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars
Status: A goddess in the second dynasty of Titans
Name of Husband / Consort: Perses, the Titan god of destruction
Name of Father: Coeus
Name of Mother: Phoebe
Names of Brothers: None
Names of Sisters: Leto
Names of Children: Hecate
The Children of Asteria and Perses, the Titan god of destruction
The union between the Asteria and Perses produced their only child, Hecate, the goddess of magic, witchcraft, spectres, the night and the moon and the the ‘Queen of Ghosts’. The domains of Hecate extended over earth, the sky and hell and for this she is represented in works of art as a triple divinity