July’s Goddess is Diana. It’s a pale gold highlighter with a soft blue lustre, requested last year by Karissa. I did an Artemis eyeshadow many years ago back in 2009, and did a Goddess kit named after Artemis even further back in 2002, so opted for the Roman version of the Goddess for this month.
From Goddess Guide:
“Diana was the Goddess of the hunt and wild animals. She later took over from Luna as the Roman Goddess of the moon. Despite having no children of her own she is also considered to be a fertility Goddess, worshiped by woman trying to get pregnant and those who wish for an easy labour. Her trinity of gods included Egeria the water nymph and Virvius the woodland God. Originally she was Queen of the open sky and possible a sun Goddess in addition to being a moon Goddess as her name means light or bright sky. She is also known as “Lady of the beasts.” Men fought to the death to for the honour of becoming one of her priests. Origins and Genealogy: Her parents were Jupiter and Latona and she had a twin brother, Apollo. In the Pagan tradition she is also said to have had a daughter Aradia who became queen of the witches.”
The artwork for the jar tops is a gorgeous painting by Maria Cosway, depicting Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, as Diana (although some sources say Cynthia, from the Faerie Queen- she is wearing Diana’s distinctive crescent tiara). Georgiana Cavendish was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. If you want to read about some fascinating women, I suggest that you google both Maria Cosway and Georgiana- I really enjoyed learning about them. 🙂
This highlighter is shown lightly over eye base (bottom) and buffed out (top right corner). It can be worn on eyes or face, and is very fine-milled and lustrous while still being work friendly!