“Washing away the pain” with Achelois
Achelois is a minor moon goddess whose name means “she who washes away pain”. She’s surrounded by the flowers of Antheia, a greek goddess of Flowers, unlocking the medicinal power of nature.
She is part of the series washing away my sorrows, a spin off, with mythical healing creatures.
In order to receive word from the gods, such as an order to make sacrifice to Achelois, a priest or priestess at the Dodonian Oracle might listen to the rustling of oak leaves, or the chiming sounds of bronze pieces hung from tree branches, similar to the wind chimes we know today
According to Greek poet Tzetzes, Achelois was one of the Muses, a group of goddesses dedicated to inspiring literature, science and the arts. Alternatively, she is said to be the daughter of Asclepius, god of medicine, and Epione, goddess of the soothing of pain
Achelois is also thought to be the surname, or family name, of the Sirens, daughters of the river god Achelous. The Sirens famously lured sailors toward the rocky coastline, leading to many shipwrecks
Achelois further serves as a general name for water nymphs, minor female nature deities
In Greek mythology, Anatheia was one of three goddesses known as the Graces. Algaia was the goddess of grace and beauty. Paithea was the goddess of rest and relaxation. Antheia, the third goddess, was the goddess of flowers, blossoms, vegetation, and human love. She can be seen in Athenian vase paintings where she was depicted as one of Aphrodite’s attendants.