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- Attributes: Protection, death, rebirth, wisdom, mysticism, magic
- Symbols: Stars, carriages, horses
- Place: Russia
Slavic mythology tells that three Goddesses (sometimes only two) protect the universe against the final judgment. They are The Zorya (or Zarya, Zvezda or Zwezda), also known as Auroras.
The three Goddesses serve the Sun God Dažbog, their father.
The Zorya of the morning star is called Utrennyaya (“morning” in Russian), it is she who opens every morning the gate of the sky for the carriage of the sun to illuminate the world. Represented as an armed and courageous warrior, she is the patroness of horses and she is associated with the planet Venus. She is invoked for protection against death in battle.
The Zorya of the evening star is called Vechernyaya (“night” in Russian), and she is responsible for closing the gate of the sky when the sun returns. Associated with the planet Mercury, she is represented as a warrior, but serene Goddess.
The Zorya of the midnight star is called Polunochnaya (“midnight” in Russian), but some legends omit her, stating the existence of the other two Auroras only. The appearance of this Goddess is a mystery and they say that the Sun dies every night in her arms and then is born again at dawn. She is a deity of death, rebirth, mysticism, magic and wisdom.
Due to their nature, the Zorya are often associated with the Triple Goddess, hence the Auroras of the Morning, Evening and Night representing the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone, respectively.
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The Final Judgement
For the Slavic people, the Zorya have a duty above the others: The three Goddesses hold the hound of the apocalypse, Simargl, who is chained to the Polaris star of the Ursa Minor.
If the chain breaks or drops, the dog will devour the constellation and the world as we know it.