Sacred Day: March 17, the Liberalia
Offerings: Vulva shaped candles
Libera, in her original Roman conception, was a goddess who presided over the fertility of women and especially the reception of semen. A representation of the female genitalia was kept in her temple. Libera is the feminine counterpart of Liber. She is the goddess of libido; spirit of irrepressible female vitality. Liber guards seed; Libera makes sure that seed is planted in a fertile, nurturing environment. The relationship between Liber and Libera is not entirely clear. She may be his:
- Some or all of the above
Liber and Libera were also identified with Dionysus and Ariadne. Less is now known about Libera than Liber possibly because no matter how offended later Christian commentators were by Liber's phallic processions, Libera's, which displayed vaginal images, must have been even more shocking.
She is sometimes referred to as "the female Bacchus", perhaps because of her close association with the similarly named Liber.
Iconography: Statues of Libera sometimes depict her as Persephone or Ariadne. She may also be represented by cleft stones or images of female genitalia.
From: Encyclopedia of Spirits and other sources