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Story by Brandon L. Parsons (2014)
ABEONA: Goddess of Outward Journeys...
One of the hardest parts of being a mom or a dad is letting your kids make their first adventures out into the world. From a kid's first toddling steps, through the painful and often insane lessons of growing up to the moment when a child steps out the door and leaves home for the first time as an adult themselves, parents watch over and guide their mostly-awkward movements in the right direction (yep, kids. Your parents DO love you which is why they sometimes shake their heads in frustration!). The Romans were loving and doting parents just as we tend to be in modern day, and they fully believed that they had the assistance in protecting and seeing their children off to their adulthood from a very protective and specialized goddess of the Roman pantheon; they sought the guidance of
, the Goddess of Outward Journeys and of Partings, who according to the myths watched over a child's many steps through life and protected travelers on their way to new locations. Not only that, but Roman parents called on her to help "teach" their toddlers how to walk! Later, when it was time for the kiddos in question to leave the nest, Abeona would be there to guard them and protect them as they went off to lands unknown, started a new profession or were engaged to get married.
Out on the (Roman) road again...
Abeona's very name comes from the Latin verb "
," which means "to depart, go away, or go forth." To go with that, "
" also carries the meaning of "to disappear or to be changed." Makes sense, since that sums up what kids eventually do across the board when they hit their late teens or so. At a time when mom and dad need a little more reassurance that their kiddos can handle the big, wide and mysterious world away from the safety of home, Abeona stepped in and brought parents a little piece of mind and comfort! On the flip-side of the coin, Abeona works with her sister, Adiona, the Goddess of Safe Returns, who make certain that the path for wayward children to return home safely is always open, even after they've grown up. Always great to know that you've got some divine help waiting in the wings to give your children the best possible shot at life they can have!
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Abeona's footsteps alongside that of a toddler...
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