Yazata

A Yazad is a 'being worthy of worship' - a god.

Zeus and Sophia are the highest yazata gods. They work together to create the ordered world.

Zeus is the god of the Ashura - the righteous ordering power or process. He directs the worldly activity to bring it into the state of Asha or good order.

Sophia is the goddess of Mazda - the active wisdom that creates the world. Sophia is sensitive to the condition of things, including our human needs and supports Zeus to act aright.

Zeus and Sophia are can be considered like King and Queen of the Yazata family. They are the most important but also less approachable than their children - the 'seven yazads' or Heptayazata.

Heptayazata


Mithras is the yazad of right-connection. He connects people to each other to form strong productive co-operating societies, and he connects people in their thoughts and behaviour to the ultimate God - what is real and good. Mithras is regarded as the righteous leader of the Heptayazata. He is like the crown prince of the Yazata family.

Anhita is the yazad of nurture, care and protection. She is the most concerned to provide for new life to emerge into the world and to grow strong and healthy.

Percus is the yazad of disruptive force. He strikes the world, creating change, upsetting existing patterns and breaking through barriers. He can act for good, being an agent of challenge that stimulates life to grow, and dissolving structures that restrict or do harm. He can also act for bad, undermining good patterns and bringing death.

Venus is the yazad of love, fertility and prosperity. Like Percus she has a wild heart and represents the basic desires and drives that animate life.

Faber is the yazad of manufacture. He is the maker-god. He is the craftsman who crafts the material of the world into new designs.

Hestia is the yazad of the hearth and home. She is the home-maker goddess. She is responsible for the happy functioning of the individual household and the wider 'homes' of the community , city and nation. She has a maiden daughter Vesta who has the role of tending the home-fire.

Vatis is a god of heightened energy who can rise above existing patterns and create new ones. He has especial sensitivity and ability to see the underlying workings of things. He is the seer , the priest and healer. He is the bringer of music and dance.

The yazads can be considered to be in male/female pairs - i.e Zeus+Sophia, Mithras+Anhita, Percus+Venus, Faber+Hestia with Vatis being unattached.