by Mad Maudlin, 1998
"And thou shalt be the first of witches known.... And thou shalt bind the oppressor's soul [with power]..." --Aradia, Gospel of Witches, 1899.
Diana, thru this day, As I try to honor You, Let this be my rule to guide:What would Aradia do?
When an elder or child, Asks for a moment or two, May I think of one thing only:What would Aradia do?
If a jerk cuts me off, Or some oppressor steals my due, Measure out this question wisely:What would Aradia do?
When I'm feeling rather stressed, By one who hasn't got a clue, In the mirror I will reflect:What would Aradia do?
Thus, when my day has ended, And your bright orb comes into view, I will plan my next day, asking:What would Aradia do?
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This bit of name lore is taken directly from Evelyn Wells, What to Name the Baby?, 1953.
Ara--Latin "the altar"; in Italian legend, Ara was the goddess of revenge. It is used as a combine name in several forms. [As a prefix or a suffix for both male and female names.]
Deanna--Latin "bright as day" see DIANA.
Diana--Latin "the divine"; The ancient Italian moon-goddess, Diana.