"Lady of the Beasts" by Hrana Janto

“Poluknalai’s themes are kindness to animals and nature.  Her symbols are all animals.  In Afghanistan, Poluknalai is the Goddess of all animals, being both creatrix and their protectress. Now that the warm weather has many people walking their pets or taking them to parks, Poluknalai walks alongside, watching over the animals who give us love and companionship.

People in the United States dedicate the first Sunday in May to commemorating the Humane Society, which was established to prevent cruelty to animals, in the true spirit of Poluknalai. Numerous organizations schedule fund-raising events today and extend compassion to both animals and people, in keeping with the festivities. If you have the means, adopt an animal today or make a small donation to the Humane Society in your area so they can continue their work. Both actions honour Poluknalai.

Back up your actions spiritually with this spell for animal welfare:

Gather any pictures of endangered species you can find. Put them inside a Ziploc bag while visualizing the white light of protection surrounding each. As you close the bag, say:

 ‘Protected by Poluknalai’s command
These creatures are safe across the land
Sealed with love and magic within
By my will this spell begins.’

As long as the bag remains sealed and safe, it will continue generating protective magic for those animals.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

The only reference I could find to this Goddess was in The Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses by Michael Jordan.  “Goddess of animals. Kafir [Afghanistan]. Locally revered, with the Goddess Disani (the most important Goddess of the Hindu Kush, particularly revered by the Prasun people), among Askun villages in the southwest of Kafiristan.”  [1]

The picture I chose to represent Her, “Lady of the Beasts” by Hrana Janto (from the Goddess Oracle Deck by Amy Sophia Marashinsky), totally resonated with me for Her.  In an excerpt from The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan, she states that “[Lady of the Beasts is a] phrase used to describe a number of Goddesses of various cultures, all of which share a similar identification with wild places and the animals that live therein. A form of the Great Mother Goddess who births and cares for humanity, this Lady usually is found in cultures where game animals provide a signficant part of the diet. Not surprisingly, She is often a Goddess of birth as well, invoked for aid by human mothers, but also invoked to encourage animal reproduction. Where a culture has begun to move into agriculture, the Lady often adds rulership of vegetation to Her original identity as mother of animals.” [2]

According to Amy Sophia Marashinsky’s accompanying booklet to the Goddess Oracle Deck, “The Goddess as Lady of Beasts was known to the people of Sumer, Crete, and the Indus Valley (India). Her name is largely unknown because worship of Her predated writing. She was also known as the Cosmic Creatrix, the creative, fertile, life-giving force. Her special animals were held sacred as manifestations of the deity Herself. She is depicted here pregnant, surrounded by pregnant animals, which speaks of Her as a powerful fertility figure. She usually appears enthroned with a lion at Her side indicating sovereignty and strength.” [3]

After reading these bits of information, the conclusion I arrived at was that Poluknalai was but one of the Lady of the Beasts’ hundreds, if not thousands, manifestations.


Hrana Janto, Illustration & Illumination, “Lady of the Beasts“.

Jordan, Michael. Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, 2nd ed., “Poluknalai (p. 249)“.

Kennelly, Patti. Daily Goddess, “Lady of the Beasts“.

Suggested Links:

Johnson, Buffie. Lady of the Beasts: the Goddess and Her Sacred Animals.

Jordan, Michael. Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, 2nd ed., “Disani (p. 79 – 80)“.