|The Yazata - Dec 2021
Gods in Mazdaic Mithraism
The yazata are a class of gods of which ten currently have pride of place. Each of the yazads has a particular character, each has a different spirit at work in them. Thus each has tasks that they are better suited to perform than the others.
Mithras has a mature rounded character. He has an inclination to look at things as a whole and with dispassion. He is motivated by a desire to see good order in human affairs and he has all the ability needed to influence others to come into line. He is thus considered the rightful leader of the yazata.
Chrestus has a sensitive soul and a deep interest in individuals. He understand people and has respect for their innate dignity. He tries to help everybody and especially those in greatest need.
Anhita is fulfilled as a mother, she has a love of life and a desire to nurture others, especially the young and vulnerable and to help sustain them and see them grow and flourish, protected from the wider uncaring world.
Vatis has high energy and a desire for novelty and excitement. Vatis tends to break out of conventional patterns of thought and behaviour and creates his own new patterns. Vatis is able to see the world more clearly than others who are trapped by mental walls put up by others. Vatis is thus a major source of new knowledge. Vatis is also useful in warfare where existing structures need to be demolished.
Hestia is a home-maker. She has a desire for good order in the home and has a calm and dependable personality that can be relied upon. She takes pride in maintaining everything that is needed to provide a place for people to live.
Percus has an impetuous character and is easily raised to anger. He has great strength and will strike out against that which is creating barriers to the good life.
Friya is motivated by fiery love.
Didascus is a coach and teacher. He enjoys seeing people grow and develop with the challenges and support that he provides them.
Harva has a desire to heal the injured.
Faber is a craftsman. He enjoys manipulating inanimate materials and crafting them into new designs. He likes to be in control and has little interest in relating to people as equals. However where the opportunity arises he will become a demiurge, treating others as biological machines that respond in a predictable way to the input they are given, and which can be manipulated to desired ends.