Goddess Of The Rainbow

fleur de luce Freude. Schoner Gotterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuer-trunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!

One translation is:

Joy, beautiful divine spark,
Daughter of Elysium,
Exhilarated with fiery rapture,
We enter Thy Heavenly Home!

Many lines of Freidrich von Schiller's poem "Ode to Joy" were set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven in his famous choral melody of the Ninth Symphony, Op. 125 with also a few words from the poem appearing in the Seventh and Eight Symphonies also.

Above is a picture of the Fleur-de-lis symbol in a silver pendant form.

For definition:

Elysium - Final resting place; condition of true happiness.
Elysian Fields - Paradise of the Mythical Heroes
Iris - comes from the Greek word iris, meaning Rainbow
Fleur-de-lis - "flower of the lily", "flower of Louis", "iris", or "flags"

Fleur-de-lis (or Fleur-de-Lys) is the French spelling for iris.

Flouer-de-Luce is the Old English spelling used by John Gerard in his Gerard's Herbal and reprinted The World of Iris where he writes: "There be many kinds of Iris or Flouer-de-Luce, whereof some are tall and great and some little, small and low. Some smell exceeding sweet in the roote, some have not anie smell at all; ;some flowers without any smell and some with; some have one color, some have many colors mixed; vertues attributed to some, others not remembered; some have tuberous or knobbie rootes, others bulbus or onion rootes; some have leaves like flags, others like grass and rushes."

Iris, in Greek mythology, was a lesser goddess, a beloved messenger of other gods and the personification of the Rainbow. She was the daughter of Titan Thaumas and Electra, sister of the Harpies, and wife of Zephyrus - the god of the west wind. Iris was a beautiful maiden, with golden wings and robes of bright colors and a halo of light on her head, trailing across the sky with the rainbow in her wake.

iris goddess Among the duties of the goddess Iris was the leading of souls of dead women to the Elysian Fields. In token of faith the Greeks planted purple Iris on the graves of women.

To this day, the Greeks plant irises on women's graves, believing that the goddess Iris will guide the souls of women to their last resting places -- a place of Eternal Peace.

My mother died in December, 2002. One day after her death, Dave and I were in an antique shop. Within one of the display cases was a Fleur-de-lis pendant. I believe the goddess Iris placed the iris flag pendant in my path to tell me that she had taken my mother to a peaceful reating place.

There are events in life that mystify many of us. These are not to be questioned, merely accepted. These are not to be disputed as merely a happenstance, but embraced as a sign of spiritual guidance. Great gifts -- whether physical, intellectual, or spiritual -- are my reminder that I am not in charge of my life or death. And the silver pendant gift was a sign to tell me that I am exactly where I am to be at this time in my life.

I have discovered the richest people belong to the World of Iris. These riches are shared freely and often in the form of love, support, and comfort. Thank you to everyone for your gifts.

Note the art work to the right has irs flowers in it.

iris - rainbow goddess