She was the eldest daughter of Atlas, the most beautiful of her seven sisters, all of whom we can see in the night skies in the "Pleiades" constellation. She is sometimes referred to as the grandmother of magic. She causes the plants to grow through her gentle heat. Her name means 'She who is Great'. As a Goddess of merry-making, flowering and springtime, we might be tempted to not take Her seriously. But the roots of her name point to a Chthonic ( in, under or beneath the earth, earthy or subterranean) incredibly powerful, and ancient form of the Great Goddess. She is no less than a Giver of Life. Hail to the Goddess Maia!