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Celtic Goddesses

Airmed Goddess of the Tuatha de Danaan, the most ancient deities of Ireland.*56BqdiFlm0es4xsqPVvGZrgwACjG3YZ07M65E2e0bGEF9mahQ45XPp2NNNamA-pSA9V0x4urcSwzA39ou/Morrigan.jpgShe had great magical powers and herb craft was Her specialty.

Ardwinna Continental Celtic Goddess of the Wildwood. She demanded a fine for every animal killed in Her wood, which She was said to oversee mounted on a wild boar.

Artio Great Goddess of wildlife in Celtic Gaul and Britain.

Achtland Pan-Celtic, A Goddess queen whom no mortal man could satisfy, she took a giant from the faery realm as her mate. Legend says that she took great pleasure combing his long, fair hair.

Adsullata British, A Goddess of hot springs who came to Brittany from Celtic Gaul. She is the origin of the Anglo-Celtic sun Goddess Sul, and was most likely a minor sun Goddess in her own right before the time when the Celts relegated the majority of their sun images to male deities, and moon images to female ones.

Aerten Cornish, Anglo-Celtic, Welsh, Also spelled Aerfen, or Aeron. A Goddess of fate who presided over the outcome of war between several Celtic clans.

Agrona Welsh, Anglo-Celtic, Goddess of slaughter and war often equated with the Morrigan.

Aife Scottish, Also spelled Aoife. Aife was a Goddess and queen of the Isle of Shadow, an honor she shared with her rival and sister Scathach.

Aine AN-yuh, Ireland, a woman of the Leanan Sidhe (Sweetheart of the Sidhe). Some said she was the daughter of Manannan, some said she was the Morrigan herself.

Andarta Gallic, Fertility Goddess and patron Goddess of the Vocontii tribe.

Andraste Romano-Celtic; British; Anglo-Celtic; Continental Europe, The patron Goddess of the Iceni tribe.

Anu Ireland, goddess of plenty and Mother Earth. Greatest of all Irish goddesses, deity of cattle, health, fertility, prosperity, and comfort.

Aoibhell Evill, Ireland; another woman of the Sidhe, she made her dwelling in Craig Liath.

Ariande Continental European, This Goddess of ancient Crete is the only Greek deity known to have been worshipped in Celtic Gaul.

Arianrhood Wales. “Silver Wheel”; “High Fruitful Mother”; star goddess; sky goddess; virgin; goddess of reincarnation; Full Moon goddess. Her palace was called Caer Arianrhod (Aurora Borealis). Keeper of the circling Silver Wheel of Stars, a symbol of time or karma. This wheel was also known as the Oar Wheel, a ship which carried dead warriors to the Moonland (Emania). Mother of Lleu Llaw Gyffes and Dylan by her brother Gwydion. Her original consort was Nwyvre (Sky or Firmament). Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess in Wales. Honored at the Full Moon. Beauty, fertility, reincarnation. She is the “virgin queen” who dwells in the spiral castle and controls the tides.

Arnamentia Anglo-Celtic, Romano-Celtic, British, Water Goddess known only from inscriptions.

Aveta Romano-Celtic Gallic, Goddess of birth and midwifery.

Banba Irish Earth Goddess. Land Unplowed for a Year.

Ban Naomha Irish Fish Goddess.

Becuma Irish Goddess of the Magic Boat.

Blancheflor White Flower, Celtic Lily Maid Who represented the Maiden aspect of the triple Goddess. The red flower stands for the Mother and the black bird for the Crone, according to the three sacred colors of the Gunas.

Branwen Goddess of Regeneration Who kept the Cauldron of Regeneration. Alder was Her tree. The White Bosomed One. Welsh Love goddess. Venus of the Northern Sea. The crow is Her animal. She is the White Crow.

Bodua Continental Celtic War Goddess.

Badb Bibe, Ireland, goddess of enlightenment, inspiration, life, wisdom. Sister of Macha, the Morrigan, and Anu, the name of this goddess means “boiling,” “battle raven,” and “scald-crow.”

Belisama Celtic, Goddess of light and fire, the forge and of crafts. She is the wife of the god Belenus (Beli) and the Goddess of the Mersey River.

Blodeuwedd Wales. “Flower Face”; “White Flower”. Lily maid of Celtic initiation ceremonies. Also known as the Nine-fold Goddess of the Western Isles of Paradise. Created by Math and Gwydion as a wife for Lleu. She was changed into an owl for her adultery and plotting Lleu’s death. The Maiden form of the Triple Goddess; her symbol was the owl; goddess of the Earth in bloom. Flowers, wisdom, lunar mysteries, initiations

Boann (b00-an)/BOANNAN/BOYNE Ireland. Goddess of the river Boyne; mother of Angus mac Og by the Dagda. Once there was a well shaded by nine magic hazel trees. These trees bore crimson nuts which gave knowledge of everything in the world. Divine salmon lived in the well and ate the nuts. No one, not even the high gods, was allowed to go near the well. But Boann went anyway. The well waters rose to drive her away, but they never returned. Instead they became the River Boyne and the salmon became inhabitants of the river. Other Celtic river goddesses: Siannan (Shan- non), Sabrina (Severn), Sequana (Seine), Deva (Dee), Clota (Clyde), Verbeia (Wharfe), Brigantia (Braint, Brent). Healing.

Brigit Ireland, Wales, Spain, France. “Power”; “Renown”; “High One”; “Fiery Arrow or Power” (Breo-saighead). Daughter of the Dagda; called the poetess. Often called The Triple Brigids, Three Blessed Ladies of Britain, The Three Mothers. Another aspect of Danu; associated with Imbolc. She had an exclusive female priesthood at Kildare and an ever-burning sacred fire. The number of her priestesses was nineteen, representing the nineteen-year cycle of the Celtic “Great Year”. Her kelles were sacred prostitutes and her soldiers brigands. Goddess of fire, fertility, the hearth, all feminine arts and crafts, and martial arts. Healing, physicians, agriculture, inspiration, learning, poetry, divination, prophecy, smithcraft, animal husbandry, love, witchcraft, occult knowledge. She was originally a goddess of the land of Leinster and daughter of the Dagda.

Britannia Romano-Celtic British, Tutelary Goddess. The genia loci of Britain who first appears on the coinage of Antoninius Pius in the 2nd century AD. She became the symbol of the British Empire after being partly syncretized with the war goddess Minerva.

Canola Ancient Irish Goddess. Inventor of the Irish harp.

Carman Irish Goddess of Sterility.

Cessair (Kesara) Early Irish Earth goddess. When Ireland coalesced out of the Underworld, the first beings to reach it were the followers of Cessair, a chieftain Who brought with Her 50 women and 3 men.

Cailleach Bheur Scottish, Irish, Manx, Great Goddess in her Destroyer aspect; called “Veiled One”. Another name is Scota, from which Scotland comes. In parts of Britain she is the Goddess of Winter. She was an ancient Goddess of the pre-Celtic peoples of Ireland. She controlled the seasons and the weather; and was the goddess of earth and sky, moon and sun.

Cerriwden Wales. Moon Goddess; Great Mother; grain goddess; goddess of Nature. The white corpse-eating sow representing the Moon. Wife of the giant Tegid and mother of a beautiful girl Creirwy and an ugly boy Avagdu. Welsh Bards called themselves Cerddorion (sons of Cerridwen). The Bard Taliesin, founder of their craft, was said to be born of Cerridwen and to have tasted a potent brew from her magic cauldron of inspiration. This potion known as ‘greal’ (from which the word Grail probably came), was made from six plants for inspiration and knowledge. Gwion Bach (later called Taliesin) accidentally drank the remaining three drops of the liquid. Her symbol was a white sow. Death, fertility , regeneration, inspiration, magic, astrology, herbs, science, poetry, spells, knowledge. She appears as a Goddess of Inspiration, a sorceress, a Fairy woman, shapeshifter, and crone.

Cliodna Irish, Scottish, Goddess of beauty and the otherworld. A Tuatha sea and Otherworld Goddess who often took the form of a sea bird and, as such, symbolized the Celtic afterlife.

Clota Scottish, Popular Goddess of the River Clyde.

Condwiramur Welsh, Cornish, An archetypal guardian of the feminine mysteries and a Goddess of sovereignty who appears briefly in the Grail legends as the wife of Sir Percival.

Corra Scottish, A Goddess of prophecy who usually appeared in the form of a crane.

Coventina Anglo-Celtic, Scottish, British, Tutelary and water Goddess of uncertain affinities.

Cred Irish, Scottish, Also Creide. This faery queen Goddess is associated with Dana’s mountains, the Paps of Any.

Creddylad Welsh, Daughter of the sea god Llyr.

Cyhiraeth Welsh, Once a Goddess of streams, she later bacame thought of as a faery spirit who was a portent of death.

Damara Anglo-Celtic, An English fertility Goddess associated with Bealtaine.

Damona Gaul, Goddess of fertility and healing; her name means “divine cow”. Cow Goddesses were linked to fertility and abundance.

Divona Gaul, A fertility Goddess associated with water and known only from inscriptions.

Druantia Breton, “Queen of the Druids”, Mother of the tree calendar; Fir Goddess. Fertility, passion, sexual activities, trees, protection, knowledge, creativity.

Dana Eponymous Great Mother of the Danes and the Irish Tuatha De Danaan, people of the Goddess Dana.

Danu – aka Anu, Ana, Cat Ana, Aine Ancient Ancestress Goddess of Ireland.

Dictynna Law giving Goddess of Mount Dicte.

Eriu The Lady Eire – ancient Irish Goddess, Controller of the western apple garden of immortality.

Epona Pan-Celtic, “Divine Horse”; “The Great Mare”; Goddess of horses; Mother Goddess. Fertility, maternity, protectress of horses, horse-breeding, prosperity, dogs, healing springs, crops.

Elaine Wales, Britain. Maiden aspect of the Goddess.

ERIN Ireland. One of the three queens of the Tuatha Da Danann and a daughter of the Dagda.

Flidais Ireland. Goddess of forests, woodlands, and wild things; ruler of wild beasts. She rode in a chariot drawn by deer. Shape-shifter.

Great Mother The Lady; female principal of creation. Goddess of fertility, the Moon, Summer, flowers, love, healing, the seas, water. The index finger was considered the “mother finger,” the most magi- cal which guided, beckoned, blessed and cursed.

Macha (maax-ah) Ireland. “Crow”; “Battle”; “Great Queen of Phantoms”; Mother of Life and Death; a war goddess; Mother Death; originally a Mother Goddess; one of the aspects of the triple Morrigu. Also called Mania, Mana, Mene, Minne. Associated with ravens and crows. She was honored at Lughnassadh. After a battle, the Irish cut off the heads of the losers and called them Macha’s acorn crop. Protectress in war as in peace; goddess of war and death. Cunning, sheer physical force, sexuality, fertility, dominance over males.

Margwase Wales, Britain. Mother aspect of the Goddess.

THE Morrigu (moor-rig-oo)/MORRIGAN (mor-ee-gan)/MORRIGHAN/MORGAN (moor-gan) Ireland, Wales and Britain. “Great Queen”; “Supreme War Goddess”; “Queen of Phantoms or Demons”; “Specter Queen”; shape-shifter. Reigned over the battlefield, helping with her magic, but did not join in battles. Associated with crows and ravens. The Crone aspect of the Goddess; Great Mother; Moon Goddess; Great White Goddess; Queen of the Fairies. In her Dark Aspect (the symbol is then the raven or crow) she is the goddess of war, fate and death; she went fully armed and carried two spears. The carrion crow is her favorite disguise. With her, Fea (Hateful), Nemon (Venomous), Badb (Fury), and Macha (Battle) encouraged fighters to battle madness. Goddess of rivers, lakes, and fresh water. Patroness of priestesses and witches. Revenge, night, magic, prophecy.

Morgan Le Fay Death Goddess. Wells were sacred to Her. aka Morrigan, Mara, Fata Morgana. Raven Her bird. Shamrock Her plant.

Nimue Moon Goddess of Fate.

Niamh Ireland. “Brightness”; “Beauty”. A form of Badhbh who helps heroes at death.

Rhiannon (rhri-an-non) Wales. “The Great Queen”. Goddess of birds and horses. Enchantments, fertility, and the Underworld. She rides a swift white horse.

Scathach/Scota/Scatha/Scath Ireland, Scotland. “Shadow, shade”; “The Shadowy One”; “She Who Strikes Fear”. Underworld goddess of the Land of Scath; Dark Goddess; goddess in the Destroyer aspect. Also a warrior woman and prophetess who lived in Albion (Scotland), probably on the Isle of Skye, and taught the martial arts. Patroness of blacksmiths, healing, magic, prophecy, martial arts.

Sinclair Sacred Light.

Sulis Also known as Sul or Sol (Norse). Ancient Celtic Sun Goddess, worshipped especially on hilltops overlooking springs. The Springs at Bath were originally known as Aquae Sulis (Waters of the Sun).

Tephi Ireland. Goddess of Tara and co-founder with Tea.

White Lady Known to all Celtic countries. Dryad of Death; identified with Macha; Queen of the Dead; the Crone form of the Goddess. Death, destruction, annihilation.


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