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Arianrhod
since 13th December 1999
Morrigan Site
since 15th January 99
Epona Site
since 16th October 98.

Brigit Site
since 23rd November 98.

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Abnoba Gallic Diana, Goddess of woods and springs; protectress of hunting and beasts. From her name, the name of the English river "Avon" is derived.
Adsullata Continental Celtic Goddess of springs; may be equated with Sul.
Aerfen British war goddess, presiding over the fate of wars between the Welsh and the English. Her shrine was at Glydyfrdwy on the River Dee. Tradition says three human sacrifices had to be drowned there every year to ensure success in battle. (J.+S. Farrar: The Witches Goddess)
Aeval "Lady of Sexuality". Among the Celts of Ireland, Aeval was the Fairy Queen of Munster. She held a midnight court to determine if husbands were satisfying their wives' sexual needs, or not, as the women charged.
Aife Scottish Warrior Goddess who stole a magick alphabet from the deities and gave it to humans. For this act and her meaness she was turned into a crane. Sacred to Aife: The crane, the lance.
Aine of Knockaine Moon Goddess in Southwest-Ireland. (Munster)
Patroness of crops and cattle. She gave the meadowsweet its scent. Connected with the Midsummer festival. May be identified with Anu.
Andarta Wargoddess of the Vocontier. A Gallic warrior and fertility goddess in Celtic France.
Arduinna Gallic Goddess of moon, woods and hunting in the Ardennes. "Lady of the Forests": The Celts of Gaul (France) honored Her as Goddess of Justice and Childbirth. The Ardennes Forest, named after Her, were Her special domain. She is accompanied by a boar, her sacred animal. The Romans equated her with their Diana.
Andraste/Adraste Goddess of war and victory. Her cult was celebrated in a holy grove. Boudicca, the british queen, called for her aid, when making war against the Romans. In 61 AD the leader of a rebellion against the Roman occupation, the Queen Boudicca, sacriced captive Roman women to this goddess.
Anu/Ana Irish Mothergoddess. She was the ancestor and mother of the Tuatha de Danaan. She is identical with Danu. Two hills near Killarney are called "Da Chich Anann" ( The two breasts of Ana)
Arianrhod
(ah-ree-AHN-rhohd)

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Picture: Susan Boulet

"Silvery Wheel": Major Kymric/Welsh Goddess; daughter of the Mothergoddess Don and her consort Beli.
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More information and shrine
Artio

Early Contiental Celtic Bear-Goddess. She was worshipped in the North-East of Gallia. The bronze statue of Muri shows her as a woman carrying in one hand a bowl, in the other flowers and fruits; next to her sits a bear under a tree. She was found mentioned in inscriptions in the Bern region (Switzerland).

The picture was scanned and sent to me by Cecilia Írning, thx and be blessed for this.

Badb/Badhbh/Bobd "Battle" - Irish Wargoddess, who appears as a crow in battle. She is a sister of Macha, Morrigan and Anu. In some contexts, Anu, Badb and Macha appear as a Triple Goddess of Fate, collectively known as Morrigan. Messenger of death.

>>Badb is the Irish (Celtic) Goddess of war. She often assumes the form of a raven or carrion-crow (her favorite disguise) and is then referred to as Badb Catha, meaning "battle raven". Not only did she take part in battles themselves, she also influenced their outcome by causing confusion among the warriors with her magic. The battle-field is often called 'land of Badb'. She formed part of a triad of war-goddesses with Macha (Nemain) and the Morrigan. >>(Encyclopedia Mystica online)

Banba >>The goddess who represents the spirit of Ireland, and who is the wife of king MacCuill. She was thought to be the first settler in Ireland. She is part of a trinity of goddesses, the daughters of Fiachna, together with Fodla and Eriu. Amergin, son of Miled, promised her the honor of naming the island after her. Banba is also a poetic name for Ireland. Initially, she could have been a goddess of war as well as a fertility goddess. >> (Encyclopedia Mystica online)
Beag "Mistress of the Well": The Irish Celts said Beag owned a magic well, the Well of Wisdom.
Belisama/Belisma Another name of the Gallic Minerva. The Gaulish/Celtic goddess of light and fire, the forge and of crafts. She is the wife of the god Belenus.
Blodeuwedd
(blo-DOY-weth).

"...And though I laugh, and speak and move, when you look in my green glass eyes, you see your own reflected love." 

Claire Hamilton - Music CD - From the Mysts of Time

 

('Flower Face') Welsh Virgin Goddess of spring, all made of flower-buds, her beauty disguising a personification of the blood-hungry soil waiting to be fructified with the lifeblood of the sacred king. Her totemic form was an owl, the same bird of wisdom and lunar mysteries that accompanied or represented ancient Goddesses like Athene and Lilith. Owls were almost invariably associated with witches in medieval folklore. She was also the Ninefold Goddess of the western isles of paradise, otherwise known as Morgan, the Virgin blnding into the Crone of death. She said: "Nine powers in me combined, Nine buds of plant and tree./ Long and white are my fingers, As the ninth wave of the sea."(The White Goddess, Graves., p. 41-42).

>>Blodeuwedd was created out of flowers by Gwydion to wed Llew Llaw Gyffes. She betrayed Llew, either because she had no soul, being non-human, or because she resented being his chattel, or because the triplet of one woman and two men must play itself out in Welsh myth, and Llew Llaw Gyffes must die. At any rate, she fell in love with Goronwy and, wishing to be rid of Llew, she tricked out of him the clearly supernatural and ritual manner in which only he could be killed: neither by day nor night, indoors nor out of doors, riding nor walking, clothed nor naked, nor by any weapon lawfully made. She asked him to explain this, and he did: he could be killed only if it were twilight, wrapped in a fish net, with one foot on a cauldron and the other on a goat, and if the weapon had been forged during sacred hours when such work was forbidden. Blodeuwedd convinced him to demonstrate how impossible such a position was to achieve by chance, and when he was in it, het lover Goronwy leapt out and struck. Llew was transformed into an eagle and eventually restored to human form, after which he killed Goronwy. Blodeuwedd was transformed into an owl, to haunt the night in loneliness and sorrow, shunned by all other birds. >> (Encyclopedia Mystica online)

Boann/Boand Goddess of the river Boyne. Wife of Elcmar and mother of Angus. Her name means "Mistress of the white cows". She is the wife of the water god Elcman. The Dagda desired her and sent Elcmar of an errand which seemed to take one day, but actually lasted nine months. In that period, the Dagda fathered Angus Og with her.

Boann is a Goddess of bounty and fertility, whose totem is the sacred white cow. She was the wife of Nechtan, a water deity. The father of her son Angus was Dagda. To hide their union from Nechtan, Boann & the Dagda caused the sun to stand still for nine months, so that Angus was conceived and born on the same day.

Branwen
(BRAHN-wen)
Manx/Welsh Goddess of love and fertility.

Her name means "White Breasted"  (welsh: Bronwen) or "White Crow." The ancient Welsh worshipped Her as the daughter of Sea, and as Goddess of the Moon and Love. Her story can be read in the Mabinogion.

Discription from user email: Bran means Crow. The suffix wen, white, makes the feminine form, Branwen or White Crow.

>>Branwen ("white crow/raven") a daughter of Llyr and Penarddun, and sister of Bran, and Manawydan, and half-sister of Nisien and Efnisien. Matholwch of Ireland sued for her hand, and gave horses to Bran. Efnisien mutilated the horses, nearly precipitating warfare, but Matholwch was appeased by the gift of a cauldron that could resurrect the dead. Branwen wed him, and went to Ireland, where she bore him a son, Gwern. But the Irish began to complain about their foreign queen, and she was banished to the kitchen, where she was a slave and boxed on the ears by the butcher daily. This lasted three years, during which Branwen trained a starling to speak and sent it to Wales, where it told Bran of her plight, and he sailed to rescue her.

Matholwch was terrified at the sight of a forest approaching Ireland across the sea: no one could make it out, until he called for Branwen, who explained it as Bran's navy, and Bran himself wading through the water. He sued for peace, they built a house big enough for Bran, and Matholwch agreed to settle the kingdom on Gwern. Some Irish lords objected, and hid themselves in flour bags to attack the Welsh. But Efnisien, scenting Irish treachery, cast them into the fire, and then cast Gwern himself in (avoiding the geas against shedding kinsmen's blood thereby). A war broke out, and the Irish replenished themselves through the cauldron. Efnisien, repenting, sacrificed himself by feigning death and being thrown into the cauldron, which he then broke, dying in the process. Only seven Welshmen survived, and Bran was fatally wounded. His head, which remained alive and talking, was returned to Wales and buried, and soon afterwards Branwen sailed to Aber Alaw and died. She is one of the three "matriarchs of Britain", along with (probably) Rhiannon and Arianrhod.

The Celtic goddess of love and beauty. Also of Manx and Wales. She is the sister of Bran the Blessed and Manannan mac Lir, daughter of Lir, and wife of the Irish king Matholwch. She is similar to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Roman goddess Venus. After the death of her brother Bran, due to a war caused by Matholwch, Branwen died of a broken heart. >>(Encyclopedia Mystica online)

Brigit/Brigid


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Her name means "High One." Main Goddess of Ireland. Daughter of Dagda. She has three aspects: Protectress of the bards, healers and smiths. Her festival Imbolc is at the 1st of February.

See her informationsite and shrine here. Enter Brigit Site

Brigantia The Celtic (British) tutelary goddess of the Brigantes in Yorkshire and the goddess of the rivers Braint and Brent, which were named after her. Brigantia was also a pastoral goddess associated with flocks and cattle. During the Roman occupation she was associated with the Roman goddess Caelestis as Caelestis Brigantia.
Cailleach The hag; also seen as the Triple Goddess; controller of the seasons & weather; Sacred to Cailleach: The raven, the staff, waning moon, winter, apples.

Cailleach is referred to as the "Mother of All" in parts of Scotland. Also known as Scotia, she is depicted as an old hag with the teeth of a wild bear and boar's tusks. She is believed to be a great sorceress.

One superstition regarding Calliach is that the farmer who is last to harvest his grain would be the person to "look after" Caileach for the rest of the year, until the next harvest. The first farmer who finishes harvesting would make a corn-dolly from the grain he has harvested. He would, then, pass it on to the next farmer who finishes. It would keep going until the corn-dolly ends up with the last farmer. That last farmer would be obligated to watch the "old woman".

She is also known to have created the earth.

"With her hammer she alternately splinters mountains, prevents the growth of grass, or raises storms. Numerous wild animals follow her..." -- Encyclopedia of the Occult, 1920 Another name for her is Skadi. >>(Encyclopedia Mystica online)

Cerridwen
(keh-RID-wen).


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"Lady of Inspiration": To the Celts of the British Isles and Brittany, She was Goddess of Wisdom, Poetry and Grain. Her annual slaying of Gwion mimics the change of the seasons. She is often depicted with Her Cauldron of Wisdom.

Moon and grain goddess who possesses the great cauldron of knowledge. Sacred to Cerridwin: cauldron; vervain; dark moon.

Mother of Taliesen, greatest and wisest of all the bards, therefore she is patron of poets. Caridwen corresponds with Brigit. She is connected with wolves, & some believe that her cult dates to the Neolithic era. Originally a corn goddess.

Coventia Rivergoddess, whose cult was centered at a temple in Carrawburgh/ Northumberland. Her image was shown three-bodied, carrying and pouring water-jugs. The Celtic (Britain) goddess of water and springs.
Danu "Great Mother": She is the "Mother of the Gods" of the Tuatha De Danaan, one of the ancient people who settled in Ireland. Her children and followers were transformed into the Banshee. Under a variety of names, including Anu and Don, Danu was worshipped through pre-Christian Europe and the Middle East.
Damona "The Great Cow": Gallic Goddess in the shape of a cow.
Habonia Email from TXsueMOM@aol.com

Habondia, the ancient Celtic Goddess of hearth, home, fertility
and the harvest, who was of old bonded with Cernunnos.  Her worshippers were
gradually absorbed into the folds of Brigid worship, and she has been muchly
forgotten, who at one time was sacred to every Celtic home.

Fotla Irish Mothergoddess; one of the mothers of Ireland.
Korrigan A Celtic (Gaul/France) goddess associated with nature and especially with water; for example springs in the vicinity of dolmens and other megaliths. In daytime she appears as an old, wrinkled crone yet at night, at the height of her powers, she seems a beautiful and young woman. Her worship involved sacred prostitution.
Macha Celtic goddess. Macha appeared in three shapes: the red Macha ( Macha Mongruad) was a wargoddess. Macha is also seen as an aspect of the Morrigan.
Maeve (Irish, "intoxication", "drunken woman") (other spellings: Maebh, Meave, Mebhdh) A Celtic/Irish goddess connected to Tara, the island's legendary, mythical and magical center. Part of her service was concerned with the use of drugs, with "wanton" sexuality and sacred prostitution. The legends concerning her speak of "Queen Maeve" as a mighty warrior, who nevertheless was also known "to buy victory with her willing thighs" and to stop "the battle whenever she was menstruating" [Monaghan 1981, p. 188].
Mari "Lady Justice": She is the Basque Goddess of Rain and Drought. Via the latter, She punishes those guilty of lying, stealing and pride. She assumes many different forms.
Matres

Matres

A group of three nature-goddesses worshipped in Gallia, Britannia and Cisalpina. Image: Two are seated and carry bowls with fruits; while the one in the middle holds a baby. This cult is not found in Ireland and Wales; but it survived until the Roman Times.
Medb Earth and Fertility-Goddess in Ireland. She symbolised the earth and the Irish king had to marry in a ritual.

In ancient Ireland, a king was ritually wed to this Goddess (in the person of Her Priestess) to legitimize Her reign. She was considered a Triune Goddess who oversaw sovereignty, war, sexuality and intoxication.

Morgan, Morrigan, Morrigu, Morrighan,
Morgana le Fay

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"The great queen". Archetypical form of the mother goddess in Ireland. She was three-shaped: Badb, Macha and Nemainn. She fought aiding the Tuatha de Danaan. Manly seen as a goddess of war and love. Some references to the sumerian goddess Inanna.

See her shrine at the top.

Nanna

Goddess of the flowers and plants. (Arthuslegend)
Nantosuelta Gallic Goddess of fertility and the Underworld. She was worshipped in Germany/Saar.
   
Nemain Irish Wargoddess married to the Wargod Net.
Nemetona Gallic Goddess of Roman times. She was the consort of Mars; therefore some historians see her as a wargoddess. She was the main goddess of the tribe Nemeter - living between Rhein and Mosel.

Rhiannon
(rhee-AHN-nohn)

used with kind permisson of the artist

Rigantona = " The great Queen", Mare-Goddess in Wales. (see Epona)
Rosmerta
 A goddess of plenty who was found accross South-western Britain, Gaul and long the rivers Rhone and Rhine. Often shown (as it is only the stone Roman altars which have survived) as part of a couple with Mercury. It's a bit tenuous but she may have been linked with dairy production in Britain (the brass bound bucket) as suggested by Ellis-Davidson.  

ROSMERTA- Gaul- All celtic tribes
A Celtic goddess of fertility and wealth, whose cult was widely spread in Gaul. She is the wife of the god Esus, but also of the Gaulish Mercury. Her attributes are a cornucopia and a stick with two snakes.

Scathach Thanks to Daibhidh ap Scathach for this information:

She is the patron of blacksmiths and warriors alike.  She teaches unto her children
martial arts, discipline, how to work iron and steel, magick, the ways of
the seer, and the way of the sword, spear, and bow.  She is the Goddess in
her destroyer aspect.  Her name means "She Who Strikes Fear" or "The Shadowy
One".

Senua In case you have not heard about it, a new Roman Goddess has been discovered in a hoard of gold and silver in England. Her name is Senua, and Her origin may have been derived from a combination of a local British Goddess and the Roman Minerva. They believe that the site was dedicated to Her, as many offerings were found with the silver statue of the Goddess. (Email from Annina) She is portrayed as a graceful woman with hair coiled in a bun. The breast, arms and face of the goddess rotted away in the soil centuries ago. 

(Picture is  here: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/pe/images/k151732.jpg)

Sequana Goddess of the Seine
Sirona Gallic Goddess of Roman times; consort of Apollo Grannus. She was a fertility and spring-goddess.
Sulis Goddess of the thermal-baths of Bath. She was also a goddess of the Underworld, Wisdom and Fortunetelling 

Tailtiu
Irish Earth-Goddess, who was the stepmother of Lugh. In her name the celtic festival Lughnasadh (1st August) was celebrated.