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Irish Celtic Gods & Goddesses

Postby Stephanie Mae » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:27 pm

In reply to some recent requests, you will find an updated and combined list of Irish Celtic Gods and Goddesses. Feel free to post any questions, comments or suggestions. These lists focus on the primary Gods and Goddesses, that my family celebrates and works with most frequently. There was also a request for pictures, so the pictures placed below are those found on Google which I believe to not be too far fetched. If there is not a picture listed, it is because I could not find a credible picture.


Gods

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Dagda- nicknamed "the father" or "the good". He is the father god of The Tuatha De Danann and has a cauldron named Undry, which never let anyone go hungry. The god of magic, good, fathers and earth.
Colors: Black, Green, Gold
Herbs: Yew (poisonous, never cut or burn), Agrimony, Angelica, Mistletoe (poisonous), Lavender, Garlic, Alfalfa, Holly (poisonous)
Trees: Rowan, Aspen
Properties: Reincarnation, Music, Magic, Healing


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Aungus Og- God of love and youth. His name means, young son. He has four birds around him always that symbolize a lovers embrace. He always carries a sword named Moralltach.
Colors: Red, White, Pink
Herbs: Coltsfoot, Catnip, Chamomile, Chickweed, Mistletoe, Cowslip, Meadowsweet, Mallow, Lavender, Lady's Mantle, Hemp
Trees: Apple
Properties: Love, Youth, Beauty


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Bel- God of fire and fertility. Also known as "the flame of life". He is worshiped during Bealtane.
Colors: Black, Red, Orange
Properties: Agriculture, Fire, Prosperity
Trees: Ash


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Lugh- The sun god. He is worshiped during Lughnasadh. August is his sacred month and he carries a spear named Gaeassail.
Colors: Yellow, Gold
Herbs: Agrimony, Angelica
Trees: Rowan
Properties: Agriculture, Animals, Art, Music, The Sun
Animals: Ravens and Hounds


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Diancecht- God of healing and medicine. He is the healer for The Tuatha De Danann.
Colors: Purple, Green
Herbs: Dandelion, Chickweed, Woodsorrel, Angelica, Lemon Balm, Rue
Trees: Hazel, Elder (do not eat berries raw)
Properties: Healing, Medicine, Regeneration


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Lir- God of the sea.
Colors: Black, Green, Yellow
Herbs: Cutweed, Burdock, Ragwort, Angelica, Mistletoe, Garlic
Trees: Ash, Hawthorn, Alder
Properties: Water, Sea Animals, Sea Storms


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Adammair- God of sex and stamina.
Colors: Red, Gold
Herbs: Nettle, Parsley, Liberty Cap (make sure it is not the toxic species), Holly, Garlic
Properties: Sex, Attraction, Sexual Stamina, Lust


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Cernunnos- The horned god, I know him as Hu Gadarn or Unidos. He is not strictly an Irish God, he is known to all Cetlic people. God of fertility, forests, animals and the underworld. He is worshiped during Samhain (my family does not worship him during Bealtane). We celebrate the hunt on Samhain and associate Hu Gadarn with the hunt.
Colors: Green, Black, Brown
Herbs: Mistletoe, Yew (poisonous, never cut or burn)
Trees: Alder, Aspen, Hawthorn, Oak
Animals: Stag
Properties: The Hunt, Wild Things, Forest, Animals, Fertility, Underworld, Death



The two gods I personally admire most are; Ecne, God of Knowledge and Oghma, God of Eloquence and Writing (not listed).


Goddesses

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Danu- the great mother goddess of all celtic gods and goddesses, as well as The Tuatha De Dannan. She is one who came before everything else. She is known for blessings, protection, abundance, rivers and the moon. Her children were the waters of eternity and known for light and order.
Colors: Silver, White
Herbs: Ground Ivy (large quantities are poisonous), Holly (berries are poisonous), Angelica, Alfalfa, Agrimony, Furze, Ragwort, Broom (poisonous, do not ingest), Irish Moss, Chickweed
Trees: Juniper, Ash
Properties: The Great Mother, Protection, Prosperity, Water, The Moon, Guidance, Blessings
Animals: Snake or Serpent (Ouroboros)


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Airmid- Goddess of herbal healing. She knows the uses and properties of all herbs. She guards Slaine, the well of healing. It is said that fallen soldiers were brought to her well, dipped into the water and healed.
Colors: Green, Purple, Silver
Herbs: Hemp, Angelica, Lemon Balm, Blackberry, Cowslip, Garlic, Rue, Mugwort, Nettle, Flax (use only ripe seeds, immature seeds are poisonous), Fennel, Mistletoe (poisonous)
Trees: Elder (do not eat berries raw), Oak, Rowan, Ash
Properties: Herbal Healing


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Cailleach Beara- “The Crone” Goddess of storms and sovereignty. She is ever-renewing and passes through many lifetimes going from old age to youth in a cyclic fashion. She is also the bringer of plagues, disease and death.
Colors: Black, White
Herbs: Broom (poisonous, do not ingest), Mallow
Trees: Alder, Yew (poisonous, never cut or burn), Aspen, Willow
Properties: Plague, Disease, Death, Storms, Sovereignty
Animals: Connra Bull


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Morrigan- “The Great Queen” Goddess of war, chaos and fury. I know her as Mór Rígan. She is able to change shape, and has been seen as; black crow, crone, wolf, eel. She appears to soldiers before they die.
Colors: Red, Black, Silver
Herbs: Mugwort, Mistletoe (poisonous), Borage
Trees: Yew (poisonous, never cut or burn), Willow, Rowan
Properties: War, Battle, Chaos, Fury, Death, Angry Passion
Animals: Black Crow


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Aine- “The Spark of Life” Goddess of healing and protection. Aine is known as the spark of life that flows through your body. Mean Samhradh (midsummer) is sacred to Aine. She was raped and can be very vengeful, so she is great for a woman’s protection from a man. Aine is a great goddess for almost anything that has to do strictly with women.
Colors: Green, Blue, Red
Herbs: Angelica, Lemon Balm, Blackberry, Cowslip, Fennel, Flax (use only ripe seeds, immature seeds are poisonous), Garlic, Rue, Mugwort, Nettle, Mistletoe (poisonous), Agrimony, Broom (highly toxic, do not ingest), Holly (berries toxic)
Trees: Elder (do not eat berries raw), Oak, Hawthorn, Ash, Birch
Properties: Women’s Protection, Healing
Animals: Hounds


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Brigit- “The Flame of Ireland” Goddess of poetry. She is a woman of poetry, poets worship her and she is able to heal with words alone. The household fire or hearth is sacred to Brigit. She is worshipped during Imbolc. Brigit was known for her flame red hair.
Colors: Red, Black, White, Yellow
Herbs: Dandelion, Hemp, Mugwort, Lavender, Holly (berries toxic), Catnip, Eyebright
Trees: Willow
Properties: Poetry, Healing Words, Divination
Animals: Lamb


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Flidais- “Mistress of the Stags” Goddess of wild things and sexual passion. Flidais is ruler of wild animals and forest. She is seen in a chariot pulled by deer.
Colors: Red, Brown, Silver
Herbs: Mistletoe (poisonous), Garlic, Liberty Cap (make sure it is not a toxic species),Nettle
Trees: Hawthorn, Oak
Properties: Wild, Attraction, Lust, Sexual Stamina
Animals: Cow named Maol


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Etain- “Of the Horses” Goddess of beauty, horses and fertility. There is a beautiful story of Etain and Midhir, called “The Wooing of Etain”.
Colors: Brown, Silver
Herbs: Flax (use only ripe seeds, immature seeds are poisonous), Catnip, Mistletoe (poisonous), Cowslip
Trees: Elder (do not eat berries raw), Oak, Hawthorn
Properties: Fertility, Beauty, Horses
Animals: Horses


The two goddesses I personally admire most are; Etain and Danu.

If anyone has pictures they would like to post, feel free to reply with your pictures.
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Postby Twisted_Pixie » Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:31 pm

*loves it*

I am absolutely smitten by Airmid. I am getting a tattoo dedicated to her soon, just have to design it. I love her but she is hardly known unfortunately =( Its hard to find decent information about her
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Postby Ginger Faith! » Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:37 pm

Hmm, im going to the library tomorrow after school, is there any book that you know about all the Gods/Godesses?

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Postby Stephanie Mae » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:47 am

*loves it*

I am absolutely smitten by Airmid. I am getting a tattoo dedicated to her soon, just have to design it. I love her but she is hardly known unfortunately =( Its hard to find decent information about her


The only two stories I know of that she is part of are; The Story of the Tuatha De Danann, The Rivalry of Diancecht and Miach.



Hmm, im going to the library tomorrow after school, is there any book that you know about all the Gods/Godesses?


What Gods and Goddesses do you want to read about? There are so many; Greek, Roman, Irish/Scottish Celtic, Norse, Welsh, Egyptian. The list goes on and on. I know that you can find information about most any God or Goddess in an encyclopedia, and watch the information you gather online carefully. Many different websites could state many different facts about one deity.
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Postby Twisted_Pixie » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:24 pm

Yeh i love the story how her father kills her brother in a jealous fit because he preceeds him as a healer and how 365 herbs spring up from his grave.... i was thinking of having a sleeve dedicated to Airmid (a tattoo i mean) where it has my favourite herbs and her cloak blowing to the wind etc...

What is the tuatha de dannan story?? =D

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Postby Ginger Faith! » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:48 pm

Roman Gods and Goddesses?

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Postby Stephanie Mae » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:42 am

Twisted_Pixie wrote:Yeh i love the story how her father kills her brother in a jealous fit because he preceeds him as a healer and how 365 herbs spring up from his grave.... i was thinking of having a sleeve dedicated to Airmid (a tattoo i mean) where it has my favourite herbs and her cloak blowing to the wind etc...

What is the tuatha de dannan story?? =D

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The story of The Tuatha De Danann just recognizes her as Diancecht's daughter.

I wish I could find a painting of her cloak with all the herbs, I would hang it in my office at home. Could only imagine how memorizing it is........

You might like a book called, Plant Spirit Wisdom By: Ross Heaven. I read it a few months ago and really enjoyed most of it.


Roman Gods and Goddesses?

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I am not really up to par on any knowledge about the Roman Gods and Goddesses. There are probably many other members on this forum that could give you a wealth of information on them. You might want to try the following book or find your information online for free.

A Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
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Postby Lark » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:58 am

Some books that I'd recommend for anyone interested in learning more about the Irish Celtic Goddesses are:

"The Great Queens" by Rosalind Clark
"The Celtic Goddesses" by Miranda Green
"Celtic Gods/Celtic Goddesses" by R.J. Stewart
"The Pagan Celts" by Anne Ross

And of course reading the Irish myths can be very useful as well. You can find The Book of Invasions and other myth cycles on-line at http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/cel ... irish.html

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Postby Stephanie Mae » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:34 am

Lark wrote:
"The Great Queens" by Rosalind Clark


This is a great book, but it is more for someone who is interested in the bigotry of the early Irish Christians and the abduction of pagan beliefs as related to women in power.

I would also suggest checking it out at a library, as it can cost upwards of $80.00 used.
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Postby Avalon » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:59 pm

I am a huge follower of Cerridwen (Kare - id - wen)

She lived on an Island in Lake Tegid and was the maker of the potion of knowledge. Her servant Gwion splashed some of her potion on his fingers and licked them. He was then all knowing and able to see the future and the past.
Cerridwen pursued Gwion through many differing forms until she finally ate him as a chicken (with him as a grain) and then gave birth from him to a son called Taliesin

I have a wonderful book which has been an interesting read called Celtic Myths & Legends by Edain McCoy

It encompasses not only Irish God and Goddesses but Welsh, Scottish, Anglo-Celtic, Breton, Manx and Cornish as well.
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Postby Twisted_Pixie » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:22 pm

Stephanie Mae wrote:
I wish I could find a painting of her cloak with all the herbs, I would hang it in my office at home. Could only imagine how memorizing it is........

You might like a book called, Plant Spirit Wisdom By: Ross Heaven. I read it a few months ago and really enjoyed most of it.



You have just given me an idea.... i'm going to paint her!! I've been looking everywhere for other artists pictures of her, but havent realised "Hmm i'm an artist, why the hell cant i do it?" YAY Thanks Steph lol!!!

Also i'm going to have a look online for that book!!!


Avalon wrote:She lived on an Island in Lake Tegid and was the maker of the potion of knowledge. Her servant Gwion splashed some of her potion on his fingers and licked them. .


Yep! It was 3 drops and this is my favourite story that describes the three drops of Awen known in Druidic lore. I love it.

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Postby Stephanie Mae » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:14 pm

Twisted_Pixie wrote:You have just given me an idea.... i'm going to paint her!! I've been looking everywhere for other artists pictures of her, but havent realised "Hmm i'm an artist, why the hell cant i do it?" YAY Thanks Steph lol!!!

Also i'm going to have a look online for that book!!!
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If you paint her you have to show me the finished product!
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Postby Twisted_Pixie » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:21 pm

Will do girlie!!!
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Postby Syndica » Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:53 am

this was an interesting read mae, it's kinda hard to pick a god and goddess for my alter and pray to. mostly i'v been praying to the goddess bast.

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Postby Stephanie Mae » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:29 am

I do not think there is a need to only pick one. They each serve a different purpose. I have one goddess I hold dearest and that would be Danu. Just do what feels right for yourself. They are all so incredible.
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