Goddess of love and fertility, later known as an Irish fairy queen..
A healing goddess of the Tuatha de Danann, goddess of medicinal plants
and keeper of the spring that brings the dead back to life.
Brigit (Bridget, Brighid, Brigindo)
Brigit is the Irish-Celtic goddess of healing and fertility, patroness
of smiths, poets and doctors, symbolized by a white swan. She is the
daughter of The Dagda, the deity of the Tuatha de Danaan, one of the
most ancient people of Northern Europe. Brigit is wife of Bres, king
of the gods and Ireland. Her festival is that of the Imbolc, observed
on February 1. In Kildare, Ireland, she was served by a female priesthood.
Brigit shares attributes with the ancient Greek triple goddess Hecat.
The pre-Christian Brigantes, from where her name derives, honored her
as identical to Juno, Queen of Heaven. So well loved is Brigit, that
she was made into a Christian saint when the Celts turned to Christianity.
In Irish-Celtic mythology, the Fomorians are a race of demonic giants, the
original occupants of Ireland. The Tuatha DÈ Danann, the Irish race of gods,
arrived and destroyed the Fomorian hold over Ireland for good in the second
battle of Mag Tuireadh. The Fomorians were given the province of Connacht,
and were allowed to marry some of the Tuatha DÈ. The king of the Fomorians
is the one-eyed Balor.
The Irish-Celtic god of fertility and agriculture. He is the son of Elatha,
a prince of the Fomorians, and the goddess Eriu.
Corresponds with Gaul god Belenius.
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 and the Dagda caused the
sun to stand still for nine months, so that Angus was conceived and born on
the same day.
Dagda (Dagde, Dagodevas)
The Irish Celtic God of the Earth and Father God. On New Years Day Dagda mates
with his wife the raven Morrigan. His attributes are a bottomless caldron of
plenty and a harp with which he rules the seasons. His club can kill as well
as restore life. As leader of the Tuatha De Danaan, Dagda is a fearsome warrior
and skilled artisan.
Danu is considered to be the mother of The Dagda, god of the Tuatha de Danaan.
She most likely existed in an earlier form as Anu, Universal Mother.
Morrigan was the Celtic goddess of war and death who could take the shape of
a crow or raven. She is associated with the sometimes frightening aspects of
female energy, and is wife to Dagda. As one aspect of the Celtic triple goddess,
Morrigan is seen washing bloody laundry prior to battle by those destined to die.
This Celtic deity was worshipped during the 30 day midsummer feast in Ireland,
where sexual magic ensured ripening of the crops and a prosperous harvest. He
is linked with the nature goddess variously named Tailltu, Machta or Rosmerta
in Gaul. His animal totems are the raven and the lynx, and he corresponds with
the Roman God Mercury.
Ogmias is his Gaul counterpart. Sometimes associated with the Greek Herakles,
he is a great warrior. Here he is seen carrying his club. He is the champion
Irish goddess of the river Shannon.
Ancient Irish hill people believed to be the spirits of the dead.
Tuatha De Danann
The Tuatha De Danann (“People of the goddess Danu”) are the Irish race of gods,
founded by the goddess Danu. These gods, had perfected the use of magic. From
the legends of the Tuatha De Danaans we learn that these were deities of learning,
magical skills, arts and crafts. The three things that they revered above all others
were: the plough, the hazel and the sun.