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Celtic Goddesses

All Goddesses

 

 

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Romano-Celtic forest and river goddess. Also goddess of the hunt.

Adsullata

A Continental Celtic river goddess.

Aeval

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.

Agrona

The Celtic goddess of strife and slaughter. The river Aeron in Wales is named after her.

Aibell

An Irish 'fairy' goddess.

Aimend

An Irish sun-goddess.

Aine

Irish goddess of love and fertility. Daughter of Eogabail, who was in turn the foster-son of Manannan mac Lir. Later worshipped as a fairy queen in County Limerick.

Airmid

Healing goddess, protector of medicinal plants, and the keeper of the spring that brings the dead back to life.

Anann

A form of the major Irish mother goddess; overlaps with Danu. Worshipped in Munster as a goddess of plenty.

Ancamna

A water goddess from Continental Celtic mythology.

Andarta

A Gallic warrior and fertility goddess in Celtic France.

Andraste

The goddess of war in Celtic Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anu

 

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An Irish/Celtic fertility goddess, venerated as the mother of the gods. The center of her cult was the fertile Munster in southeast Ireland.

Arduinna

The Gaulish (Celtic) goddess of the moon, hunting, and forests. She was very popular in the Ardennes, to which she gave her name. She is accompanied by a boar, her sacred animal.

Arianrhod

Moon goddess and goddess of reincarnation. Arianrhod ("silver wheel", the moon), is one of the descendants of Don. She had two brothers, Gilfaethwy and Gwydion. She and Gwydion produced twin sons, Llew Llau Gyffes and Dylan. Her consort Nwyvre (Sky, Space) basically disappears. Her stars are the Caer Arianrhod, the circumpolar stars to which souls withdraw between reincarnations. She is honored at the full moon.

Arnemetia

The British-Celtic water goddess.

Artio

Artio of Muri, usually depicted in the form of a bear, she was the continental Celtic goddess of the bear cult.

Aveta

The Gallic goddess of birth and midwifery.

Badb

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.

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.

Beag

An Irish goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann, associated with a magic well.

Bebhionn

An Irish underworld goddess and a patron of pleasure.

Belisama

Goddess of light, fire, forging and crafts. Gaulish/Celtic. She is the wife of the god Belenus.

Boann

Goddess of bounty and fertility. Her symbol is the white cow. Her name means "She of the white cattle". Irish goddess. Also goddess of the River Boyne. She is the wife of the water god Nechtan or of Elcmar, and consort of the Dagda, by whom she was the mother of the god Aengus.

Bodb

The Irish goddess of battle. She prophesied the doom of the Tuatha Dé Danann after the Battle of Mag Tuireadh (Moytura).

Branwen

Goddess of love and beauty. Branwen ("white raven") a daughter of Llyr and Penarddun, and sister of Bran, and Manawydan, and half-sister of Nisien and Efnisien.

Breg

Irish goddess, wife of the Dagda.

Brigid

Also known as Bridget, Brighit and Brid. Goddess of healing, fertility and the hearth. She is the patron of poets, smiths and doctors. Breo Saighead, or the "Fiery Arrow or Power," is a Celtic three-fold goddess, the daughter of The Dagda, and the wife of Bres. Known by many names, Brighid's three aspects are (1) Fire of Inspiration as patroness of poetry, (2) Fire of the Hearth, as patroness of healing and fertility, and (3) Fire of the Forge, as patroness of smithcraft and martial arts. Brighid's festival is Imbolc, celebrated on or around February 1 when she ushers Spring to the land after The Cailleach's Winter reign. This mid-Winter feast commences as the ewes begin to lactate and is the start of the new agricultural cycle. During this time Brigid personifies a bride, virgin or maiden aspect and is the protectoress of women in childbirth. Imbolc also is known as Oimelc, Brigid, Candlemas, or even in America as Groundhog Day. Transformed into St. Brigid in the Christian revolution of Ireland.

 

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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.

Bronach

An Irish goddess of cliffs.

Cailleach

Also known as Skadi or Scotia, she is an ancient goddess, both in worship and in form. She appears as an old hag with teeth of a bear and tusks of a boar. She is a sorceress who created the earth. Cailleach is referred to as the "Mother of All" in parts of Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cailleach Beara

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Celtic deity said to turn to stone on Beltane and be reborn on Samhain. Represented as a hag.

Camma

The goddess of the hunt among the Britons.

Carman

A destructive witch, she was the goddess of evil magic. She had three equally destructive sons: Dub ("darkness"), Dother ("evil"), and Dian ("violence"), who ravaged Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann fought against Carman and defeated her.

Cerridwen

Welch Mother, moon and grain goddess. Wife of Tegid, mother of Creirwy (the most beautiful girl in the world) and Avagdu (th ugliest boy), as well as Taliesin, greatest of the Welch bards. Master of an inexhaustible cauldron named Amen in which she brewed a magical draught called greal from six plants which gave knowledge and inspiration. Originally a corn goddess. She is the protector of poets. One of her symbols is the sow. Associated with Brigit.

Cliodhna

The Irish goddess of beauty. She later became a fairy queen in the area of Carraig Cliodhna in County Cork.

Clota

The Celtic goddess of the river Clyde.

Coventina

The Celtic (Britain) goddess of water and springs. She was known locally in the area of Carrawburgh (Roman Brocolitia) along Hadrian's Wall. She personified a holy spring that had healing powers.

Creiddylad

A Welsh goddess, daughter of Llyr.

Cyhiraeth

The Celtic goddess of streams. She later entered folklore as a spectre haunting woodland streams. Her shriek was said to foretell death as the Banshee.

Damara

A British/Celtic feritility goddess, associated with the month of May.

Damona

A Gallic goddess, known as the "Divine Cow". She is the spouse of Borvo.

Danu

Universal mother of the gods. The earth mother. Goddess of rivers,wells, prosperity, plenty, magic and wisdom. The Irish/Celtic earth goddess, matriarch of the Tuatha Dé Danann ("People of the goddess Danu"). Danu is the mother of various Irish gods, such as the Dagda (also mentioned as her father), Dian Cecht, Ogma, Lir, Lugh, and many others. Her Welsh equivalent is the goddess Don.

Don

The Welsh mother-goddess. She is the wife of Beli, and mother of Gwydion. Her Irish counterpart is Danu.

Edain

The Celtic goddess who is associated with horseback-riding. She is probably equivalent to the Gaulish goddess Epona.

Epona

Celtic Goddess of horses, mules and cavalrymen adopted in Rome. Among the Gaulish Celts themselves, she was worshipped as goddess of horses, asses, mules, oxen, and, to an extent, springs and rivers. The Celtic goddess whose authority extended even beyond death, accompanying the soul on its final journey. Epona is depicted sitting side saddle or lying on a horse, or standing with multiple horses around her. Her symbol is the cornucopia and the horse.

Eriu

An Irish/Celtic goddess, the personification of Ireland. She belongs to the Fomorians and is the mother of Bres, king of Ireland. The name Ireland comes from her name (Eyre, Eire, or Eiriu).

Etain

An early sun goddess of ancient Ireland.

Fand

A sea goddess who made her home both in the Otherworld and on the Islands of Man. With her sister, Liban, she was one of the twin goddesses of health and earthly pleasures. She was also known as "Pearl of Beauty".

Fodla

One of the three goddesses who ruled Ireland before the first Gauls, came to the island.

Gwenn Teir Bronn

The Celtic goddess of motherhood.

Macha

One of three aspects of the Morrigan, goddess of war. Patroness of Ulster and war goddess. There are three legendary women associated with this name. One was the wife of Nemed, another was the wife of Cimbaeth and daughter of Aed Ruad and a war leader, the third was the wife of Crunnchu who raced against the fastest horse in Ireland while pregnant and won but died at the finish line giving birth to twins.

Matres

Celtic mother goddess of Gaul.

Midir

The Irish/Celtic ruler of Mag Mor, the underworld. He is a son of the goddess Danu.

Modron

A Welsh goddess, daughter of Avalloc, derived from the Celtic goddess Matrona.

Morrigan

The Morrigan is a goddess of battles, war, death, strife, and fertility. Her name translates as either "Great Queen" or "Phantom Queen". The Morrigan appears as both a single goddess and a trio of goddesses. The other deities who form the trio are Badb ("Crow"), and either Macha (also connotes "Crow") or Nemain ("Frenzy"). She is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann. She can take the form of a crow or raven. If seen by a warrior before battle, that warrior will die.

Nantosuelta

Goddess of nature, valleys and streams. Her name means "Winding River". A Gallic protective goddess and goddess of water. Her symbol is the raven.

Nantosuetta

A Celtic goddess worshipped in Gaul. She forms a pair with the god Sucellos. Her attribute is as cornucopia ("horn of plenty"), which refers to her aspect of fertility goddess. Occasionally she is represented with a cottage on her hand, which could indicate that she was patroness of the family. Nantosuetta was also a goddess of the realm of the dead.

Nemetona

The Celtic goddess of sacred groves or shrines (nemeton, "shrine").

Nodens

The Celtic river god of the Severn estuary in south-west Britain.

Rhiannon

Welsh fertility and otherworld goddess. Rhiannon (her name is either "Maid of Annwn" or a variant of Rigatona, "Great Queen"). She was mistress of the Singing Birds who could wake the dead and lull the living to sleep. She appeared to Pwyll, Lord of Dyfed, as a beautiful woman in dazzling gold on a white horse. The white horse could outpace any rider although it appeared to go at a steady pace. Her first husband was Pwyll, a mortal king with whom she had Pryderi. After Pwylls death she married Manawydan, the god of the sea.

Rosmerta

In Gaulish Celtic mythology, Rosmerta was the goddess of fire, warmth, and abundance. A flower queen and hater of marriage, Rosmerta was also the queen of death. A Celtic goddess of fertility and wealth, whose cult was widely spread in Northeast Gaul. Rosmerta was the wife of Esus, the Gaulish Hermes. Her attributes are a cornucopia and a stick with two snakes.

Sabrina

The Celtic river goddess of the river Severn (southwestern Great Britain).

Sequanna

The Celtic goddess of the river Seine.

Shannon

Goddess of the river Shannon.

Sheila-na-gig

The goddess of fertility in British-Celtic mythology. An ugly, troll-like creature. She prominently displays her genitals in an attempt to allay the power of death.

Sirona

The Gaulish goddess of astronomy, and goddess of the Mosel Valley.

Sul

The Celtic British goddess of hot springs, especially at Bath (Aquae Sulis).

Tailtiu

An Irish-Celtic earth-goddess, nurse of Lugh. She raised him until he is able to carry arms.

Tamesis

The Celtic goddess of fresh waters. Her name survives in the English River Thames and in Tamise, a French name for the Schelde (Scheldt).

Tuatha De Danann

"People of the goddess Danu". Gods who were descended from Danu, including Lugh, Dagda, Brigit, Ogma and others. Considered to be skilled artisans, poets, magicians and craftsmen.

Verbeia

The Celtic goddess of the river Wharfe (North Yorkshire, England).

 

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