Celtic mythology offers a rich history into the origins of an Ireland long ago, with fascinating details and surprising associations. So many wonderful Goddesses from this time and today I wanted to share some of my favourites with you from both Ireland and Wales.
Represented by the raven, Nantosuellta is quite well known as the Goddess of the Dead. In Gaulish tradition, she is Goddess of Nature, the Earth, Fire and Fertility. Nantosuellta is also known as the Goddess of Nature in the Lusitanian tradition and is often associated with the cornucopia and spring water. Her themes include Health, Miracles, Providence and Abundance.
Aine– Goddess of love, growth, cattle and light. Her name means bright as she lights up the dark. Celebrations for this goddess were held on midsummer’s eve.
This fire goddess’s name means “bright arrow.” Her myths spread into England and Scotland where she is known as Brigantia and Bride respectively. The modern name Bridget derives from this popular triple goddess.
Keeper of the cauldron, goddess of the moon, magic, agriculture, poetry, music, art and science. Her name means “chiding love.” Other common spellings of her name include Cerridwen, Caridwen and Keridwen.
The Welsh Mabinogion has several shamanic references, including the dream of Mascen Wledig who takes an epic journey and finds the most beautiful woman he had even seen, after some pursuing, she became his wife. The dream itself is recorded as ‘dream flight’ a shamanic journey? The lady in question was Elen, an ancient goddess of sovereignty of the land. Often refereed to as Elen of the Ways and would lead the tribe and the herds of reindeer during their winter and summer migrations across Brita.
MACHA ~ Goddess of Sovereignty. She is a Triple Goddess Morrigan associated with the goddess of war and peace. Macha was also a leader of wisdom, physical strength, sexuality, fertility, and mastery over men.
In Celtic mythology, Adsullata was a river goddess of the Continental Celts associated with the River Savus (Sava) in Noricum. This deity is known from a single inscription found at Saudörfel, Austria. Later she came to Brittany from Celtic Gaul and was believed to be a goddess of hot springs and the origin of the Anglo-Celtic sun goddess.
The Great Goddess Rhiannon
Goddess of the Night ~ As a Celtic Goddess of the underworld and the dead, she possessed the gift of shape shifting. She also knew every plant and every tree and was often found dancing with the branches and playing with butterflies. She is closely interwoven with all life on earth. Rhiannon teaches us to accept what is ours, and trust that our deepest desires will come to us without much effort…shift your attention and change the shape of your image of the world.