celtic deity

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•Stuff about Greek deities

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Celtic Deities: Óengus/Aengus

Óengus is a God of Love, Youth and Poetic Inspiration. He is the son of The Dagda and Boann, and was said to live at Brú na Bóinne.

Óengus’ father, The Dagda, had an affair with Boann, the river Goddess who was the wife of Nechtan. To disguise Boann’s pregnancy, The Dagda stilled the Sun for 9 months so that Óengus was conceived, gestated and born in one day.
Midir became Óengus’ foster father.

  • Abode(s): Brú na Bóinne.

  • Weapons: Moralltach, Beagalltach, Gáe Buide, Gáe Derg.
  • Animals: Swans.
  • Consorts: Etain, Caer Ibormeith.
  • Parents: The Dagda & Boann  (Midir acted as a foster father).
  • Siblings: Oghma an Cermait.
  • Children: Diarmuid Ua Duibhne (foster son).

When he came of age, Óengus dispossessed The Dagda of his home, Brú na Bóinne (an area of the Boyne River Valley that contains the passage tombs Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth). He arrived at his father’s home after The Dagda had shared out his land amongst his children, and none was left for Óengus so he asked whether he could instead dwell in Brú na Bóinne for “a day and a night”, - to this, The Dagda agreed.
Now, bear in mind that the Irish language has no indefinite article, so “a day and a night” is equal to “day and night”, which covers all time, therefore enabling Óengus to take permanent possession of Brú na Bóinne.

Tales of Óengus:

Óengus also killed Lugh Lámhfada’s (yes, Lugh as in Lughnasadh) poet for lying about his brother, Oghma an Cermait. The poet claimed that Oghma was embroiled in an affair with one of Lugh’s wives.

In the “Tale of Two Pails”, a sidhe woman, foster daughter of Óengus, became lost and wound up in the company of St. Patrick where she was then converted to Christianity. Unable to win her back, Óengus left and eventually, consumed by grief, she died.

Óengus fell in love with a girl who appeared in his dreams. His mother, Boann, Goddess of the river Boyne and a cow Goddess who’s milk formed the Milky Way (known as Bealach na Bó Finne, - the White Cow’s Way - in Irish), searched the whole of Ireland for a year. The Dadga did the same. It was the King, Bodb Dearg who finally found the girl after a further year of searching.

Óengus travelled to the lake of the Dragon’s Mouth and there he found 150 girls chained in pairs. Among them was his girl, Caer Ibormeith. Caer and the others would take on the form of swans for 1 whole year, every second Samhain. Óengus was told that if he could identify Caer in swan form, he could have her hand in marriage. Instead, he turned himself into a swan and the pair flew away, singing a beautiful song that would put all who listened to sleep for 3 days and 3 nights.

He owned a sword named Moralltach, the Great Fury, given to him by Manannan mac Lir. This, he gave to his foster son, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, along with another sword named Beagalltach, the Little Fury. He also gave him two spears of great power: Gáe Buide and Gáe Derg.  When the young man died, Óengus took his body back to Brú na Bóinne where he breathed life into it whenever he wished to speak to Diarmuid. 

In other legends, Óengus was able to repair broken bodies and return life to them.

Celtic Deities Series [2/101]


I finally got the time and space to dedicate a large, permanent shrine to Cernunnos. For a year now it’s been tucked in a small shelf in my witchcraft cabinet, but now he has a proper place in the house!

I found this incredible statue in my regular witchy supply store, and even if it has a plate that says “Herne” on the front that the incense bowl is hiding, everything else about it just screamed my patron. As @sacred-elk will tell you, I teared up when I saw it. The rest of the shrine is compiled of pieces that I’ve had dedicated to him for years. The fox fur on the wall and accompanying fox and coyote heads felt like a suitable addition, too.

It feels so right. So like home. 🦌🌲💕☀️

Romano-Celtic Totatis God Ring, 3rd-4th Century AD

A silver round-section hoop  and discoid bezel with filigree collar, granulation to the rim, with inset disc to the upper face featuring a ropework border and ‘TOT’ between horizontal palm-leaf motifs.

A number of rings have been found in eastern Roman Britain inscribed with the word TOT. It is thought that they refer to the Celtic deity Totatis, a deity later associated by the Romans with Mars and Mercury. The rings have been found mainly in the area corresponding to the native British tribe the Corieltauvi who may have worshipped Totatis as their primary tribal deity. The presence of his cult is strengthened by several inscriptions found in United Kingdom mentioning this deity. However, we should probably look for his origin in the religion of Continental Celts, as the Roman writer Lucan in the 1st century AD mentions Totatis together with other two deities Esus and Taranis.

Paganism (and witch) P.S.A

I want to make this very clear, because there are people out there who are trying really hard to dictate the beliefs of others.
You do not have to be of Irish decent or blood, to worship Celtic (Gaelic) deities. Ours is not a closed or exclusive pantheon, - you do not need to find a teacher or someone to induct you into our faith. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a piece of shit who doesn’t know what they’re talking about and they’re alienating you for no good reason.

You’re welcome here; the deities will welcome you as their children do.

Hymn to The Morrigan

O Morrigan, we call your name
Across the dusty years
You speak to us, of blood and lust
You show us all our fears
You are a goddess, old and wise
Of holy power you have no dearth
Beneath your wings, black, red and white,
We learn of death and birth
You walk about, this ancient land,
your hunger raw and clear
You make the crops grow rich and strong,
as well your geese and deer
A flirting maid, a lusty hag,
A mother of great girth:
without the touch, of your black wings,
We cannot heal the Earth
You float upon, a blood red wave,
Of swords and spears and knives
Your voice inspires, fear and dread,
That youll cut short our lives
You try the warriors’, courage sore,
Our inner souls unnearth
Without the touch, of your red wings,
We cannot know our worth
You fly above, the sliver clouds,
To Manannan’s shining Gate
You lead the dead, along that path,
to meet our final fate.
The joke’s on us, we find within,
A land of laughter and mirth
Without the touch, of your black wings,
We cannot have rebirth.

Lugh of the Long Arm

Lugh (also spelled Lug) is an Irish deity known as a hero and High King of the distant past. He is the son of Cian of the Tuatha Dé Danann and Ethniu, daughter of Balor, of the Fomorians.

Because of a prophecy which foretold that Balor would be killed by his grandson, Cian, to protect his son, gave Lugh to Tailtiu, queen of the Fir Blog, to foster.

When he became a young man, Lugh traveled to the court of Nuada, king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, to offer his many services as a smith, swordsman, poet, historian, harpist, and craftsman (this is why one of Lugh’s many titles is “skilled in many arts” or Ildánach in Irish). 

At first the Tuatha Dé Danann rejected him, saying they already had someone with each of those skills, but when Lugh asked if they had anyone with all those skills simultaneously, they admitted they did not and allowed him to to join the court and appointed him Chief Ollam of Ireland (a great poet or bard of literature and history).

At this time the Tuatha Dé Danann were being oppressed by Balor and the Fomorians. Lugh saw this and was confused as to why the Tuatha Dé Danann would allow the Fomorians to rule over them. Nuada, seeing how upset this had made Lugh, handed command over the Tuatha Dé Danann to Lugh in hopes that he would lead them to freedom from Balor and his Fomorians. Lugh accepted this and began making preparations for war.

Lugh’s father, Cian was enemies with a man named Tuireann. Tuireann’s sons, Brian, Iuchar, and Iucharba decided to kill Cian when they happened upon him walking along a road. The three sons succeeded in killing Cian when he shape-shifted into a pig, because the sons of Tuireann shape-shifted themselves into a pack of dogs and hunted Cian down. The three sons tried to cover up their crime, but Lugh found out and demanded they must complete a series of seemingly impossible tasks to make amends for killing his father. The tasks sent the sons of Tuireann around the world, fetching magical weapons which Lugh planed to use against the Fomorians. 

The sons of Tuireann succeeded in obtaining every weapon, but all three were mortally wounded in the process and died soon after coming back to Ireland and giving Lugh the objects he sent them to retrieve. One of the items, a pig skin from the palace of Tuis, was said to be able to heal wounds. The three sons of Tuireann begged Lugh to use the skin on them so they might live. Lugh refused.

Using the magic artifacts the sons of Tuireann had gathered, Lugh led the Tuatha Dé Danann in the Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh against the Fomorians. Nuada was killed in the battle by Balor. Lugh then faced Balor, who opened his terrible, poisonous eye that killed all it looked upon, but Lugh shot a sling-stone that drove the evil eye out the back of Balor’s head, wreaking havoc on the Fomorian army behind. 

After the war, because Lugh had killed Balor, he was now considered the High King and went on to rule for fourty years. Lugh had many wives and a few children, the most famous being Sétanta, more commonly known as the great hero Cú Chulainn. Lugh was eventually killed when one of his wives had an affair with a man named Cermait. Lugh killed him in revenge, but Cermait’s three sons killed Lugh in return by drowning him in Loch Lugborta. 

Healer Deity Guide

A very simple guide of sorts, for the different healers or healing related Deities from different pagan paths. This is as much for learning for me as everyone else, so feel free to point out anything I should add or fix, if there’s anything please let me know! Any suggestions for other deities/paths or types of deities are welcome!

Eir; Norse; is a physician goddess. She is said to only give her advice and wisdom to women, and this could be due to the fact medicine was typically a woman’s job in old norse society. She is also one of the Valkyries, female deities who decide who die in battle who who lives. Eir is also one of Frigga’s twelve handmaidens, each not only loyal to the Queen of Asgard, but a goddess in their own right. Curiously enough, Eir is not only the goddess of medicine and healing, she is also a forge goddess, largely known for being involved in the arts, detail and creativity that comes with forging rather than the actual act of making weapons, though thought to be skilled at both. Her main attributes involve, obviously, healing, but also patience, creative energy, perseverance, fire, metal smithing, and defending/aiding warriors.

Asclepius; Greek; God of medicine, he is known for the healing what has already been hurt or sick, while his wife, Epione, was the goddess of soothing pain. Their offspring: Hygieia (the Goddess of health, hygiene and cleanliness) is more about preventing ailments; Panacea (the Goddess of Universal health); Aceso (Goddess of the healing process); Iaso (the Goddess of recuperating from illness) and Aglaea (Goddess of beauty, adornment and splender) is best known for being one of the three Charities. The Rod of Asclepius is still a very well known and used symbol for medicine today, it shows a snake (modernly there are sometimes two) entangling a rod or staff.

Apollo(n); Greek; God of prophecies/oracles, healing, plague, disease, music, song, poetry, archery, and protector of the young. He is the father of Asclepius, who shares with him the title of Paean or “The Healer”. Apollo is able to give the plague or take it away, he is called upon to ward off evil and offer help for the sick. Apollo is also the first god mentioned in the Hippocratic oath, an oath or promise historically made by doctors and physicians to uphold specific ethical standards. And though the original oath is not commonly used today, versions of it are still taken by newly graduated medical personnel.

Sekhmet; Egyptian; Warrior and Hunter Goddess of fire, war, vengeance and healing/medicine. She is depicted as a lioness, or a woman with a lioness head. She is also a Solar Deity, which is a god or goddess who represents the sun, or an aspect of it, and is usually associated with strength and power. She’s often seen with the Goddess Hathor, the goddess of joy, music, dance, sexual love, pregnancy and birth. A lot of the times she’s thought of as the more harsh ‘side’ of the gentler Hathor. However, as merciless as she was often depicted, getting on her good side would grant someone aversion to plague and/or sickness, or cure ailments one would already have. She was the patron of doctors and physicians, so great even her priests could be turned into skilled healers.  Her father, Ra (God of the Sun), sent her to earth to punish humanity for its cruelty and for disobeying justice and order (Ma’at), however her blood lust got out of control and Ra ended up having to intoxicate her until her desire for human blood subsided. It is this lack of mercy and power that cause people to fear she will bring them plagues or other physical ailments or illnesses, but she could just as easily cure or heal them, which is why she is considered a deity of medicine and healing.

Heka; Egyptian; God of Magic. Heka was often called upon by those hoping for help in the form of protection, healing and/or support, which he could provide with his magic. He also would help Ra banish evil spirits and demons from the sky. Doctors and healers were sometimes called “Priests of Heka” and curiously enough, he, like Asclepius, is depicted with serpents, often on a rod or staff.

Airmed; Celtic; Goddess of Healing and Resurrection. She is the daughter of Diancecht, God of Medicine, and chief Physician and Magician of the Tuatha De  Danaan. Airmed herself was one of the original and oldest deities from Irish mythology, powerful with magic, and a member of Tuatha De Danann like her father.  The Tuatha De Danann (Clan of Danu, or People of the Goddess Danu) were thought to be a supernatural race out of ancient legends, evolved into Gods and Goddesses, who fought Fir Bolgs to protect the people of Ireland. Airmed healed those hurt in the battles of these wars and eventually it became clear at Airmed and her brother Miach’s skills greatly surpassed their father’s in the healing arts. Miach was especially talented, and his jealous father tried to kill him multiple times (each time Miach would heal himself) before finally succeeding. Airmed weeped for her dead brother, whom she was very close, once when visiting his grave, she saw 365 healing herbs which spoke to her and told her all of Miach’s healing secrets. Her still angry father stole these herbs from her and scattered them around the earth, leaving Airmed as the only one who knew all the secrets of the healing arts and herbs. The Well of the Slain (or less popularly The Well of Health) was made by Airmed, Diancecht, and Miach and when they casted spells over it, the soldiers who died in the war would be resurrected and those injured would be healed. However, the Fir Bolgs filled it with stones and it would no longer work.

That’s it for now! More to be added later, requests are welcome! If you could reblog, it would be very helpful, to get as many people helping as possible! 

anonymous asked:

"In Irish and Scottish folklore, the Sluagh (Irish pronunciation: [sɫuə], Scottish Gaelic: [slˠ̪uaɣ], modern Irish spelling Slua, English: "horde, crowd") were the spirits of the restless dead. Sometimes they were seen as sinners, or generally evil people who were welcome in neither heaven nor hell, nor in the Otherworld, who had also been rejected by the Celtic deities and by the earth itself." ....Possible origin for Anti?....

Possibly! That’d be insanely cool if that was where Jack got some of his inspiration :D

A small list of Celtic deities

ANGUS MAC OG - Ireland. God of love.

Associated with birds. 

ANU - Ireland. Goddess of fertility, prosperity, and health.

Associated with cows.

ARIANRHOD - Wales. Goddess of beauty and reincarnation.

Associated with the wheel.

BADB - Ireland. Goddess of wisdom, inspiration, and enlightenment.

Associated with the cauldron, crow, and raven.

BEL - Ireland. God of the sun, healing, science, success, and prosperity.

BLODEUWEDD -Wales. Goddess of wisdom, lunar mysteries, and initiation.

Associated with flowers and the owl.

BRAN - Wales. God of prophecy, the arts, leadership, music, and writing.

Associated with the raven.

BRANWEN - Wales. Goddess of love and beauty.

Associated with the cauldron.

BRIGIT/BRIGID - Ireland. Goddess of all feminine arts and crafts. Healing, inspiration, learning, poetry, divination, and occult knowledge.

Associated with weaving.

CERNUNNOS - Known to all Celt areas. God of the woodlands and wild animals. Fertility, physical love, reincarnation, and wealth.

Associated with the serpent, stag, ram, and bull.

CERRIDWEN - Wales. Goddess of regeneration, initiation, inspiration, magick, poetry, and knowledge.

Associated with the cauldron and the sow.

THE DAGDA - Ireland. High King of the Tuatha De Danann, the ancient Irish deities. Patron of priests; the arts, prophecy, weather, reincarnations, knowledge, healing, and prosperity.

DANU - Ireland. Goddess of prosperity, magick, and wisdom.

DIANCECHT - Ireland. God of healing, medicine, and regeneration.

Associated with herbs and the snake.

EPONA - Britain, Gaul. Goddess of horses, dogs, and prosperity.

LUGH - Ireland, Wales. God of crafts, the arts, magick, journeys, healing, initiation, and prophecy.

Associated with the raven, stag, and dog.

MACHA - Ireland. Goddess of war, cunning, sexuality, and dominance over males.

Associated with the raven and the crow.

MANANNAN MAC LIR/MANAWRYDAN AP LLYR - Ireland, Wales. God of magick, storms, sailors, weather forecasting, merchants, and commerce.

Associated with the pig, apple, and cauldron.

MORRIGAN - Ireland, Wales. Patroness of priestesses. Goddess of revenge, magick, and prophecy.

Associated with the crow and raven.

OGMA - Ireland. God of poets and writers, physical strength, inspiration, and magick.

SCATHACH/SCOTA - Ireland, Scotland. Goddess of martial arts, blacksmiths, prophecy, and magick.

Another gem from Conway - The Little Big Book of Magic.

sharlaidfrey  asked:

Hi! I love that you include gods from around the world in your story, it's so rare. An idea occured to me this morning: do people in Suzy's world celebrate holydays of the system their personal gods are from? And do they celebrate it separtely in different groups (like only those with celtic deities or only those with norse ones) or all together? Because in Czech Republic Pagans usually celebrate major festivals together regardless of their "denomination".

Interesting question!

I’d say that they do, especially if it’s important for their particular deity (Eostre followers would have a particularly special April celebration, for example). They’d probably celebrate mostly with people of the same pantheon but wouldn’t be averse to letting other people join in festivities, unless it’s less of a festival and more of a special worship. School and Work holidays are probably centered around the dates of more general ones (many religions have thinks akin to winter or spring holidays, for example). If there is a religious holiday not placed on a date like this, its followers would probably get exemption from work or school for religious purposes. 

In a vacation period there’s probably special items and foodstuffs around due to tradition, as well as things pertaining to each celebration event during that time (sort of like how christmas, kwaanza and hannukah are in our world).

hey! reblog this if any of the following applies to you

if you….

  • are a witch (path isn’t TOTALLY important, but green/forest witchery is ideal i guess idk i don’t really care)
  • are hellenic worshiping
  • use tarot cards, pendulums, whatever for divination
  • are doing nymph and/or spirit work (!!!!this one especially if you are doing nymph work i’d love some tips :V)
  • post about greek, celtic, or egyptian deities (this one isn’t all that important)

I’ll follow everyone who reblogs this! (it’ll be with my main blog: guyfierisgaystepdaughter)

Halloween Facts

Halloween was not really celebrated across all of the United States until the mid-19th century when the influx of Irish immigrants escaping the potato famine brought with them the tradition of Samhain, celebrated the night before Celtic New Year, on November 1st.

Prior to coming to America, the Irish used to carve faces into turnips and leave them outside with candles in them to ward off evil spirits. We carve pumpkins today because they were much more plentiful in America than turnips.

Traditions like bonfires and costumes date back to the ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of summer harvest and the coming of winter. They believed the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on Samhain, so they built bonfires to sacrifice to the Celtic deities and hear prophecies being told by Druid priests. Costumes were worn to confuse and scare away the spirits.

After the Romanization of Celtic lands, Samhain blended with the Roman festivals of Feralia and Pomona, from which came the traditional of bobbing for apples - the symbol of the Goddess Pomona.

In 1000A.D. the Church tried to replace the popular Pagan festival with a Christian holiday, All Saints’ Day, a day to honor the dead. They kept many of the traditions of Samhain, and began calling the day All- hallowmas, from the Middle English Alholowmesse. But the celebration of Samhain on the night before All-hallows continued, and eventually All-hallows eve was cemented as the real holiday. The name Halloween evolved from All-hallows eve some time later.

Despite its roots in Celtic Paganism and failed adoption by Christianity, Halloween has been celebrated as a secular holiday in America since the turn of the 20th century.

In Irish and Scottish mythology, the Cailleach, also known as the Cailleach Bheur, is a divine hag, a creatrix, and possibly an ancestral deity or deified ancestor. The word Cailleach means ‘hag’ in modern Scottish Gaelic. The Cailleach is seen as a Seasonal Deity or Spirit, ruling the winter months between Samhainn (1 November or first day of winter) and Bealltainn (1 May or first day of summer).                            

i’ve been working for my webcomic and the upcoming Creator’s Fest next month ahaha

this is my take on the celtic deity morrigan / morrigu. in my story she retains her role on death, in addition of plague instead of war (or shouldn’t i?). her powers are a work of fate, and not even herself can control it at free will.