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A Circle of Stones

A Circle of Stones

Gods and Goddesses

by Erynn Laurie ~ Devotionals are ritual acts and meditations that are designed to focus your attention on a particular deity or group of deities. These rituals express connections between you and your Gods and Goddesses. They can also be done for Ancestors, as they often are in Shinto and other ‘ancestor worshipping’ religions. Rituals…

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At the King’s Stone

At the King’s Stone

Gods and Goddesses

from Voices from the Circle by Caitlin Matthews ~ Iron on the king’s thigh,Plough in the loam.Call the maidens to the danceAt the King’s Stone. Each young man or woman comes at some point to an understanding of the indwelling inspirer, giving them a unique insight, for men, of the Divine Feminine, and for women,…

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Blodeuwedd

Blodeuwedd

Gods and Goddesses

She is a Goddess of emotions, representing the matrix that reforms transpersonal and universal energies into well-defined life force. She is also the Maiden Goddess of initiation ceremonies and is known as the Ninefold Goddess of the Western Isles of Paradise.

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Brighid And The Fires Of Love

Brighid And The Fires Of Love

Gods and Goddesses

by Akkadia Ford ~  There is a special place in my heart for Brighid – perhaps it is the ancestral call of her ancient fire blazing, that potent ashless fire tended by both female Druids and by the Goddess Herself, which reawakens in me an ancient urge to create. It is true that the lore…

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Brighid’s Thaw

Brighid’s Thaw

Gods and Goddesses

by Maria Ede-Weaving ~  Imbolc is finally and thankfully upon us. It is traditionally seen as a festival of inspiration; it certainly feels a relief to be anticipating those first green shoots after a long, cold winter. And yet, the irresistible sense of anticipation felt as the year gradually accelerates can lead to many a…

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Brigid

Brigid

Gods and Goddesses

Perhaps one of the most complex and contradictory Goddesses of the Celtic pantheon, Brigid can be seen as the most powerful religious figure in all of Irish history. Many layers of separate traditions have intertwined, making Her story and impact complicated but allowing Her to move so effortlessly down through the centuries.

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Brigid: Survival Of A Goddess

Brigid: Survival Of A Goddess

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by Winter Cymres ~ I am Shethat is the naturalmother of all things,mistress and governessof all the elements,the initial progeny of worlds,chief of the powers divine,Queen of all that are in the otherworld,the principal of themthat dwell above,manifested aloneand under one formof all the Gods and Goddesses. – Lucius Apuleius

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Brigit

Brigit

Gods and Goddesses

by Susa Morgan Black ~  Bi Bride bhithe, bhana, leinn. Brigit is the Celtic Saint and Goddess of Poetry, Healing and Smithcraft. She has been worshiped by the Celtic people as a Saint for over fifteen hundred years, and as a Goddess long before the Roman invasion of Britain and the birth of Christ. Her…

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Cernnunos

Cernnunos

Gods and Goddesses

At the Sacred Centre, in the Grove of all Worlds, He sits with legs crossed beneath an ancient Oak. Entranced, connecting the three worlds Earth, Sea, and Sky, and the worlds behind the worlds, the god and the Great Tree are One, His immense limbs widespread, stretching into distant sky and starry space.

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Spiral triskelion (formed from mathematical Archimedean spirals), occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol

Connecting with Deities

Gods and Goddesses

Venerating the deities helps to re-empower Nature and the land, and ourselves. It helps us to re-connect with Nature and Great Spirit (the Source, the All), assists with self-realisation (“know thyself”) and can enrich one’s life greatly.

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Coventina

Coventina

Gods and Goddesses

by Paul Sandover ~  Her History When natural features or entities in the landscape, such as springs or mountains, receive human reverence or veneration over a period of time, the feature or entity acquires a level of consciousness that it would not otherwise possess. So, if enough people venerate or honour the feature for long…

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Epona

Epona

Gods and Goddesses

Epona is also known as the Great Mare. She is, first and foremost, a Horse Goddess associated with the Gauls. Unfortunately, any legends Gaulish Celts may have had have been lost to us. However, the Gauls and others did leave a rich legacy of inscriptions and monuments and it is from this that most of the evidence for Epona comes.

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Minerva

Minerva

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by Bill Blank ~  There is a Romano-Celtic solid bronze votive in the form of the helmeted head of Minerva (1st century CE, 1.5″, 3.8 cm tall). Intensely stylized, she wears a high crested helmet decorated on either side with dolphins. Her hair falls in locks at the perimeter of her helmet. Her facial detail,…

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Morrigan

Morrigan

Gods and Goddesses

by Honor Johnson ~  This article is about the Goddess Morrigan, whom archaeological evidence now tells us, dates back beyond the Copper age, and was the dominant Goddess of Europe called the Great Goddess. When I read the material about Morrigan, I suspected that there was more to her story, and that she was a…

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Nemetona

Nemetona

Gods and Goddesses

by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  Hail to my Lady of the twilight, of stillness and sanctuary, who calls and welcomes me into her cool embrace, offering shelter, comfort, stillness and the freedom to simply be.  You of the sacred grove, of the temple, of a quiet room, of calm in chaos;  I honour you…

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Nemetona’s Sanctuary

Nemetona’s Sanctuary

Gods and Goddesses

by Joanna Van Der Hoeven ~  Sometimes one has to retreat from the world, in order to better understand it.  Finding sanctuary, a sacred space where we can open our souls without fear, where we can simply be, is a glorious experience. It happens a lot less than we need in our lives, in my…

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Of Norse Loki and the Celtic Lugh

Of Norse Loki and the Celtic Lugh

Gods and Goddesses

by DaRC ~  Summary This summarizes the conclusion below which defines the details of my thoughts. The main thrust here is that the Celts were amongst the earliest European tribes to smelt iron, their culture thus heavily influenced those tribes around them, particularly the Norse, Northern or Germanic tribes. Loki provides the echo of that…

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Ogma: The God of Speech & Language

Ogma: The God of Speech & Language

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by Wesley Hooper ~  In the story of the Tuatha De Danann, (People of Danu) we come across several of the Celtic gods and goddesses who are children of Danu and are destined to populate the world. Dagda and Danu had many sons and daughters of which one was named Ogma whom was the fairest…

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Queen Of Air And Darkness

Queen Of Air And Darkness

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by Mara Freeman ~  The early Celts savoured the dark side of life. They embraced war like a lover, plunging into battle naked, singing gloriously boastful songs. They were fearless in the face of death, which their belief in reincarnation taught them was ‘…but the centre of a long life.’ It was not uncommon for…

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Sacred Sex and The Goddess and God of Beltane

Sacred Sex and The Goddess and God of Beltane

Gods and Goddesses

by Maria Ede-Weaving ~  Lady of the earth’s desire and the earth’s yielding, of the sap rising and the embrace of longing, as the kiss of the sun awakens you, we too are awakened to the yearning of our bodies and souls. As you unfurl each petal, you release the scent of bluebells, may and…

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Taranis: The Thunderer

Taranis: The Thunderer

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by Bill Blank ~  The name Taranis derives from the Celtic (or Indo-European) root ‘taran’ meaning thunderer or thunder. A bronze figurine was found in Le Chatelet, France and is dated to the 1st to 2nd century BCE. It shows a wise, patriarchal being holding a lightning bolt and a solar wheel. As one who…

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The Bavarian Triple Goddess – A Study of the Cult of the Three Bethan

The Bavarian Triple Goddess – A Study of the Cult of the Three Bethan

Gods and Goddesses

In the material provided for the OBOD Druid grade course, there was a picture of the Genii Cucullati, three hooded figures representing a triad of deities. This brought me to think about the Bavarian Bethen, a female triad of later Christian saints rooted in pre-Christian religion…

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The Shaper of All and Her Ninefold Aspects

The Shaper of All and Her Ninefold Aspects

Gods and Goddesses

Visualise far above you, a distant source of light which shines like a great star in the darkness. As it shimmers above you, the star seems to spin, sending off a Catherine wheel of sparks. It is as though the star has sent nine satellites of itself down through the night sky, which hang perfectly constellated below the central star, yet millions of miles above your head.

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