The Underworld

The Underworld, also known as the Otherworld or Netherworld, is featured in most mythologies around the world.  It is a realm of the dead, where the souls of the recently departed go in their afterlife.  Many versions of the Underworld are seen as places of abundance and joy, and reward for good work during their mortalContinue reading “The Underworld”

The Morrígan, Great Queen

Morrígu, Morríghan, Morrígna, Morgan, Badb, Macha, Nemain, Anand, Fea The Morrígan is a Celtic goddess of war, death, battle, strife, sovereignty, rebirth, fate, prophecy and magic.   She is also known as The Great Queen, Phantom Queen, Specter Queen, or Supreme War Goddess.  The Morrígan is associated with the sometimes frightening aspects of female energy andContinue reading “The Morrígan, Great Queen”

Lugh, Master of Skills

Lug, Lugus/Lugos (Gaulish), Lugh Lámhfhada (Irish), Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Welsh), Lugaid/Lugaidh, Lonnansclech Lugh is a popular Celtic sun god known for his many skills.  Because of this, he was also called Lugh Lámhfhada (Lugh of the Long Arm), Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Lleu of the Skillful Hand), Samildánach (Skilled in All the Arts), Lonnbeimnech (fierce striker,Continue reading “Lugh, Master of Skills”

Ireland – The Mythology

This is the second post about Ireland (mostly because dealing with thousands of years of a country’s history would take quite a lot more blog space then I’m willing to deal with).  While my previous post dealt with historical Ireland, this post deals with the mythology of Ireland. Although much of pre-Christian mythology in paganContinue reading “Ireland – The Mythology”

Ireland – The History

Because I am travelling to Ireland this month, I thought I would write about the history and mythology of Ireland!  Since this is a long and detailed subject, my first post will be about the ancient history of Ireland, the second about the mythology.  I do see how these two topics are part of eachContinue reading “Ireland – The History”

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells (DVD, 2009) Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. ButContinue reading “The Secret of Kells”

Danu, Great Mother

Danu (Pagan Blog Project) Dana, Danand, Danuvius (Roman), Duna (Hungarian), Donau (German) Danu is an ancient Irish triple goddess who is considered the “Great Mother” of Ireland. She is the Mother of the Irish gods and faery people, the Tuatha Dé Danann , which literally means the “People of the Goddess Danu”. Danu means knowledge, wisdom,Continue reading “Danu, Great Mother”

Áine, the Faery Goddess

Áine of Knockainy, Ain Cliach, Ain of the Light, Áine N’Chliar, Ain Cliar the Bright Áine (On-ya) is an Irish Goddess of summer, love, fertility, wealth and sovereignty. In her role of Moon Goddess, she guards livestock, crops, and cattle, and is known as a Love Goddess. In her role as Sun Goddess, she could take theContinue reading “Áine, the Faery Goddess”

The Dagda, Father of All

The Dagda (Pagan Blog Project)  The Dagda is a powerful Irish god, also known as Eochaid Ollathair (“All Father”), Ruad Rofhessa (“Lord of Great Knowledge”), or Lord of the Heavens. His name means “good”, and is known as the god of protection, warriors, knowledge, the arts, magic, music, initiation, prophecy, weather, reincarnation, death, fire, theContinue reading “The Dagda, Father of All”

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron

Cerridwyn, Ceridwen, Cyrridven, Caridwen, Kyrridwen Cerridwen is a Welsh goddess of inspiration, wisdom, rebirth, transformation and prophecy. She is known as the keeper of the cauldron of knowledge, the mother of transformation and change, and the white lady of inspiration and death. Cerridwen holds great power and knowledge and is often described as a croneContinue reading “Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron”