Thor, God of Thunder

Thor is the Norse god of thunder, also associated with oak trees, strength, protection and fertility. ‘Thor’ comes from the Germanic word for ‘thunder’, thus he is associated with thunder, lightning and storms. He is often viewed as a fierce warrior with red hair, a red beard, and eyes like lightning. He is likened toContinue reading “Thor, God of Thunder”

Triple Goddess

There are many forms of triple, tripartite or threefold deities in ancient mythology.  Some are seen as a triad who always appear in a group (such as the Norse Norns, the Greek Fates, or the Roman Matres), while some are seen as a single deity having three aspects (such as Greek Hecate). For example, BrigidContinue reading “Triple Goddess”

Persephone, The Maiden

Persephone is a Greek vegetation goddess, daughter of Zeus and the harvest goddess Demeter (Roman Ceres).  Also known as Kore or Proserpina, she was also Goddess of the Underworld. Demeter searched for nine days for her daughter, however was told by Helios what had really happened.  Hades had abducted Persephone, with the permission of Zeus,Continue reading “Persephone, The Maiden”

Odin, All Father

Woden / Wodan / Wotan (Anglo-Saxon) Odin was the chief god of Norse mythology, head of the Æsir gods.  He was also called Alfodr (All Father), Yggr (terror), Sigfodr (father of victory) or Valfodr (father of the slain).  Odin is thought to be the same as Woden, Wodan or Wotan in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic mythology.Continue reading “Odin, All Father”

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”

Pantheon Genealogies

I recently attempted to construct a family tree of the Celtic deities.  This proved to be much harder than I initially thought!  Not only do you have to deal with a multitude of sources, but you have to filter out which sources are more accurate, and what information has been lost in the sands ofContinue reading “Pantheon Genealogies”

Isis, Divine Mother

Isis is a popular Egyptian goddess, tied to nature, magic, fertility, motherhood and family.  She is also seen as a goddess of rebirth, reincarnation, and protector of the dead.  Her other names include Divine Mother, Mistress of the West, Queen of the Earth, Lady of Truth, Giver of Life, and Mistress of the Tomb ofContinue reading “Isis, Divine Mother”

Hel, Queen of the Underworld

Hella, Hela, Halja Hel is the Norse Goddess of the dead and underworld, ruler of the Land of Mist.  Her name is thought to mean ‘hidden’, ‘to conceal’, or ‘to cover up’.  To say to “go to Hel” is to die, as described in the ancient Norse manuscripts, Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla. HelContinue reading “Hel, Queen of the Underworld”

Gaia, Earth Mother

Gaia (Pagan Blog Project) Gaea, Gaiea, Ga, Ge Gaia is a primordial Greek goddess, representing the Earth.  The Greek word for ‘land’ is ‘ge’ or ‘ga’.  Gaia’s other names include Mother Earth, the Deep-Breasted One, or Great Mother of All. She is thought to have been born from Chaos, the great void of emptiness within theContinue reading “Gaia, Earth Mother”