Posts filed under ‘Deities’
We have very little info on the Anglo-Saxon goddesses (if they were goddesses) Hreda and Eostre. A while back this scholarly book came out that has some info-
Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda & the Cult of the Matrons by Philip Shaw
Review by Rhiannon (mostly talking about Eostre)
From same book- Notes & Quotes from Heathen Chinese about Hreda
Articles (Scholarly/Works Cited)
The Irish War Goddesses by Saigh Kym Lambert
Fulacht na Morrigna (the Morrigan’s cooking hearth) by Morgan Daimler
Articles (Personal Insight/No Works Cited)
The Morrigan and Personal Sovereignty by Morgan Daimler
Ways to Feel More Connected to the Morrigan by Morgan Daimler
The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queen by Morgan Daimler
Morrigan/Warrior Bibliography by Saigh Kym Lambert
Not Recommended Books-
Feast of the Morrigan by Christopher Penczak- review by Morgan Daimler
Groups/Organizations (Note: I have put the more general groups at the top and the more priestly/dedicated warrior ones towards the bottom)
Call of the Morrigan Community– For anyone who honors/worships the Morrigan in any of Her aspects
Clann na Morrigna– Facebook group for all genders dedicated to the Morrigan as warriors
Ban gaiscedach na Morrigna– Facebook group for women (trans-inclusive) dedicated to the Morrigan as warriors
Coru Cathubodua: A Morrigan Priesthood- accepts people of all genders who wish to dedicate themselves to Her service.
Early Celtic scholars- we need a coherent genealogy for the Tuatha De
Medieval Irish texts: Ha ha! That’s not gonna happen
Early Celtic scholars- We need a mother goddess. A mother of the whole tribe of gods.
Medieval Irish texts: Eh, that’s not really there…lots of ladies of sovereignty, river goddesses
Some scholars be all “Vedic everything! Indo-European studies! Everything Celtic must have a Vedic connection!” So Danu, the Vedic river goddess- her name is linguistically connected to the Danube river, and the Welsh Don
Medieval Welsh texts: Don, who’s also an abstract motherly figurehead?
Early scholars- Shutup, texts! We get to decide how to interpret you. So we’re going with it, Tuatha De Danann, people of the goddess Danu. We also need a daddy figure- this Bile guy will do.
Other scholars- Or is that People of Skill/Arts- as in the Aes Dana, the skilled class? Bile who?
Revival & Neo-Pagan Druids- Eh, we’ll go with it! We need, like a Celtic Gaia.
Goddess-worshippers- All Hail the Great Mother Danu! Who is also Brighid, the Morrigan and any other strong female character in myth we think is cool.
Later scholars- There’s a mother of the three sons of Tuireann- Brian, Iuchar & Iucharba, the Gods of Skill- Danann.
Celestial Gods, Turning & Shining– Molly Khan
Prayer to Mani, God of the Moon– Molly Khan
The Midsummer Sun– Molly Khan
Moon & Sun Prayer Cycles by Raven Kaldera
Sheena McGrath’s Blog articles (with sources)
Will the Real Sun God(dess) Please Stand up? Because some people can’t get over the fact that the Norse had/have a sun goddess & a moon god…
Note that some of these articles are solely about the Irish Lugh Lamfada, others also compare him to the Welsh Lleu and Gaulish Lugus. I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine whether the three are ultimately the same or not- it’s probably beyond our knowing, as mortals.
The Nature & Character of Lugh by Tressa Disney (Ozark Pagan Mamma)
Lugus: The Many-Gifted Lord by Alexei Kondratiev
Lugus by Segomaros Widugeni
Comparison to non-Celtic cultures
The Birth of Lugh– Odin & Loki Among the Celts by Thor Ewing
Places/Groups Devoted to Lugh
Shrine of Lugh– Great collection of literature, essays, prayers about Lugh
Last Queen of the Fir Bolg (the people pre-dating both the Tuatha De Danaan & the Fomhoire. She died of exhaustion while clearing a forest for agriculture. Her foster-son, Lugh began the tradition of holding funeral games in her honor.
Family members: father- Mag Mor, husband- Eochaid, Foster-son- Lugh
Sacred Places- Teltown in County Meath
Sacred Days: Bron Trogain (August 1)
Since there is not much info on this Lady, I’ve included articles that are more personal inspiration-based- use these to connect with Her, and develop your own imbas.
Tailtiu: Harvest Goddess– Overall, good info- but with some speculation
How I came to Love Tailtiu, Earth Goddess of Ireland , Part 2 by Shiri Sazynski- Historical info & personal experience
I have been learning about a mysterious and fascinating goddess this past year, in my studies of Urglaawe, the Deitsch tradition of Heathenry. Frau Holle or Holda is the chief goddess of the Urglaawe pantheon, and is believed to have led the Deitsch people to the New World. You won’t find her listed in most books or websites on Asatru, as she is specifically a German goddess, appearing as a witch or a lady in white in fairy tales to teach young girls the value of hard work, how to spin and keep the house clean, or teaching a man how to plant and grow flax. Perhaps it is due to her closeness to the home and her protective and teaching role she takes with humanity, that she lived on in folk memory and now can reclaim her rightful place as a goddess.
Frau Holle makes it snow by shaking her feather bed, and her bird is the goose, whose feathers keep the bed warm. It has been suggested that the figure of Mother Goose can be traced back to her. She is the leader of the Wild Hunt, by herself or perhaps sharing the duty with Woden, who may be her consort. She may be the same as Frigg. She oversees childbirth and protects children, and watches over children who die young. Because of this death association, some see her as the same as Hela, but the Urglaawe folk I have talked have asserted that she is not. She is the mistress of magic, especially the patroness of kitchen witches.
Interesting Blog posts (sources not cited)
Frau Holle from the Urglaawe Perspective– interpretation of the fairy tale
Faces of the Golden Queen– American Folkloric Witchcraft
Question: Frau Holle, Skadi and Hel on grumpylokeanelder’s tumblog
Winter Goddesses– thoughts on Holda, Perchta & Baba Yaga from Dver