Posts filed under ‘Deities’

Hreda & Eostre

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

Molly Khan’s posts on Hreda- about the info written about her in Bede and another about her own UPG and another about Eostre

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March 1, 2016 at 9:32 pm 1 comment

Irish Deities/Spirits

Tuatha De

Aine

Aine, Goddess of Midsummer

Knock Aine

Airmid

Angus mac Og

Dream of Angus

Boann

Brighid

Dagda

How Dagda Got His Magic Staff

 

Flidais Foltchaoin

Flidais as Goddess

Tain Bo Flidais

Flidais’ Chariot of Deer

Goibhniu

Lugh

Macha

The Dindshenchas of Emain Macha

Macha Mesrad and Heads

Morrigan

Nuada Airgetlamh

Oghma

Non-Tuatha De

Cailleach

Crom Dubh/Cruach

Donn- Tech Duinn

Mannanan mac Lir

Solsdottir

Lairbhan

Tailtiu– Fir Bolg queen

Heroes/Legendary People

Cuchulainn

Fionn mac Cumhaill– 30 Days of Devotion

Medb

Scathach

Suibne

Naomh Damhnait (Saint Dymphna)

January 29, 2016 at 4:18 am Leave a comment

Morrigan

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

Books

By Blood, Bone and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan

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.

January 29, 2016 at 3:56 am 1 comment

The Tale of Danu: Part 1

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.

October 22, 2015 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

Lugh

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.

General overview

Better Know a Celt: Lugh Lamhfada

The Nature & Character of Lugh by Tressa Disney (Ozark Pagan Mamma)

Lugus: The Many-Gifted Lord by Alexei Kondratiev

Lugus by Segomaros Widugeni

Specifics

What’s in a name: Lugh

The Women Lugh Wed

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

 

July 21, 2015 at 8:19 am 3 comments

Tailtiu

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.

Literary Sources

Metrica Dindshenchas

Articles

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

Tailtiu, Primal Earth Goddess for this Season

July 11, 2015 at 1:59 am 2 comments

Holda, Lady of Hearth & Spindle

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.

References:

Frau Holle- fairy tale from Brothers Grimm

From Fairy Tale to Goddess: Frau Holle and the Scholars Who Reveal Her Origins by Cat Heath

Perchta/Berchta

Rituals:

Winternights Ceremony to Frau Holle

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

Beth identifies Frau Holle with Bestla, the mother of Odin

January 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm 3 comments

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