Celtic Deities

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

The Celtic Gods and Goddesses were mostly worshiped throughout Western Europe, mostly in Ireland, England, France and Northern Italy. It is said that first settlers of Ireland were the Tuatha de Dannan, the people of Goddess Danu.

Aengus - God of Love

Aengus was a son of the God Daghdha and Goddess Boann. He is a god of unrequited love, portrayed as very handsome and attractive young man of fine physique. He is also a trickster God, known for his wit and charm. He is also associated with funerary rites.

Aine - Goddess of Adaptability

Aine a Celtic Goddess, she is both a sun goddess and the daughter of a faery

king. Her name derives from Gaelic and means "bright" and she is also connected to a Celtic pantheon Tuatha Dé Danann (Children of the Goddess Danu), from where the legends of faeries comes from. Aine is known for her shape-shifting abilities in order to travel between mortal and faery world. She would be celebrated and honored with bonfires during summer Solstice when sun shines longest and brightest. The hill Cnoc Aine in Ireland is renamed after her.

Arianrhod - Goddess of time

Arianrhod is a Celtic Goddess of the divine timing. She has been tricked into giving a birth to a son, but she knew wasn't ready to name and therefore claim him. She waited until she was ready to acknowledge the boy as her own before giving him a name. She didn't give in into threats of her enemies, who rushed her, but waited until the time was right. Because it was she who decided when time was right, she reclaimed her power of choice. Her name means "Silver Wheel" in Welsh, because it evokes an image of the moon. Moon has been the greatest time indicator in the old days, marking time passing as it wanes and waxes. As Arianrhod turns the wheel, the new moon grows full, human intentions or intentions comes into manifesting.

Blodeuwedd - Goddess of Betrayal

Blodeuwedd is a Welsh Earth Goddess who was married to a Sun god Lugh on the Midsummer of Lughnassah (One of the main witches sabbaths). She is associated with betrayal, because she tricked her husband who then got killed by her lover. Legend says Lugh came after a year to revenge his death by killing Blodeuwedd's lover. She fled into woods to escape her husbands wrath, she turned into a owl as a punishment for her betrayal. Blodeuwedd is an archetype of Hungry Earth Goddess hunting for blood to fertilize her soil.

Branwen - Goddess of Forgiveness

Branwen is a Celtic Goddess and a queen who forgave those who caused her own death. She is best known for her deep connection and compassion to the land. She was very beautiful but died of broken heart, as she blamed herself for a destruction of two kingdoms. She married into one in order to keep peace between two kingdoms, but she married into an abusive relationship. Her marriage was challenged by her own brother, destroying the marriage and the two kingdoms in the process. .

Brigid - Goddess of Creative Spark and Inspiration

Brigid is a fiery Celtic Goddess of creativity, her name means "bright". She is also a triple Goddess of fire: inspiration, smith-craft, poetry, healing and divination. She is a member of pantheon Tuatha Dé Danann (Children of Goddess Danu). She inspires the bards or poets, she transforms and heals all where ever she goes. It is said that Brigid was born with a flame reaching out from the top of her head, connecting her to universe. She remained creative even in her grief, after both of her sons died. Around A.D.450 she was merged into St.Brigid. St. Brigid was daughter of a druid, was a goldsmith and a healer. She is celebrated during Imbolc festivities, while making St. Brigid's cross.

Cernunnos - Gods of Prosperity

Cernunnos is a horned God from Gaul region. He is often portrayed wearing antlers of a stag, with long beard and shaggy hair, surrounded by animals, keeper of balance in nature. He is a god of prosperity, male animals, fertility and vegetation. He is a protector of the forests and a guardian of other-world.

Cerridwen - Goddess of Potential, Death and Rebirth

Cerridwen or Cerridwyn is Celtic Welsh Goddess, often portrayed with magical and transformative cauldron of knowledge. She lives on a remote island, now days known as Bala Lake in Wales. She is a triple Goddess - Maid, Mother and Crone, and is often portrayed with great white sow. She is associated with the moon, inspiration, poetry, shape-shifting, life and death and prophecy. One of Cerridwen's son was ugly, so she tried to make him a potion, which took a year and a day to create. Her assistant Gwion drank it instead, so Cerridwen chased him across the land, often shape-shifting into different animals. When she finally got him, she swallowed him, just to give a birth to him again. Gwion fulfilled his prophecy and potential to became Cerridwen's apprentice.

Daghdha - Father of Celtic Gods

Daghdha is considered the father of the Irish gods and one of the three kings of Tuatha Dé Dannan. His names can translate as "the Good God". According the Druids, he was a god of wisdom, a sky and the Earth. He is a father of Goddess Brighid and Gods Ogma and Aengus. He is often portrayed with the Cauldon of Plenty which provides nourishment enough for an army.

Danu - Mother of Tuatha Dé Dannan

Celtic Goddess Danu is the earth mother who gave birth to magic. She carries a grounded promise and assurance of becoming. She is closely connected to Earth and water. She is a namesake of the Celtic pantheon Tuatha Dé Danann, or “Children of the Goddess Danu.” Her children were gods and goddesses of ancient Ireland, who made their home in forests' caves and trees, carrying legends of fairies and leprechauns. Her name may be connected to the Great Danube River, where Tuatha could have lived before they came to Ireland. She is often portrayed with a well with swimming salmon who feeds on hazelnuts that fall from a tree of knowledge. In many legends, Danu is a source of magic which nourishes the life on Earth.

Gwenhwyfar - Goddess of Judgment

Gwenhwyfar is a sovereign Welsh Celtic Goddess of Judgment and the first lady of the islands and seas. It is believed she existed as long as there the sea itself. She was admired for her wisdom and clear judgment. A prophesy says, that no man could rule Wales without her by his side. Many tried to abduct her, believing that possessing her would make them king. They didn't understand that it is Gwenhwyfar's judgment, not her love which was needed to become a king of Wales. Gwenhwyfar is believed to be Queen Guinevere, the unhappy wife of King Arthur in his castle at Camelot.