Lug, Lugus/Lugos (Gaulish), Lugh Lámhfhada (Irish), Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Welsh), Lugaid/Lugaidh, Lonnansclech Lugh (LOO) 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 (fierceContinue reading “Lugh, Master of Skills”
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”
The Tuatha Dé Danann, or “people of the goddess Danu”, were an ancient race of supernatural beings in Ireland. They were said to have arrived from four great cities to the North, Failias, Gorias, Findias, and Murias, along with with several treasures. The first was the Stone of Fal (Lia Fail) from Failias, which would scream whenever aContinue reading “Tuatha Dé Danann”
The Celts were a diverse group of people who resided in Europe during the Iron Age. They originated from the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures of central Europe, and later spread across Europe and Britain. The word ‘Celt’ comes from the Greeks, who named this group of ‘barbarians’ Keltoi (‘the hidden people’).
The Mabinogion is a collection of Welsh stories, mostly mythology and folklore, including the earliest Arthurian myths.
Ogham (OH-am) is an ancient alphabet used to write Old Irish and other Brythonic/Brittonic languages (such as Pictish, Welsh) from about the 3rd century CE. The Ogham alphabet is sometimes called the ‘Celtic Tree Alphabet’ as each letter is assigned a tree or plant name. However, this was probably done after the initial creation of the Ogham script. AfterContinue reading “Ogham”
Stonehenge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Wiltshire, England, it consists of a ring of standing stones within a variety of earthworks. Stonehenge is found within one of the most dense collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, which includesContinue reading “Stonehenge”
Pangur Bán is a 9th century poem written in Old Irish. In the poem, the Irish monk compares his work with the antics of his white cat Pangur Bán, ‘white fuller’. The poem can be found in the Reichenau Primer, which is kept at St. Paul’s Abbey in the Lavanttal in Austria. The Secret of Kells also featuresContinue reading “Pangur Bán”
The Celts: The Complete Epic Saga (DVD) The Celts were the first European people north of the Alps to rise from anonymity. Wild and ferocious, they were also romantics and mystics and they shared a family of languages that are now the oldest living tongues of Europe. Their story is one of survival, defiance andContinue reading “The Celts: The Complete Epic Saga”
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”