Skadi, Skade, Skathi (Norse), Sceadu (Anglo-Saxon) Skadi (Skaði) is a female jötunn (giant) and Norse goddess of winter, snow, mountains and the hunt. She is also associated with independence, wilderness and wisdom. Skadi lived in the highest reaches of the snow-covered mountains. She was described as being tall and beautiful with long black hair, silverContinue reading “Skadi, the Snow Queen”
I’m a huge fan of Thalia Took. Her Goddess artwork can be seen throughout my blogs as I love her drawing style, her use of vibrant colours, and interpretations of the Goddesses (and now Gods!).
The Underworld, also known as the Otherworld or Netherworld, is featured in most mythologies around the world. It is a realm of the dead, where the souls of the recently departed go in their afterlife. Many versions of the Underworld are seen as places of abundance and joy, and reward for good work during theirContinue reading “The Underworld”
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).
Frigg (Frigga) was the Norse goddess of marriage, chastity, fertility and motherhood. She was married to the chief Aesir god Odin, and together they ruled Asgard. She was seen mostly as wife and mother, and also an earth goddess. Freyja, ‘The Lady’, was the Norse goddess of love, war, and beauty. She had a twinContinue reading “Frigg vs Freyja”
Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn Mac Cool) was an Irish warrior hero who features in stories from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. He also features in the folklore of Scotland and the Isle of Man. Fionn was the son of Cumhaill, the leader of the Fianna, and Muirne, daughter of the druid Tadg mac Nuadat. Continue reading “Fionn mac Cumhaill”
Éire / Éireann/ Éirenn / Éirinn / Erin Ériu was a Queen and patron goddess of Ireland around the time of the Milesian invasion. She was seen as the Goddess of Irish Sovereignty along with her sisters, Banba and Fódla. Ériu’s name is thought mean ‘earth, soil’ or ‘plentiful’, as well as ‘fat land’ orContinue reading “Ériu, Goddess of Ireland”
Cernunnos is a Celtic/Gaulish god of fertility, vegetation, animals, male power and energy, wealth and the underworld. He is depicted with horns of a stag, therefore also known as “the Horned One”. There is only one known historical reference that mentions Cernunnos by name, the 1st century Pillar of the Boatmen. However most horned orContinue reading “Cernunnos, the Horned One”
Scotland – Cailleach Bheur (Gentle Old Lady, Divine Hag), Cailleach Uragaig, Cailleach Beinne Bric (Old Woman of the Speckled Mountain), Cailleach Mor (Great Old Woman), Carlin, ScotiaIreland – Cailleach Bhéirre, Cailleach Bolus, Cailleach Corca DuibheIsle of Man – Caillagh ny Groamagh (Gloomy Old Woman), Caillagh ny Gueshag (Old Woman of the Spells) The Cailleach isContinue reading “Cailleach, the Veiled One”
Arianrhod (Aranrhod, Arianrod) is the Welsh goddess of fertility, rebirth, cosmic time and fate. Her name means ‘silver wheel’, therefore she is associated with the moon, the cosmos, and the wheel of time. She is often seen as a mother goddess, similar to the Irish goddess Danu. She is the daughter of the Welsh goddess DônContinue reading “Arianrhod, Silver Wheel”