Goddess Aine  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"AINE" IS AN IRISH GODDESS OF SOVEREIGNTY; HER NAME MEANS "BRIGHT SPARK". SHE GOVERNS THE SEASON OF SUMMER HER SPECIAL FEAST WAS AT M"IDSUMMER NIGHT", THE "SUMMER SOLSTICE", WHEN TORCHES WERE LIT IN HER HONOR. "AINE" IS A GODDESS THE MOON AND OF HUMAN LOVE. SHE IS THE RULER OF AGRICULTURE, AND THUS REIGNS OVER THE FERTILITY OF PEOPLE, CROPS, AND ANIMALS. BECAUSE SHE HAS STRONG CONNECTIONS TO THE LAND, HER BLESSING IS SAID TO ENSURE FERTILE FIELDS. " AINE" IS ALSO LINKED WITH THE FOUR ELEMENTS...EARTH, AIR, FIRE, AND WATER.

HER HOME IS LOCATED NEAR AN ENCHANTED LAKE IN THE HILLS OF "CNOC AINE, "AND IN THE COUNTY LIMERICK THERE IS A STONE CIRCLE DEDICATED TO HER CALLED "THE GRANGE." THE RED MARE, THE RABBIT AND THE SWAN ARE HER SACRED ANIMALS. IN SEVERAL TALES, SHE IS STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE YEW TREE WHICH SHOWS HER AS A GODDESS OF LIFE AND DEATH. "AINE" IS ALSO CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH LAKES AND WELLS WITH GREAT POWERS OF HEALING, AND HER "TOBAR-NA-AINE (WELL OF AINE") WAS CREDITED WITH LIFE-RESTORING POWER.

SHE IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE "FAIRY QUEEN OF MUNSTER," THE SORCERESS FAIRY QUEEN WHO IS SAID TO GIVE THE GRASS ITS SWEET SMELL. THERE ARE CONFLICTING TALES ABOUT "AINE'S" BEGINNING AND HERITAGE AS A GODDESS, AND IN SOME MYTHS SHE IS DEPICTED AS A MORTAL WOMAN WHO WAS TRICKED INTO BECOMING A GODDESS BY A FAIRY WHO HAD ENCHANTED HER. "AINE "LIKED MORTAL MEN AND OFTEN MATED WITH THEM, PRODUCING FAIRY CHILDREN. IN FACT, SHE WAS ONE OF THE MANY GODDESSES THAT THE CHRISTIAN MONKS SOUGHT TO DO AWAY WITH, MOSTLY BECAUSE OF HER MANY RELATIONS WITH MEN. "

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