Rosmerta Gaulish Goddess Of Fire  

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ROSMERTA IS THE GAULISH GODDESS OF FIRE, WARMTH, AND ABUNDANCE. A GERMAN DEITY, SHE WAS IMPORTED INTO BRITAIN; HER NAME MEANS "GREAT PROVIDER. "DEPICTIONS SHOW HER CONNECTED WITH WEALTH AND PLENATUDE, AS SHOWN BY HER CORNUCOPIA AND BAG OF COINS IN THE IMAGES OF HER...INDICATING A FERTILITY OR EARTH GODDESS...OR WITH HER OUTSPREAD ARMS OFFERING HER GRACE TO ALL.

A FLOWER QUEEN AND HATER OF MARRIAGE, ROSMERTA WAS ALSO THE QUEEN OF DEATH. A CELTIC GODDESS OF FERTILITY AND WEALTH, WHOSE CULT WAS WIDELY SPREAD IN NORTHEAST GAUL. ROSMERTA WAS THE CONSORT OF ESUS, WHO WAS IDENTIFIED WITH THE ROMAN MERCURY. HER ATTRIBUTES ARE A CORNUCOPIA AND A STICK WITH TWO SNAKES.

WHILE ROSMERTA APPEARS WITH "MERCURY" IN VARIOUS GUISES THROUGHOUT GAUL AND BRITAIN, SHE HAS ALSO BEEN LINKED WITH LUGH, AND IN IRELAND, WAS WORSHIPPED ALONG WITH HIM DURING THE 30 DAY LUGHNASADH MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL. IN THIS CASE, SHE WAS LINKED TO THE CONCEPT OF SOVEREIGNTY. DURING THE CEREMONIES, A RITUAL DRINK SERVED BY THE GODDESS OF THE LAND (A ROLE PLAYED BY A PRIESTESS OR A CHIEFTAIN'S CONSORT) WAS SHARED AND THIS BOUND ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS TO THEIR LAND, THEIR RULER, AND TO EACH OTHER. ROSMERTA WAS THE DIVINE KEEPER OF THE DRINK OF SOVEREIGNTY, WHILE THE SPEAR-WIELDING "MERCURY" WAS THE ARCHETYPE OF ALL RULERS, THE OTHERWORLDLY PROTECTOR OF THE EARTHLY KING.

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