Greek Nereid Agaue  

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AGAUE (pronounced ah-GOW-ay) is one of the Greek Nereides. The Nereides were the 50 daughters of Nereus, God of the sea, and Doris, one of the Okeanides. Nereides were responsible for the sea, fish, and sailors. Each had dominion over some attribute of the sea, such as the way that foam formed upon the waves or the swiftness of a current. Agaue's name, which means "illustrious," is also seen as AGAVE.

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The Many Faces Of Brigid  

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THERE ARE COUNTLESS TALES THAT SPEAK OF BRIGID--OF THE GODDESS, OF THE SAINT, OF THE DEITY--AND SHE IS KNOWN BY MANY NAMES INCLUDING ST. BRIGID WHO WAS PERHAPS THE MOST POWERFUL RELIGIOUS FIGURE IN IRISH HISTORY. THERE IS:

"BRIGHID, BRIDE--SCOTLAND"

"BRID, BRIGIT, BRIDGIT, BRIGANTIA--ENGLAND"

"BRIGAN, BRIGANDO--GAUL"

"BRINGANDU, BRIGANDA"

TODAY WE WILL LOOK AT THE BRIGID OF MYTH AND THE GODDESS BRIGID.

THE BRIGID OF IRISH MYTH WAS ONE OF THE TUATHA DE DANANN. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF THE DAGDA, THE GREAT FATHER GOD OF THE PAGAN IRISH. YET, SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN AS THE MOTHER OF THE THREE GODS OF DANU...WHICH MOST LIKELY REFLECTS ON AN EARLIER MATRIFOCAL TRADITION. IT IS SAID THAT SHE WAS BORN AT THE EXACT MOMENT OF DAYBREAK, AND HER MOTHER WAS STANDING IN THE DOORWAY WITH ONE FOOT INSIDE AND ONE FOOT OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE. IMMEDIATELY, BRIGIT'S HEAD WAS SURROUNDED BY FIRE, AND SHE ROSE INTO THE SKY WITH THE SUN RAYS OF FIRE BEAMING FROM HER HEAD.

IN THE MYTHOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE TUATHA DE DANANN, BRIGIT WAS NOT ONLY THE DAUGHTER OF THE DAGDA, BUT ALSO THE WIFE OF HIS ENEMY, THE FOMARIAN KING, BRES. TOGETHER THEY PRODUCED THREE SONS, AND EACH OF THESE SONS BECAME A FAMOUS WARRIOR. NOW, EVEN THOUGH BRIGIT AND HER HUSBAND CAME FROM WARRING TRIBES, THEY HOPED THAT THEIR MARRIAGE WOULD END THE ENMITY BETWEEN THEIR KIN, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAD NO EFFECT, AND A MAJOR BATTLE BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES WAS ERUPTING...AND IT WAS ACTUALLY BRIGIT'S ELDEST SON WHO STRUCK THE FIRST BLOW. AS THE WARRIOR FELL TO HIS DEATH, HE MANAGED ONE LAST BLOW, SLAYING BRIGIT'S SON, RUANDAN.

BRIGIT'S GRIEF WAS SO STRONG AND HER LAMENTATIONS WERE SO LOUD THAT THEY WERE HEARD THROUGHOUT IRELAND ON THAT DAY. THE TWO SIDES, HEARING HER MOURNFUL CRIES, DROPPED THEIR WEAPONS AND MADE PEACE WITH EACH OTHER. IT IS IRONIC THAT IT WAS THE DEATH OF A SON THAT ENSURED BRIGID'S ROLE AS A GODDESS OF PEACE AND UNITY. THE GODDESS BRIGID WAS BORN FROM THE 'KEENINGS' OF A LOVING MOTHER.

"GODDESS SYMBOLS OF BRIGID"GENERAL: FIRE, HEARTH, LIGHT, CANDLES, SUNRISE, SPRINGS, WELLS, POETRY, THRESHOLDS AND DOORWAYS, BELLS, CLOAK, IMBOLC, ST. BRIGID'S CROSS"

"ANIMALS: LAMBS AND EWES, DAIRY COWS, BEES, OWLS, SERPENTS AND ALL HIBERNATING ANIMALS."

"PLANTS: OAK TREE, CORN, OATS, SAGE, SHAMROCK, RUSHES, STRAW, ACORNS, AND ALL FIELD FLOWERS."

"COLORS: WHITE, YELLOW, BLACK, AND RED"

THE GODDESS BRIGID IS THE IRISH GODDESS OF FIRE AND WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RITUAL FIRES OF PURIFICATION IN ANCIENT TIMES. SHE WAS HONORED AS A TRIPLE GODDESS:

"1. THE FIRE OF POETIC INSPIRATION: MUSE, POETRY, LEARNING, WITCHCRAFT, PROPHECY"2. THE FIRE OF THE FORGE: TRADITIONALY SMITHCRAFTING"3. THE FIRE OF THE HEARTH: HEALER, MEDIUM, MIDWIFE, FERTILITY"

THE GODDESS BRIGID WAS A WARRIOR, A SMITH, A HEALER, AND A POET. IN HER SMITH GUISE, SHE IS WHERE THE FIRE MEETS IRON...FORGING METAL FROM THE GROUND. SHE IS A FIRE GODDESS WHO IS BLESSED BY THE HEAVENLY FLAMES, AND SHE LIGHTS THE FIRES IN THE HEARTHS OF THE POOR PEOPLE JUST AS HER FOLLOWERS KEPT A PERPETUAL FIRE RUNNING AT HER SANCTUARY.

"A BRIGID RITUAL FOR HOPE AND INSPIRATION"

"TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF IN A WUIET AND PERFUMED SPACE. SELECT A NEW WHILTE CANDLE AND HOLDER. SIT COMFORTABLY AND MEDITATE ON THE FLAME. CLOSE YOUR EYES, SLOWLY, AND ALLOW THE FLAME TO CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER FLAME AND YOUR FIERY STRENGTH FROM BRIGID. SLOWLY OPEN YOUR EYES, BREATHE SOFTLY, AND FEEL BLESSE FOR THE COMING YEAR."

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Goddess Sirona  

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SIRONA is the Gaulish Goddess of the stars, healing, and fertility. She was worshipped from France in the west to Hungary in the east. She is usually depicted holding a snake (a symbol of healing), and some representations have her carrying three eggs (to symbolize fertility) and wearing a crown of stars. Her name means "star" and is also seen as DIRONA and THIRONA.

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Goddess Arianrhod  

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ARIANRHOD (pronounced ahr-ee-AHN-hrod) is the Welsh Goddess of the moon and keeper of the wheel of time. Her name means "silver wheel." She is the daughter of the Goddess Don (often identified with the Irish Danu), and sister of Gwydion and Gilfaethwy. Her uncle Math was a king who was under a peculiar curse--unless he was at war, he had to rest his feet in the lap of a virgin. When his footholder is raped by Gilfaethwy, Arianrhod offers to take her place. To be sure that she was a virgin, Arianrhod had to step over the wand of Math's magician. As she did so, she gave birth to two children: a boy named Dylan and another boy who was not fully formed. Dylan, whose name means "son of the wave," went immediately to the sea and swam away. The other boy was taken by Gwydion and hidden away. Arianrhod had fled in shame back to her castle.

The unformed boy grew quickly and Gwydion took him to see his mother. Arianrhod was still ashamed of what had happened, and she placed three curses on the boy: that he would have no name unless she gave him one; that he would have no weapons unless she gave them to him; and that he would have no human woman as a wife. Gwydion took him away and continued to raise him, while trying to figure out a way around the curses.

When the boy was a bit older, Gwydion disguised himself as a shoemaker and went back to see Arianrhod. While he was fitting her for shoes, the boy threw a stone and killed a bird. Arianrhod noticed, and said that the fair-haired boy had a skillful hand. Gwydion threw off his disguise and pronounced that Arianrhod had named her son-Lleu Llaw Gyffes (shining skillful hand). Thus was one of the curses broken.

A few years later, Gwydion and Lleu returned to Arianrhod's castle, disguised as bards. Gwydion created an illusion of an armada of ships coming to attack the castle. Arianrhod rushed to arm all within the castle against the invaders, and Lleu was one of those that she armed. Thus was the second of the curses broken.

The last curse, that Lleu would have no human wife, was broken when Gwydion and King Math worked together to form a woman out of flowers. They named her Blodeuwedd (face of flowers), and she became Lleu's wife.

Arianrhod's cruelty to her son and Gwydion's efforts to stop her are not without reason. Gwydion had raped his sister, and he was the father of Dylan and Lleu. Arianrhod never forgave him, and her curses on Lleu were meant as punishment for Gwydion. Despite her unwanted motherhood, the most enduring image of Arianrhod is from a statue which has been dated to 100 C.E., in which she is nursing her sons.

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