The Celtic river goddess of the river Severn (southwestern Great Britain).
Daughter of Bobd the Red, and mother of Ossian.
(Scathach) ('"shadowed") The Irish/Scottish "Lady of Shadows",
the lady "of the Shadowy Isle". She is a warrior, also associated
with smithcraft and oracular wisdom. She dwells in Albannach (Scotland),
on (most tales agree) the Isle of Skye (Scaith) A great warrior Goddess
whose name means "she who strikes fear", Scatha was also called
"the shadowy one". She taught many of the legendary Celtic heroes
all their skills, including battlefield magic. They traveled great distances
to study with her; to learn strategy and martial arts. During their stay
of a year and a day, she taught them fierce battle cries and terrifying
leaps and bounds, making them undefeatable in combat. Upon completion
of their studies, the students would return to their people to do great
deeds. Scatha is best known as the tutor of Cuchulainn in the arts of
both love and war in the Táin Bó Cualgne.
The Celtic goddess of the river Seine. Water was venerated by the Celts
as a source of the life-force, as well as for its cleansing and curative
properties. The River Goddess Sequanna stands in her duck-prow vessel,
welcoming pilgrims visiting her shrine to seek cures.
The Irish goddess of the river Shannon. The myth of Sinend and the Well
of Knowledge accounts for the name of the Shannon river.
The Goddess Displaying Her Parts. This Celtic archetype of the Great Mother
appeared in folk and church art by at least 1080 AD, but undoubtedly is
of much earlier origin. She may be identical with the war goddess Morrigan,
consort to the Dagda. One of her images is found near the ancient goddess
shrine of Avebury, where she symbolized fertility; displaying her sexual
parts was believed to ward off evil. Carvings of Sheela-na-Gigs may have
accompanied the seasonal harvest custom of weaving corn dollies which
dates from North European antiquity. With the advent of Christianity she
is portrayed (even on the outside of English churches) as a female demon
to ward off evil.
A Celtic goddess after whom the river Sâone is named.
The Celtic British goddess of hot springs, especially at Bath (Aquae Sulis).
(Sulevia) Celtic goddess of healing, she presided over the sacred, healing
springs. She was called Brigantia by the Britons; and Saint Brighid by
the Christians. She is akin to the Roman goddess Minerva.