Celtic Deities (Short List)
Here is a list of Celtic deities, I'm sure most of you have
these but if you do not, here is a short list.
Nuada: The Gaelic Zeus; called "he of silver hand"; killed by the
Fomor, Balor early in history of the gods.
Camulus: Of the invincible sword; the name signifies
"heaven"; god of war and sky; akin to mars, only more savage.
The war Goddess: Fea, the hateful; Nemon, the venomous;
Badb. the fury; Macha, the battle goddess who collects the
heads of her victims for her "acorn crop."
Morrigan (Morrigu): The great goddess in her Virago aspect;
as chief deity of battle, she likes to take the form of the
hoodie or carrion crow; her name derives from Mor Righ Anu,
meaning "the great queen."
Dagda: God of earth; "good god"; he posses a living harp and
the "undry," a cauldron, where everyone find sustenance in
proportion to his/her merits; a formidable fighter, but a
god of simple tastes who dresses in a brown tunic, hooded
cape and leather boots.
Boann: The Dadga's wife; an Eve figure; The Boyne River is
named for her; she and the Dagda have many famous children
including Bridgit, Angus, Mider, Ogma, and Bodb the Red.
Brigit: Goddess of the hearth, fire and poetry; best loved
of all deities; candlemas is held in her honor; she is the
only goddess to survive into the Christian pantheon of
Angus (Angus Mac Og): His name means "son of the young"; A
Gaelic Eros known for his physical beauty and golden hair;
his kisses become birds.
Mider: God of the underworld; his abode is Falga, the Isle
of Man; Etain (Ogma's daughter) became his wife, but she was
taken away by Angus.
Ogma (Cermait): The "honey-mouthed" king of the bards and
god of eloquence and literature; Ogham script is named for
him; he married Etain, daughter of Diancecht.
Bodb the Red: He succeeds his father as king of the
Ler: The gaelic Poseidon; married to Aebh, Bodb's
daughter, with whom he has four children after she
dies he marries Aeife, who out of jealousy turns the
children into swans.
Manannan: Ler's son; "God of the headlands"; patron of
sailors and merchants; his famed possessions include the
yellow shaft, the red javelin, the boat, the wave-sweeper, a
horse called Splendid Mane, and three swords named retaliator,
great fury, and little fury; he has the gift of in
Goibniu: The forger of weapons; the Gaelic Hephaestus; he
possesses a potion that enables those who drink it to become
invisible; he also is called the "divine architect."
Diancecht: God of medicine; he once saved Ireland; married
to Morrigan; among their children are Etan, who marries
Ogma, and Cian, who marries Ethniu, daughter of Balor, the
Lugh: Son of Cian and Ethniu called the "long-handed" or
"far-shooter"; Sun god par excellence; he possesses a magic
spear and magic hound; The Milky Way is called "Lugh's
Chain"; he is the "master of all art," an accomplished
carpenter, smith, warrior, harpist, poet, physician, cup-bearer, and bronze-worker.
The opponents of Tuatha de Dannan are the children of
Domnu, which signifies "under-sea." Offspring of
"Chaos and Old Night" they are, for the most part
grotesque creatures, often with physical deformities.
These gods of death and darkness are listed below.
Balor: Although he was born with two good eyes, one was
ruined in an accident; the eye is so hideous that he only
opens it in battle so that its venom will slay whoever is
unlucky enough to catch glimpse of it; his daughter marries
Elathan: The beautiful Miltonic prince of darkness with
Bress: His name means "beautiful"; Elthan's son; married to
Brigit of the Tuatha de Dannan and for a time her rules over
Idech: King of Dommu.