Year 1 Lesson 3.
Sky Gods and the Seasons
Horned Gods and the Number Three
These figures are always guarding something. A mystery to penetrate if you will excuse the pun but the hymen is exactly what they are symbolic of and therefore used in ritual to protect as well – sympathetic magick or like produces like. Sometimes there were 3 maidens and sometimes there were 9 living on sacred lands. Its important to understand that in ancient times, virgin to the Celts was a women that had no chosen husband and so was free to exercise her sexual choices. A Virgin Queen or huntress, meant self-ownership, not sexual-purity. Notice that Christians spoke of Brigid in her virgin aspect, playing down her darker side when she was made into a saint. Brighid was no virgin, and her children are mentioned in Celtic mythology, she was a triple goddess. There are many virgin goddesses with children. Now think again on the Christian 'Virgin' Mary story, the style of writing & word meanings during the time it was written.
Epona – worshipped across Europe and surprisingly go adopted in Rome. Horses are thought to be threshold guardians and these goddesses protect them. Shrines of her were found in stables. There are quite a few horse Goddesses or stories connected to horse. For some tribes they were used as their honour-price, for others they were so important in battle, and were believed to be connected to the warrior himself. They were powerfully strong, graceful and swift creatures and a honour to ride one. Horse is used as a representative of the land and coming from the sea - most likely brought over and became myth. Thus Kingship rituals are related to 'marrying' the horse.
One Eyed Gods
One eyed Gods are hard to tell of their nature and the same tale is told in the bible only it changes to David and Goliath. From my studies, as far as I can tell, it must have somehow made it into the myths by watching the stance of the magicians of the time. Druids or wizard like characters who stand on one lake like the crane, heron or stork and cover or close one eye. Only then can magick work.
Tribal Gods are the Gods of your own tribe, not anothers. They cannot be because they are ancestral in nature, and the others are confined to the tribal or home area and cannot move. You cannot choose someone elses Mother and father to be your own nor can you 'worship' Goddess Cerridwen in Canada, because she is not there. That is a Wiccan concept, not a Celtic belief. Tribal Gods reflect the tribe's main occupations. Gods of nature are usually fertility divinities, often chaotic and independent of the concept of tribal order. They were nevertheless necessary to the tribe's survival and needed to be appeased for the continuance of the agricultural cycle.
Norse Gods follow the same as above in the 3 worlds, which in turn are also sometimes divided by 9. The 3 Norse God groups are - The Aesir and the Vanir. The Vanir are the oldest family of Gods. The Aesir lived in Asgard their stronghold. They were younger & stronger. And the third though misunderstood by those who are not well read, are the giants. Here you see Sky, Hel or bottom of the world tree, and earth world.
Himinbjorg is the Hall of Heimdallr, the watching God, sometimes called the "White God." Scholars often say that it is his duty to watch the "gates" to make sure that that evil giants or trolls do not enter into either Midgard or the sky realm. Again we see the original stars or 'watchers' and the four directions coming in to play among these Northern tribes. Where this hall is located was very interesting to me. It is said to be at the point where the three realms come together which could mean that its the same bridge as Bifröst. Spiritual thought might have been that the rainbow, as is also considered by some others was used as both the Asbrü, and the Brig o' Dread. This is just another example of the same beliefs with different names as the Celts and they all came from the 7 mothers, talked about in the DNA strands of ages past, and were at one time one people.
Children of Light and Dark or Divine Twins
Weeding through the Christian Adaptation of the Celtic legends
by Brahva Cwmevos