Celtic Gods & Goddesses



An Irish/Celtic god, a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His name means performer of feats.


The Gallic god of apple trees. A local deity of the Garonne valley.


An Irish/Celtic god, harper of the Tuatha Dé Danann.


Romano-Celtic forest and river goddess. Also goddess of the hunt.


A Continental Celtic river goddess.


God of love. Son of the Dagda and 'the wife of Elcmar', generally believed to be the goddess Boann. He is associated with the valley of the River Boyne. One of the Tuatha De Danann.


A Romano-Celtic chthonic underworld god.


Among the Celts of Ireland, Aeval was the Fairy Queen of Munster. She held a midnight court to determine if husbands were satisfying their wives' sexual needs, or not, as the women charged.


The Celtic goddess of strife and slaughter. The river Aeron in Wales is named after her.


An Irish 'fairy' goddess.


An Irish sun-goddess.


Irish goddess of love and fertility. Daughter of Eogabail, who was in turn the foster-son of Manannan mac Lir. Later worshipped as a fairy queen in County Limerick.


Healing goddess, protector of medicinal plants, and the keeper of the spring that brings the dead back to life.


The local god of Celtic Gaul, specifically the region of the Cite d'Or.


The Welsh god of agriculture, son of the goddess Don. He is directly responsible for the war between the deities of the underworld, led by Arawn, and the Children of Don. In the Battle of the Trees (Battle of Cath Godeau) Amaethon's brother Gwydion transformed trees into warriors with whose help the deities of the underworld were defeated.


A Continental Celtic god. The Romans with equated him with Jupiter.


A form of the major Irish mother goddess; overlaps with Danu. Worshipped in Munster as a goddess of plenty.


A water goddess from Continental Celtic mythology.


A Gallic warrior and fertility goddess in Celtic France.


The goddess of war in Celtic Britain.


An Irish/Celtic fertility goddess, venerated as the mother of the gods. The center of her cult was the fertile Munster in southeast Ireland.


The Welsh god of the underworld. The god Amaethon stole from him a dog, lapwing and roebuck with led to the Battle of the Trees, in which his forces were defeated.


The Gaulish (Celtic) goddess of the moon, hunting, and forests. She was very popular in the Ardennes, to which she gave her name. She is accompanied by a boar, her sacred animal.


Moon goddess and goddess of reincarnation. Arianrhod ("silver wheel", the moon), is one of the descendants of Don. She had two brothers, Gilfaethwy and Gwydion. She and Gwydion produced twin sons, Llew Llau Gyffes and Dylan. Her consort Nwyvre (Sky, Space) basically disappears. Her stars are the Caer Arianrhod, the circumpolar stars to which souls withdraw between reincarnations. She is honored at the full moon.


The British-Celtic water goddess.


Artio of Muri, usually depicted in the form of a bear, she was the continental Celtic goddess of the bear cult.


The Gallic goddess of birth and midwifery.


Badb is the Irish (Celtic) goddess of war. She often assumes the form of a raven or carrion-crow (her favorite disguise) and is then referred to as Badb Catha, meaning "battle raven". Not only did she take part in battles themselves, she also influenced their outcome by causing confusion among the warriors with her magic. The battle-field is often called 'land of Badb'. She formed part of a triad of war-goddesses with Macha (Nemain) and the Morrigan.


Celtic-Irish Balor is the god of death and the king of the Fomorians, a race of giants. He was the son of Buarainech and the husband of Cethlenn. Balor had only one eye, which he kept closed because anything he looked at would die instantly. Killed by his grandson Lugh Lamhfada (Lugh of the Long Arm) who had been raised by the sea god Manannan mac Lir of the Tuatha Dé Danann.


The goddess who represents the spirit of Ireland, and who is the wife of king MacCuill. She was thought to be the first settler in Ireland. She is part of a trinity of goddesses, the daughters of Fiachna, together with Fodla and Eriu.


An Irish goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann, associated with a magic well.


An Irish underworld goddess and a patron of pleasure.


The Celtic god of war and of the destruction of enemies. He was worshipped in Britain, primarily in Wales. His name means "fair shining one".


Belenus is the Gaulish/Celtic god of light, and referred to as 'The Shining One'. His cult spread from northern Italy to southern Gaul and Britain. Belenus is in charge of the welfare of sheep and cattle. His wife is the goddess Belisama. His festival is Beltine ("Fire of Bel"), celebrated on May 1. On this day, purifying fires were lit and cattle driven between them before being allowed out onto the open pastures. See Bile.


Goddess of light, fire, forging and crafts. Gaulish/Celtic. She is the wife of the god Belenus.


The Celtic god of light and healing, "Bel" means "shining one," or in Irish Gaelic, the name "bile" translates to "sacred tree." It is thought that the waters of Danu, the Irish All-Mother goddess, fed the oak and produced their son, The Dagda. As the Welsh Beli, he is the father of Arianrhod by Don. Patron of sheep and cattle, Bel's festival is Beltane, one of two main Celtic fire festivals. Beltane celebrates the return of life and fertility to the world -- marking the beginning of Summer and the growing season. Taking place on April 30, Beltane also is sometimes referred to as "Cetsamhain" which means "opposite Samhain." The word "Beltaine" literally means "bright" or "brilliant fire," and refers to the bonfire lit by a presiding Druid in honor of Bile. See Belenus.


Goddess of bounty and fertility. Her symbol is the white cow. Her name means "She of the white cattle". Irish goddess. Also goddess of the River Boyne. She is the wife of the water god Nechtan or of Elcmar, and consort of the Dagda, by whom she was the mother of the god Aengus.


The Irish goddess of battle. She prophesied the doom of the Tuatha Dé Danann after the Battle of Mag Tuireadh (Moytura).

Bodb Dearg

'Bodb the Red', a son of the Dagda who succeeded him as ruler of the gods.


"To Boil". The Gallic god of hot (mineral) springs and healing. In the Provence (France) he was known as Bormanus, and in Portugal as Bormanious.


A hero god, protector of poetry and the underworld. Bran ("raven"), son of Llyr and Penarddun, and brother of Branwen and Manawydan, and half brother Nisien and Efnisien.


Goddess of love and beauty. Branwen ("white raven") a daughter of Llyr and Penarddun, and sister of Bran, and Manawydan, and half-sister of Nisien and Efnisien.


Irish goddess, wife of the Dagda.


God of fertility and agriculture. He is the son of Elatha, a prince of the Fomorians, and the goddess Eriu. The goddess Brigid became his wife.


Also known as Bridget, Brighit and Brid. Goddess of healing, fertility and the hearth. She is the patron of poets, smiths and doctors. Breo Saighead, or the "Fiery Arrow or Power," is a Celtic three-fold goddess, the daughter of The Dagda, and the wife of Bres. Known by many names, Brighid's three aspects are (1) Fire of Inspiration as patroness of poetry, (2) Fire of the Hearth, as patroness of healing and fertility, and (3) Fire of the Forge, as patroness of smithcraft and martial arts. Brighid's festival is Imbolc, celebrated on or around February 1 when she ushers Spring to the land after The Cailleach's Winter reign. This mid-Winter feast commences as the ewes begin to lactate and is the start of the new agricultural cycle. During this time Brigid personifies a bride, virgin or maiden aspect and is the protectoress of women in childbirth. Imbolc also is known as Oimelc, Brigid, Candlemas, or even in America as Groundhog Day. Transformed into St. Brigid in the Christian revolution of Ireland.


The Celtic (British) tutelary goddess of the Brigantes in Yorkshire and the goddess of the rivers Braint and Brent, which were named after her. Brigantia was also a pastoral goddess associated with flocks and cattle.


An Irish goddess of cliffs.


A continental Celtic god, identified with Jupiter.


Also known as Skadi or Scotia, she is an ancient goddess, both in worship and in form. She appears as an old hag with teeth of a bear and tusks of a boar. She is a sorceress who created the earth. Cailleach is referred to as the "Mother of All" in parts of Scotland.

Cailleach Beara

Celtic deity said to turn to stone on Beltane and be reborn on Samhain. Represented as a hag.


The goddess of the hunt among the Britons.


A Gaulish war god mentioned by the Romans, who associated him with Mars.


A destructive witch, she was the goddess of evil magic. She had three equally destructive sons: Dub ("darkness"), Dother ("evil"), and Dian ("violence"), who ravaged Ireland. The Tuatha Dé Danann fought against Carman and defeated her.


A Celtic war god of Britain.

Cenn Cruaich

A Gaelic heaven-god, akin to Zeus


Welch Mother, moon and grain goddess. Wife of Tegid, mother of Creirwy (the most beautiful girl in the world) and Avagdu (th ugliest boy), as well as Taliesin, greatest of the Welch bards. Master of an inexhaustible cauldron named Amen in which she brewed a magical draught called greal from six plants which gave knowledge and inspiration. Originally a corn goddess. She is the protector of poets. One of her symbols is the sow. Associated with Brigit.


The horned one - God of fertility, life, animals and the underworld. Depicted with the antlers of a stag, sometimes carries a purse filled with coin. The Horned God is born at the winter solstice, marries the goddess at Beltane, and dies at the summer solstice. He alternates with the goddess of the moon in ruling over life and death, continuing the cycle of death, rebirth and reincarnation.


The Irish goddess of beauty. She later became a fairy queen in the area of Carraig Cliodhna in County Cork.


The Celtic goddess of the river Clyde.


A hunting deity of Celtic North Britain. The Romans equated him with their Silvanus.


A River god of Celtic Britain, personification of water.


The Celtic (Britain) goddess of water and springs. She was known locally in the area of Carrawburgh (Roman Brocolitia) along Hadrian's Wall. She personified a holy spring that had healing powers.


A Welsh goddess, daughter of Llyr.


Creidhne was the god of metal working. One of the trio of craft-gods of the Tuatha Dé Danann, as were Goibniu and Luchta.

Curoi mac Daire

A Celtic sun-deity, believed to be a storm-bringing giant, armed with an ax.


The Celtic goddess of streams. She later entered folklore as a spectre haunting woodland streams. Her shriek was said to foretell death as the Banshee.


The Irish-Celtic god of the earth and treaties, and ruler over life and death. Dagda, or The Dagda, ("the good god") is one of the most prominent gods and the leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is a master of magic, a fearsome warrior and a skilled artisan. Dagda is a son of the goddess Danu, and father of the goddess Brigid and the god Aengus mac Oc. The Morrigan is his wife, with whom he mates on New Years Day. The Dagda is portrayed as possessing both super- human strength and appetite. His attributes are a cauldron with an inexhaustible supply of food, a magical harp with which he summons the seasons, and an enormous club, with one end of which he could kill nine men, but with the other restore them to life. He also possessed two marvellous swine---one always roasting, the other always growing---and ever-laden fruit trees.


A British/Celtic feritility goddess, associated with the month of May.


A Gallic goddess, known as the "Divine Cow". She is the spouse of Borvo.


Universal mother of the gods. The earth mother. Goddess of rivers,wells, prosperity, plenty, magic and wisdom. The Irish/Celtic earth goddess, matriarch of the Tuatha Dé Danann ("People of the goddess Danu"). Danu is the mother of various Irish gods, such as the Dagda (also mentioned as her father), Dian Cecht, Ogma, Lir, Lugh, and many others. Her Welsh equivalent is the goddess Don.

Dea Matrona

The Celtic deity at the source of the river Marne (northeastern France).

Dea Sequana

The Celtic deity at the source of the river Seine (northern France).


Old welsh god represented by a great red serpent. The official emblem of Wales, a red dragon, is derived from the Great Red Serpent that once represented the god Dewi.

Dian Cecht

The great god of healing and the physician of the Tuatha Dé Danann.


The Welsh mother-goddess. She is the wife of Beli, and mother of Gwydion. Her Irish counterpart is Danu.


The Celtic god of love.


Welsh sea god. Son of Arianrhod.


The Celtic goddess who is associated with horseback-riding. She is probably equivalent to the Gaulish goddess Epona.


Celtic Goddess of horses, mules and cavalrymen adopted in Rome. Among the Gaulish Celts themselves, she was worshipped as goddess of horses, asses, mules, oxen, and, to an extent, springs and rivers. The Celtic goddess whose authority extended even beyond death, accompanying the soul on its final journey. Epona is depicted sitting side saddle or lying on a horse, or standing with multiple horses around her. Her symbol is the cornucopia and the horse.


An Irish/Celtic goddess, the personification of Ireland. She belongs to the Fomorians and is the mother of Bres, king of Ireland. The name Ireland comes from her name (Eyre, Eire, or Eiriu).


A Celtic agricultural deity in Gaul. Associated with the bull (with three skulls) and he is portrayed with one. He is also represented cutting branches from trees with an axe. According to some he was a bloodthirsty god, while other regard him as a god of commerce (similar to Mercury). His consort is Rosmerta.


An early sun goddess of ancient Ireland.


A Gaulish / Pyrenean god of beech trees.


A sea goddess who made her home both in the Otherworld and on the Islands of Man. With her sister, Liban, she was one of the twin goddesses of health and earthly pleasures. She was also known as "Pearl of Beauty".


One of the three goddesses who ruled Ireland before the first Gauls, came to the island.


An Irish/Celtic smith god, son of the goddess Danu. He manufactures swords that always strike true, and he possesses the mead of eternal life. He makes the arms for the Tuatha Dé Danann together with Credne and Luchtainel. As a brewmaster he was unsurpassed and his beer gave the drinker immortality. The Welsh called him Govannon.


The Welsh smith god, the equivalent of the Irish Goibniu. Govannon is a son of the goddess Don and the brother of Gwydion and Amaethon.


The continental Celtic god of healing, associated with mineral springs. The center of his cult was Aquae Granni (Achen, Germany). His consort is the fertility goddess Sirona.

Gwenn Teir Bronn

The Celtic goddess of motherhood.


God of warriors and magicians.

Gwynn ap Nudd

The south-Welsh god of the underworld.


The Gaulish spirit of the river Yonne.


A Continental Celtic god of thunder.


The Welsh sea god. Llyr (Lir Llyr) is the father of Bran, Branwen, and Manawydan. He is equal to the Irish god Lir.


Called "Lugh of the light hand" he is a sun god and protector of the harvest. Worshipped in midsummer. Lugh is the Celtic lord of every skill. He was patron of Lugodunum (Lyons) in Gaul. He and his nature goddess consort (Rosmerta) were worshipped during the 30 day Lugnasad midsummer feast in Ireland. Fertility magic during this festival ensured ripening of the crops and good harvest. He was called Lamfhada or 'of the long arm' in Gaelic because of his great spear and sling.


The Gaulish god of the waters of Luxeuil. Consort of Bricta.


Mabon son of Modron ("young man" son of "mother goddess") was a hunter-god. He has the power to make a land flourish or waste away.


One of three aspects of the Morrigan, goddess of war. Patroness of Ulster and war goddess. There are three legendary women associated with this name. One was the wife of Nemed, another was the wife of Cimbaeth and daughter of Aed Ruad and a war leader, the third was the wife of Crunnchu who raced against the fastest horse in Ireland while pregnant and won but died at the finish line giving birth to twins.

Manannan mac Lir

Irish god of the sea and fertility. He forecasts the weather. His wife is Fand and he is the foster-father of many gods, including Lugh. He is the guardian of the Blessed Isles, and the ruler of Mag Mell the paradise were the deceased live. Manannan has a ship that follows his command without sails; his cloak makes him invisible; his helmet is made of flames and his sword cannot be turned from its mark. He is described as riding over the sea in a chariot. His Welsh equivalent is Manawydan ap Llyr. He is also called Barinthus. He is older than the Tuatha De Dannan, yet appears to be one of them.


God of the sea and fertility. Manawydan ap Llyr, son of Llyr and Penarddun and brother of Branwen and half brother of Nisien and Efnisien. Manawydan was a scholar, a magician, and a peaceful man. He married the Goddess Rhiannon, widow of Pwyll of Dyfed and mother of Pryderi.


The Manx (Isle of Man) counterpart of the Irish sea-god Manannan mac Lir. On Midsummer Eve the people used to carry green meadow grass to the top of Barule in payment of rent to Mannan-beg-mac-y-Leir. People also used to pray to him for a blessing on their boats and a good catch.


The Celtic god of youth.

Math Mathonwy

The Welsh god of sorcery, brother of the goddess Don.


Celtic mother goddess of Gaul.


The Irish/Celtic ruler of Mag Mor, the underworld. He is a son of the goddess Danu.


A Welsh goddess, daughter of Avalloc, derived from the Celtic goddess Matrona.

Mog Ruith

The one-eyed Celtic/Irish god of the sun who rides through the sky in a shining bronze chariot, or who flies through the sky like a bird. The word ruith is possibly derived from the Irish roth, meaning "wheel" (representing the sun).


The Morrigan is a goddess of battles, war, death, strife, and fertility. Her name translates as either "Great Queen" or "Phantom Queen". The Morrigan appears as both a single goddess and a trio of goddesses. The other deities who form the trio are Badb ("Crow"), and either Macha (also connotes "Crow") or Nemain ("Frenzy"). She is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann. She can take the form of a crow or raven. If seen by a warrior before battle, that warrior will die.


Goddess of nature, valleys and streams. Her name means "Winding River". A Gallic protective goddess and goddess of water. Her symbol is the raven.


A Celtic goddess worshipped in Gaul. She forms a pair with the god Sucellos. Her attribute is as cornucopia ("horn of plenty"), which refers to her aspect of fertility goddess. Occasionally she is represented with a cottage on her hand, which could indicate that she was patroness of the family. Nantosuetta was also a goddess of the realm of the dead.


The Gaulish god associated with the Springs of Nimes. In later times he became the god of the city of Nimes.


The Celtic goddess of sacred groves or shrines (nemeton, "shrine").


The Celtic river god of the Severn estuary in south-west Britain.


Also Nudd or Ludd. "Silver Hand." The Irish/Celtic chieftain-god of healing, the Sun, childbirth, youth, beauty, ocean, dogs, poetry, writing, sorcery, magic, weapons, and warfare. Similar to the Roman god Neptune, Nuada also had an invincible sword, one of four great treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann, that he used to cleave his enemies in half.

Oengus Mac Oc

Oengus Mac Oc, otherwise known as Aengus, is an Irish/Celtic God. He is the god of love, beauty and youth. He is known for his physical beauty and golden hair, and because his kisses become birds. His name means "Son of the Young."


Ogma is the god of eloquence and learning. He is the son of the goddess Danu and the god Dagda, and one of the foremost members of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is the reputed inventor of the ancient Ogham alphabet which is used in the earliest Irish writings.


God of poetry, language and eloquence. Depicted as an old man with a bald head who has golden chains that hang from his tongue attached to the ears of his followers. Invented the runes of the Druids. Ogmius escorts souls on their journey to the after-live. He is represented as an old man, with a bald head, and dressed in a lion skin. His attributes are a bow and stick. He was worshipped in Gaul (Celtic France). His Irish counterpart is Ogma.


Welsh fertility and otherworld goddess. Rhiannon (her name is either "Maid of Annwn" or a variant of Rigatona, "Great Queen"). She was mistress of the Singing Birds who could wake the dead and lull the living to sleep. She appeared to Pwyll, Lord of Dyfed, as a beautiful woman in dazzling gold on a white horse. The white horse could outpace any rider although it appeared to go at a steady pace. Her first husband was Pwyll, a mortal king with whom she had Pryderi. After Pwylls death she married Manawydan, the god of the sea.


The Gaulish god of oak trees.


In Gaulish Celtic mythology, Rosmerta was the goddess of fire, warmth, and abundance. 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 wife of Esus, the Gaulish Hermes. Her attributes are a cornucopia and a stick with two snakes.


The Celtic river goddess of the river Severn (southwestern Great Britain).


The Gaulish (Continental Celtic) god of war and victory.


The Celtic goddess of the river Seine.


Goddess of the river Shannon.


The goddess of fertility in British-Celtic mythology. An ugly, troll-like creature. She prominently displays her genitals in an attempt to allay the power of death.


A Celtic sea deity recognized in Britain.


The Gaulish goddess of astronomy, and goddess of the Mosel Valley.


God of war who was especially worshipped by the Gaulish Treveri peoples. He is portrayed as a bearded athlete who, with a club, is about to kill a snake.


God of the forests and agriculture. Ferries the dead to the otherworld. One of his frequently appearing attributes is the hammer, which earned him the title of 'hammer-god' and which reminds of a god of the dead. Often he holds a cup and a purse in his hand, which denotes a fertility god. One of his consorts is Nantosuetta.


The Celtic British goddess of hot springs, especially at Bath (Aquae Sulis).


An Irish-Celtic earth-goddess, nurse of Lugh. She raised him until he is able to carry arms.


The Celtic goddess of fresh waters. Her name survives in the English River Thames and in Tamise, a French name for the Schelde (Scheldt).


God of thunder, master of the sky. his symbols are the wheel and the lightning flash. His name means "Thunder". Worshipped in Gaul. He may be compared to the Roman Jupiter, although his place in the Celtic pantheon was not as prominent as that of Jupiter in the Roman pantheon. His attribute is the wheel.


King of the Fomorians of Ireland, as well as the sea god and god of the otherworld. He was killed in the first battle of Mag Tuireadh. Since then he rules Mag Mell the paradise where the dead live, along with Manannan mac Lir of the Tuatha Dé Danann.


Teutates is an ancient Celtic god who was worshipped especially in Gaul. He is the god of war, fertility, and wealth. His name means "the god of the tribe", from the Gallic touta which means "tribe" or "people" (similar to the Celtic tuatha). Teutates is also known under the names of Albiorix ("king of the world") and Caturix ("king of the battle"). Human sacrifices were made to appease him. He is the equivalent of the Roman god Mars.

Tuatha De Danann

"People of the goddess Danu". Gods who were descended from Danu, including Lugh, Dagda, Brigit, Ogma and others. Considered to be skilled artisans, poets, magicians and craftsmen.


The Celtic goddess of the river Wharfe (North Yorkshire, England).


The Gaulish god of the Vosges Forest in France.


A Celtic river deity.





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