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Badb

Badb

Druidess of the Tuatha De Danann and Goddess of war, inspiration, fury, and wisdom. Goddess of war. One of a triad of war goddesses known collectively as the Morrigan. She is the mother aspect of the triple goddess. She symbolizes life, enlightenment, wisdom and inspiration. She appears as bird shaped and crimson mouth. Badb uses her magick to decide battles. She lusts after men and is seen at fords washing the armor and weapons of men about to die in combat.

Not only did she take part in battles themselves, she also influenced their outcome by causing confusion among the warriors with her magic. The battlefield is often called ‘land of Badb’. She is the battle goddess who gathers the heads of her victims for her “acorn crop”. She is the triple Goddess of war, and was also associated with sovereignty. She was very powerful, and also responsible for choosing who will die in battle. For the Iron Age Celts, she chose who would pass into the “other world”. One legend suggests that she appeared as a maiden, wringing out the blood from the clothing worn by the hero who was doomed to die that day.

Badb was the daughter of Delbáeth and Ernmas, and sister of Macha, Morrígan, and possibly of Nemain. Badb was the wife of Neit. As a tripartite goddess of war, Badb was one of the three aspects of the Morrígans. As Badb, Morrígan was the goddess of war, and was often referred to as Badb Catha, which means “Battle Raven”. She had the ability to shift-change to a young beautiful girl or an old hag, as well a raven or crow. She was also called Banbha and Fodla.

 

 

Bel

Bel

Sun God of light, fire and healing, referred to as “The Shining One”‘ husband of Belisama. He symbolizes the elements of fire and health. Like Danu, Bile (or Bel) is one of the oldest deities, with many counterparts in other cultures. Because traditions developed independently, it can be difficult to determine Bile’s actual history.

In a simple summary, Bile is the Irish god of the Otherworld, perhaps the husband of Danu or Don (Mathonwy’s daughter), and therefore titular father of the Tuatha de Danann. In some traditions, he is called “the Father of Gods and Men.” Bile, also spelled Bel, may be a sun-god, and he is linked to healing, warmth, and light. He is also a god of death, and accompanies souls to the Otherworld where he rules. He may be the god of Beltaine, or “the fires of Bel (Bile).”

This is a close parallel with Beli, also called Beli the Great and Beli Mawr, son of Mynogian (Mynogen). In the Mabinogion, Beli is associated with light, and he is the father of Bran the Blessed, and grandfather of Lludd, the British counterpart of the Irish, Lugh. According to Druid and historian Peter Berresford Ellis, this Beli is the same one for whom London’s Billingsgate is named; Lludd’s gate in London is called Ludgate. According to the story of Llud and Llevelys, Beli was also said to be father of Lludd, Llevelys, Nynmyaw and Caswallon (Casswallawn). The Welsh Triad mentioned that his daughter was Aranrot. According, to this Triad, Caswallon left Britain with a host (Third Host to Leave Britain), with his nephews, Gwenwynwyn and Gwanar, sons of Lliaws and Aranrot. They were from Arllechwedd and went to Gascony.

It is said that Beli is also the father of five sons: Amathon, Nudd, Govannon, Gwydyon and Gilvaethwy and two daughters: Aranrhod and Penarddun, wife of Llyr.

 

 

 

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