My research of the Celtic pantheon found only one deity whose name began with ‘H’ and only three entries for the letter ‘I’ so I thought that I would combine all of them together this week to give you a more sizeable posting.
God of the setting sun and of the dying. If invoked, He brings peace to those near death. After death, souls are in his protection until they reach their destination. His magickal symbols are the setting sun disc and a flute that brings peace and tranquility to those that hear it.
The Autumn Equinox is considered Hellith’s Day and there were celebrations done to honor him. Rituals would start just after sunset on the night before the equinox and the magicks associated with the time was to finish off the old business of summer since Mabon is the time of the final harvest. One might offer libation to a tree during this time and seeds were collected for use the following year.
In ancient Celtic religion, Ialonus Contrebis or Ialonus or Gontrebis was a god (or perhaps two related gods) worshipped in what are now Lancashire and Provence. He is known from three dedicatory inscriptions. One, at Lancaster, was dedicated (in the dative) to Deo Ialono Contre Sanctissimo (“to the holiest god Ialonus Contre[bis]”); another, at Overborough in Kirkby Lonsdale, to Deo San Gontrebi (“to the holy god Gontrebis”). In the third inscription, found at Nîmes in Provence, Ialonus was invoked in conjunction with the goddess Fortune.
The name Contrebis may possibly contain a root related to Proto-Celtic trebo- ‘house’. That of Ialonus may be related to the Proto-Celtic root jalo ‘clearing’.
Dea Icaunis was the goddess of the river Yonne in Gaul. She is known from a single inscription, found at Auxerre in Burgundy.
Inciona is a little-known Celtic goddess of the Treveran region. Her name is recorded as one of a pair of deities on two votive inscriptions from Luxembourg.
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