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Ogma

A great Celtic warrior god, often associated with Hercules. Patron god of eloquence, language and genius, writing and poetry. He invented the runic language of the Druids, the Ogham alphabet.

Married to Etain and son of Dagda and Danu. Some writers say that Ogma and Dagda were brothers; or that they were the sons of Eithne. Ogma is also considered the son of Elatha, the king of the Fomorians.

He is often portrayed as an old man dressed in a lion skin. From his tongue hangs fine gold chains attached to the ears of his eager followers.

Ogma was one the seven champions in the First Battle of Moytura (Mag Tuired), but when Bres became the king of Tuatha dé Danann, Ogma was degraded into working on humiliating manual job of gathering firewood.

When Lugh went to Nuada, asking for a place to serve the king, Ogma seemed to be Nuada’s foremost fighter. During the second battle of Moytura, Ogma had killed one of the Fomorian leaders, named Indech, the son of Domnu.

Ogma had married Etain, the daughter of Dian Cécht. Ogma had a son named Caipre. Some say that he was the father of MacCuill, MacCecht and MacGrené (MacGrene), the three Danann kings who ruled Ireland, during the Milesian invasion, though other say that Neit was their father.

To the Celtic Gauls he was called Ogmios. According to both Gallic and Irish myths Ogma was a warrior god, depicted as a wrinkled old man, wearing lion’s skin cloak, carrying a bow and club. The Romans considered Ogmios as the Celtic equivalent of Hercules (Greek Heracles). They also depicting Ogimos as holding people chained to his tongue by their ears, to indicate he was the god of eloquence and poetry.

Lucian records depictes Ogmios as a bald old man with a bow and club leading an apparently happy band of men with chains attached to their ears from his tongue. This is thought by some scholars to be a metaphor for eloquence, possibly related to bardic practices. Lucian records that the Gauls associated him with Hercules, but his appearance on two defixiones from Austria suggests that he was also associated with Hermes in Eastern Celtic tradition.

 

olwen

Olwen

Goddess of flowers and springtime. She also symbolizes love. She is known as the ‘white footprint’ because of the flowers, which spring up beneath her every step. She is also seen as the Welsh sun goddess, famous for her sheer determination and tenacity. She overcame 13 obstacles to attain what she loved. Olwen blesses arts, creativity and excellence.

Forest Cloud
Under the forgotten oak
She slept
Lily breasts
And crocus arms
And wild daisy hair.

The maiden was clothed in a robe of flame-colored silk, and about her neck was a collar of ruddy gold, on which were precious emeralds and rubies. More yellow was her head than the flower of the broom, and her skin was whiter than the foam of the wave, and fairer were her hands and her fingers than the blossoms of the wood anemone amidst the spray of the meadow fountain. The eye of the trained hawk, the glance of the three-mewed falcon was not brighter than hers. Her bosom was more snowy than the breast of the white swan, her cheek was redder than the reddest roses. Whoso beheld her was filled with her love. Four white trefoils sprung up wherever she trod. And therefore was she called Olwen.

 

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