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Goddesses from Celtic Lands

If you see a Goddess name here without the photos, it means you'll want to come back and see her later. All of the named Goddesses, Queens, and Heroines
named here have been made into dolls by me, but it's taking me time to get them all ~210 added to the website!  
The gallery will keep growing, allowing you to learn about new Goddesses, and can hopefully serve as inspiration for your custom orders, as well!
Irish. She was originally a Sun Goddess, so it makes sense that she became associated with Midsummer. Love, healing, and sovereignty are all aspects of this Goddess.
This doll is in honor of my friend Andrea Burdette, who often went by the name Aine, and whose life was cut way, way, too short. (The doll in this photo was actually hers.)
Many herbalists had asked me for an Airmid doll, so she came along fairly early. The first ones I embroidered with just a mortar and pestle on an already-embroidered fabric I found in a decorator-upholstery shop.
I loved the rich, earthy green of it. As years went on, I got better at embroidery digitizing, so I created a complicated, lovely, sort-of-wild bunch of herbs inside a mortar, and I loved that version.
Then, when I moved to hand-embroidery, I created a simpler version with a 3-D chamomile flower and a sweet bit of dandelion with french knots, and that one was my most favorite.
Airmid is an Irish Goddess of herbs and healing, and one of her messages is Time Heals All Wounds, which I very much hope to be true.
Continental. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Andrasta, Andred, Ancasta, Boudicca, Bellona, Victoria, Nike, Xena

Welsh. Arianrhod, Silver Wheel that she is, wears a silver dress with a subtle, spirally shimmer, or a dress the color of twilight. Her hair is the black of night with hints of the Northern Lights.
Welsh. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Gwenhwyfar
Blodeuwedd's symbolism definitely has strong ties to the changing of the seasons, and even the cycles of day and night. She is not human; she was crafted from flowers to be a sacred bride (Spring/Day),
but after she betrayed her husband - alas, an independent thought and action! - she was punished by being turned into an owl (Autumn/Night). What better role model for us in these modern feminist times...
the patriarchy may think of a self-realized woman as being a predator, but we know that having opinions, desires, and the sovereignty to live our lives in our own way makes us nothing but Wise.

Iceni. She doesn't wield her spear, but aside from that, looks just as she was described.  My Boudicca also has 'woad' facial tattoos!
Irish/Scottish. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Brid, Bride, Bridget, Brigit, Brighid, St. Brigid
Originally, my Brigid was red, with black hair and white accents, the colors of the Triple Goddess, and she had a triple moon embroidery. Over the years I've added to my Brigid embroidery collection, though,
and I've made at least a hundred Brigid dolls, so they have become all sorts of colors. Perfect for a Goddess of Inspiration! PS- the Triple Moon dolls are now found over with Selene.
Continental. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Rhiannon, Juno, Hecate
Irish. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Mare
Scottish. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Cailleach Bhear, Black Annis, Carlin, Cally Berry, Digne
Cailleach's dress is Winter-inspired in its hues of blue and embellished with embroidered snowflakes. Her hair is the bright white of fresh snow, and she sometimes ice crystals decorate her neckline.
She wears a silver snowflake in her hair. Her skin is the traditional blue shade referred to in all of her legends.
Scottish/Welsh. I normally envision Cerridwen in earthy orange tones or smokey grays, but she's seen many incarnations. She always has her embroidered cauldron.

We know of Coventina specifically from a well in Northumberland which held a number of votives, artifacts, and coins dedicated to her. She may have been a Goddess local to that area,
but water goddesses are some of the most popular deities worldwide. In general, whether they are affiliated with rivers, springs, wells, or the sea, they symbolize abundance, healing, fertility, and Life Itself.
Today, Coventina is also associated with wishes and dreams (because of the coins in the well / wishing-well connection).
Irish. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Anu, Ana, Dana, Don, St. Anne.  Danu wears a soft white gown graced with the Celtic swirls and curves of Motherhood which hug her round, pregnant belly.
Breton. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Nematona
Welsh. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Flidais
The Goddess Elen as she is honored today is sort of an amalgam of the Elen/Helen in the Mabinogion story 'The Dream of Mascen Wledig' with a Saami Reindeer Goddess/Spirit.
I can't come even close to abridging the amazing research done by Caroline Wise, so please read her research here: http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/articles/elen_1.htm
There's also a really wonderful group on Facebook called Elen of the Ways - highly recommended if you're attracted to this Goddess.
Gaulish/Celtic. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Mare, Bubona, Rhiannon, Lady Godiva, Edain
In the beginning, my Epona dolls always had their hair pulled back into a ponytail (see what I did there?), but over time she evolved to have her hair down, since most people prefer it that way.
I love the prancing horse embroidery...so regal!  I also generally use a palomino colorway with her; she is typically pictured with a white horse, but my daughter Rhanna was a horse-crazy 7-year-old when I started
making these, and palominos were her favorite. (The burgundy example above was actually hand-embroidered by Rhanna in 2015 when she was 19!) Epona is also a Goddess of travel
(she was popular in Roman times when travel was pretty horse-dependent) and dreams, and for me, at least, those two ideas are linked; what better thing to dream about than where to go next??
St Gobnait is a Christianized version of an early Irish triad of sister-Goddesses... their names and other specifics are debated, but Gobnait appears to be related to Brigid, with similar feast days and attributes. One of which is bees!
I liked this design for her, because she was made a saint in the Middle Ages, and the hive here reminds me of that time period. St Gobnait was renowned for her beekeeping, and possibly using honey to save people from the plague.

As far as I can tell with my research, Habetrot was actually a spinning fairy in Scottish folklore. In her story, there was a poor, abused maiden whose mother beat her when she didn't produce enough yarn,
and she was eventually passed off to a merchant who also wanted to use her for her labor, but the fairy Habetrot stepped in and did the spinning for her to save her from a life of cruel drudgery. Long story short, LOL.

Fast forward to today, and Habetrot seems to have evolved into a Healing Goddess who spins yarn and makes clothing, which protects the wearer from illness when worn.
I can't tell how modern this Goddess actually is; she's cited by Patricia Monaghan, who is usually my go-to for reliable information when I get started with research,
but besides the 19th century fairy tales I found, I don't see where she's getting her information.

In any case, I like the idea of Habetrot, so I'm going to give her a spot. The stories of many Goddesses of ancient times were watered down into fairy tales over the centuries,
and there are several examples of Goddesses from other cultures who have healing-spinning-weaving attributes, so I can believe that she may have existed as a more-powerful deity at one point.
Lady of the Lake
Gaulish/Continental. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Nantosvelta, Nataseuelta, Morrigan, Frigga
Linguists seem to disagree on the exact meaning of her name, but it is either “She of the Winding River” or “She of the Sun-drenched Valley.”
In one relief carving of her, she is shown with a little dovecote on a poll, like a scepter, and on that carving, she is shadowed by the figure of the Sun God/dess Sol, so that might corroborate the Sun connection.
Nantosuelta is fascinating because she is closely associated with ravens AND doves, both war and peace. She is also seen depicted with bees, beehives,
and fruit and/or bread, so typically she is thought of as a goddess of domesticity.
Plur na mBan
Priestess of Avalon
Welsh/Cornish. Related names and/or Sister-Goddesses: Rigatona, Epona
Rhiannon has many facets; she's a Moon Goddess, a Death Goddess with Otherworld associations, a Fertility Goddess, and a Bringer of Dreams. She's likely very ancient.
She's often associated with a white horse, so I used the White Horse of Uffington (famous from the chalk hill) for her embroidery.
Selkie Queen


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