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Gods

Across the ages of time and throughout the world people have and still do worship and honour their gods. Many witches, pagans, wiccans etc have a favourite deity they call upon or include in their special festivals and blessings. Below are some which I find interesting and also some are a little less well known than the usual ones we are familiar with. Many too originate from Britain and many can be traced to actual localities which make it even more fascinating. It's nice to kind of reconnect with the lost and almost forgotten gods that our ancestors would have honoured and blessed. The following is a small collection of my interpretation of some of these gods.

Abandinus

A fairly obscure and ancient God from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. Thought to be closely associated with water and rivers, so possibly a guardian of these.  Unknown outside this area.


Arawn

Ancient Welsh God of the Underworld. It is said that Arawn has a pack of hounds which he lets lose every day to round up any lost souls wandering the underworld.


Bacchus 

Ancient god of wine, merriment, sex and drama.  During the springtime Roman women would celebrate in secret with wild drunken parties, to honour this god.  Even today, Bacchus is associated with wine, food, wild parties, drunkenness and sexual escapades.


Belenus

A Sun God (The “Shining one”)  His festivals always involved fire lighting as a way of honouring him, particularly at Beltaine. This was done to help welcome in the summer season. He was also a god of healing, rejuvenation and health.


Bran

The Raven god.  Powerful Celtic warrior god of ancient Britain.  According to legend Bran was fatally wounded by a poisonous spear and asked his companion to cut off his head and take it on his travels to foretell future events.


Cernunnos

Celtic, powerful horned God. Guardian and protector of animals and wild nature.  Associated particularly with stags and males. Also God of the underworld.  Cernunnos is reborn at winter solstice and dies at the summer solstice.


Cupid

A well- known God of love, desire and eroticism. The son of Venus, herself a Goddess of love. Cupid was a young God, who had a bow and arrows made of gold and whoever he shot his bows at, they would immediately fall in love.


Daghda

“The good God”  An ancient and powerful Irish god of knowledge and wisdom. He had a cauldron which always remained full of food. A magical oak harp and a club, which could both kill and bring to life people. He ruled over life, death and time.


Elatha

Thought to be an Irish moon God. Elatha travelled mostly by night in a silver boat. A god of craftsman and skills. He married (an already married) Goddess Eriu, an earth Goddess.


Faunus

A Roman horned God of the forests and meadows. Responsible for the fertility of animals. Celebrated as the provider of plentiful harvests. The noises and sounds within the forests and woods are said to be Faunus communicating.


Freyr

An important Norse God of pleasure, fertility and love. He brings peace, harmony and prosperity to all who honour him. He’s often depicted with a large boar beside him and holding a magic sword.


Janus

Partner of Jana, Janus is the two-faced (literally) god and like his partner, presides over the past and future. The mysteries and passages of time, also a god of peace and harmony, and like Jana his month is January.


Lenus

Ancient English God of healing, medicine and the good health and well-being of all, especially the young. Usually worshipped by water, rivers, which were sacred to him and had healing powers to all those who used them.


Llyr

Ancient, Welsh sea god, also god of magic and healing. In mythology the children of Llyr (dark energies) and the children of Don (light energies) were in a constant battle with each other.


Loki

An ancient Norse trickster god.  Sources differ as to his character.  Some say he is a spiteful cruel god, others say he is a helper to other gods.  And yet again, others describe him as a shape shifter.


Lugh

A Celtic Sun God of craftsmanship, talents and skills, especially blacksmiths. He was also god of the harvests. At Lughnasadh 1st August (pronounced loonasah), there would be a great celebration and gathering. He would be honoured with the first harvest fruits.


Mercury

A roman God of communication. A swift messenger of the gods, who was able to fly through the sky at great speed. Guardian of travellers and also thought to guide lost souls to their place of rest.


Neptune

God of the seas and oceans.  Neptune was also worshipped as a god of horses and was often depicted as riding two powerful horses. His brothers, Jupiter was a sky god and Pluto god of the Underworld.


Oak king

The oak king is a God of light, fertility and sexuality. As the God of summer he must fight each year with the Holly king, to reign over summer. At the solstice the fight begins again, as the Oak king is defeated, this time to the Holly king.  The never ending battle of the trees (gods)


Pan

A horned, half human, and half faun god.  An ancient Greek god of the wild, forests, woods, hunting and natural environment. He was also guardian and protector of shepherds. He’s associated with springtime and was mostly worshipped in natural surroundings.


Silvanus

A Roman God of woodlands, forests and countryside. As a god of nature and protector of all living things he was usually honoured and celebrated in small woods and groves and often depicted with woodland creatures around him.


Tyr

Norse God of war and justice. Tyr would expect fresh blood as a sacrifice to him. He was usually depicted as a strong and powerful warrior with a wolf biting at his arm.  Any warrior dedicating their sword to him, must never, ever lose it.