The History of Leith

September 21, 2011

Celtic Gods and Goddesses

RATIS (Anglo-Celtic) Goddess of protective fortification and boundaries. Her name means “of the fortress”. She is remembered today because the Britons set up shrines to her at various places along the Roman fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall which ran the east-west length of northern England for the purpose of keeping raiding Scottish warriors on their own side of the border. Ratis’ most notable worship sites sere near the towns of Birdoswald and Chesters.
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GoddessRHIANNON (Welsh, Cornish) “The Great Queen”; Goddess of birds and horses. Enchantments, fertility, and the Underworld. She rides a swift white horse. Rhiannon is believed to be the Welsh counterpart of Gaulish horse goddess Epona. Her son, Pryderi, succeeded his father Pwyll as the ruler of Dyfed and of the otherworld.

She is the wife of Pwyll, and mother of Pryderi. Unjustly accused of destroying Her newborn son (who had been kidnapped by a nameless Fiend; see above), She is compelled to take on the role of a horse, until Her son is unexpectedly returned to her. She is also considered as an aspect of the Irish Morrigan

Rhiannon’s original name is thought to be Rigatona (Gaulish), also meaning “great queen”, indicating a much higher status in the Celtic pantheon than she enjoys today. Some sources say she was once a Sun Goddess.

In her guise as a death Goddess, Rhiannon could sing sweetly enough to lure all those in hearing to their deaths, and therefore she may be related to Germanic stories of lake and river faeries who sang seductively to lure sailors and fishermen to their deaths. In magick and ritual Rhiannon can aid in overcoming enemies, exercising patience, working magick, moon rituals and enhancing dream work. for more click here

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