Danu In Celtic Paganism



Danu is a great and wonderful Mother Goddess in Celtic Mythology with an Irish origin. Unlike the other deities I have done research on with Celtic origins this one is rather difficult and has by far less information to go on. However because of her importance I feel that she too deserves to be written about and known about.

In this hub we will learn who Danu is, what she's the Goddess of and what kind of rituals she'd come to help you out with if you need her aid. You'll also learn some correspondences that go along with this Celtic deity as well.

Goddess Of?

Danu, as I mentioned before is considered to be a Mother Goddess. She is also considered to be a River Goddess. There are rivers that are actually named after her like the rivers Don and Danube. Even a mountain on the face of Venus has been named after this wonderful Goddess.

Danu is a Goddess of birth, of fertility and of generations and beginnings. She's known to bestow luck and good wishes upon people, to help people find treasure. This is usually why pirates and treasure hunters choose Danu as a patron Goddess.

Now Danu is a loving Goddess, a giving Goddess. She has been known to help warriors and bring people back to where they should be after an attack, building their forces up. This Goddess recognizes potential in people, perhaps this is one of the reasons why she is considered a mother Goddess.

Danu is also a craftswoman. She is very creative and is considered to be an artist. She is also said to be a Celtic Faery Goddess.

Now keep all of these points in mine because of these are things that she could end up helping you out with in rituals.

Danu may also help out with strength, spiritual guidance, manifestation and compassion. She is of chaos, transformation, the cosmos, creativity, the moon and the oceans.


The holidays for Danu are Imbolc and Lammas which is also known by the name Lughnasadh. Her colors are green, blue, black, and a white silver.

Danu's tarot card is considered to be The Empress and this is because of her ties as being a mother Goddess.

Animals that correspond with her include mares, snakes, fish like salmon, and seagulls. This Goddess is great for using in divination skills like water scrying.

Stones that correspond with her are any kind of river stones, amber, any gold like colored stone. Also any natural stones that have a hole in it as it is considered the way for the Fae.

Elements that are associated with Danu are Water and Earth.

Other names that Danu goes by include Don, Danand, Duna, Donau, Danuvius, Ana, and Anu.

Scents/Oils that are associated with her is the scent of amber and any scent that has to do with Water because of her being the Goddess of Rivers.

Trees such as the Rowan tree, Apple Tree and the Hawthorn tree are all connected with her.


This Celtic Goddess is ancient but that does not mean that she isn't recognized today. Plenty of those who are involved in Wicca and Paganism recognize her and even respect her now. Some still choose her as their patron Goddess. Though she was a Goddess of ancient Celtic day I doubt that Danu will ever be forgotten. No, I really don't ever see that happening.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Voted up and beautiful. Can I give a critique, though? Try adding some more photos or possibly videos. It might really help your hubs pop! :) Blessings.

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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Kitty, I am always welcome to your critique, I take it as advise. So thank you. I may just do that. Thank you. And thank you for reading.

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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Cresentmoon, this is a wonderful article. The Tuatha de Danann in ancient Ireland were the "People of Danu". I read a lot of Celtic mythology and love it. Thanks for writing about Danu.

Up Awesome and Interesing

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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Phyllis you are correct about the Tuatha de Danann, I've read about them as well. Thank you for reading.

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sublimegurl439 4 years ago from Granite Bay, CA

I love this article. I'm learning all about the Tuatha de Danann. I'm in a Pagan class and the coven that teaches me, their traditions are of the Tuatha de Danann. Voted Up!

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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Sublime, thank you for reading and I am pleased to hear that you are taking a Pagan class. That's wonderful.

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