Pagan/Wiccan Gods & Goddesses: Danu

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Who is Danu?

She is the matron and protector, goddess and warrior. She is neither old nor young, but she is all. She is the goddess Danu, the goddess of all Celtic deities.

There is very little known about the goddess Danu. The sources that we derive most of our information about her are old and unclear. However, there are consecutive myths spoken about her.

The goddess Danu was represented as the Mother of the Gods. She was also the goddess of rivers and water. She was the matron and goddess of the Tribes of Danu, who were later to become the fairies and leprechauns of Ireland. It is believed that she gave them a great deal of her powers, hence the fairy magic that we hear of in myth. Danu can also be depicted as the Triple Goddess, because she is young and old, she encompasses all.



Known Names

  • Anu
  • Dana
  • Don
  • Dom



Fun Facts

  • She is also present in Hindu beliefs under the same name.
  • The rivers Danube, Dniestr, Dniepr, and Don all receive their names from the goddess.
  • The colors green, blue, black, and silver are associated with her.
  • It is believed that Danu shares a connection with the Celtic goddess Brigit.
  • The Welsh equivalent of her name is Don.
  • She is also a goddess of fertility, agriculture, and many earth-based things.
  • Some believe her original name was Anu, and that early 19th century scholars penned her as Danu.
  • There is a mountain on the planet Venus named after the goddess.



Symbols Associated with Danu

  • Fish are considered a symbol for the goddess due to her association with water. She makes an excellent goddess for fishermen and sailors.
  • Black cauldron filled with water is considered another symbol representing the goddess. Many pieces of artwork found representing the goddess depict her holding a cauldron filled with water.
  • The goddess has a very strong association with water. There are several rivers that received their names after her, including: the Don, Danube, Dniestr, and the Dniepr.
  • Circle (represents the womb). Aside from being a water goddess, Danu is also associated with fertility. She is a great goddess to include in your rituals if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
  • She is the mother goddess of fairies and leprechauns. Anyone interested in inviting fae into their homes and gardens should first research a little on Danu to obtain further knowledge about the fae folk.



Tuatha de Dannan: The Fairy People

Danu is said to be the mother goddess of the Tuatha de Dannan, the people later known for being the fairy folk in Celtic legend. Their name literally translates, "The children of Danu". Some researchers claim that the fae were born of her, but others dispute this claim and state that she was merely their mother goddess, and not their actual mother.

The Tuatha de Dannan were a magical people filled with great warriors and healers. They fought many battles trying to claim their land, but ultimately were driven underground by the Milesians. It is said that Danu gave them some of her powers so that they could shape shift and hide relatively easy. They shifted into the forms today known as fairies and leprechauns.

The Tuatha de Dannan are said to have remained underground and developed their own world there. This world is now commonly referred to as Otherworld, Fairy, or sometimes Summerland. In this world, time is different and operates at a different pace than that of our time.

Today the Tuatha de Dannan are honored by many Pagans and Wiccans. They are often given gifts inside the Pagan's garden or kitchen to invite them into their homes for blessings and protection.



Danu in the Pagan Religion

Danu is an excellent goddess for Pagan and Wiccans alike. She is considered a Triple Goddess and has a strong connection with water, making her a great choice for people who practice the goddess religion or for those whose element is water. She is also a great goddess of choice for people who have a connection with the fae, or who wish to invite the fae into their homes.

A great way to incorporate Danu into your worship is by first starting with the fae. The best place to begin is in the garden. Even if you don't have room for a decent sized garden, try to at least incooperate some flower beds or window planters into your home.

The fae folk love brightly colored plants and flowers. Tulips and pansies are great flower choices, whilst thyme and oregano make good herb choices. Keep in mind that the garden should be bright and attractive to attract the fae.

Another great reason to incooperate Danu into your worship is if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. She is a goddess of fertility and helps aid women to conceive, as well as to carry full term happy, healthy babies.



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Mare Martell 5 years ago from Tennessee

I am fascinated by the Goddesses. Although this gives a light overview, I really wish that there were more information available in your article. It flows well and offers enough for the casual reader, but for someone like me who reads about Goddesses voraciously, I just wish there were more details.


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Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas Author

Thanks for the comment! I'll possibly try to include more later. Danu is very hard to find information on though :(


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Mare Martell 5 years ago from Tennessee

Have you tried the books by Patricia Monaghan? She has an encyclopedia of the Goddess of a thousand names. She has also written books about the Goddess Path. I'm trying to dig my copy out so see if I can find more.


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Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas Author

No I haven't actually. Thanks for the info! I'll be looking her up.


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Jennifer Lay 2 years ago from USA

Thanks for posting. Danu sounds very interesting. She sounds like triple form of the Mother Goddess in Celtic mythology. I love Celtic mythology-it's one of my faves!


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Daniella Lopez 2 years ago from Arkansas Author

Danu was one of the many deities that first drew me into Paganism. She's a very fantastic goddess to study up on. Blessed be, Jennifer Lay!


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Jennifer Lay 2 years ago from USA

Cool! Hathor of Egypt was one of mine. Merry Meet Daniella and Blessed be to you as well:)

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