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Celtic Goddesses - Aine, Irish Goddess of Love and Fertility

Updated on October 28, 2018

Aine is the Irish Goddess of Love, Summer, Wealth and Sovereignty, although she used to be known as the Goddess of Love and Light. Aine was also held dear as the Queen of the Elves, especially in the Middle Ages. She is represented by the Sun and Midsummer, and is sometimes symbolized as a red mare.

Aine is also symbolized by brightness, glow, joy, radiance, splendor, glory, magic, popularity and even fame. She is sometimes mistakenly equaled to Danu, because her name is somewhat similar to Anu. However, these are not the same Goddess.

Ayania, the most powerful fairy in Ulster, may actually be a variant of this Goddess. As well, in Limerick County, there is a hill named for Grian, located about seven miles from the hill named for Aine. This is believed to be either Aine's sister or, quite possibly, another variant referring to this Goddess.

Some of Aine's aliases include the Lady of the Lake, the Goddess of the Earth and Nature and the Goddess of Luck and Magick. She has been viewed as both a Sun Goddess and a Moon Goddess. When she's in her role of the Sun Goddess, Aine can shapeshift into “Lair Derg,” the “Red Mare,” the horse that can never be outrun.

As Moon Goddess, Aine guards her followers' livestock and crops. Farmers today still practice rites in her honor, hoping for her protection throughout the Wheel of the Year. In this aspect of herself, she is also known as a Goddess of Agriculture and Patroness of Crops and Cattle. This Goddess is thought to have given the people of Ireland the gift of grain.

Aine is an extremely popular Goddess. Many people worship her in the hope that she will gift them with prosperity, fertility, sexuality and abundance. She takes her role as a Love Goddess very seriously as encourager of human sexuality and teacher of love. Aine is a deeply passionate deity.

She is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen. Her name is found in the family trees of multiple Irish clans. She is closely associated with the County of Limerick and the hill of Knockainy, Cnoc Aine, which was named for Aine. In Limerick County, she is known as the Queen of the Fairies. At Cnoc Aine, rites were held in her honor, involving fire and the blessing of the land. These rites are recorded as recently as 1879. The feast of Midsummer Night is currently held in her honor.

In earlier tales, Aine was “ravished” by the semi-mythological King of Munster, Ailill Aulom. Their affair apparently ended in Aine biting off Ailill's ear, which is where the name “Aulom” comes from at the end of his name. “Aulom” means “one-eared.” By biting off his ear, Aine deemed Ailill unfit to be king, thus taking away his power of sovereignty. It's interesting to notice that the Eoganachta claim Aine as an ancestor. The Eoganachta are the descendants of Aulom.

In some Irish tales, Aine is the wife of Gearoid Iarla. Apparently, this was not a consented marriage, rather Gearoid raped Aine. To retaliate, the Goddess either turns him into a goose, kills him and/or both. Through this tale, the Geraldines also claim a close association with Aine. This tale represents the most extreme degree of Gaelicization. The Fitzgeralds are known to be “more Irish than the Irish themselves.”

Still another tale depicts Aine as being either the wife or daughter of Manannan mac Lir, an Irish mythology sea deity, who also appears in Scottish and Manx legends.

Aine in the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards:

Found in the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards, Aine represents taking a leap of faith. Aine tells us to take a risk and to put our heart's true desires into action. She tells us that procrastinating about our dreams will not make them go away and it will not make them happen. Not following our dreams, makes our lives stagnant. Aine appeals to us with the revelation that indecision is the death of the Soul's burning passion to improve, grow and learn. She says not to worry about making the wrong decision, to worry about not making any decision at all. She instructs us to take time to pray, meditate, go on nature walks and, then, make our decisions.

Take a risk and put your heart's true desire into action...What are your true desires? What is it that you intend to manifest into your life? Aine will assist us in creating a beautiful and happy life. She says, “Your dream will come true.” Take action toward the realization of your dreams and Aine will have your back.

Also, Aine says, “The magick of life is all around you.” She calls on you to find a way to awaken it in your life. The Goddess of Love and Light says, “Magick is everywhere. You just have to open your eyes and look around.” You can awaken the magick in your life by going for a walk, going outside connecting with Nature and opening your eyes. You will see so much magick at work in your world. Smell the flowers, listen to the birds sing...The Earth is alive and your life will always be what you make it.

With Love and Light, until next time...

Windy Grace <3


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      Windy Grace Mason 

      3 years ago from Poplar Cove, Virginia, USA

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Sol Seeker! Blessed Be!

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      Sol Seeker 

      3 years ago from Utah, US

      Love this! Thanks for sharing ❤️

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      6 years ago from London England

      Sorry for going 'off track' now i'd like to hear tales about the Banshee!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      6 years ago from London England

      Apart from the Glasgow football club, 'Celtic' to most thinking people are those lands where the Gaelic language was or still is used. It is ironic the Breton and Cornish can understand each other where as Welsh and Irish is different. Megalithic stone circles (dolmans) are a peculiaraty to all of these cultures with the largest of them at Carnac in N.W. France. Bretagne also claim a King Arthur legend as well as 'Les Corre's their version of the little folk. I recall during my growing years an exellent T.V. series called Sir Lancelot which was English origin and no known actors then however the producers were advised on the accuracy of the Arthurian era by Oxford University professors who placed Camelot in Wessex (Stonehenge not far away) likewise with the Richard Harris (King Arthur) Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Guinevere) Camelot was in the same region.It is preposterous that in all the Hollywood versions of the 1950 s King Arthur that his knights were suited in shining armour which would not be invented for another 1000 years.


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      Windy Grace Mason 

      6 years ago from Poplar Cove, Virginia, USA

      Thank you for reading and commenting, limpet :) Also, thank you for the information. I was not aware of the work you speak of and am greatly interested in learning more. Wishing you always a very blessed day!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      6 years ago from London England

      Not very long ago i discovered that Scotland also has a Queene of Elphame (the elves) writtern about 11th century by one Thomas Rymer of Ercildoune, however my preference is in Morgana le Fae though not recognised as a Goddess but She is reputed to guard Glastonbury Tor's entrance to the underworld.

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      Windy Grace Mason 

      7 years ago from Poplar Cove, Virginia, USA

      As you already know, christopheranton, the truth is already there if one only seeks to know it ;) Love and Light to you! Aine is my favorite :)

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I must be a worshiper of Aine, since I put out food for the birds and I like gardening. It's fascinating to think that there might be this world within our world, of pagan worship beneath the christian veneer.


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