Celtic Goddesses


The Goddesses of Avalon are nine Celtic Goddesses representing the Sacred Wheel of the Year, which is the cycle of Nature and its four seasons. Nature, also known as "Mother Earth", is the feminine divinity worshipped since ancient times and its changes over the seasons are reflected in the different aspects of the Goddess, which correspond to the three stages of a woman (virgin, mother and old woman).
The Goddesses of Avalon are also feminine archetypes representing the Goddess within each person, both woman or man. The sculptures have many uses such as: decorate altars, celebrate rituals and meditate with the inner Goddess to achieve personal development goals. Each Goddess has some attributes which identify a person with an arquetype, however that person can also work to develop other virtues which belong to other  Goddesses (arquetypes). This connection with the inner Goddess may establish both women and men, since men also have to learn to balance both masculine and feminine energy.
This collection is inspired by the ancient religion of the Goddess and the Sacred Wheel of Britannia which is still celebrated in some places of the UK.





"These sculptures are part of an inspiration I had in early 2010, after a year of having made our trip to Glastonbury.
My first contact with the Goddess was through the movie "The Mists of Avalon" based on the famous novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and a year later we got the chance to travel to Avalon in August 2008. As curiosity,  when we went there we were not sure why we were going, why fate led us to know that place. We thought that we would find something there and that was why we had to go. And so, Avalon is so magical and powerful that has impacted us forever. For me to know the ancient religion of the Goddess has been as remembering the past and has opened a new way of expression that I didn't use: the transmission of feminine energy through my artwork. That trip to Avalon changed my life, I found myself."

Miriam Mora.  Barcelona (Spain ).

 Glastonbury Goddess Temple. August 2008


BRIGIT,  MAIDEN GODDESS






Meaning of the Goddess 

Brigit is the maiden Goddess and she is the spark of life in the cold winter. She is also known as the triple Goddess of fire (Bride, Brigit y Brighde) representing three different kinds of fire: the Hearth-fire (the fire that is in the home and in the smithy), the fire of inspiration and finally the fire of smithcraft.
As a Goddess of healing She has many springs and wells dedicated to her throughout the British Islands. She is also the Goddess of poetry and all the arts and crafts. Her other attributes are: purity, transformation, youth and immortality.
Her celebration is called Imbolc and it is the first of the four crossquarter fire festivals of the year. Imbolc is celebrated in the middle of winter on February 2nd, the same day that Candlemas.



Talismans: the Spindle or Spinning Wheel, the Bell and the Grael of the Maiden.

Color: White

Sacred Animals: Swan, wolf, snake.

Qualities: Healing, inspiration, creativity.


Sabbath day: 2nd February (Imbolc)

Season: Winter.


 ARTHA, GODDESS OF SPRING


Meaning of the Goddess 

The Goddess in the East is Artha, the Great She Bear in the heavens and Mother of Fire, and her feast day is on March 21st when Spring Equinox arrives and day and night have the same length. She is the bringer of light and warmth to the planet. During Her season the life begins because the plants grow, the flowers blossom and the animals wake up from their hibernation. The Nature starts the cycle again after the apparent death of winter.

Talismans: the rod and the wand

 Colors: green and gold.

Animals: Bear, hen, cat, hare.

Qualities: Warmth, enthusiasm, passion, creativity, protection, strength and courage.


Sabbath day: 21st March (Ostara).

Season: Spring

Element: Fire


RHIANNON, LOVER GODDESS






Meaning of the Goddess 

Rhiannon is the Goddess as lover, the maiden who has awakened her sexuality and activates the reproduction of all living beings. As Venus and Aphrodite, She is born from the white waves of the sea and is often imaged with a comb in one hand and in the other a mirror or a shell held to her ear, listening to the sound of the sea. She is also the ancient White Mare from the sea who rides between the lower, middle and upper worlds.
Beltane is the celebration of the Queen of May, and it is the second crossquarter fire festival which is celebrated at the end of April and the beginning of May.

Color:Red

Talismans: Comb, mirror, shell

Sacred animals: mare, horse, dove.

Qualities: Love, Sexuality, fertility.

Sabbath day: 1st May (Beltane)

Season: Spring.


DOMNU, LADY OF THE LAKE.






Meaning of the Goddess 

The Mother of Water  is Domnu. She is the Ocean Woman, Queen of the deep and Mother of the Sea. She is also the full moon who lights the waters and influences in our mood. Domnu is the Goddess of the emotions who encourages us to express ourselves, to be who we truly are.
She is known also as the Lady of the Lake and Lady of the Holy Springs and Wells. Domnu’s festival comes at Summer Solstice when the days are longer and Nature is in its splendor.

Colors:  Blue, Turquoise

Talismans: Shell, Chalice.

Sacred animals: Dolphin, whale, salmon.

Qualities: Healing, compassion.

Sabbath day: 21st June. (Litha)

Season: Summer

Element: Water

KER THE GRAIN GODDESS 





Meaning of the Goddess 

Ker is the high fruitful mother and the Grain Goddess. She is the provider, nurturer and protector of all the creatures. She holds a cornucopia, a cow’s horn filled with grains and the fruits of the harvest. Ker is the bountiful mother who gives food from her Earthy body to all living beings.
Her festival is called “Lammas” the third of the four crossquarter fire festivals which is dedicated to the Pregnant and Birthgiving Mother. Her celebration is at the beginning of August.


Color: Yellow

Sacred animals: cow, deer, stag.

Talismans: the loom and shuttle.

Qualities: abundance, bounty, fertility.


Sabbath day: 1st August. (Lammas)

Season: Summer


BHANBA, MOTHER OF EARTH





Meaning of the Goddess 


Bhanba is the land on which we live and where our ancestors came from. She is the Earth who gives food and protection to all their creatures. In many places Her forms are visible in the landscape such as valleys or hills. It is also harvest time and many fruits such as grapes, apples, pumpkins are collected.


Her celebration is the arrival of Autumn on September 21st, when the day and night are in perfect balance.


Colors: Orange, brown

Sacred animals: Boar, Badger, Fox.

Talismans: Orb, crystal, stone.


Qualities: Protection, bounty. 

Sabbath day: 21st September. (Mabon)

Season: Autumn

Element: Earth



  CERRIDWEN THE CRONE GODDESS




Meaning of the Goddess 

The Ancient Goddess is the fourth aspect of the Goddess. She is known as the Crone or Hag, the Old Woman, the Death Goddess, Dark Goddess, Queen of the Underworld and Grand Mother. Her festival is called Samhain and the celebration is at the end of October and beginning of November. Keridwen is the keeper of the cauldron of wisdom where all souls return for regeneration and inspiration. 

Color: Black

Talismans: Cauldron, scissors, sickle

Sacred animals:  Crow, sow, Toad.


Qualities: Wisdom, regeneration, transformation, rebirth.


Sabbath day: 1st November. (Samhain)

Season: Autumn





CAILLEACH, GODDESS OF WINTER.




Meaning of the Goddess 

She is also known as the Bone Woman, Stone Woman, Bird Woman and Cailleach of Winter. Her festival is on December 21st, when the Winter Solstice comes and brings the darkness to the Earth. The Nature appears to be dead during Cailleach’s reign. She is the Old Woman of Winter and She offers us spiritual truths and wisdom.

Colors: Silver, Grey, Violet.

Talismans: Sword, sceptre, feather fan

Sacred animals: Eagle, Owl, Wren, Buzzard.


Qualities: Wisdom, spirituality.

Sabbath day: 21st December. (Yule)

Season: Winter

Element: Air

Another name of the Goddess: Danu



LADY OF AVALON




     

Meaning of the Goddess 

Nolava is the manifestation and embodiment of the land. Her forms are visible in the sacred landscape of Avalon. She is also called the White Lady of the mists that surround the Isle of Avalon. She receives other names such as: Morgan, the Lady of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake. 

Direction: The focus of the Wheel of Britannia.

Color: Violet

Quality:  Transformation


Another name of the Goddess: Nolava




SCULPTURES DETAILS:

handmade sculptures by Miriam Mora.

Material: Papier mache.

Height: 30-35cm

Weight: 100g

If you are interested in buying some goddess, you can visit my online shop: https://www.etsy.com/es/shop/Anerisart

More information: anerisart@gmail.com - Miriam


Copyright: All the pictures are registered by Miriam Mora on www.safecreative.org


If you want to know more about the Goddess of Avalon, I recommend the book "The Ancient British Goddess" by Kathy Jones, which I have documented for creating my papier mache sculptures collection "The Celtic Goddesses of Avalon". 

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