Week 27 – Goddess Knowledge -Etain

Etain, whose name literally means “shinning one”n was a Celtic moon goddess, the second wife of Midir, king of the underworld. Midir’s first wife, Fuanmach, was jealous of Etain, and turned her into a fly. Falling into a glass of wine, Etain drown. She was reborn and married Eochaid, a fertility god. Midir challenged Eochaid to a game of chess; the result was that Etain must spend half her year underground and half on earth.

Etain is especially a symbol of fertility, of the vitality and life of all growing things. A goddess familiar with both life and death, she teaches that wherever we are, on earth or in the depths of the underworld, we too can be shining.

(SIDE NOTE: Does this Celtic goddess remind you of a Greek goddess who spends part of the year in the underworld and part on earth? If it does please put the goddess’ name in the comment section.)

For more information on Celtic Goddess ETAIN

To see image of Celtic Goddess ETAIN

For more information on Celtic God MIDIR

For more information on Celtic Goddess FUANMACH

For more information on Celtic God EOCHAID/Dagda

2 thoughts on “Week 27 – Goddess Knowledge -Etain

    1. If you do a search using the keyword Persephone here on Coven Life, a story about her will come up. Hades Kidnapped Persephone to be his bride her mother, Demeter, found out and demanded her return but as Persephone had eaten 3 pomegranate seeds in The Underworld she had to live there with Hades as his wife for 3 months of the year. Which we call Winter. She is retrieved by her mother on the first day of Spring and stays above ground throughout the summer until the end of fall when she is bound to return to Hades because of the pomegranate seeds she ate the first time she was taken there.

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