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Earth the birth of  life

Connected to the North,

Earth is considered the ultimate feminine element, Earth is fertile and stable, associated with the Goddess. The planet itself is a ball of life, and as the Wheel of the Year turns, we can watch all the aspects of life take place in the Earth: birth, life, death, and finally rebirth. The Earth is nurturing and stable, solid and firm, full of endurance and strength. In color correspondences, both green and brown connect to the Earth, for fairly obvious reasons! In Tarot readings, the Earth is related to the suit of Pentacles or Coins.

Earth the birth of new life

Mother goddess is a term used to refer to a goddess who represents motherhood, fertility, creation, or who embodies the bounty of the Earth. When equated with the Earth or the natural world such goddesses are sometimes referred to as Mother Earth or as the Earth Mother.

Celtic Goddess

The Irish goddess Anu, sometimes known as Danu, has an impact as a mother goddess, judging from the Dá Chích Anann near Killarney, County Kerry. Irish literature names the last and most favored generation of deities as “the people of Danu” (Tuatha De Danann). The Welsh have a similar figure called Dôn who is often equated with Danu and identified as a mother goddess. Sources for this character date from the Christian period, however, so she is referred to simply as a “mother of heroes” in the Mabinogion. The character’s (assumed) origins as a goddess are obscured.

Celtic goddes

The Celts of Gaul worshipped a goddess known as Dea Matrona (“divine mother goddess”) who was associated with the Marne River. Similar figures known as the Matres (Latin for “mothers”) are found on altars in Celtic as well as Germanic areas of Europe.

The pagan earth

In many cultures, earth spirits are beings that are tied to the land and plant kingdom. Typically, these beings are associated with another realm, the forces of nature that inhabit a particular physical space, and landmarks like rocks and trees.

In Celtic mythology, the realm of the Fae is known to exist in a parallel space with the land of man. The Fae are part of the Tuatha de Danaan, and live underground. It’s important to watch out for them, because they’re known for their ability to trick mortals into joining them.

Gnomes feature prominently in European legend and lore. Although it’s believed that their name was coined by a Swiss alchemist named Paracelsus, these elemental beings have long been associated in one form or another with the ability to move underground.

Grange Crag Walk 5

Likewise, elves often appear in stories about the land. Jacob Grimm collected a number of stories about elves while compiling his book Teutonic Mythology, and says that elves appear in the Eddas as supernatural, magic-using beings. They appear in a number of old English and Norse legends.

13 responses

  1. Beautiful images! I love the back lighting in the first one, and the depth of field and pretty blue in the second. The B&W’s are lovely too. And being part Irish myself, I really appreciate the mythology and history lessons.

    March 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    • Thanks Rene for such great comments, Just sharing things I want to learn much more about!

      March 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  2. The first is excellent, the second, a masterpiece: the rest………you are very good…

    March 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    • Thank you so much John, perfect feed back.

      I cannot say anything more than thank you!

      🙂 🙂

      Nigel

      March 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

  3. victoriaaphotography

    Lovely series of images, especially the B & W of the water running over the rocks.

    March 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

  4. 1annecasey

    Magical!

    March 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

  5. oooh, teach me more, along with your stunning photography!

    March 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    • Thanks for your very positive comments Amy, I love these topics so more to come!

      March 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      • I look forward to it!

        March 24, 2013 at 1:10 am

  6. A really fascinating post Nigel. thanks for checking out and liking my own blog, by the way.

    March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  7. You seem to be able to create something magical far beyond the capture of an image, it is quite hard to quantify, but these images really speak.

    March 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  8. A well crafted set of images to go along with the Irish gift to tell a story.

    March 30, 2013 at 1:01 am

  9. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

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