Flidais – Celtic Goddess for Fall Equinox

Flidais Celtic Goddess painting by Judith ShawThis year the fall equinox occurs on September 22.  In the Pagan calendar it is a time for giving thanks called Mabon.  Mabon celebrates the end of the harvest season and is a time to honor our wild nature and nature spirits. It is a day of perfect balance when the hours of daylight and darkness are equal. Mabon ushers in our journey into the dark night of winter.

Flidais (pronounced flee-ish) is a complex Celtic Goddess with many differing stories and aspects.  She represents both our domestic and our wild natures and is an appropriate Goddess to call on on this day of balance.  She first appears in the ancient mythological cycles as an Earth Mother. She was the  mother of the Irish cultivator heroes, Arden, and Bé Téite and the “she-farmers” Bé Chuille and  Dinand.   From Her they gained the power to cultivate and work the earth for the community.

She is considered a woodland Goddess by modern Celtic pagans. Called Lady of the Forest, she protects wild fauna and flora.  But in mythology she is equally connected to both domestic and wild  animals.  In particular deer and cattle are Her sacred animals, both of whom She milks. She Herself called all the wild animals “Her cattle.”

You can read the rest of my article on Flidais on the Feminism and Religion blog.

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