This journey I am on with the Celtic Goddesses is like a walk into the labyrinth, with many twists, turns and confusions until I finally reach the center of each story. Each goddess has multiple names and multiple stories which are sometimes even a bit contradictory. Some have very few or no surviving stories as they were only put into written form in the 12th century.
Some take me into dark and scary places, whereas others reach for light and love. The goddess I explored for my February post in the Feminism and Religion blog is a Love Goddess, who allowed me to reclaim the color pink as one of power and agency.
Credhe, also known as Creide or Cred is an Irish Faery Queen Goddess of Love and Spirit Contact. She is associated with Danu’s mountains, the Paps of Anu. These are two gently rounded high hills that were adorned by the ancients with earthen and rock mounds and cairns positioned on top to represent erect nipples. Her Sidhe was most likely located near the Paps of Anu. She is also associated with crystals, the color pink and rose oil.
The most well-known of Her stories illustrates Her power, a woman’s power, to manifest her heart’s desire. Credhe vowed that the only man who would win Her heart would be the one who could write a perfectly crafted poem, describing in detail every aspect of her home and its contents. She lived in the beautiful and peaceful Otherworld ruled by Manannán mac Lir, God of the Sea. This place was known as Tír Innambéo or’ Land of the Living’. As it was inhabited mainly by women, it was sometimes called the Land of Women. Mortal men were not allowed in unless invited. Thus Her would-be lover must write this perfect poem without advantage of sight.
To read the rest of her story and to hear the poem written for Her, click here.