Healing

Airmed – (Irish) A healing goddess known particularly for her skill in herbalism. She is the daughter of the great physician Dian Cecht. See Ár, Eir, Żywie

Ár – (Anglo-Saxon; modern) A reconstructed Anglo-Saxon form for the Norse goddess Eir; as her name means “Glory, Renown, Honor,” she may also have ties to Saga, the Norse goddess of storytellers and history, and Hreðe, an otherwise unknown Anglo-Saxon goddess attested to by Bede whose name is probably a variant of Hertha. See Eir, Hertha

Bríde, Brigantia, Brighid – (Celtic) The most famous Celtic deity, having been brought into Christianity as an Irish saint. She is the tutelary deity of the Brigantii (and also possibly the Germanic Burgundians), a native British tribe in the Roman Era. She is the wife of Bres of the Formorians (often associated with the Germanic Giants) and of Tuireann. In Scottish folklore, she is wedded to Angus Og, her half-brother, and associated with the coming of spring in the Highlands. Some bits of Irish lore state that she has two sisters, each one ruling over one of Bríde’s numerous influences – healing, fire, sovereignty, and poetry. In contrast to Welsh lore, she is not the sister of Goibhniu, but his mother by Tuireann. She is sometimes conflated with Freya by neopagans.

Eir – (Norse) The Physician of the Gods, she is listed as one of the handmaidens of Frigg and as a healer at Lyfja Mount, a sanctuary run by the giantess Mengloth. See Ár, Airmed, Żywie

Hel, Heliþ –(Norse; Anglo-Saxon) The Germanic goddess of the afterlife and the underworld, she often portrayed as dual-sided, reflecting her nature as a goddess of death, as well as life. The proposed Anglo-Saxon goddess Helith may be associated with her, as a goddess of healing and health. Her name comes from an Indo-European root meaning “to hide, to cover.” It is likely that she is the same figure as Frau Hölle. See Frau Hölle, Eir, Louhi, Mara, Żywie

Żywie – (Slavic) The goddess of health and healing, she is also associated with death and rebirth. See Airmed, Eir, Hel

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