Life

Angus Og, Óengus Mac Óg, Mabon, Maponos – (Celtic) The son of the Dagda and a river goddess (Boann in the Irish, Modron otherwise), called “the Ever-Young,” king of the Brú na Boinne and the Otherworld, and a possible ruler of Tír na nÓg (Land of the Ever-Living Ones); features in several British and Welsh tales, notably in the native Arthurian cycles as the boy Mabon, who was lost as a child and whom Arthur must find; in Scottish folklore, Angus is the son of the Cailleach who weds Bríde and brings spring to the world There are many parallels between Angus and Ing, though their names are not etymologically similar. See Boann, Eochaid (the Dagda)

Fergus mac Roich – (Irish) a mythical king of Ulster, he was likely a god originally. His name means “Mighty, son of Great Horse,” and he may be an Irish version of Frey, who was also associated with stallions and virility. In the Ulster Cycle, he is exiled from Ulster and becomes the lover and supporter of Medb of Connacht, as well as the husband of Flidais.

Frey, Fréa, Fro, Fricco, Ing, Yngvi-Freyr – (Germanic) The Golden God of the Germanic peoples, he is the embodiment of masculinity, sacral kingship, fertility and joy. In Sweden, he is called Veraldur Gudh, or God of the World, signifying his importance as the god of good living, and the enjoyment of life. He is also Lord of the Elves, and a prince of light. His parents are the Sea and the Earth, Njord and Nerthus, and his sister is the great battle-maiden Gefn-Freya. He is married to Gerda, the giantess who wields her power in silence and prudence. Through his mother, he is half-brother to Thor, Frigg and Fulla.  After the war between the Os-folk and the Wan-folk, he was exchanged as a hostage, spending a third of the year in each of his three homes – Agard, Vanaheim and Alfheim, respectively. Along with Odin and Thor, he is associated with the Yule season, particularly as, like many of the Vanir, he has the boar as a sacred animal. See Gwyn ap Nudd, Angus Og

Green Man – (British) The Green Man is a phenomenon from Britain, also known as Jack-in-the-Green and Robin Goodfellow (the figure which the legendary Robin Hood is based off), usually said to be a guardian of the ancient forests. His visage can be found on many buildings throughout England, a face made from leaves, usually oak. This figure may be a recollection of the earlier forest and vegetation gods such as Herne, Ullr and Frey.

Jarilo, Yarilo, Jarovit – (Slavic) A god of fertility, harvest, growing things, spring and war, he is kidnapped shortly after birth and taken to the Underworld, where he is raised by Veles. Every spring, Jarilo would return across the sea from the Underworld, where he is met by his sister, Morana. Their mating occurred on the summer solstice. At the harvest, he is cut down, like the vegetation he rules over, and returns to the Underworld to await the new year. He is strongly associated with horses. See Frey, Angus

John Barleycorn – (English) A figure from an English folk ballad, he is thought to be representative of the barley crop that gets harvested every year. The story  is the basis for the tale of Frey’s yearly sacrificial death at Lammas. See Frey

Peko – (Finnish/Estonian) The god of crops, especially barley, and brewing. See Frey

Sampsa Pellervoinen – (Finnish) A god of fertility, he is credited with sowing the forests of the world. Every spring, he inseminates his sister to provide fertility for the fields and orchards. See Frey

Siebog – (Slavic) a god of love and marriage, he is the brother and lover of Sieba. See Frey

Tawals – (Polish) A blessing-bringing god of meadows and fields. See Frey