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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.

Dzydzilelya – (Polish) A goddess of love, marriage, sexuality and fertility. See Freya.

Freya, Fréo, Gefn/Géofon, Hörn, Mardöll, Sýr – (Germanic) The Lady of the Vanir, she is the sister of Frey and the daughter of Njord and Nerthus. Before the Great War, she married the man known as Oðr, and they had a daughter together. But he went missing, and she searched the worlds for him, weeping tears of gold and amber. After the war, she taught magic to Odin, and received the runes in return. She has many names, each referring to an aspect of her power – Mardöll, “Sea-Bright” is her role as the daughter of the Sea; Syr, the Sow, is her role as mother and protector; Gefn, the Giving One, ties her to the female ancestors and the Death-Choosers; and Hörn, “Flax,” to the weaving and witching of fate. See Jūratė, Áine

Gefjun – (Danish) A mythical woman from Scandinavian mythology, she is attributed the creation of the island of Zealand by plowing it from the Swedish mainland. Many scholars believe her to be the same as Freya, since one of Freya’s names, Gefn, is a variant of Gefjun.

Marzanna, Morana – (Slavic) Twin sister and lover of Jarilo, she is a goddess of sexuality, death, horror, winter and witchcraft. She mates with Jarilo when he returns from the Underworld, but when he dies again at the harvest, she turns into a terrible hag and mourns, creating the winter storms. See Freya, Brigid, Frau Holle

Sieba, Živa, Siwa – (Slavic) the western Slavic goddess of love and fertility. She is the sister and lover of Siebog. See Freya, Dzydzilelya

Zaria, Zorya – (Slavic) A goddess (or two goddesses) associated with the morning and evening stars. The Zorya are said to open the gates for the sun each morning, and close them each evening. They are the daughters, or sometimes lovers, of Dažbog. See Aušrinė, Ēostre