Danu Flowing Mother of Abundance
Details of The Goddess of Flowing Rivers ~ Mother of the Ancient Celts:
Danu walks toward you holding a Celtic Bowl overflowing with water. From head to toes she is cloaked and bejeweled with fish jumping into her overflowing water as a snake is artistically sculpted almost as if part of the border where she walks. On the back of her cloak you see Tree of life with Celtic style roots never ending, reaching for the ground and branches rising up to the Triple Moon. What else do you see? A frog or dragonfly perhaps? The detail is outstanding - simply amazing!
Danu, Dana, Danaan, Don- is considered the most ancient of all Celtic Deities. Her name means knowledge, wisdom, teacher, wealth and abundance. She is also known as Dana and as her Welsh equivalent, Don. Also called the Red Mother of All, Danu is the major Irish Mother Goddess, mother of the Gods and patroness of wizards, rivers, water, wells, prosperity plenty, magick and wisdom. Danu is especially associated with Munster, two hills in Co. Kerry are still known as Da Chich Anann, “The Paps of Anu.” She also has given her name to the Tuatha De Danann, which means “The Children of Danu.” The Tuatha de Dannan are believed to have been the wise ones, the alchemists of ancient Ireland. Some references have them as actual descendants of Danu.
It is believed that when the Gaels invaded Ireland, the Tuatha de Dannan shape shifted to the Sidhe (shee) who are considered the “faerie folk” or the Leprechauns of Ireland. Danu will act as a Divine Ambassador to the Elemental Kingdoms, providing platforms for positive interactions with the Leprechauns and the Faerie Folk.
Rivers, flowing water and the sea are also Danu’s Domain. Within this water form she wields the magic of Divine Flow. This River Goddess offers to clear stagnant energy and to remove blockages so that our efforts easily flow into fruition. As the river eventually flows into the sea, here Danu brings motivation to move within the direction of our dreams.
The rivers of Eurasia bear her name which means “flowing” – Danube, Donn, Dneistr, Dnieper. In Sanskrit Dana means “Danube, Donn, Dneistr, Dnieper”.
Some of Danu’s symbols include holy stones, horses – particularly mares, seagulls, fish, amber, gold, royalty/empress, rivers, sea, flowing water, air, wind, earth, moon, keys and crowns.
Danu is made of cold cast bronze and measures approximately 9 inches tall x 5 inches.