Quiz: Which Gaulish Celtic Goddess Are You?
Find Out Which Gaulish Goddess You Are!
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Abnoba: Goddess of the Forest
You are Abnoba, Gaulish-Celtic Goddess of the Forest, the Hunt, and of the Mountains. You are grounded. You love nature, particularly trees and rivers. You are fierce and don't put up with anyone's crap, but you also have a soft side. You often prefer to be alone and are sometimes introverted. This isn't a bad thing, because being alone (especially in nature) helps you to regenerate just as Abnoba did.
Nearly every culture had a goddess associated with the earth, the wild, and/or the forest. Abnoba was the Goddess of the Forest worshiped in and around the Black Forest region of modern Germany. She was so well-known that a mountain range was named after her. She was also said to have been a Goddess of the Rivers, as her name can be broken down into parts that ultimately mean water or river. Because of her dominion over the Black Forest, she was often compared to the Roman Goddess of the Hunt and Forest—Diana. Diana was the Roman version of the Greek Goddess of the Forest—Artemis. Through these associations we can see how most gods and goddesses from various cultures were close to the same. Abnoba's worship was thought to have extended to Britain and potentially to parts of the Roman empire. There is a river in Britain called the Avon, which has been connected to Abnoba in name.
Artio: The Bear Goddess
You are Artio, The Bear Goddess! You are strong, confident, and protective. You know how to help others heal in times of sorrow and strife. You also have a nurturing, motherly side and will protect your family at any cost.
The Bear is a fierce and powerful creature of the forest. Because of its strength, it has been worshiped by people since prehistoric times. From Northern Asia and all throughout Europe, the bear had its own cults in nearly every ancient culture. One of those cults was a part of the Celtic empire near modern Bern, Switzerland. This cult worshiped a Bear Goddess known as Artio. Evidence of this has been found via archaeology and can be seen in the picture above. This is a statuette of a woman feeding a bear and was found near Bern, Switzerland. Artio is considered a Gaulish-Celtic Goddess because her worship was originally thought to have been throughout the region Gaul of the ancient Celtic empire. Her name literally means "bear" and so it only makes sense the city in which her statuette was found in the bear city—Bern.
If we look at some of the prehistoric paintings on the cave walls throughout Europe, we can see how far back in time people have been worshiping the bear. Perhaps Artio's origins date back further than what we might've originally imagined. We also see the Natives in the Americas holding reverence to bears. Unfortunately, in some parts of the world, the bears have died off or been culled (i.e. Britain).
Epona: The Horse Goddess
You are Epona, the Horse Goddess! You are the embodiment of abundance, having much in your life and this is because of your gratitude. You are a very grateful person who enjoys each moment. You have a knack for helping others and are often thought of as a mothering-type person. You love horses and thus are equivalent to the goddess Epona!
Epona was a Celtic goddess who was venerated throughout Europe. She was always pictured with a horse or multiple horses and because of this it was thought that she protected horses, horse-caretakers, and soldiers. She also had dominion of mules and donkeys. Epona is associated with healing and with death, and she may be a psychopomp (a guide to the other world). Rhiannon is her Welsh-Celtic counterpart. Monuments and altars for Epona can be seen in France, but her worship is thought to have extended to Rome and even North Africa.
Dea Matrona: Mother Goddess
You are Dea Matrona, the Mother Goddess! You are a loving, nurturing and strong Mother. Even if you don't have children of your own, you act as a mother to someone or an animal or two! You can't help wanting to help others, especially when they need someone's loving touch like yours. Take a moment to love and care for yourself.
Dea Matrona, also known as Matres, was the symbol of the Mother Goddess worshiped all over Celtic Europe. She wasn't just one mother, she was ALL mothers. The Mother Goddess was thought to bring fertility and abundance. She nurtured the life within her womb, gave birth to new life, and then cared for that new life until it was able to care for itself. This is symbolic of human and animal motherhood, but also of the fields and the harvest. Plants are grown from seeds which are sown in the earth (the womb) and then are born (as plants) and then are harvested.
Sirona: Goddess of Healing
You are Sirona, the Goddess of Healing! You have a calm, soothing personality and are able to calm others around you with just the sound of your voice. But as soothing as you can be, you can also be wild and unruly just like a river...just like Sironia the River Goddess.
Sirona was a Gaulish-Celtic Goddess of the Healing Springs. She was thought to have dominion over rivers and particularly over thermal springs throughout Celtic Europe. Her worship was found all the way from Hungary to Brittany. Her shrines were set up at thermal springs, and therefore she was thought to be a healing goddess. She was also a goddess of fertility, renewal and regeneration. She is often depicted with a snake, a dog, or eggs. The snake representing renewal and regeneration, and the eggs being fertility symbols.
Every woman is a goddess.— Nicole Canfield
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