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Goddess Danu 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.
Some references have her as so ancient that she is both goddess and god and refer to Danu as an all-encompassing Divine Source.
This multi-faceted aspect of the Divine Feminine is experienced as the air we breathe, as the river that nourishes all of life, as the bounty and abundance of earth and as the cosmic energy of universal wisdom.
A Triple Goddess, which means she is able to take the form of the Maiden, the Mother or the Crone, and a Divine Lady who is the essence of the earth, the air and the essence of water, Danu is able to embody the form/energy suited the situation. Here she brings the power of versatility and teaches us to honor and respect diversity within ourselves and within others and reminds us to honor each stage of our physical life.
Goddess Danu is strongly associated with the Tuatha de Dannan, 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 Gaelics invaded Ireland, the Tuatha de Dannan shape shifted to the Sidhe (shee) who are considered the “farey 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 Faery Folk.
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 commonly considered the first Great Mother of Ireland, Divine Creator aspect of the Goddess who birthed all things into being. She is an Earth Goddess, associated with fertility, growth, plenty, abundance, agriculture, cultivation and with nurturing of the land.
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.
Danu brings the attributes of inspiration, intellect, change and transcendence within her aspect as a Goddess of Air. As a Cosmic Goddess, Danu is the essence of Universal Wisdom and Divine Knowledge. She knows the secrets of Divine Alchemy and Divine Magic and reminds us that through our Oneness to the Divine Source, there really are no “secrets,” we are essentially one with All Encompassing Universal Wisdom.
Within all her forms Danu brings the reminder that the power to create the life that we desire resides within us. She reminds us that we are innately attuned with the wisdom of our Ascended Self, and through the integrity of our Divine Essential Self our power is always aligned with Purity of Purpose.
As a Sovereign Goddess, she assists us in transcending the illusions of unworthiness, providing the reminder that our essence is an aspect of the Divine Source. Danu reminds us of our Royal Roots, reminding us of our Divine Heritage. Reminding us that we are Divine and thus so we are aligned with infinite potential and with infinite possibility.
Within this energy, Danu is the Goddess of Dreams Come True. Reminding us that we are absolutely worthy and completely capable of realizing our Greatest Dreams. Reminding us that we innately know our Highest Truth. Enabling us to transcend lesser goals born of low self worth and goals born of the lower self’s limited vision, empowering us to embrace our Golden Dreams, Dreams worthy of our Divine Consciousness.
Goddess Danu specializes in realigning us with our Divine Truth, our Truth that is abundant, flourishing, fertile, wise and empowered. Danu brings empowerment with the remembrance that we each are the director of our own destiny and that within us we wield the power to realize our Greatest Dreams Come True.
Danu is an ancient and eternal essence of the Goddess, an affirmation of the enduring energy of the Divine Feminine. She brings the steadfast love and support of a Mother Goddess and is a wonderful representation of the infinite, all encompassing Divine Universal Source. A powerful guide for those who seek to Remember their Highest Truth, Danu is dedicated to our realizing our greatest dreams, she is motivating, encouraging and always promotes the awareness that the power to achieve anything, resides within us.
Copyright © 2009 Rhiannon Barkemeijer de Wit