AINE Front Card Design Picture

"Irish Goddess "Áine" is one of the 10 cards included on the “Wisdom of The Woods”™ Celtic Tree Oracle Expansion deck. She is one of the feminine deities most related to Nature, Agriculture, Summer, Wealth, and Fertility. Along with Arianrhod and Anu, Aine is one of the three Celtic Moon Goddesses related with fertility; she also retains for herself the virtue of being a Moon and a Sun Goddess."

"It has been proved that the moon has a great influence on the rhythm method of regulating conception. On primitive societies which have no artificial light at night at their homes, it is said that women ovulate with the full moon and menstruate with the new moon, having therefore, more regular cycles. Celts have a strong belief on the influence of the moon on births, germination, and blossoms.

Her name derives from the Irish for "brightness, glow, joy, radiance; splendor, glory, fame". She is the “Mother Goddess” associated to fertility and is the “Maiden” aspect of the “Triple Goddess”.Due to Áine's connection with midsummer rites, involving fire and the blessing of the land, recorded as recently as 1879, it is possible that Áine and Grian may share a dual-goddess, seasonal function (such as seen in the Gaelic myths of the Cailleach and Brighid) with the two sisters representing the "two suns" of the year: Áine representing the light half of the year and the bright summer sun (an ghrian mhór), and Grian the dark half of the year and the pale winter sun (an ghrian bheag).

She is also associated with sites such as Toberanna (Irish: Tobar Áine), County Tyrone; Dunany (Irish: Dun Áine), County Louth; Lissan (Irish: Lios Áine), County Londonderry; and Cnoc Áine near Teelin, County Donegal.

In early tales she is associated with the semi-mythological King of Munster, Ailill Aulom, who is said to have "ravished" her, an affair ending in Áine biting off his ear - hence "Aulom", meaning "one-eared". By maiming him this way, Áine rendered him unfit to be King, thereby taking away the power of sovereignty. The descendants of Aulom, the Eóganachta, claim Áine as their ancestor.In other tales Áine is the wife of Gearoid Iarla. Rather than having a consensual marriage, he rapes her (thought to be based on the story of Ailill Aulom), and she exacts her revenge by either changing him into a goose, killing him, or both. Thus the FitzGeralds also claim an association with Áine; despite the French-Norman origins of the clan, the FitzGeralds would become known for being "More Irish than the Irish themselves."

Áine is sometimes mistakenly equated with Danu as her name bears a superficial resemblance to Anu. "Aynia", reputedly the most powerful fairy in Ulster, may be a variant of the same figure.Lough Gur is strongly associated with fertility. According to local legend, every seven years the lake decreases revealing a wonderful tree of Another World that has the power to rejuvenate the whole earth."


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