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March 21st, 2013
Thirteen Celtic Gods & Goddesses – Christina Phillips

I’m thrilled to welcome Christina Phillips here today with her first release from Ellora’s Cave. Christina writes a wickedly hot and sensual tale, and if you like sexy Roman warriors, you won’t want to miss this one! While you’re here make sure you leave a comment to have a chance to win BETRAYED. Over to Christina…

Betrayed by Christina PhillipsThank you Shelley for inviting me back to your blog today! I’ve never participated in a Thursday 13 post before, and Shelley suggested I might like to try one. Since BETRAYED, my upcoming release from Ellora’s Cave (my first release from EC and I am So Excited!) involves sexy Roman warriors and magical Druid heroines I thought I would give a run down of 13 of my fave ancient gods and goddesses from the first century AD.

Celtic Gods & Goddesses

1. Annwyn – Not a god but the Otherworld: the Source of the Universal Life Force.

2. The Morrigan – A powerful triple aspect Great Goddess representing the three stages of life: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. The Morrigan was also a warrior goddess and could transform into a crow, where she would circle above a battlefield. She was the goddess of death and rebirth – the circle of life.

3. Cerridwen – Goddess of Wisdom and transformation and also associated with the Triad – the Great Goddess in her Mother aspect although sometimes she was worshipped as the Crone. She was the Keeper of the Cauldron (the cauldron representing knowledge and inspiration). Interesting how later the cauldron came to be associated with witches.

4. Blodeuwedd – The Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess. Also known as Flower Face as she was created from flowers. She represents new beginnings, lunar magick and wisdom.

5. Arianrhod – Goddess of the Moon and weaver of fates. She was a powerful goddess of reincarnation and could shapeshift into an owl, when she could see into the darkness of the human soul.

6. Gwydion – The greatest of the Enchanters, Warrior Magician and God of Illusion. He was also the brother god of Arianrhod.

7. Lugus – God of travelers, Finder of Paths, a champion and historian.

Roman Gods & Goddesses

8. Juno – Queen of the Gods associated with all aspects of a woman’s life, especially married life and childbirth. Protector of the Roman state.

9. Jupiter – King of the Roman gods, river, sky, lightning, thunder; symbol is the Eagle. A legionary known as the Aquilifer was responsible for carrying the eagle standard of a Roman Legion. It was a rallying point for the legionaries in the chaos of battle, a symbol of their power and signified the honor of Rome herself. Losing the Aquila in battle was a great disgrace.

10. Mercury – Guide on the road and in travel; influential in making money and in trade. In the first century BC Caesar noted that of all the gods the Celts of Gallia (Gaul) worshipped, Mercury had the largest number of images. However, it was far more likely that the ancient Celts worshipped Lugus as both gods were depicted as semi-naked youths wearing winged shoes and carrying a distinctive rod with two serpents intertwined.

11. Minerva – Goddess of Wisdom, the learning and arts.

12. Hades – the whole of the Underworld in classical mythology was referred to as Hades, where the spirits of the dead went after their death. There were five regions of Hades, including the River Styx and the heavenly-like Elysium Fields.

13. Tartarus – the fourth region of Hades where the evil spirits would end up in a pit of torment for all eternity.

The Mabinogion, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest. Welsh legends collected in the Red Book of Hergest, a manuscript which is in the library of Oxford University.

Arianrhod’s legend is in the Fourth Branch, Math, the Son of Mathonwy

Betrayed

Christina Phillips

In 51 A.D., Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legions. Even though she is drawn to her captor, she’s determined to escape and complete her mission for the Briton king and her duty to Arianrhod, the goddess she is bound to.

The tough Roman warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. His touch inflames her desires and passion burns between them. Though Nimue does not accept her enslavement, her heart surrenders to her enemy. When Arianrhod appears to her in the form of an owl, Nimue knows the union is blessed.

Roman warrior Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, he’s determined to make her his. No woman has ever heated his blood as she does. But when he discovers her true nature as one who actually communes with the gods, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

A Romantica® fantasy erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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I have an E-copy of BETRAYED to giveaway to one lucky commenter on this post! Just leave a comment or let me know if you have a fave god or goddess and who s/he is (any era, any pantheon!)

41 comments to “Thirteen Celtic Gods & Goddesses – Christina Phillips”

  1. Mary Kirkland
    March 21st, 2013 at 1:40 am · Link

    I learned something new, I didn’t know some of those before today.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 6:06 am · Link

      Hi Mary,

      I didn’t know any of the Celtic gods or goddesses until Arianrhod demanded her story be told – then I had to dive into a whole lot of research! It was great fun though :-)



  2. Nessa
    March 21st, 2013 at 4:46 am · Link

    BETRAYED sounds so good. I love that period in history when the Celts and Romans collided.

    Thursday 13 – 1st words of tSLBoM



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 6:08 am · Link

      Thank you Nessa! It’s a great time in history for fantastic conflict. I love it :-)



  3. Mia Celeste
    March 21st, 2013 at 6:34 am · Link

    Betrayed sound intriguing. I wish you many, many sales.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2013/03/inspiration-car-rides-conversation-and.html



  4. Kimberly Menozzi
    March 21st, 2013 at 6:43 am · Link

    This shows how some of the most fun in writing can be doing the research. ;) Sounds very interesting, though.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Link

      Hi Kimberly,

      I love doing the research but it does suck up the time though!!



  5. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes
    March 21st, 2013 at 7:02 am · Link

    I knew a few. A few would make cool baby names.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 5:51 pm · Link

      Hi Colleen,

      Some of them would make great baby names!



  6. Paige Tyler
    March 21st, 2013 at 7:54 am · Link

    Sounds great! Congratulations!

    *hugs*
    Paige

    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/



  7. Alice Audrey
    March 21st, 2013 at 9:08 am · Link

    I like the Celtic gods and goddesses. Maybe because I’m too familiar with the Greek and Roman ones.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 5:53 pm · Link

      Hi Alice,

      Yes, I’ve always been familiar with the Roman/Greek gods & goddesses because of the whole Classic Mythology, and I found it a lot of fun learning about the Celtic gods. The myths are just so fascinating!



  8. Pearl
    March 21st, 2013 at 10:11 am · Link

    Cool. Celtic deities. I realized that school told me all the Roman and Greek and Norse but skipped Celts entirely.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 5:55 pm · Link

      Hi Pearl,

      Exactly! And while I love the Roman and Greek mythology, there are so many more myths and legends out there that are just as intriguing!



  9. Angela Brown
    March 21st, 2013 at 10:23 am · Link

    I’ve gained some gods and goddesses knowledge today! Woot!



  10. Heather
    March 21st, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    Sounds like an intriguing story. I recognized most of the names in your list.



  11. Shelley Munro
    March 21st, 2013 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Hades has always fascinated me. I used to like watching Hercules and liked it when Hades made an appearance.

    The female gods always seem so bitchy.

    What about Bacchus?(spelling?) Isn’t he something to do with wine? I like wine :)



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 6:21 pm · Link

      Hi Shelley! Thank you so much for having me over today :-)

      Yes, Hades is intriguing. It always used to confuse me that the god and the Underworld had the same name. I enjoyed watching Ralph Fiennes as Hades in Clash of the Titans. He does great villains!



      • Christina Phillips
        March 21st, 2013 at 6:22 pm · Link

        Oops yes wine! How could I forget the wine reference!! I think debauchery came into as well :-)



  12. CountryDew
    March 21st, 2013 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Shelley, I have to ask, were you a Xena fan and involved with Whoosh or some of the other online fandoms at the time? Your comment about Hercules has me wondering if maybe we didn’t participate in some things together a long time ago.

    I love the myths – between that and the Hercules reference, I am nostaligic now!



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 6:24 pm · Link

      Hi CountryDew,

      I love the myths too!



    • Shelley Munro
      March 21st, 2013 at 9:38 pm · Link

      No, i’ve never done fan fiction. I never knew it existed until after I started writing. I liked Xena too, but my interest was more because both shows were filmed in NZ and there were lots of NZers in the cast.



  13. Sandra Cox
    March 21st, 2013 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Congrats, Christina. Sounds like a winner.

    Hi, Shelley:)



  14. Irel
    March 21st, 2013 at 4:49 pm · Link

    My children are into both Greek & Roman Mythology. Happy Thursday!



  15. Jennifer Leeland
    March 21st, 2013 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Awesome TT. I just happen to be reading a book about Druids and some of this is coming up. Very timely.



  16. Christina Phillips
    March 21st, 2013 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Thanks, Jennifer!

    Funny how that happens :-)



  17. Lydia Kang
    March 21st, 2013 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Those Celtic god/goddess names are so PRETTTYYYY!



  18. bn100
    March 21st, 2013 at 7:32 pm · Link

    I like Zeus.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 21st, 2013 at 8:28 pm · Link

      Hi bn100!

      Zeus is great. Especially when he looks like Liam Neeson!!



  19. Ute Heikaemper
    March 22nd, 2013 at 1:36 am · Link

    I don’t want to be picky ;), but Hades is greek. The roman counterpart would be Pluto – also the stories are slightly different.

    I’m more interested in the celtic gods, maybe because I learned most of the stories of the roman and greek mythology in my youth :)

    Especially The Morrigan in her different aspects is fascinating.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 22nd, 2013 at 3:09 am · Link

      Hi Ute,

      You’re absolutely right! It’s confusing as the Romans assimilated so many aspects of different religions of the nations they conquered. Although Pluto was the Roman god of the underworld, the Underworld itself was still known as Hades :-)

      The Morrigan is fascinating – she appears in my first two books set in this world, FORBIDDEN and CAPTIVE.



  20. Maria Zannini
    March 23rd, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    I’m sorry I’m so late. I’ve been sick and I’ve been saving this post to visit when I felt better. :still coughing but better:

    I love the premise of this story! Love it!

    Congratulations, Christina. I will definitely check this out.



    • Christina Phillips
      March 24th, 2013 at 11:48 pm · Link

      Hope you feel better today, Maria :-)

      And thank you! So glad you like the premise of BETRAYED!