This list will help one with some of the basics of the different kinds of God/desses and the different god/desses of the various Celtic Realms.
Now we will put some definitions below. Let us remember these will be very basic definitions, and also, a lot of these types of god/desses cross over and overlap with one another. And the different Celtic Realms will have a varying degree of differences in defining. I used the most universal words to try and explain these definitions to the reader. So basically keeping out my own understandings based on my Tradition/Custome.
Primordial Gods – These are god/desses that have always been since creation—things like earth, fire, air, sea, sky, night, day etc.
Psychopomps – Meaning Guide of Souls. They guide souls from this plane to the next.
Liminal – These are God/desses that preside over doorways, thresholds, gates. They are crossers of boundaries. These god/desses sometimes overlap with Agriculture, Seasonal, and Dying and Rising god/desses.
Celestial – Celestial gods can overlap at times with primordial god/desses. Celestial god/desses are god/desses of the sky. Some say Celestial gods personify or control the cosmological bodies of the universe.
Tutelary – They are god/desses who is a guardian, patron, or protector of a particular place, geographic feature, person, lineage, nation, culture, or occupation.
Craft/Civilized – These are god/desses of crafts. They can represent civilization, the achievements of man, and the order it brings.
Triple – is three god/desses that are worshiped as one.
Nature – They are most often elder god/desses, who predate human civilization and represent animalistic desires and instincts. They are more than simply the gods of natural features.
Death – These god/desses can cause death and can also be there to release the soul. They are not always the ones you sit in the otherworld.
They are not always considered malevolent they are just another part of the cycle of life.
Love god/desses –
Marriage god/desses –
Healing god/desses –
Lunar god/desses –
Fertility god/desses –
River god/desses –
Hunting god/desses –
Warrior god/desses –
Gods of the Vine –
Mother Goddesses –
War god/desses –
There are many different kinds of god/desses out there. These are just a few examples.
How to connect to a god/dess
There are many ways to go about this. Sometimes the god/desses will reach out to you, and you might reach out to them. There is no right or wrong way. This will not be a this is how to do it but suggestions to help you.
Ask yourself some Questions.
Are there any ‘themes’ that call to you?
Themes meaning, poetry, agriculture, forests, hunting, death etc call to you?
Find the god/desses with dominion over that theme, make some offerings, and go from there.
There are stories one can read from the different Celtic realms (Well only the Gaelic and Welsh have stories) and see if any of those connect with you.
What to Offer?
Please don’t overthink this, start out simple and work your way into the relationship you are building.
Incense, Colored or Scented Candles, Wine, Beer, Bread, Grain, Coins, Art, Actions, Music, Fruits, Cooked Foods
Natural Things – feathers, bones, stones, flowers, leaves
intangible offerings – Picking up trash, Art in its many forms, Gardening, Devoting one’s time.
Now we will be getting into the different god/desses of the Celtic realms in the following pages.
I use Celtic Realms as an umbrella term for the Continental, Brittonic, Gaelic, etc.
These will be simple descriptions and of course there is much more to all these god/desses.