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Danu, She-of-Knowledge.
DANW
Alternatemeanings: Wisdom, Teacher, Giving.
[to Whom the thirtieth day of April, day 120, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Celtic: Irish. She arrived in Britain from Greece circa 1472 BC.
Linguistic Note: The genitive is Danaan, or Donaan, as in Tuatha d&eacytel Danaan `Tribes of the Goddess Danu'. Perhaps related to English: don teacher. As a matter of interest consider: Sanskrit dana, `gift'; Latin donum, donare, are French donner - related English words: donate, Denmark, Danes, Danube.
Description: Mysterious and aweful ancient Goddess of the earth, its fertility and fruitfulness, and rivers; Donater of abundant harvests and prosperity; Teacher (Don) of magic; Beneficent Power of Nature; Universal Mother; Mother of Deities (the Tuatha d Danaan); "Well She used to cherish the Gods"; Queen of the `Otherworld', death, and rebirth; Lover of feasting, music and dance.
To Whom Sacred: raven; caverns; hills; tumuli; "The four jewels" (ie. Cauldron of regeneration, Stone of Fal, Spear of Lugh, Sword of Nuadha); offerings of food; libations of milk; the River Danube (of which She is the eponym).
Festival: Midsummer Eve (the holiest of Her days); the Summer solstice; November Eve, Samhain `The feast of the dead'.
Male Associates: consort, perhaps Bile. Son, Bran, `Alder{?}' God of the underworld, to whom the raven is sacred. Masculinized as Dn, or Donnus, Shehe is said to be Roman, father of Cottius.

Source: Graves WG 50, 61, 64, 87, 93, 370, 403; New Larousse EM 225, 227-9; Rhys CFv2 645; Squire CML 44, 50-1, 407; Evans Wentz FFCC 252, 279, 284, 288-91.
Áine, Queen
. AN
Alternate meanings: Fruitful.

Geography/Culture: Celtic: Irish, especially Munster.
Linguistic Note: {the `a' should be `', but the extended character set doesn't have it in upper case.}
Description: Magic weilding Goddess of plenty, the moon, crops and cattle; some say also Goddess of the sun; Eponym of Knockainy (Cnoc Aine `the Hill of Aine'); Queen of the fairies; She Who is associated with love, desire, and fertility.
To Whom Sacred: meadowsweet (She gave it its scent); peas (She planted a whole hill with peas in one night); chestnut mare (whom none can out-run); mid-summer night; the colour red.
Festival: a mid-summer fire-festival is associated with Her, when straw torches were carried in procession and waved over cattle and fields for protection and fruitfulness.

Source: Funk & Wagnall SDFML 31; [there is at least one other here, but I made a false note of it, & so no longer know what it was]; Graves WG 370.
Ana, Mother.
1N1
Alternate meaning: Plenty.

Geography/Culture: Celtic: especially Irish (possibly France). Her moon-temple {meaning a stone circle?} used to stand at Cnoc Aine in Limerick.
Linguistic Note: it is said She suckled and nursed Her sons so well that Her name came to mean `Plenty' with associations of wealth and treasure.
Description: The Beneficent; Mother of Gods; Goddess of {the moon}, plenty, childbirth, suckling and nursing; Ruler of Celtic tribes.
In southern France She was known as `The Shining One', Matron of fertility, fire, poetry and medicine {sounds like Brigit!}.
To Whom Sacred: Cauldron of Regeneration; The Paps of Anu, (two mountains in Kerry, {or perhaps any breast-like pair of hills such as Twin Peaks in San Francisco}.
Male Associates: sons, Brian, Iuchurba and Iuchar.

Source: Graves WG 370; Mac Cana CM 94; Walker WEMS 39.
Danu, ----.
D1NU

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Description: Mother of `demons'.
Male Associates: sons, the Danavas, celestial powers opposed to the Devas, by consort, Kasyapa.

Source: Stutley HDH 68, 69.
Danubius, {She-of-the-River-Danube}.
D1NWBYS

Geography/Culture: Roman.
Geographical personification {presumably of the River Danube}.

Source: Vermeule GRARE 9.
Diti, {Limited-one}.
DYTY

Geography/Culture: Hindustani.
Linguistic Note: Her name is as opposed to Aditi `Boundless-space'.
Description: Goddess of earthly phenomenon; Ruler of the mortality of the individual.
Male Associates: sons, Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa, progenitors of the Daityas, by consort, Kasyapa.

Source: Stutley HDH 80.
Dôn, {Teacher}.
D0N

Geography/Culture: Welsh.
To Whom Sacred: the constellation cassopeia called Llys Dn `Don's Court'.
Male Associates: sons, Gwydion, bard and magician, master of illusion and phantasy, (he was enrolled as Her son in the 4th c. BC); Gofannon, (or Govannan), God of smithcraft; Amaethon, God of agriculture. Consort, Beli, God of light

Source: Graves WG 93.
worked on: October, August 1995; July 25, 1991.
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