Áine of the Wisps and Gerald the Earl by DC McBride

Midsummer is a very important day for a Deity who lives very close to my heart.  As I’ve mentioned previously, one of the most important Deities in my life is my family’s patroness, the Gaelic tutelary Goddess Áine (pronounced “ahn-yuh”).  Sometimes called Áine ń Chlíar or Áine Mór, She is one of Munster’s two ancient Land Goddesses, the Divine beings that tribal kings would ritually marry upon ascending to kingship.