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Sirona and the Lady of the Stars
« on: October 11, 2012, 01:50:49 pm »
Apologies if I'm going over ground that others have already covered, but I was just reading some of the threads on the "Lady of the Stars" and didn't see any mention of Sirona, a Gaulish goddess whose name actually means "starry":

http://www.celtnet.org.uk/gods_s/sirona.html

As you can see from this link, she has several points of overlap with Brighid, including the healing and snake associations and the link with Minerva in Gallo-Roman religion. Sirona was only known in Gaul, the Gaels never worshiped her. However, Brian Wright's "Brigid" book quotes a traditional prayer describing Brighid as "She who put beam in moon and sun" (pg 128). Seeing as the sun is a star, I would personally see this as strong support for seeing Brighid as an equivalent deity to Sirona in some sense, and for seeing Brighid as the "Lady of the Stars."

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Re: Sirona and the Lady of the Stars
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2012, 08:33:37 pm »
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Apologies if I'm going over ground that others have already covered, but I was just reading some of the threads on the "Lady of the Stars" and didn't see any mention of Sirona, a Gaulish goddess whose name actually means "starry".

 
I can't be sure, but I think NibbleKat did mention her within the context of that discussion, though I may be remembering conversations that were held outside of the forum (there were a couple of social groups that may not have made it into archives). She is the only person I can remember involved in the LotS that has any kind of relationship with Sirona, so I would be surprised if she hadn't spoken up about it.

But I agree some of the similarities are pretty striking!
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Re: Sirona and the Lady of the Stars
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 08:16:50 pm »
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I can't be sure, but I think NibbleKat did mention her within the context of that discussion, though I may be remembering conversations that were held outside of the forum (there were a couple of social groups that may not have made it into archives). She is the only person I can remember involved in the LotS that has any kind of relationship with Sirona, so I would be surprised if she hadn't spoken up about it.

But I agree some of the similarities are pretty striking!

 
Although I do not worship any deities (yet) Sirona is one of the few I've felt a pull towards. I can't find much on her though.

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Re: Sirona and the Lady of the Stars
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 05:00:19 am »
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Although I do not worship any deities (yet) Sirona is one of the few I've felt a pull towards. I can't find much on her though.


Because there is not much to find.

Some links in German to add a bit to the little (hope the translator won't mess them up too much for you, in case it does - just get back to me):

http://www.sironaweg.de/siro_ord_sirona/sirona1.html
http://www.celtoi.net/celtoipedia/index.php5?title=Sirona
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirona_(Mythologie)

All the information basically boils down to: Nightsky, otherworld, egg, snake, stars and partnered with Grannus.

With the gods of the Gauls you have to go heavily into UPG.
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Re: Sirona and the Lady of the Stars
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 01:24:03 pm »
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I don't remember if we have talked about her, but it is interesting information anyway, thanks for sharing!

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