I love to explore the Divine Feminine and write about Goddesses. For a list of those, click on the link: Goddesses. In order to become more balanced within ourselves and, through that, to bring greater balance and harmony to the world around us, we must find greater balance between the masculine and feminine energies within ourselves that each one of us possesses, regardless of physical gender or any other ways of self-identification.
Queen Mother of the Little People
Dana is an Irish goddess and it is assumed by most linguists that her original name was Danu. Although there are no texts linking her to specific mythology, Dana is seen as a Mothergoddess, also linked with flowing waters. She was supposed to have sired the tribe of the “Little People,” the Irish mythological form of fairies.
In line with her mythological associations, her name means knowledge, wisdom, teacher, wealth and abundance. She is the oldest of all Irish deities and has her Welsh equivalent in the deity Don. Some references place Dana in such ancient times that she originally included both male and female divine energies and was seen as the genderless Divine Source.
As an embodiment of the Divine Feminine, Dana is multi-faceted, as the air we breathe, the life-nourishing water we drink, the bounty and abundance of the earth and the cosmic energy of universal wisdom. She is a triple goddess, meaning, she can manifest as maiden, mother or crone alike, depending on the situation and thus teaches us versatility and change. She is the goddess of cycles and reminds us to respect and honour the physical stages in our lives which are all equally valid and important in our human experience.
As an Earthgoddess, she stands for abundance and fertility, as a water goddess, Dana helps to clear blockages, so energy can flow freely. As the Goddess of air, she brings with her, inspiration, change and intellect, also transcendence. As a Cosmic Goddess, she holds all divine wisdom and knowledge.
In this all-encompassing form, Dana reminds us that the power to change our lives and manifest all we desire lies within each of us. We have and we are that power. We are infinite power and potential. We have the ability to choose what we want out earthly life experience to be because we are Divine energy manifest in the form of a human being. We can become anything and everything. The potential lies within us.
Dana reminds us that we are of infinite value and worth. She shows us how to let go of low self-esteem and embrace our true worth of infinite Divinity step by step. She reminds us that we really deep down know our greatest truth and teaches us not to be afraid of ourselves and our own power, as well as admonishing us not to give that power away to someone or something outside of ourselves. She will not stand for us belittling ourselves, but gently and lovingly leads us back onto the path of our own greatest truth and to follow this unashamedly in our human existence.