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Fand – Goddess of the Sea – a Shapeshifter for Samhain by Judith Shaw

photo of Judith ShawFand is a Celtic Sea Goddess whom some scholars believe originated as a Manx sea deity (the original inhabitants of the Isle of Man).   With time She became the most loved of Ireland’s fairy queens, called “Queen of the Fairies.  Fand, meaning “Pearl of Beauty” or “Tear” was stunningly beautiful.  Though she was married to the Celtic Irish Sea God, Manannan Mac Lir, She, like other faery queens, fell in love with and then enchanted a mortal man, linking our world with Her Otherworld.  Being the Goddess/Faery Queen she was, Fand fell in love not with any common man but with Cuchulainn, the greatest Irish hero.

Fand, Celtic Sea Goddess painting by Judith ShawAs these two worlds don’t meld together well, their love started and ended in a stormy fashion. We first meet Fand, Shapeshifter, as a sea bird from the Otherworld in the Ulster Cycle tale, Serglige Con Culainn (The Sickbed of Cuchulainn).   Fand and Her…

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