Aine of Knockaine


Goddess of love and fertility, Aine of Knockaine, later known as the fairy queen. A Goddess related to the moon, crops, and farms or cattle. Wisps of straw are burned in her honor on St. John's Eve. She is associated with meadow-sweet, and is invoked against sickness. She is revered among Irish herbalists and healers and is said to be responsible for the body's life force.

She often gave her love to men and was called Leanan Sidhe (Sweetheart of the Sidhe). Some said she was the daughter of Manannan; others said she was the Morrigan herself.

She owned a stone named Cathair Aine and if anyone sat on the stone they would be in danger of losing their wits. Sit on it three times and they would lose them forever. She was very revengeful and it was not safe to offend her. According to legend, she was raped by the king of Munster.

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