Bel, pronounced “BAIL,” is a Sun God whose name means “Shining One” or “Radiant One.” His wife is the goddess Belisama. Husbandmen routinely asked for Bel’s blessings upon their sheep and cattle. Beltane is named for Bel, and his name is often invoked at Beltane celebrations. In ancient times purifying fires were lit on Beltane. Cattle were purified by marching them between the fires before setting them out to pasture, thus assuring their good health and a bountiful season. The May Pole is a fertility symbol and ritual in Bel’s honor.

In ancient times Bel was worshipped in the Celtic areas of Gaul, Austria and Spain. He is particularly associated with Cornwall. In ancient times, West Cornwall was known as Belerion, or the “place of Bel.” Hyssop is his sacred plant, and lions and dragons are his sacred animals.

Invoke Bel during rites or situations in which you need purification or protection. If Bel appears to you, it could mean that you are about to receive a boon or a gift of some sort.


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Aengus Mac Og
Aidin
Aine
Alator
Arawn
Arianrhod
Beag
Bel (Balor or Belenus)
Blodeuwedd
Borvo
Bran
Branwen
Bres (also Breas)
Brigantia
Brighid
Cailleach, The
Ceridwen
Cernunnos
Dagda
Danu
Druantia
Epona
Fionn mac Cumhaill
Grian
Green Man, The
Gronw
Holly King
Latobius
Lenus
Limetus
Lugh
Mabon, The
Macha
Manannán Mac Lir
Medb
Modron, The
Mórrígan, The
Nehalennia
Nuada
Oak King, The
On-niona
Ostara (Eostre)
Pwyll
Rhiannon
Saitada
Sequana
Sheela Na Gig
Taranis
Uroica