Bres, pronounced “BREESH,” was a king of the Tuatha Dé Danann (Children of the Goddess Danu). It is said that he grew so quickly that he was twice the size of most children his age. As king, he enslaved the Tuatha Dé Danann. He also committed the cardinal sin of neglecting his duties of hospitality. The poet Cairbre wrote satires about him and sung them all over Ireland. After this, his reign continued to be plagued with one disaster after another. It was said that Cairbre’s satires had cursed him.
The animal associated with Bres is the fox, and his sacred plant is the hickory tree. Although he was considered quite handsome, his lack of hospitality and his poor treatment of his subjects make Bres the God of tyranny and bad examples.
Invoke Bres in matters of treachery and tyranny. If Bres has come into your life, you may be in danger of becoming inhospitable, or it could mean that someone is attempting to enslave you by bending you to their will.
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