The Dagda, or “All-Father,” is the father of all Celtic deities, according to legend. The Dagda, pronounced “DAH-dah,” protects his children and provides for them. He carries a club that can kill nine men with one blow, but the handle of this club can restore men to life. This power of life and death, combined with his aspect as a fertility God, makes him one of the more important Gods in the Celtic pantheon. He is sometimes depicted as a crude oaf, a bit of a lecher, and a bit slow, but he also has a jovial aspect.
Animals associated with the Dagda include the wolf, the horse, the bear and the ram, and plants sacred to him include nettles, basil, and hops. Invoke the Dagda when you are in need of protection, or when you are involved in a creative endeavor; especially if that venture needs a fatherly energy (The Dagda is probably where we get our word “Daddy”). When the Dagda comes into your life, expect a bumpy but thoroughly enjoyable ride!
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