Worshipped by our Remote Ancestors at the Winter Solstice
This lovely illustration from Daphne Allen was published in the 1952 Christmas Edition of The London Illustrated News.
When published in The London Illustrated News, it was associated with the following text:
The Deities our remote ancestors honoured, especially at the Winter Solstice, included the
Gaelic Dagda. He was the Father of the Gods, and Lord of Fire and Thunder. When the
Dagda changed the air he played on his harp, the seasons changed. Brighide, Bridget or
Bride (the horned figure) was Goddess of the Moon, Spring and Poetry. She is shown
carrying her symbol, the Flame of Inspiration. The Gaelic Lugh or Nuada, God of Light,
Sun and Sky, was also called Lord of Science and his name is perpetuated in 'Ludgate'.
Mannanan - Sea God - is also depicted (this Isle of Man is named after him) and his
hounds were waves. Dana, the Earth Mother stands next to Mannanan and holds a sheaf
of corn. Aengus or Angus Og - the God of Love - is depicted next to Dana carrying the
cup of Healing, with Mider - the Nature God - clad in green next to him.
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Code: DA WRAWS SGC
Detail (for reference)
Reproduction on 8x12" sheet
Code: DA WRAWS 8x12
Reproduction on 12x18" sheet
Code: DA WRAWS 12x18
Our Greeting Cards
When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished, with the image presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each
card we also present some information about Daphne Allen and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior
of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
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of enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Daphne Allen and this
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