Anu, pronounced an-oo, is the Celtic Mother Goddess, Dawn Mother, and Goddess of death and the dead. She is greater Goddess of Ireland. She is the goddess of cattle, health, fertility, prosperity, and comfort. She sometimes formed a trinity with Badb and Macha as the flowering fertility aspect of the maiden. She is also called Ana, Annan, Danu, or Don, and later St Anne. She is the wife of the sun God Belenos, and is considered the ancestor of all the Gods. In legend she watered the first oak tree, Bile, giving life to the earth, and then took two acorns and nurtured them until they became Dagda, and Brighid. Anu was the goddess of wells and springs, across Brittan there are a number of St Anne’s wells that are to this day dedicated to her. There is a mountain east of Kilarney in County Kerry called Da Chich Anann which translates to the Breast of Anu. Fires were lit in her honor at midsummer. Historically her worship was centered in Leicestershire in Munster. She was seen in the sky as the constellation Llys Don better known today as Casseopeia. When the Christians overrun Brittan, they embodied her as Black Annis, a hideous old crone who ate children in an effort to blacken her name. However her transformation into St. Anne preserved her memory and power in Brittan. Anu’s Priestesses comforted and taught the dying. There is some debate on weather Anu and Danu are the same goddess, or separate goddesses that were extremely similar. If they are the same goddess then her name was giving to a number of locations including the great Danube river.
Her Animal is the swan in whose form she often appears.
Her Colors are Black and White.
Her symbols are Emeralds, Moonstones, and Blood.