Frederick Sandys (18291904) Title Love's Shadow Date 1867
Áine is a goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty. She is associated with midsummer and the sun, and is sometimes represented by a red mare. As the goddess of love and fertility, she had command over crops and animals and is also associated with agriculture. She is the daughter of the sea god Manannán mac Lir, the feast of Midsummer Night was held in her honor, she is remembered as a Queen of the fairies.
She is associated with the semi-mythological King of Munster, Ailill Aulom, who is said to have "ravished" her, an affair ending in Áine biting off his ear - hence "Aulom", meaning "one-eared". By maiming him this way, Áine rendered him unfit to be King, thereby taking away the power of sovereignty.
In other tales Áine is the wife of Gearoid Iarla. Rather than having a consensual marriage, he rapes her (thought to be based on the story of Ailill Aulom), and she exacts her revenge by either changing him into a goose, killing him, or both.
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The Burning Queen, is the passionate goddess of romantic love and desire. Her priests promote the ideal that itis better to love gloriously and passionately for a short time than to simply be content with ones partner for many years. As such, Aine is not a goddess of marriage or of unselfish, everlasting love; those aspects of love belong to others. Aines symbol is a heart resting in a hand, and her priests often embroider hearts on their gloves. Her favored weapon is the Whip.
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