Áine (Irish for "brightness, glow, joy, radiance; splendour, glory, fame")is an Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty. She is associated with midsummer and the sun and moon in her Moon Goddess aspect She is the Mother Goddess associated to fertily and is the Maiden aspect of a Triple Goddess. Her solar associations, refer to her mainly with the morning light and the dawn of the year, quite evident in traditional beliefs, that depicts her as the wife or daughter of of the sea god Manannán mac Lir., noticing that at each and every dawn “she rises up from bed” (the Sea).
She is sometimes represented by a red mare, which lead us to associate her with the belief in the Goddess Epona, it is said that she even sometimes took animal form, as a red mare, in order to walk among her people.
She is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen, and is claimed as an ancestor by multiple Irish families.
She is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen, and is claimed as an ancestor by multiple Irish families. As the goddess of love and fertility, she had command over crops and animals and is also associated with agriculture.
Many stories tell that Aine often turned herself into a fairy in order to mate with mortal men. This was often times done by enchantment rather than by mutual consent. Spellbound by the goddess, these men were said to do whatever she commanded.