It is strange that the most important goddess in Celtic mythology is the one we know the least about, but such is the case with Danu.
There are almost no stories in the mythology about her, but her influence is undeniable and her presence is felt throughout the tales of her children, the Tuatha Dé Danann. The Tuatha Dé Danann are the ancient race of magical gods that once inhabited Ireland, and they are named after her. ‘Tuatha Dé Danann’ literally means ‘the Tribe of the Goddess Danu’
Danu is seen as a motherly earth goddess of the land and water, and a creator and progenitor of life. She is associated with fertility and abundance, and is also heavily associated with water and rivers – the vessels that water and nourish the land.
There are numerous locations in Ireland that are associated with her – most notably the two hills known as the Paps of Anu in County Kerry.
For modern Pagans she is a popular figure, perhaps because she is so mysterious. She is associated with abundance, nourishment, the land, the rivers, leadership, creativity, and she is also seen as a warrior