Thursday, 3 January 2013

Aengus Óg

Aengus Óg © Jane Brideson 2013

The Blessings of the Returning Sun to you!

Aengus Óg, 'young Aengus' is the Irish god of love, youth and poetic inspiration. 
At the top left can be seen the Milky Way, in which the constellation of Cygnus, 
the Swan, is rising. Below is Red Mountain, Co. Meath where the sun rises at 
Winter Solstice before entering Newgrange.
To the right is Dún Aonghasa, the prehistoric fort on Inis Mór, Aran Islands. 
 The twisted gold collar circling the neck of Aengus dates to the early Iron Age and was found at Ardnaglug, Co. Roscommon.
Aengus is associated with the 'new' sun at Winter Solstice and within his body can be seen the sunlight entering the passage at Newgrange. 
As the reborn sun his gentle light illuminates the land, shining on the Brú and bringing the promise of spring.
At the bottom is the River Boyne on which swim two swans, Aengus and Caer, the swan-girl he fell in love with after seeing her in a dream.
The twisted gold collar is on display in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. 


  1. This is lovely. What great talent you have. Thank you for the explanations. I love to learn about the background to your work and about the gods and goddesses.

  2. That was a quick response Carol - Thank you!
    With blessings for 2013
    J x

  3. Hi Jane

    Great start to the New Year (calendar). May the the new sun warm the sap in your veins and light up the inside of yer workshop. Great that you've started working on your book, good luck with it :)

    Tony & Gaynor.

  4. Your Art, as always beautiful, year by year is more professional and masterly. I look forward to see next paintings in the future.
    Greetings from snowy Poland!

  5. I love this painting Jane and great for the time of year.
    Good luck with your book. I for one will be purchasing it when it is published.
    Love and hugs
    Margaret xxx


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