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AENGUS is the Celtic god of love. He was a young handsome god that had four birds flying about his head -- some say they symbolize kisses -- who inspired love in all who heard them. ( The xxxx’s at the end of love letters are said to represent them!). It was believed that he could restore to life those who gave their last breath for the cause of love...
He was the son of Dagda and Boann (the result of an affair; Boann was already married!) In order to hide this from Boann’s husband Nechtan, the Dagda made the sun stand still for nine months. This meant that Aengus was conceived, gestated and born in a single day!
Aengus first saw his wife, CAER, in a dream. He fell in love with her as soon as he saw her, and on waking became desperately love sick. He told Boann of his dream, and she set out to search the whole of Ireland for the girl.
After a year had passed and Boann had not found the girl from Aengus’ dream, the Dagda was called, and he too searched for a whole year, but did not find her. Eventually Bov the Red, Dagda’s aide, was called and finally, after a year he found her.
Aengus was taken to a lake where there were 150 maidens paired up and chained in gold. He spotted her immediately and learned her name was Caer. Caer and the other maidens were transformed into swans for one year, and Aengus was told that if he could correctly identify her then he could marry her.
A year from that day he went out to the lake and called to her, and when he found her he turned into a swan himself. Aengus and Caer flew off together, singing a beautiful song, and all who heard them fell asleep for three days and three nights.
Eventually, the two would marry, although Caer was destined to change into a swan for a year's time, every other year...
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