As well as enjoying the summer I have recently completed 'Áirmid', a gift for dear friend who also modelled for the painting.
|The Goddess Áirmid and her cloak|
According to Irish mythology the goddess Áirmid (sometimes spelt Áirmed) was one of the Tuatha Dé Danann and the daughter of Dían Cécht, the god of healing.
Áirmid, together with her father and her brother, Miach, healed those injured in the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh and by singing incantations over the well of Sláine were able to resurrect the dead warriors.
Áirmid gathered and organised them all by spreading them on her cloak.
Once again Dían Cécht became angry and jealous and scattered the herbs across the land
and it is for this reason that no human in Ireland knows all the secrets of herbalism and only Áirmid remembers.
And Dían Cécht said, “Though Miach is not, Airmed will persist.”
Áirmid stands above the Well of Áirmid, now Christianised and known Lady's Well,
which can be found in the grounds of Slane Castle Co. Meath.
The waters from the well flow into the nearby River Boyne.
Info. on the Lady Well fete at Slane Castle can be found here -
For details about the herbs & their uses click HERE
To help in identification I have included a 'map' of the plants below and in a later post will include their the uses and Irish names.
Art cards and posters of Áirmid are available HERE
5 RAMSONS - WILD GARLIC
7 DOG ROSE
13 YELLOW FLAG
14 GOLDEN ROD
16 SHEPHERD'S PURSE
19 PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE
25 ST. JOHN'S WORT
30 WOOD SORREL
32 MARSH MARIGOLD
35 HARTS' TONGUE FERN
36 WATER CRESS
37 MAIDEN HAIR FERN
38 WATER AVENS
39 BOG BEAN
42 LADY'S MANTLE
46 SELF HEAL
50 ARUM LILY
51 WILD SAGE
56 WILD THYME
A COMMON BLUE
B SMALL TORTOISESHELL
C SMALL WHITE
D PAINTED LADY
& ASSORTED BEES