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Áine

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Offering candles to Áine (pronounced "awn-ya"), Irish goddess of love, fertility, sovereignty, and the sun. She is considered a fairy queen in other traditions and is sometimes seen as a red-haired woman with fairy wings. 

Áine is an autonomous spirit, answering only to herself and taking lovers as she chooses, men and spirits alike. One of the more tragic aspects of Áine's story revolves around her relationship with the human nobleman Gearóid Iarla. In some versions of the tale, Áine falls in love with Gearóid and their relationship is depicted as consensual. In others, there are elements of coercion, assault, and betrayal. Overall, her narrative is often recounted for bravery, courage, and to assert one's own agency. 

According to the Encyclopedia of Spirits by the renowned author Judika Illess, Áine is one of the main goddess celebrated during Midsummer. In Ireland, abundance and fertility rituals are often performed on Midsummer's Eve in her honor. The festival of Lughnasadh, the first harvest festival of the year, was also thought to have been dedicated to her. 

ɪᴛᴇᴍ ᴅᴇsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ: 6 inch pillar candles rolled in herbs that correspond to Áine such as yellow roses, juniper, parsley, and chamomile. 

𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓:  These candles melt beautifully and are safe to burn indoors, however, PLEASE be wary of the flame. The more herbs, the bigger and taller the flame with be. Always supervise your candles while burning. These candles have very burnable botanicals. Some herbs may crackle when caught on fire, such as cedar and juniper.

Always burn in a reliable candle holder or in a fireproof dish.