Aveta is a mysterious Celtic goddess about whom little information survives. Archaeological evidence indicates that her shrine in Trier on the Moselle River by a healing spring was a pilgrimage site. Inscriptions dedicated to her have been found in Switzerland and throughout France: she may once have been a very prominent goddess.
She is depicted as a woman holding a swaddled baby, lapdog, or baskets of fruit.
Her attributes are the clue to her powers:
• Fruit baskets indicate abundance and prosperity, agricultural and otherwise.
• The swaddled infant indicates fertility and safe, successful childbirth.
• Lapdogs are Celtic emblems of healing.
Clay votive images of Aveta have been found, indicating she may have been given images of herself.
Arnemetia; Nantosuelta; Nehal ennia; Sequana; Sulis
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.