Airmed, Celtic goddess of internal medicine. Sister of Miach, god of surgery, and daughter of Dian Cecht, a god of healing wells and prosthetics. Legend has it that Dian Cecht fashioned a fully-functional silver prosthetic arm for King Nuada, who had lost his arm in battle, and therefore his right to rule under Irish law at the time. Airmed and Miach then worked together to regenerate an entirely new arm of flesh and blood for the king. Dian Cecht, in a fit of professional jealousy, killed Miacht. Airmed wept at his graveside, and her tears caused 365 types of healing herbs to sprout from her cape. Dian Cecht, again struck by jealous rage, scattered the healing herbs throughout the world, and this is said to be why no human knows all the secrets of internal medicine in their entirety; Airmed alone still knows all. Even today, many tragedies result from professional jealousies and communication breakdowns between healthcare providers; we would all do well to internalize the deeper truths this legend points to.
I'm not sure why she has ferrets under her dress in this picture, though! Sometimes I feel it is best for mortals and men to mind our own business and let the lady keep her own counsel.
She is often described as a goddess of herbalism, but I feel that since internal medicine at the time consisted of herbalism, incantations, and healing waters (all of which she is associated with in legend), it's probably more accurate to call her a goddess of internal medicine.
I'm certainly no linguist, but I have to wonder if there might be some etymological relationship between Airmed and Eir, the Norse goddess of medicine whose lore has been almost entirely lost to us. There was a great deal of contact between Norse and Celtic cultures, and they are descended from the same Proto Indo European culture.
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