Goddess of the Carnutes Tribe
Acionna is known from an inscription discovered in 1823, 35 meters deep in a well. The well-named Fontaine l’Etuvée at a place known as Clos de la Belle-Croix outside of Orleans. the inscription reads. “Sacred to the August Acionna, Capillius, son of Illiomarus, (offered) this portico with its ornaments and paid his vow willingly and deservedly.”
It supplied all the baths and swimming places with water until the 18th century. The spring of l’Etuvée was the result of the rains falling on the wooded lands, likely that the spring was lavish in ancient times.
Acionna’s name is known from two other fragments found in the Roman wall of the city of Cenabum(Orléans). and in an ancient wall situated at the corner of the streets of the Ecrevisse and of the Hôtelleries. The two fragments being significantly damaged, their reconstitution is uncertain. The first one reads: Sacred to Augustus and to Acionna […] and Epadetextorix (?) The second one reads: Sacred to Acionna (?)
As with her name, there is not much known. Delamarre, suggest it is based on a root aci-, the meaning of which is unknown. Olmsted suggests that it comes from a Celtic root acio- signifying ‘water,’ derived from the IE *akuio-.
We do know Acionna is a goddess associated with water. Since it’s possible to create a connection between her name and the many rivers flowing near Orléans. The River Essone, which meets the River Seine at Corbeil-Essone (Essonne), was called Exona or Axonia in the 6th c. and Essiona in 1113. Another river called The Esse or Stream of the Esse, flows into the River Bionne, maybe also related to the goddess name Acionna. Then Aisne, and joins the River Oise was called Axona in the 1st c. BC, Axuenna in the 3rd c., Axina in 650 and Axna in 824.
Acionna is best understood as a local water-goddess since the three inscriptions of her were found in and around Orléans, and since her name shares similarities with the two rivers, the Essonne and the Esse.
Mother Goddess of the many rivers, springs, Baths, and Brockes. Bringer of renewal and healing. She is a goddess that provides life for the land and Villages. She is a calming present when you seek her out—bringing you back to purity.
Water – Substance of the primordial Mother Goddess
Fountain – Water from the womb of the Mother source of life force
River – Purification, death, rebirth dwelling place of Acionna
Bucket – Abundance, life, Providence, healing, Growth, Life, Renewal
I invoke Acionna
Gracious lady of the many waters
Provider of life to the land
Great mother, the essence of life
Your flowing blue threads connect us and maintain us
I give offering and thanks to you
May your waters keep us
Cheer to you
Thanks to you
I praise you Acionna
I go in peace