Having just celebrated Halloween, also called Samhain, and the Day of the Dead we are truly in the time when the veil between the world of the manifest and the world of the unmanifest is the thinnest. We remember our ancestors, we reflect on losses and we look forward to positive transformation as we enter the quiet, meditative time of year.
Cerridwen, Dark Goddess of Transformation, Inspiration and Knowledge is a perfect goddess to remember during this time. She is best known as the mother of Taliesen, the greatest of all the Welsh poets. But Her story is much older and Her powers run deep.
Cerridwen (“White Sow”, or “White Crafty One”) has many other names: Dark Moon Goddess, Great Mother, White Lady of Inspiration and Death, Goddess of Nature, and Grain Goddess. She rules the realms of death, fertility, regeneration, inspiration, magic, enchantment and knowledge. Her ritual pursuit of Gwion Bach symbolizes the changing of the seasons, nature’s yearly cycle of death and rebirth.
Cerridwen, as a powerful Underworld Goddess, is the keeper of the cauldron of knowledge, inspiration and rebirth. She and Her cauldron most likely appear in the Welsh legend of Bran the Blessed. She came from Ireland to the Land of the Mighty disguised as a giantess named Kymideu Kymeinvoll with her husband Llassar.
Read more about Cerridwen and Her wisdom on my recent blog post on the Feminism and Religion blog site. Click here