Rhiannon, Celtic Goddess

rhiannon celtic goddess painting by judith shawFor the past few weeks I’ve been surrounded by love as I have explored Rhiannon, Celtic Welsh Goddess of Birds and Horses.   She is a Sovereignty Goddess, know as the Queen of the Fairies, who the king must wed to legitimate his rule.  A Goddess of Transformation, she uses her powers for love of others or self.  She shines in our hearts as an example of true love and beauty. She appears in both the first and third branches of the Medieval Welsh stories, The Mabinogion, a narrative which grew out of the ancient myths of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses.

My painting shown here is my interpretation of Rhiannon, riding her glowing white horse when she first appeared to Pwyll, King of Dyved, the man she chose for herself.

To read more about Rhiannon and the power of love she brings to the world click here to read my post in the Feminism and Religion blog.


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