Elen of the Shimmering Ways

Long before St Jude was prayed to as Patron Saint of Travelers, there was Elen of the Ways, who both created and guided the pathways and trackways of the Elen of the Ways, Celtic Goddess painting by Judith Shawworld.

Dawn follows darkness; shining day gives way to starry night – cycles of change and flow.

Elen of the Ways is She who guides us on these paths of change.

Like so many Celtic Goddesses, She is elusive, shimmering, changeable. She endures through the ages, shifting into what each time needs Her to be. She is an antlered goddess who rules the Ways, the Roads, the Passages of human life, both physical and spiritual. Most likely She has been worshiped since paleolithic times. She is a Sovereignty Goddess who bestows the right to kingship on the one who will best steward the land, linking sovereignty to fertility and well-being.

Read my retelling of Elen of the Ways’ story on my post at the Feminism and Religion blog.

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