Strange that the last Celtic Goddess I am covering is one that deals with death and destruction. But with all the craziness and division in the world right now I wanted to look death in the face and see if there were a way to find the positive side. Badb fits that bill pretty well.
Badb is one aspect of the Celtic War Goddess Triplicity, The Morrigan. Badb, translates as “Hooded Crow” and “One Who Boils.” She signifies fury, rage and violence. She brings war, death, chaos but also enlightenment, life, and wisdom.
In The Destruction of Da Choca’s Hostel She is the “Washer at the Ford,” washing the bloodstained clothes of the one about to die as She prophesied the death of the hero Cormac. Here she is seen standing on one leg with one eye opened and one eye closed; with one foot in the human world and the other in the spirit world. While She is the harbinger of death of our current mortal condition She also offers the promise of new life.
Visit my Feminism and Religion post to read the rest of Badb’s story
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My most recent post on the Feminism and Religion blog is of Corra, Celtic Serpent Goddess. Corra, whose name is almost forgotten today, embodied the Earth, calling forth the serpents of life, death and rebirth to twine the magic of eternity around the lives of our ancestors.
Corra is of the earth and yet She can also transform into a crane, symbolizing the transformation of body to spirit on our journey through the great circle of life.
Click here to read the rest of Her story
In my recent blog post on the Feminism and Religion blog I explored the concept of Triple Goddess and the sacred nature of three to the ancient Celts.
Many neopagans and modern Goddess worshipers mistakenly equate the triadic nature of some Celtic Goddesses with the Triple Goddess concept first popularized by Robert Graves in his book, The White Goddess. Graves stated that Goddesses were frequently found in triplets as Maiden, Mother and Crone. But there is nothing found in the ancient stories of Celtic Goddesses to indicate that they were known in this way.
Quite the contrary – though the Celts had a number of both triadic Goddesses and Gods, they did not represent stages of life. Instead these triple deities were seen to represent the mysterious nature of the cosmos. They expressed and ruled over the more mystical aspects and truths of life rather than the mundane and practical ruled over by the deities connected to geographical locations.
Life Awakens Within the Great Unknown, oil on canvas, 34″ x 36″
Celtic mythology reveals their understanding of the mysterious quality of the universe. They recognized that there is a deeper reality just beyond our everyday physical reality; that there is a limit to human consciousness; ultimately it will encounter the unknown and the unknowable.
Read more on my original post over at FAR.
A loving Prince was transformed by hate into a Beast. Beauty saw through the outer form to the true nature of the Beast. With her love he was transformed back to his true nature. Love Trumps Hate
Beauty Loves the Beast, oil on canvas, by Judith Shaw
I am finding that spending a few moments each day thinking about and posting images which express love, community and balance is helping me deal with the daily onslaught of presidential decrees and legislative actions that attack those very things.
Today’s image is a drawing of mine from 2010.
United By Love, oil pastel on paper
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 world.
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.
Summer solstice fell on June 20th this year, which is my birthday. I have always loved this time of year so much, not only because of celebrating my birthday but also and largely because of the long days of light and the buzz of activity from a world wide awake with bird song, ripening fruit, and the hustle and bustle of human endeavors. But it is in fact the day in which we begin our return to the darkness. This thought has rarely occurred to me, but this year at this time death seems to be prominent. The truth of the precariousness and preciousness of life has become evident – from the death of celebrity after celebrity, to the latest mass shooting in Orlando, to fires raging in some parts of the world with extreme heat, to a friend of mine dropping dead of a massive heart attack a few days before the solstice – death seems to be all around us.
The Celtic Goddess I explore this month is the perfect one to nurture our understanding of the unending connection of life and death. Olwen, Welsh Flower and Sun Goddess, rules in the three realms – the Underworld, the Earth, and the Heavens. She was known as the “White Lady of the Day” or “Flower-bringing Golden Wheel of Summer.” In the medieval story which retells her ancient and lost stories, she is the motivating force in healing a world of aggression, violence and rivalry.
Yes the human experience has long been one of suffering and pain. Yet the more we allow ourselves to feel each moment – the good and the bad – the more we can appreciate the greatest gift of the Goddess – Life. The Way of the Goddess guides us through the light and the dark on the path to balance and wholeness.
Discover the power of Olwen to help you on that path. Read my retelling of Olwen’s story in my latest post on the Feminism and Religion blog.