Goddess Cerridwen  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"CERRIDWEN" IS THE ONE OF THE OLD CELTIC GODDESSES WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE "'OLD WITCH'" STEREOTYPE. SHE COMES AT "SAMHAIN" WHEN THE VEIL IS THIN. SHE IS THE GODDESS OF TRANSFORMATION, DEATH, MAGIC, REGENERATION, THE WELSH GODDESS OF THE SACRED CAULDRON OF INSPIRATION, "AWEN", A POWERFUL SYMBOL OF TRANSFORMING MAGIC FOR IT IS SAID TO CONTAIN ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD. SHE IS THE GUARDIAN OF SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION. SHE IS ALSO NAMED "WHITE LADY OF INSPIRATION AND DEATH", A SHAPESHIFTER WHO CAN TAKE ON ANIMAL FORMS AS QUICK AS A BLINK, AND SHE CAN BE RUTHLESS. "CERRIDWEN" IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE "SAMHAIN" OR "HALLOWEEN" WITCH STIRRING A CAULDRON COMES FROM, AND ALTHOUGH SHE CAN BE VERY FRIGHTENING, HER CAULDRON IS A SOURCE OF WISDOM, INSPIRATION, AND CREATIVITY.

"CERRIDWEN" LIVED ON AN ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF LAKE TEGID WHERE SHE GAVE BIRTH TO TWO CHILDREN...A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER AND A VERY UGLY SON. SHE BREWED A MAGICAL SPELL IN HER CAULDRON TO MAKE HER SON VERY SMART; THE BREW WAS KNOWN AS "GREAL" AND IT SITS FOR A YEAR AND A DAY, AND WHEN SHE HAD TO GO OUT, SHE LEFT IT IN THE CARE OF A YOUNG MORTAL CALLED "GWION."..LEAVING HIM STRICT INSTRUCTIONS NOT TO TOUCH ITS CONTENTS. BUT, BOYS WILL BE BOYS, AND HE ENDS UP INGESTING THREE DROPS OF THE POTION, THUS TAKING ITS MAGIC INTO HIMSELF. IMMEDIATELY HE WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING AROUND HIM...THE PAST, THE FUTURE AND THE DANGERS THAT WERE ABOUT TO BEFALL HIM WHEN "CERRIDWEN" RETURNS.

HE IMMEDIATELY FLEES. "CERRIDWEN," FLYING INTO A RAGE, CHASES AFTER HIM, AND HE QUICKLY USES HIS NEW POWERS TO CHANGE HIMSELF INTO A HARE.. "CERRIDWEN" TOOK THE FORM OF A GREYHOUND AND FOLLOWED IN SWIFT PURSUIT. BUT JUST AS SHE WAS ABOUT TO CATCH HIM, HE CHANGED INTO A FISH AND SLIPPED INTO A RIVER. "CERRIDWEN" QUICKLY BECAME AN OTTER AND CONTINUED AFTER "GWION". ABOUT TO BE CAUGHT AGAIN, HE ONCE MORE CHANGED HIS FORM, THIS TIME INTO A BIRD AND FLEW OFF INTO THE SKY, ONLY DISCOVERING THE "CERRIDWEN" WAS CLOSE BEHIND, HAVING TAKEN THE SHAPE OF A HAWK. FEARING FOR HIS LIFE, "GWION" NOTICED A PILE OF WHEAT ON THE LAND BELOW AND CHANGING HIMSELF INTO THE TINIEST OF GRAINS, DROPPED INTO THE PILE. "CERRIDWEN'S" SHARP EYES SAW WHAT HE HAD DONE AND TAKING THE FORM OF A BLACK CRESTED HEN, SHE PECKED AT THE GRAIN UNTIL SHE FOUND AND ATE THE SEED THAT HAD BEEN "GWION."

BUT THE TINY SEED TOOK ROOT WITHIN HER WOMB AND BEGAN TO GROW. FOR NINE MONTHS, "CERRIDWEN "PROCLAIMED THAT ON THE DAY THAT "GWION" WOULD BE REBORN SHE WOULD DESTROY HIM, BUT WHEN THAT DAY ARRIVED SHE RELENTED. SHE PLACED HIM IN A LEATHER SACK AND THREW HIM INTO THE RAGING WATERS OF THE RIVER, THIS JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST OF MAY.THE CHILD, OF COURSE, BECOMES KNOWN AS "TALIESAN," THE GREATEST BARD IN CELTIC MYTH.

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Rudianos  

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Rudianos was a war god worshiped in Gaul. In Roman times he was equated with Mars. He was invoked at Saint-And'eol-en-Quint and Rochefort-Samson, and at Saint-Michel-de-Valbonne. The name "Rudianos" means red, reflecting the warlike nature of the god. At Saint-Michel-de-Valbonne there was also found a prehistoric image of a mounted war-god, dating to the 6th Century BC, who could perhaps be Rudianos himself. The menhir-shaped stone depicts a roughly incised figure of a horseman, who an enormous head, riding down five severed heads. The iconography is evocative of the head-hunting exploits of the Celts, who hung the heads of their battle victims from their saddles, according to classical writers.

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The Yomotsu Shikome  

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The YOMOTSU-SHIKOME are Japanese demons of the underworld (Yomi). When the God Izanagi ran away from his wife, the Goddess Izanami, in the underworld, she sent the Yomotsu-shikome to chase him. Izanagi managed to escape them, first by throwing down his headdress which turned into grapes that the Yomotsu-shikome stopped to eat. When they returned to their pursuit, Izanagi threw down a comb which turned into bamboo shoots, and the Yomotsu-shikome again stopped to eat. They were catching up to Izanagi a third time when he urinated against a tree and created a river that stopped them from following. The Yomotsu-shikome, whose name means "ugly women of Yomi," are also known as YOMOTSU-HISAME, meaning "hags of Yomi."

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