Rhiannon is the Celtic Goddess of the Moon, rebirth, wisdom, magic, transformation, beauty, artistic inspiration, and is the patroness of poets, as well as the Divine Queen of the Fairies. She is reputed to be extremely beautiful and have a tremendous singing voice. She was born at the first Moonrise, and much of what we know about her comes from the Mabinogen, an ancient book of Welsh folklore.
She is generally pictured as being dressed in gold and riding a ghostly pale horse, with birds around her head. Wiccans usually celebrate her feast day on July 4, but she is also celebrated at Beltane.
She is traditionally worshipped in forests or in a grove of trees, with natural altars made from materials found in the forest. The ultimate time for worshipping her is at night, when the Moon is at Her highest.
According to the Mabinogen, Rhiannon fell in love with a mortal a, Prince Pwyllnd & refused to marry one of her “own kind”, much to the distress of her family. They first met by Pwyll’s castle, at The Tors, a place reputed to be just above the entrance to the underworld, and was thought to cause enchantment and love. They were married at Rhiannon’s family’s castle and there was much feasting and merriment.
A couple of years later, Rhiannon gave birth to a son, Pryderi, at the Winter Solstice. This should have been a time of great happiness for his parents, however the baby went missing that first night, and the servants panicked. When they woke to find the cradle empty, they were fearful they would be punished severely for their carelessness. They devised a plan to cast the blame on the goddess Rhiannon, who was, after all, an outsider, not really one of their own people. They schemed and she was accused of murdering her baby. As punishment, she humbly stood at the castle gates with a horse’s collar around her neck. She was obliged to offer to carry anyone who came to the gates inside to their destination. She never complained over the long seven years she was humiliated this way. One day, her son came to the gate, and mother and son immediately recognized each other, and Rhiannon’s good name was restored. This shows how incredibly forgiving and truly regal she was. She knows hardship, and comforts us with understanding when we call on her.
She is thought of as an example of true love and beauty, and it is said one can only completely know Rhiannon when they truly love themselves.
Rhiannon is also known as a Goddess of Doubt, in that she helps us to work out the doubt we have in our lives, and helps us listen to our instincts. She encourages us to seek answers to our questions and not to blindly trust. In order to repair our self-esteem and truly be on a journey towards wholeness, she helps us to question ourselves and our world to help us gain the knowledge we seek, and not let doubt and despair lead us off our life path.
Music is "Rhiannon" By Llewellyn
Light & Peace to all