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The White Moon Gallery Presents

a project by Rowen Saille

© All original material in this site is under copyright protection
and is the intellectual property of the author.

Rhiannon by Hrana Janto

©Hrana Janto, used by permission of the artist.

Origins Her Story Other Names Ritual Poetry & Song Sybols

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Rhiannon [RHEE-awn-on] is a Welsh underworld Goddess form. Her story is told in the Mabinogion ( 1 , translation by Lady Charlotte Guest). Her origin goes back further still according to Jean Markale ( 2 ) who believes that she might have been the original Mother Goddess of the Celtic people. She brings sleep, dreams, and sometimes nightmares (3, 4 ). She is found in several ancient cultures, called by several names (3 ). Through history Rhiannon has survived and influenced many cultures and legends. Her name translates as "divine" or "Great Queen." She may have been sun Goddess (3). She is Goddess of change, movement, and magic (3, 4). She comforts in times of crisis, loss, and illness (5). She gives us gifts of tears, forgetfulness (to promote healing), and humor to ease our sufferings in this life (5) and guides us to the next (3, 6). She is also accompanied by golden birds whose singing can call the dead or grant peaceful sleep to the living (4, 5, 6).

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(Taken from sources: 1, 3, 5, 10)

Rhiannon was promised in marriage to Gwawl Ap Clud against her wishes. She chose to defy her family and chose the mortal Pwyll [POO-ul] as husband. She appeared to Pwyll, who stood with his companions on the Mound of Wonders. She was dressed all in gold and was riding a white horse so swiftly that she did not seem to be touching the ground. The fastest horses in Pwyll's party could not overtake this beautiful woman. Pwyll's companions were afraid and advised Pwyll against pursuit. Pwyll called out and asked Her to wait, which She did. Rhiannon and Pwyll were married and she bore him a son. The child was kidnapped by the jealous Gwawl. The six handmaids, who were nurses to the baby, were terrified that they would be punished; so, they planted evidence to suggest that Rhiannon had eaten her own young. They scattered bones and poured blood around Rhiannon's bed. The offense of killing one. s own child was punishable by death, but Pwyll, instead, sentenced Rhiannon to stand at the gates of the city, telling of Her crime and offering to carry visitors into the city on Her own back. The child, who was not dead, was eventually found, and Rhiannon was vindicated by truth.

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Bubona [BOO-ba-na] - Scottish

Epona [Ey-PONE-ah] - Gaul

Eponae [Ey-PONE-ay] - Roman (especially called upon by Roman cavalry)

Lady Godiva - English legend

Mare [MAH-ray] - Irish (source of the term nightmare)

Rigatona/Rigantona - Gaul/Italic

Vivienne - Breton (escorted Arthur to Avalon)

"Wealth" (Rhiannon)
Lisa Hunt
Shapeshifter Tarot

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Horse Wand

Purpose: To heal grief, loss, or disappointment. To encourage moving forward.
This ritual should be performed in the waning moon. Wear white or be skyclad.
     Candles: white or gold
     Incense: cedar, benzoin, sandalwood
     Flowers: Ivy or other evergreen branches for the altar, any white
                  flowers, white flower petals
     Moonstone or clear quartz crystal
     Bowl of water
     Wand: willow, long-stemmed white flower, or quartz crystal
     Light candles.
     Purify with incense.
     Cast circle/Invoke directions - wand
         Earth - strength and acceptance
         Air - clarity of thought and decisiveness
         Fire - feeling, emotion
         Water - healing, peace
         Spirit - turning away self-doubt
     Invoke - "We honor Rhiannon who comforts those in crisis and in times of grief and loss. Her sweet song eases us and gives us the closure we need to move on in our lives."
     Meditation - Put yourself on the Mound of Wonders. As you look to the west you see a rider on a pale horse: Rhiannon. Call to her. Ask her to wait. What does she say to you? Think of the grief, illness, or disappointment that you carry with you. Give this to Rhiannon. She carries it away with Her. Watch as Rhiannon takes your grief/disappointment/illness/guilt and rides back into the west. Let go of the negative energy. Feel yourself lightened and protected in Rhiannon's white light.
     Body - Take few white petals. Think about the issue (loss, grief, disappointment, illness) that you wish to let go. Focus any negative energies on the white petals. You might have one petal for each issue if you have more than one. Place the petals in the bowl of water and chant:
         "Rhiannon comforts me in my time of grief/crisis/illness and gives me the strength to let go and move on. I now let go of _____________."
     Raise the cone of power - imagine white light surrounding and filling.
     Open circle and hugs.
After the ritual is complete, the water from the bowl should be poured into the earth to be accepted and converted into growth and new life as all life returns and is reborn.

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White Horse of Uffington, UK

Ride A Cockhorse
Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross
to see a fine lady upon a white horse,
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
she shall have music wherever she goes.
~ Anglo-Celtic Nusery Rhyme

written by Stevie Nicks

Rhiannon rings like a bell thru the night
And wouldn't you love to love her
She rules her life like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover...

All your life you've never seen
A woman--taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win...

She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark--
And when the sky is starless--

All your life you've never seen--
A woman--taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised you heaven
Will you ever win...

Dreams unwind.
Love's a state of mind.

Susan Seddon Boulet
Goddesses Knowledge Cards

Amy Sophia Maranshinsky from The Goddess Oracle
I wasn't certain
Afterall, my face had blood on it
All fingers pointed to me
Could I have killed him
My infant son
My own
In my sleep
I was accused
And found guilty
And I doubted myself
For seven long years
I played horse to my lord husband Pwyll's guests
Carrying them into court
Carrying them out again
And the times were many when I doubted myself
That because I was from the Other World
Anything was possible

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Song to Rhiannon
Rowen Saille

Sing golden birds
bring ease to troubled souls.
Sing of Rhiannon
Great Queen of old.

Carry my burden.
Ease my woes.
Heal me with laughter.
Bring crisis to close.

A cycle in yourself
You guide my life steps.
Mother of fertility and death
You bring peace.

Sweet song of Rhiannon
comfort my soul.
Ease grief and self-doubt
make my heart whole.

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Colors: white, silver, gold
Moon phase: waning
Animals: horse, bird
Herbs/Flowers: Jasmine, evergreens, any white flower
Stones: moonstone, quartz crystal
Aspects: leadership, movement, change, death, fertility, crisis, magic for women,
     protection, strength and truth in adversity, dreams
Wheel of the Year:
     Willow moon (Saille): April 15 - May 12
     Ivy moon (Gort): September 30 - October 27

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  1. Mabinogion. Guest, Lady Charlotte E. (trans.). 1997. Dover Publications, Inc.
  2. Pwyll Prince of Dyfed (link no longer active)
  3. Pwyll Encounters Rhiannon -
  4. Rhiannon's Misfortune -
  5. Markale, J. (1986). Women of the Celts . Inner Traditions International.
  6. McCoy, E. (1995). Celtic Myth & Magick . St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications.
  7. Telesco, P. (1998). 365 Goddess . NY: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
  8. Matthews, C. (1999). The Celtic Spirit . NY: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
  9. Babcock, M. Goddesses: Knowledge cards (illus.: Susan Seddon Boulet). Hong Kong: Pomegranate.
  10. Marashinsky, Amy Sophia. (1997). The Goddess Oracle: A Way to Wholeness Through the Goddess and Ritual (illus.: Hrana Janto). Boston: Element.
  11. Paterson, H. (1994). (Ed.) Carol Squires, The Handbook of Celtic Astrology . St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications.
  12. The Mystical Mother: Guardians of the Sacred Isle of Avalon (link no longer active)
  13. The Goddess Rhiannon (link no longer active)
  14. Deities of Wales (link no longer active)

Interesting story about Rhiannon
Rhiannon: Goddess of the Isle -

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