Arianrhod the Goddess of the Silver Wheel

Arianrhod the Goddess of the Silver Wheel

Arianrhod is the Welsch goddess of fate, known as the Goddess of the Silver wheel or Queen of the wheel.

She is a celestial goddess and lives in the legendary fortress called  Caer Sidi, meaning fortress of the fairy folk. Caer Sidi is depicted as a great turning island surrounded by Sea and located in the North. Her heavenly abode is a castle, Caer Arianrhod, said to be the constellation of Corona Borealis. This is where the dead souls go to await reincarnation.

In mythology, the goddess has three aspects, the maiden, the mother, and the crone.  the Arianrhod represents the Mother aspect. She is also said to be one of the five Goddesses that originate from the isle of Avalon; the other four being Blodeuwedd, Cerridwen, Branwen and Rhiannon. Lundy is presumed to be this Isle of Avalon.

  • Her colors are blue, purple, gray, silver, white
  • Her elements are air and water
  • Her animal is the Owl and her herb is birch
  • She is represented by spinning tools, silver wheel, zodiac, nets, wheels, silver, the full moon, the Corona Borealis
  • Suitable offerings include Silver coins, wheat, green or white candles

She is celebrated on the 2nd of December, and also honored on the full moon.

 

Song – Lady of the Silver Wheel Lyrics

High in the Castle of Glass,
A Silver Wheel turns in the night,
Slender hands guide a thread,
Keeping it true, keeping it tight,
As it spins, fate it begins,
To opens its eyes,
Lady of the Moon, of the Stars,
In the Spiral Castle I hear you sing.

Chorus
Lady of the Silver Wheel,
Lady of the Silver Wheel,
Arianrhod, Lady of Changes you spin the Web of Life.

Gather up every thread,
Weave them together, join them as one,
The spindle begins to turn,
A soul’s new journey has begun
On the Earth, with every birth,
So the web that joins together all life
Is as one, daughter and son,
Animal, human, old and young.

Autumn begins to fall,
And the Moon wanes and seasons grow cold.
We all hear the Raven’s call,
Some while young, others grow old,
Oh she sings, the last chorus begins,
With a voice as gentle as Winter’s Lace,
A new thread through the wheel it is fed,
Woe to those who see her face

 

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3 Responses to “Arianrhod the Goddess of the Silver Wheel”

  1. Suerae Stein October 2, 2011 at 4:06 PM #

    What a beautiful blog! And so very interesting. I feel I have learned something enchanting today. Thank you! ~ Suerae

  2. Michael Banuelos October 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM #

    Thank you for blogging this! It feels very refreshing to read. I love that she was written about in October as I feel it is very fitting. I didn’t realize that Owls were associated with her. I adore Owls. -Michael

  3. Ali Bierman October 3, 2011 at 1:17 AM #

    i never know what great discovery I will find here. Not knowing anything about goddesses I find this very poetic and fascinating.

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