Goddess Rhiannon

Goddess Rhiannon

   Rhiannon is the Welsh goddess and the patroness of Justice. Rhiannon rides a white mare faster than any man can catch her, she was falsely accused of killing her son. Her powers of fertility, movement and leadership enhance the universal laws of Justice, bringing balance and truth to the situation.

She is the protectress of horses, and as such is characterized with vitality, independence and intuition.She is also known as the Celtic horse goddess Epona, the English Lady Godiva, Avalon’s Vivienne

Rhiannon has three sacred birds by whose singing all sorrow is forgotten, pain healed and even the dead are restored to life. The white mare, the raven, the moon and the number three are all sacred to goddess Rhiannon

Her story is as follows. She was to wed one against her wishes. Instead she chose to marry a mortal. Upon birth of her baby, the child was kidnapped. Her handmaids were terrified and planted evidence to suggest that she ate her child. She was sentenced to stand at the gates of the city, telling everyone of her crime and offering help to visitors. The child was eventually found and she was vindicated.

A piece from “the Goddess Oracle” by Amy Sophia Maranshinsky

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

 

 

Three Birds of Rhiannon is a song written and sung by Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac.  The lyrics are below and you can hear the song on youtube.

A bird that is not mine…
Three birds that belong to her
One emerald-green
One snow-white…
One golden, flashing like a
Sunbeam through the night…
One golden, flashing like a
Sunbeam through the night…

When at first he saw her…
It seemed she had no name
She sat alone, and it seemed to him…
That the light and her face were the same…
Her hair shone…
Streamed blond and gold…
He thought…”Maybe…
I’m going insane…”

Her gown was no more…
Than the water could cover
This time would not come again…
And the white mares dance…
And the Lady ask…

“Take my wisdom with you…
I shall ride…
If you kill the dark Lord of Death…
Someday, I shall be your wife…
Someday, I shall be your wife…”

And the birds are still singing…
And the song is now sweeping…
Like a silver…
A silver shimmering flood…

“For you, Rhiannon…
I will fight,
I will fight the world…
For you, Rhiannon,
I would fight…
I would fight the world…
For you are in my blood…
For you…
For you are in my blood

 

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2 Responses to “Goddess Rhiannon”

  1. Layla Morgan Wilde August 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM #

    Someone gave the Goddess Oracles in 1996 and I’ve loved and used them regularly since! I believe there are no accidents. I’m going to explore your site for for an answer I’m seeking today. If I find it, I’ll comment.

    • Nancy August 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM #

      I’m glad we connected thru this post. I also believe there are no accidents. I believe you can learn thru many avenues, like your cat wisdom.

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