Arianrhod In Celtic Paganism

Arianrhod
Arianrhod

Introduction

Some may or may not know of this Celtic deity known as Arianrhod. She's considered to be Welsh Origin and many still follow her to this very day. Though that number many not seem to be as high as some of the other Celtic Goddesses. Arianrhod is a Mother Goddess in Pagan beliefs and although I will have to openly admit that I never really had been all that interested in her I have found myself to be some how really connected with Celtic Paganism lately.

In this hub you will learn some associations of this Goddess, a little story of her, and what areas in your life she may be able to help you with.

Goddess Of What?

Arianrhod is a moon goddess and a star goddess. She's said to be the goddess of reincarnation and karma. Pay attention to what I state here because these are areas that she can help you with in your life. She is said to be of beauty and fertility. She has influence over your memories of your past lives so if you want to be able to remember those and want some help with that area, she just may be able to help. She is also said to have influence over general difficulties that life may throw your way. Any and all of these are areas in your life that this Mother Moon Goddess will be able to aid you with.

Story

This story is called The Story of Math ap Mathonwy. Math ap Mathonwy was a king, a wizard and a brother to Don. He's also the uncle to Arianrhod, Gwydion, Amaethon, and Gofannon.

Now Arianrhod is the daughter of the Welsh Goddess Danu. Her uncle was compelled by a taboo to always keep a virgin whenever he was not in battle. After his first virgin was "deflowered" he asked Arianrhod to take her place. It's said that she had to step across a magic rod of some kind to prove that she was still a virgin and once she did they did their business and it resulted in twin boys.

Her uncle named the first of these boys Dylan.

The other one was taken away by her brother Gwydion to a magic forest to be raised. She placed three curses on the boy called Lleu. That he should not have any name except for the one she gives him. That he will not bear any arms except for ones she gives him and that he will not have any wife of the race that is now on earth. Gwydion tricked her into breaking the first two curses herself. In order to break the third one both Math and Gwydion created Blodeuwedd, a woman that was made out of flowers that would be Lleu's bride.

Arianrhod who was humiliated by all of this, felt forsakened by her brother, thwarted by her son ran away to her castle called Caer Arionrhod. It was there that she later drowned when the sea reclaimed the land.

A few other things you may find interesting is that it's said that the dead were carried on her oar wheel to Emania, which is the moon-land or land of death. She is also said to be able to shapeshift into an owl at times and through the owl's eyes see into the human's soul.

Associations

This Goddess, who is said to be the ruler of Caer Sidi, which is a magical realm in the north, has a festival on December 2nd and is also honored on the full moon. She may also be brought up during rituals of Yule, because she is associated with Yule.

With Arianrhod being able to shapeshift into an owl it is only natural that the animal is associated with this Goddess. As far as I know it is the only animal that is. If you do know any more please let me know.

Symbols such as spinning tools, zodiac, silver wheel, nets, wheels, silver, the full moon, and the Corona Borealis are all connected to this Celtic Deity.

Her colors are green and white so when using candles you may choose one or the other. Many choose to use white.

Birch is the herb that is connected with her. Again I don't know of any other if you are aware of any more please let me know for I would love to more.

The following offerings are ones you may have on your alter when working with Arianrhod. Silver coins, wheat and once again green or white candles.

As far as elements go both air and water are said to be associated with her.

Conclusion

I am not sure what has be so intrigued by the Celtic deities right now. I kind of had a personal experience that I will keep to myself unless someone truly wants to know and I feel like I may have had a past life possibly with the Celtic Paganism path. I am unsure. In either case I am very interested in it now and am on a venture to learn more. I hope you found this to interesting because I know I did when I learned about this Goddess.

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. One of my favorite Celtic Goddesses & stories. Keep these hubs coming!


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Fabulous! I have studied Celtic literature and it is my favorite genre. You did a fabulous job. I would love to learn more and would welcome a visit by Arianrhod (as long as she doesn't come with fertility blessings..lol). I enjoyed it and hope you do more.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Kitty, you will be seeing more of these. I am feeling some how connected more with Celtic Paganism of late and am wanting to learn more. If I get anything wrong in any of the hubs I do post and you know something feel free to say something. I'd like to to know.

tammyswallow, a visit by Arianrhod would be great, but indeed not with fertility blessings. Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

Another enlightening hub from you. I would love to hear of the experience you mentioned.

If you feel drawn to share it with me, you can contact me outside the confines of this thread, if that be of your pleasing.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Tk, I suppose I could share with you here, I just hope that nobody really thinks I'm insane for it. I don't know if you believe in past lives or not but I personally do and I've been having several dreams of late that take place in ancient Celtic days. I believe it is in Ireland, however of this I am unsure. Anyway in the dream I am always the same women a red head with wavy hair and I am waiting in a field that has temple or religious structure of sorts in the back ground. In any case I am waiting for this man and he never comes. In my dream I know that I am connected to Celtic Deities because I hear myself mentioning names that I never knew prior to doing research. It's all kind of strange.


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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

Now, cresentmoon. Didn't you just reassure me that I wasn't crazy for having an angel?

I guess it's my turn.

There is nothing "insane" at all about what you've stated.

I'm totally accepting of the possibility of past lives as I have many memories from other time periods.

I'm no expert on dream interpretation, but it would seem that you and this man have some unfinished business. I would not be surprised if they show up soon. Or if not the person, it could be you are ready to fulfill the task on your own.

Do you have any sense as to the reason you were waiting for this man, even general feelings may bring greater clarity. If you have the dream again, try to focus more on what you feel than what you see, even if it's when you first wake up. Trust your feelings. Even if they don't tell you everything right now, they will guide you.

One other idea, if you can catch the names of the Deities see what qualities they offer and understand you are calling for those powers in your life right now.

This may all be pretty basic stuff you're already considered, but I just write what comes.

Thanks for following my writing, by the way.

Have a wonderful evening.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you so much for your advise! I actually know that I had done something to upset him and that this was the place that we'd often meet up at. I believe I knew this man since childhood. The deities names that I recall are Rhiannon and one by the name of Gwydion. I shall take up your advise and try to remember more information the next time I have the dream.


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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

First of all, you're most welcome. If I may continue, you have some very good leads to go from.

You say, you know you did, "something to upset him." Not having a sense of resolve with him, is a bottomless pit. Something in your current life is bringing this up for you to see at this time. Recent changes? There may be a part of your being that still stands upon that meadow, waiting.

Be at Peace. Much time has passed and you can release yourself from the anguish of the moment. All is for reason, for growth. In the ages that have passed, he may well have forgiven you, and would want for you to do the same.

Also, understand, our minds conjure images as a method of communication. Sometimes, taking a step back from the density of thought reveals, "the 'place' we used to meet," is not limited to a physical location, but can refer to a level of feeling that was created when you were together. Depth of love, would of course be a possibility, but with the presence of the temple, it may be indicative of a spiritual level you are standing at the threshold of. One you have not crossed in o' so very long, perhaps.

All is well.

If my babble is becoming tiresome to you, let me know. I will leave the unveiling of this mystery in your capable hands.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you. I actually enjoy your babble and I believe it shall never become tiresome so babble on all you wish. You've helped quite a bit and I hope you have a great weekend as well.

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