Crows and Ravens as Symbols of Deities, and in Popular Culture

Crows and ravens are birds that evoke much in the way of emotions and passions in people.    This is likely because of the fact that crows and ravens are both associated with deities in multiple cultures.   This would lead to their inclusion in Aesop’s Fables, and later in literature.    In Arthurian legends,…

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Three Aspects of the Morrighan

For today’s post I would like to discuss the three main aspects of the Morrighan.   The Morrighan is a triple Goddess of the Irish Celtic lore.    She can either be seen as a trinity of sisters that are in unity called Morrighans, or more often she is a single Goddess that embodies all…

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The Rhiannon and Lady Godiva Connection

For today’s post I would like to take a look at the way Rhiannon can be seen as connected to the legendary tale of Lady Godiva!    The Goddess Rhiannon had a story that began with her riding a beautiful white horse at a slow and steady pace across a magical border between the land…

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Phoenix: Bird of Fiery Rebirth

For today’s post I would like to discuss the fiery bird, the phoenix.   The phoenix is a fire bird from mythology.    The story of the phoenix is a bird who gets engulfed in fire when it is ready to die.    The unique part of this bird is that it gets born again…

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The Fox in Myth and Folklore

For today’s post I would like to take a look at foxes as they appear in folklore and fairytales.    This animals are known for their intelligence and ability to maneuver their way into and out of situations.   In the Celtic world foxes were seen as spirit guides, as were many of the forest…

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Rhiannon as Dream Goddess

Today I want to look at an aspect of Rhiannon that is always there in this ephemeral, corner of the eye, sort of way.    That is her role as a dream goddess!    In The Mabinogion her connection to dreams is not explicitly stated.   This is mostly a read between the lines thing…

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Are the Adar Rhiannon Starlings?

Today I would like to look into one of the most important symbols of the goddess Rhiannon, her three birds, known as the Adar Rhiannon.    In most cases it is not specified what type of birds they are, and I want to focus on why they may, in fact, be starlings!    In part…

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Eris: Goddess of Chaos

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday, I have chosen the Greek goddess Eris.    She was the goddess of chaos, and was known to cause discord wherever she went.    Eris had the Roman name of Discorda, and was closely identified with the war-goddess Enyo (Homer even used the names interchangeably).   In some versions…

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Rhiannon as Moon Goddess

For today’s post I would like to take a brief look at a particular aspect of the goddess Rhiannon!   Rhiannon is most associated with sovereignty and horses, however she is also a lunar goddess.    The moon has long been associated with the feminine and feminine mysteries!    Her lunar associations are often connected…

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Rhiannon Becoming the Lady of the Lake

Today I want to discuss the theory that the Welsh Celtic goddess Rhiannon later became seen as the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legends.    This is something that is discussed briefly in some sources, and there are some parallels that make it seem likely that Rhiannon went from being a goddess to the…

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