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The moon has played a significant part in human history, and every culture has it’s representation of a lunar deity. Today, we’ll focus on Arianrhod, the Welsh moon goddess.
Arianrhod’s name has been translated as silver-wheel, a symbol that represents the ever-turning wheel of the year. She was the goddess of fertility, rebirth and the weaving of cosmic time and fate.
The wheel may also refers to the oar wheel upon which she carried the dead back to her heavenly northern land the Corona Borealis. Here according to some Welsh traditions the dead souls waited for the Goddess and her female attendants to decide their fate before being reincarnated. She is also linked with the moon and North star, living in a realm know as Caer Sidi which means “revolving castle.”
Arianrhod’s symbols include the Silver wheel, weaving implements the full moon and the Corona Borealis, and she can shape-shift into a large wise owl which enables her to see into the depths of the human soul. Her sacred plant is ivy, and her colors are silver and white. Spiders are also associated with her, as she is seen as a weaver of fate.
Arianrhod’s palace, Caer Arianrhod, is connected with a rock formation visible off the coast of northern Gwynedd, an area in Northwest Wales, at low tide. This formation is one of several landmarks that attest to the localization of the events in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion in this area.
What a fascinating story behind Arianrhod! So you have any favorite legends about the moon? Share them below. nd don’t forget to visit the Broad Universe Full Moon Blog Hop page and keep on hopping for more chances to win amazing bookish prizes.
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Fascinating mythology. I love learning about myths I didn’t already know.
I do too. It’s amazing how different cultures interpreted the world around them.
I’ve heard of Arianrhnod, but not about the stones visible at low tide. Cool 🙂
I know I’d love to see them!
Welsh mythology is so rich. I love Arianrhod and her ability to shift to an owl. Owls are also associated with Blodewedd. Great post. 🙂
I knew you’d appreciate her!
Arianrhod is my favourite moon deity. As yet, it’s one deity I haven’t put into the pantheon I’ve created for one of my books – what an omission!! >.<
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Excellent post! Enjoyed reading it.
Thank you! You know how I love my Celtic goddesses 🙂