Praise to Hathor!

Praise to Hathor!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Journey with the Dark Goddess: Cerridwen & Samhain

I have spoken on blogs and youtube videos over the last year about my Journey with the Dark Goddess during the end of 2014 and throughout 2015. It is a painful story that in some way made it possible for me to embark on this training. Samhain was our ffirst, First Spiral weekend and naturally a key theme was dismissing what no longer serves and bringing ourselves into a new life.Part of this experience was based on reflection. Some people would be meeting the Dark Goddess this Samhain, starting their Journey, whereas I felt like I had already been upon it and was continuing to work with Her to see what remained of my trials.

Art by Tiana
I realised that for me, the threads had not yet been cut. I had not released the burden. I had not met closure. And so I held on still, but that which no longer served me and that which still throbbed with pain in my heart. This weekend I took note that it was this reluctance to let go that held me back. I was trying to climb out of the tunnel of the Underworld with a huge bundle of baggage on my back. I wouldn't give my burden to Her, for Her to sever the threads. She was simply waiting for me to do so, and until I did, I'd sit at the bottom of the tunnel.

All of our past experiences go into Her cauldron. In order to change things in our lives, we must put them in the cauldron to transform - nothing just disappears; instead it transfigures and evolves. I had to put my bad experiences into the cauldron, let them go from my present, and change them for my future. Even now (writing in January) this is still in effect.

Jane Meredith wrote in her Journey to the Dark Goddess, 
 "She asks that we notice Her existence and regularly express Her energy, so that it does not build as if behind a great dam that will one day burst horribly."

I accept this to be true. So writing this months on from that weekend I know that my time with Cerridwen is never really done for the season. It continues. The Dark Goddess is surrender. She is not comfortable. She is challenging and frightening. She is just as must life as She is death. She is a fact and Her scythe is a gift. Her release, Her unburdening, Her transformation, as hard as they may be, result in new beginnings and rejuvination. 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Morgan-Goddess Wheels

My friend Amie and myself had a discussion the other night about the Avalonian Morgans, the nine Ladies of the Lake, and local Goddess wheels. We were distinguishing the difference between the Morgans and the Goddesses used in Kathy Jones' Wheel of Britannia, and how this fits with our own local Goddess wheel and others. The answers we came to may not be shared with Kathy Jones, the Temple teaching or others, but it was something which resonated with us and made sense.

Tiana's Goddess Wheel

The Goddesses of the Wheel of Britannia (also Brigit-Ana, Ana) are the nine Goddesses of the whole land of Britain: Danu, Brigit, Artha, Rhiannon, Domnu, Ker, Banbha and Cerridwen, with Britannia Herself at the centre. These are names taken from all over the Islands of Britain and so unite the landscape in all faces of Her seasons.*

The Wicker Morgans of Avalon

The Morgans of Avalon are nine sisters who control the weather in Avalon/Glastonbury, have special powers and represent the changing stages of life. There is not a great deal written about them thus far that I have found, but we can make our own interpretations. To me, they appear to be nature spirits associated with the rolling hills, running streams, and gardens of Glastonbury. They are the local wheel for Glastonbury, just as the wheel of Britannia is the larger reaching wheel of Britain. They represent nature as it appears specifically in Glastonbury; however, they also represent Avalon and can appear at Avalonian portals all over the world. Glastonbury's close connection to Avalon means it appears to have adopted the Morgans as its local spirits.

  The Banners of our Wheel

The local wheel we have in our landscape is intuited using the Welsh words for the archetypal spirits of each position on the wheel. They parallel the Morgans in what they represent, but they do so in the context of our locality.

There is overlap between all three wheels. Britannia's Domnu, Avalon's Gliten, and our Mรดr are all feminine aquamarine energies of the sea, rivers and rain; they all hold seals, fish and dolphins sacred; their colour is blue; the rule of emotions, freedom and the stage of womanhood between the lover and pregnant mother. There are going to be similar because nature and the seasons around Britain are very similar. There are not identical all over though: compare the landscape of Mid-Wales to that of South-East England for example.

And so, after our discussion we decided that, as suggested above, the later two wheels are localised. These nature spirits are a part of the larger Goddess - Gliten's energy (Glastonbury's water) is a part of Domnu's energy (All water in Britain). Gliten may be called a Morgan, or even a nature spirit and not necessarily a Goddess perhaps due to a measure of cult importance or how we perceive 'Goddess'. To some, a Goddess i vast and would rule over a whole land rather than just a comparatively small town, or even just a river; however, if the local spirit of a lake began to receive a cult their importance could be raised to our definition of a Goddess - like Morgan Le Fey perhaps?

Art by Aleksandr Uglanov

It lies in our definition. The Anglo-Saxon's did not appear to distinguish between a God or a Nature Spirit early on. Furthermore, I see The Goddess as the primordial force in all of nature, so whether Goddess, nature spirit, demi-goddess or priestess, all are Her. They're all just as big and important really.

To summarise then, I'd say the Wheel of Brittania could be called all around Britain. You could also, or instead, call the wheel of your local landscape which brings these national Goddesses to your location. To complicate things ever so slightly, one may suggest the Morgans can be called anywhere also, as they are linked to Avalon - the Otherworld - which has portals all over the world.

A big thank you to Amie for the thealogical discussion! )O(

*I believe Ker is a name attested from Brittany?