She is known as an enchantress in Welsh mythology and is regarded as a woman with incredible power & magick. She is a symbol of wisdom, rebirth & inspiration. Her stories are more about her children than her. She is often seen as a Mother Crone and is driven desire for her sons success in life. She also had a daughter Creirwy with Tegid Foel. Her son Mofran, even though her daughter was beautiful, he was known for his severe physical ugliness.
As a mother, she wanted him to prosper so she used her advance magick to brew a concoction for mental and spiritual intellect to gain him a promising future. To protect this secret, Cerridwen makes sure that the fire is watched and tended to by only a blind man as well as a young boy named Gwion Bach to stir it. The potion has to brew for 1 year to be fully effective.
When stirring the cauldron one day, Gwion got 3 drops on his thumb accidentally. Since it burnt him, he sucked on his thumb to ease the pain. He did not know however, that the potion is only good for those first 3 drops; the rest then turns to a deadly poison. Gwion did not know this however, he realized his mistake quickly and flees to avoid and escape Cerridwen’s wrath. He can’t outrun her though or fool her, she chases him across all the lands in all different shapes and forms.
Gwion, due to the potion, knows how to transform himself and first tries to turn into a hare to escape. Cerridwen though was too smart for that, she becomes a greyhound. He then becomes a fish, she turns into an otter. He changes to a bird and she becomes a hawk to prey on him. He then turns into a single piece of corn. He now was even easier to discover as her form as a hen and she devoured him.
In swallowing her enemy, she ends up getting pregnant with him. She became angry and resentful and resolves to kill the child once it is born. His new form in unimaginably beautiful and she could not bring herself to kill him. She instead, decides to throw him into the sea where he is then found and adopted by a prince and was renamed to the mythical bard Taliesin.(1)
She became the dark Goddess of transformation, inspiration and knowledge as well as being known best as Taliensen’s mother who was one of the greatest Welsh poets.(2) She is the Welsh grain and sow Goddess and keeper of the cauldron of inspiration. Her ritual pursuit of Gwion symbolizes the changing seasons.(3)
Animals: Greyhound, otter, hawk, hen
Colors: Silver, purple, gray, green, white
Element: Earth, water
Magickal Associations: Moon, poetry, music, luck, earth, fertility, rebirth, transformation, inspiration
Moon: Dark or full
Offerings: Vervain, acorns, grain
Plants: Vervain, acorns, blue chamomile, jasmine, vanilla, almond, bergamot
Rune: Raidho, kenaz
Scents: Sandalwood, patchouli, sage, mug wort, vervain
Stones: Turquoise, moonstone, labradorite, hawks eye, carnelian, coral, agate, brown jasper, amethyst
Symbols: Cave, cauldron, pigs, grain
Tarot Cards: Death, the magician, moon, cups
Trees: Apple, oak, hazel
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Works Cited: Essay:
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3.) Shaw, J. (2019). Cerridwen, Dark Goddess of Transformation, Inspiration and Knowledge by Judith Shaw. [online] Feminismandreligion.com. Available at: Cerridwen, Dark Goddess of Transformation, Inspiration and Knowledge by Judith Shaw [Accessed 4 Dec. 2019].
Works Cited: Chart:
The white goddess.co.uk. (2019). Cerridwen – Goddess of the Moon –
Welsh Goddess. [online] Available at:
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2.) Pagans & Witches | aminoapps.com. (2019). The Welsh Celtic Goddess Cerridwen | Wiki | Pagans & Witches Amino. [online] Available at: https://aminoapps.com/c/pagans-witches/page/item/the-welsh-celtic-goddess-cerridwen/r082_1PmIqImJ8wJD18PQKedM3DEX4LYR26 [Accessed 4 Dec. 2019].
3.) Two feathers, S. (2019). Cerridwen. [online] Gypsymagicspells.blogspot.com. Available at: http://gypsymagicspells.blogspot.com/2011/07/cerridwen.html [Accessed 4 Dec. 2019].