Rhiannon is the Welsh horse Goddess. Her name means “white witch” or “great queen”.She is a good witch, a healer.(1) By taking a man as her spouse, she would grant him sovereignty as king of the land.(2) The Goddess was a Celtic Goddess as well and was born at the first moon rise. She was known as the divine queen of faeries. She manifests as a beautiful young woman who is dressed in gold. She is also seen riding a pale horse with singing birds flying around her head. The birds, can wake spirits or even grant sleep to mortals.
Most of what we know of the Goddess, comes from “The Mabinogion” written by Lady Charlotte Guest which is an Ancient book of folklore. One day, Pwell Lord of the kingdom of Dyfed, saw a beautiful woman whom was dressed in gold while riding a white mare. He chased after the Goddess but could not catch her no matter how fast he rode. He eventually called out to her, making her stop. When he asked her why she kept riding and ignored him, she told him that all he had to do was ask.
They ended up marrying and she gave birth to a son called Pryderi. A tragedy happened though when he was only 3 days old. The nurse-maids fell asleep and when they woke up, he was missing. In a panic, they smeared puppy blood on the Goddesses lips while she was sleeping and accused her of killing and eating the baby. She was found guilty of infanticide and was ordered to spend 7 years sitting at the city gates confessing her crime to all.
A man named Teyrnon, had a foal born and was standing guard. That night, he was a huge clawed hand reach into the window to get the foal. He severed the claw off, saving the foal and went outside to capture the their. Although he found no one. When he returned home, a beautiful baby boy was found and he and his wife adopted him. As the child grew up, they noticed that he has an affinity for horses, had supernatural powers and began to resemble Pwell. The man deducted that the child was the Goddesses and returned him to his parents. Rhiannon was exonerated and again took her place as Queen.(sacred)
Animals: Horses, frogs, dogs, puppies, dragons, song birds, badgers, hummingbirds Colors: White, silver, red, gray, dark green, gold, maroon, black, brown
Magickal Associations: Horses, leadership, movement, change, death, crisis, the moon, gates, wind, horseshoes, fertility, woman magick, protection, strength & dreams
Metals: Silver, gold
Moon Phase: Waning
Plants: All white flowers, rosemary, sage, narcissus, pansies, daffodils, cedar, pine, leeks, forsythia, evergreens, bayberry
Scents: Lavender, geranium, narcissus, sandalwood, bergamot, neroli
Stones: Crystal quartz, blood-stone, cat’s eye, moonstone, amethyst, garnet, ruby, turquoise
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Sources: Research Paper
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