The White Moon Gallery Presents
Goddess of the Milky Way
James Wappel Studios
Created by Bianca
Come into My Silver Web
I am the change that transforms
I’ll spin you a silent silken shroud
A tomb from which to be born.
Arianrhod is the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess. She embodies the Mother and is forever a Virgin.
She can birth children but is by no means obligated to any man.
She represents silver, wheels and a sheaf of wheat.
Arainrod is a Welsh Goddess that was conceived in the writing of a medieval story called Mabinogion. She lived in the palace in the heavens known as Caer Arianrhod (Aurora Borealis). Her story begins with Gwydion who is the counselor to Math the King. The only way he could stay alive was to have his feet resting on the lap of a virgin at all times. The only exception was when he went into battle. During a battle the virgin who held his feet was raped so there was a need for a replacement. In order for Gwydion to get back in good graces with the King he suggested Arainrhod as a substitute. To test her virginity she was asked to step over the King’s magick wand. As she did she gave birth to a child. Feeling humiliated she ran away and as she did she dropped something. The first child has lost to the sea. It turns out what she had dropped was another child that had been kept secret from her. When this was known to her she was angry and placed three curses on the child. Gwydion worked hard to break the curses. The final curse was that the child have no human wife. King Math and Gwydion worked magick to make a woman out of flowers to be his wife. The third curse was broken. She felt humiliated by King Math, thwarted by her son and forsaken by her brother. With that she retreated to her castle Caer Arianrhod.
< Arianrhod’s Message for Women of Today
look into the sky at night and see the vastness of space filled with millions
of stars that defines our universe know that we all come from the same
cosmic dust. Everything originated from there and we are directly connected
to her through time and space. Arianrhod’s presence
gives us our sense of eternity and our timeless journey through the process
of living, dying and being reborn. Our mother the moon is her voice that
translates the wisdom, courage and independence all women need to stand on
their own. Our sense of well being is not defined by men or the laws of men.
Men can not have power over us as long as we know who we are and what we need
to do for ourselves. We are not a possession to be owned.
Ritual for Arainrhod
Each year there is a Festival on December 2nd to celebrate Arianrhod.
I thought I would create a ritual keeping in mind the time of year and it’s
Astrological influence. This falls in the sign of
Sagittarius. With this in mind I am reminded that the Archer’s arrow is aimed
directly towards the heaven’s which is her home in the stars. Always striving
for a higher purpose in this life from the previous
one. One guiding principle of this energy is clear insight and the joy
that is associated with living a life that is aware of a higher purpose. This
fits very well with her aspect of the protector of the soul as it awaits a new
Offerings for Arianrhod are silver coins, candles of green and silver. Use twelve votive candles and place them in a circle around you. Each one representing the signs of the Zodiac. Take a wand, a silver kitchen utensil or a shaft of wheat to use as a conductor for energy. Burn incense of your choice.
Place a circular silver object (coin, plate or
anything that to you represents a silver wheel) in front of you on the floor.
Ground yourself and cast your circle.
Spin your silver object and focus your attention on the light that is reflected from your candles onto this object.
How are you evolving and what do you want to bring into your life right now that will
bring you a greater sense of purpose and joy.
When this picture is clear hold your wand or whatever you have chosen high in the air.
Feel the life giving energies of Arianrhod flowing down through this conductor into your fingers, hand, arm and filling up your entire body. When the energy has manifested within you rest your wand in your lap and meditate on the areas of your body that have been opened up. Hopefully this ritual can get you in touch with some area of your life that needs special attention in order to grow. Open your circle and blow out your candles
Poem for Arianrhod
From behind the Moon she appears
James Wappel Studios
Cynthia Worthen Vascak
Norma A. Peters
Gods, Heros, Myths
http://www.taliesin.clara.net/arianrho.htm (no longer active)
" Moon Wisdom " by Sally Morningstar