Welsh Celtic Goddess of Inspiration who’s name means “Divine Queen” of the fairies.
Rhiannon chose the mortal Prince Pwyll as her future husband. Rhiannon appeared to Pwyll one afternoon while he stood with his companions on a great grass-covered mound, Gorsedd Arberth, in the deep forest surrounding his castle. These mounds were thought to be magical places, perhaps covering the entrance to the otherworld beneath the earth. It was thought that those who stood upon them would become enchanted, so most people avoided them.
So it is no surprise that the young prince was enchanted by the vision of the beautiful young goddess Rhiannon, who was dressed in glittering gold as she ambled by on her powerful white horse. Rhiannon rode by without sparing him even a glance. Pwyll was intrigued and enraptured. The next day, ignoring his friends’ advice, Pwyll returned alone to the mound and, once more, the Celtic goddess appeared. Mounted on his horse, Pwyll pursued her but could not overtake her. Although his horse ran even faster than Rhiannon's, the distance between them always remained the same. Finally, after his horse began to tremble with exhaustion, he stopped and called out for her to wait. And Rhiannon did.
When Pwyll drew close she teased him gently, telling him that it would have been much kinder to his horse had he simply called out instead of chasing her.... But that's just the beginning of her story.
Rhiannon reminds us of the healing power of humor, tears, and forgiveness. The goddess Rhiannon is a goddess of movement and change who remains steadfast, comforting us in times of crisis and of loss.
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