CELTIC GODS & GODDESSES
In my mind, Celtic symbols we can connect with archetypes (heroes/heroines) in myth are the most sticky. Meaning, these symbols ‘stick’ in our consciousness.
Because the story of the heroine becomes personal. We can relate to her plight, and associate the horoine’s journey with our own life path. Therefore, her symbols become intimate in our mental constructs too. This offers of a strong bond with a symbol - something we can relate to.
With this in mind, I’m throwing out the Celtic symbols of Blodeuwedd for your soulful contemplation.
Blodeuwedd herself has several lessons to impart (as is the case with all myths, there is always a moral involved). She was magically conjured up by Gwydion and Math who wanted to provide Lleu Llaw Gyffes a bride.
It’s not that Lleu needed help finding a ladyfriend. Hardly, he was a fair-haired, boldly bright beau…very warrioresque, quite the catch. However, his mother, Arianrhod cursed him, disallowing him the company of a human wife (it’s a long story).
So, Lleu’s uncles conjured Blodeuwedd for his pleasure and company. She is an exquisite beauty (altho, not too faithful). In fact, her name is translated to mean “Flower-Face.” Indeed, Blodeuwedd was magically created from the essence of flowers.
The following are a few Celtic Goddess symbols of Blodeuwedd. As you contemplate her symbols, try to incorporate the depth of their meanings into your own life experience.
Meadoseet Flower, Broom Flower, Oak Pollen, and Owl
IMAGE: “I was fashioned from flowers.I mean that quite literally.Two men,great magicians I am told,crafted my body from bud and blossom,petal and pollen.Nine kinds of flowers, of course, they knew that much: the tiny tassels of great trees, the sweet small meadow blooms, the wild-flowers woven with the wheat. And the hawthorn-bloom, white as winter. Hawthorn. Did they not know? The arrogance of Men, to believe they see.”