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grandmawitch · a day ago
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The Goddess Rhiannon ✨
“Rhiannon rings like a bell through the night And wouldn't you love to love her?”
--Rhiannon, Stevie Nicks
In The Mabinogion—a collection of Welsh tales compiled around the 12th century from earlier oral traditions—Pwyll, Lord of the Welsh kingdom of Dyfed, encountered Rhiannon as a beautiful woman slowly and regally riding a white mare.  He tried urged his steed after her but no matter how fast he rode, he could never catch up to her though she never increased her pace.  Finally, he called out to her and she stopped and let him catch up.  When he asked why he couldn’t reach her before she told him he had not asked.  She introduced herself as Rhiannon and stated her intention to marry him.
They were wed and she came to live with Pwyll at his court.  For years she bore him no children and the locals began urging him to take a new wife but he refused.  After three years Rhiannon gave birth to a son but three days later on May Eve, the servants that were charged with watching over the newborn fell asleep.  They awoke to find the baby missing and panicked, to avoid blame they killed a puppy and smeared the blood around Rhiannon’s mouth as she slept to make it appear as though she had not only killed her child but had also eaten him.  
Rhiannon was found guilty of infanticide and as punishment Pwyll ordered her to wait at his gate and tell everyone who arrived her story then carry them to court on her back like a horse.
Meanwhile, at the house of Teyrnon, Lord of the kingdom of Gwent, strange things were happening.  Every May Eve, his beautiful mare gave birth only for the foal to have vanished by the next morning.  Teyrnon decided to solve the mystery by keeping watch all night—just as the mare gave birth, a horrible clawed hand reached through the window to grab the foal.  Using his broadsword, Teyrnon hacked off the hand and ran outside to find that nothing was there despite having heard screams.  When he returned to the stable, he found a beautiful baby boy on the threshold.
Teyrnon and his wife adopted the boy who quickly began showing signs of supernatural abilities and an affinity for horses.  He also began resembling Pwyll.  Teyrnon realized that his mysterious child was Pwyll’s son, not dead at all.  He returned the child to court and reunited him with his parents.  Rhiannon was exonerated and returned to the palace and her place as queen.  She named her son Pryderi (‘worry’ or ‘care’ in Welsh).  
✨ Rhiannon’s association with horses has led her to be associated with Epona, a Celtic horse goddess.
✨ She has also become a popular neo-pagan goddess of love invoked for beauty, domestic happiness, and of course true love.  She may be petitioned to protect against disaster and humiliation.
Favored People:  The wrongfully accused
Sacred Animal:  Horse, bird (Rhiannon has three singing birds who can wake the dead and lull the living into a magical slumber)
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swanisc · a day ago
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lana del rey - cherry
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ivytea · a month ago
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HART & KEY  •  my postcard for the PIN6 group exhibition at Nucleus Portland. The motifs of burial/unearthing have been on mind recently and I think they gradually crept into this piece as it progressed.
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infected · 4 months ago
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The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest
Photo by simonemontecalvo93
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medievalcorefantasy · 7 months ago
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A true queen, check out her Instagram
These were stolen from a Facebook post floating around and the op also included a link to how to dye latex elf ears to match any skin tone
Absolutely magical!
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swanisc · a month ago
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money, notoriety, and rivieras
i even think i found god
in the flashbulbs of the pretty cameras
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lothloriien · 8 months ago
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if you don’t get to strap a knife to your thigh underneath a flowing ballgown while dancing with your rival at least once then what is the point
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ninazenikfanatic · 3 months ago
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Halsey naming a song Lilith after the mythological woman who was villanized for not wanting children in an album about celebrating motherhood is so-
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