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Cerridwen

Hekate Ceridwen resonance

HekateFrom Wikipedia, regarding Ceridwen:

“In Welsh medieval legend, Ceridwen was an enchantress, mother of Morfran and a beautiful daughter Creirwy. Her husband was Tegid Foel, and they lived near Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) in north Wales. Medieval Welsh poetry refers to her as possessing the cauldron of Poetic Inspiration (Awen) and the Tale of Taliesin recounts her swallowing her servant Gwion Bach who is then reborn through her as the poet Taliesin.”

From Timelessmyths, regarding Hekate:

“According to the Sicilian historian, Diodorus Siculus, in his account about Jason and the Argonauts, Hecate was not a goddess, but a Taurian sorceress, daughter of Perses, king of Tauric Chersonese, and grand daughter of Helius. Hecate was known for her cruelty, and she had poisoned her father and married her uncle, Aeetes, king of Colchis. Hecate became the mother of Circe and Medea. As a high priestess of the Taurian Artemis, she advocated the sacrifices of all strangers who come to Colchis.”

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  1. There is indeed quite a lot in common between Cerridwen and Hekate. One inevitably thinks in triplicities here as Hekate is triple-formed. Cerridwen’s cauldron stands on three legs and both may stand at the centre of a crossroads.
    Hekate is often at the centre of a crossroads with her three faces looking towards the four winds and the same site is often occupied by the cauldron, where the flames are fanned by those winds.

    Posted by Stuart | March 17, 2010, 3:55 pm

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