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Hekate Ceridwen resonance

HekateFrom Wikipedia, regarding Ceridwen [1]:

“In Welsh medieval legend [2], Ceridwen was an enchantress, mother of Morfran [3] and a beautiful daughter Creirwy. Her husband was Tegid Foel [4], and they lived near Bala Lake [5] (Llyn Tegid) in north Wales [6]. Medieval Welsh poetry refers to her as possessing the cauldron of Poetic Inspiration (Awen [7]) and the Tale of Taliesin recounts her swallowing her servant Gwion Bach [8] who is then reborn through her as the poet Taliesin [8].”

From Timelessmyths, regarding Hekate [9]:

“According to the Sicilian historian, Diodorus Siculus, in his account about Jason [10] and the Argonauts [11], Hecate was not a goddess, but a Taurian sorceress, daughter of Perses, king of Tauric Chersonese, and grand daughter of Helius [12]. 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 [13] and Medea [14]. As a high priestess of the Taurian Artemis, she advocated the sacrifices of all strangers who come to Colchis.”

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#1 Comment By Stuart On March 17, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

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.