Cerridwen: Mother, Magician, and Crone from Old Welsh Mythology

An enchantress from Welsh mythology, Cerridwen is regarded as a woman of incredible power and magic.  She pervades Welsh and Irish culture as an emblem of wisdom and rebirth, remaining today as a Wiccan goddess of the pair, as well as of inspiration.  As a woman of fierce magical talent, Cerridwen’s story is interestingly less about herself and more about the children she bore.

Seen by many as a Mother Crone, Cerridwen is driven in the Welsh tales by a desire for her son’s success in life.  Also the mother of a beautiful young daughter named Creirwy with Tegid Foel, her boy Morfran is known for his immense physical hideousness.  Gaining him a promising future means counteracting this ugliness, so she does so by using her advanced magic to brew him a concoction of mental and spiritual intellect.

The owner of a magical cauldron is called Awen, directly translated as “inspiration”. Cerridwen decides to create a brew that would give her outwardly unlucky son brilliance beyond all measure.  It is a very particular potion, however, and has to boil for a year and a day for the drinker to achieve its full effects.  To protect her secret and the potion, Cerridwen ensures its fire is tended only by a blind man and that it is stirred only by a young boy named Gwion Bach.  Gwion, as many myths of such peculiar circumstances would have it, turns out to be the potion’s ultimate undoing.

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