Cerridwen

Cerridwen: An Anthology and Guided Journey

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us. Cerridwen teaches (and requires) an acceptance of what must come now for each of us that leads to what comes next.

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Correspondences & Lineage

Number1, 3
ElementEarth, Water
Planet/AstrologyMoon (crescent)
DayMonday
AnimalSow, Dog, Cat, Hawk, Cattle
StoneLabradorite, Moonstone
PlantsGrain, Sage, Mugwort, Vervain
ChildrenDaughter Crearwy, Son Afagddu (Morien, Morfran), Gwion, Teliesen
WorldUnderworld (Pagan)
SeasonWinter (Late)
ColorsWhite, Black

Born of The Cauldron

Welsh goddess Cerridwen had a son that she wished to bestow all knowledge upon as he was born ugly, concocting a potion that a helper (Gwion) would stir for a year and a day. He splashed his thumb with three drops at the end of the year and a day, and because it burned he instinctively put his thumb in his mouth. He became a knower of all things.

Gwion knew that Cerridwen would be coming for him.

Thus, the great chase began, whereby Gwion would shapeshift, and Cerridwen would follow suit to catch him. Gwion turned himself into a piece of corn and Cerridwen turned into a hen that then ate him. But because he had the power of the potion, from her great cauldron, he was rebirthed from her womb as Taliesin the great Bard and poet.

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The Great Connection

In all stories and myths, there is a great connection to what lies beneath it for us to find within. As Cerridwen begins to chase Gwion through the seasons (the last being harvest season and grain), it is a story of life, of death, and rebirth. Through our own seasons, we will follow this same cycle.

The Shapeshifting

The shapeshifting and the chase is a means through which I understand the initiations of becoming. An initiation is both a beginning and an ending. We become an adept at one thing but must change, learn, and grow into something else. We do this many times in our life. Our womb journeys are on repeat, pushing us forward in our unique power of becoming fully connected to our essence as witches.

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The Symbolism

Witches are also adept at being multilingual, we can read words (which are but symbols) that bestow power upon comprehension of their deeper meanings. The same can be said for other symbols, like the sacred sow. Some say that Cerridwen translates to white sow but knowing that the sow was historically revered in Celtic mythology symbolizing fertility and fecundity of earth. The sow and grain are both great symbols of abundance and fertility speaking to the ability to grow and flourish in a cyclical rhythm much like the phases of the moon. We also know that those who were sow keepers were said to have inherited great powers and knowledge of the earth. Of all the things, knowledge is power.

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An Experience ~ Kaycee

In my own personal journey, I am working with spider and it occurred to me upon waking up one morning that one of my favorite stories as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952). A spider weaving her web encouraging the pig (and discouraging humans that would slaughter him) with her messages in the web. The major themes are the cycles of life, death, and transformation. Such synchronicity bubbling up into my awareness allowed me to connect with Cerridwen and the transformation we are all being pushed toward.

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She focused my attention back on my own practices, encouraging a switch from an ever-present push towards the societal status quo of productivity back to where my own soul spark will do the guiding. A part of reweaving into who we are meant to be is being internally connected. At first she provided the keys to the gates, practices to reinforce the connection. Then she required I be born of her Cauldron.

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Ivy – A Guided Journey

As we ready ourselves to meet the Great Goddess Cerridwen, prepare a vessel of water, our herbs for the month and anything else you feel drawn to include. Any vessel will work, a black bowl. Cauldron, or even climbing into the bath.

Take a few moments to connect with the cauldron energy. Within it are the powers of life, death, rebirth, and prophecy. For some of you, it may be a new path to explore.

Once you have made that connection, we will begin. The audio journey is below. If prophecy is your desire, a divination or Mugwort tea is perfect for the work ahead.

More on Cerridwen

If you haven’t set up an altar for her yet, you can find my article here. Our January work with her can all be found at this link.

We are forever grateful to you for walking this journey with us. So much more is coming in 2022 so stay tuned!

A candle & a Key and Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

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How to honor the divine

We can sometimes become lost in how to connect to our Divines. Most of the time, just sitting with them strengthens that tether. It takes time to build any relationship and altars are a beautiful way to do so.

Protection Altar/Photo by Author

There are a number of reasons to create altars. The above is one of many protection altars I’ve created over the years. It features some of the dolls I have purchased for my practice from Silvia’s Spirits. Many more have joined the fold since then.

Devotional Altars

As a Witch, many things have gone into my practice over the last 3 decades. There are pieces of music that have shaped me. There are Tarot decks that have helped define my practice. Goddesses that claimed me a long time ago. As such, I have devotional shelves that I use to remind me of my roots. They need not be full on altars, or even shelves. A windowsill is a perfectly acceptable.

Devotional Shelf/Photo by Author

Ritual & Spellwork Altars

During rituals and Spellwork, I use any number of surfaces for my altar. I have used those wooden magnetic boxes to hold everything. I also use small trays or shadowboxes. A picture frame works too. Remember, this is YOUR practice. Only you define it. What we here are DGC show you is merely one way of doing it.

Below is one of the more elaborate altars I have created for a rather large ritual.

Ritual Altar/Photo by Author

Creating an Altar

The only limitation when creating your altar is you. Decided how big or small you wish to go. Whether you want it elaborate or simple. There is no right or wrong, when it comes to altars. Follow your intuition. We have been given the gift of intuition for a reason. If it feels like it’s too much, then scale back. The Divine WANTS you to trust your gifts.

Cerridwen Devotional Altar

Cerridwen Devotional Altar/Image by Author

I love creating altars and devotional altars really help with that connection. I started the month by creating a cave from Air Dry Sculpey. Many of the Goddesses we work with are deep within the cave. For Cerridwen, we must enter the cauldron to travel to the cave.

Then I used our incense blend daily, either by burning it or lighting the Black Sacred Candle. I placed a small bit of the blend on this lovely Raven & Skull dish I have, along with a basic black candle. The sigil is beneath it. I decided that Labradorite was perfect for the work ahead. My lovely sister, Wendy, gave me this heart as a Yule gift and it just felt right.

Each day I have connected with Cerridwen, through sitting before this simple, yet powerful altar. Remember, it’s not so much what is on the altar, but how you connect with what you have placed upon it. Placing it on a tray I am able to move it where I need it to be for the days workings. Putting your heart and soul into the creation, even if not perfect, is how we honor the Divine. Both within and without. They know your intention when you work intentionally with them.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! Stay tuned!

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

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Preparing for Renewal with Cerridwen

Some of the work contained here originally appeared on Revelations of a Witch and permission granted to use.

Before we dive into the cauldron with Cerridwen, she warned me there were gates to pass through to reach her. The keys to the gates made their way to me through dream time meetings with this Goddess. These keys are to gates that are owned, not by Cerridwen, but by each of us. They are heavily guarded by energetic forces that we possess: fear, disconnection, and uncertainty. I am going to share how we get past these gatekeepers of our own creation in preparation for the reclamation of your Witch’s Spark with Cerridwen.

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Between Habit and Intention

The spirit of renewal and the Witch’s Spark is a type of soul doctrine, between the Witch and the Universe, whereby the Witch is guided purposefully forward into the next season. What lives between habit and intention is the difference between kindling the spark of renewal within and fanning the flames to clear the path before us. Just as a spark and a flame are connected in essence, the three keys to the gates leading to the Witch’s Spark are too. All three keys have three additional aspects that they work on and will remove the gatekeepers of disconnection, uncertainty, and fear.

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Key #1 ~ Movement

Movement removes the gatekeeper of disconnection. There are different kinds of movement here and they are associated with three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

The equation is connecting all three. This key has taught me that if I cannot connect with my own self/body, how am I connecting with others or with my magic? (Hint: not well!). Moving the body outdoors for a change of scenery, moving the body physically if able, or even moving (safely) within proximity to others allows us to experience this world as it is, pick up on energetic shifts, and feel into the body deeply. We can find where we are holding stress, fear, anxiety, and other sources of friction. This can be the connection to the mind. How can we transform and transcend this friction into a spark that guides and connects us to our purpose- to our intention? How can we use this energy and intention to fan the flames of renewal in our magic?

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Key #2 ~ Meditation

Meditation removes the gatekeeper of uncertainty. Meditation allows a deeper discipline that reinforces connection. There are many types or subsections of meditation, from mindfulness to shamanic journeys, but here again we are looking to connect the three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

Through meditation we can tap into our ability to control the monkey mind and enhance our ability to focus. Meditation is a key that opens the gate to deeper connections with the body (including the ability to heal), the ability to deeply focus the mind, and transform our magic through connecting with energy at a causal level versus effect level. When we utilize this key, we are signaling that we are ready to fan the flames of our purpose, passion, and magic.

Key #3 ~ Magic

Magic is the final key to the final gate, and it removes the gatekeeper of fear. Once again, we can view this key through three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

We each have an ability, a unique magic that sets us apart from everyone else. This key beckons to us to re-member – to put back together that which has been forgotten or hidden away. The magic of our sexuality and sensuality is only one example of magic that lies within the body. The ability to connect with plants for healing is another.

The magic of the mind is the ability to transmute or change our perception, our consciousness, and deeply think about how we are using our magic.

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Are we using it only defensively? Are we only doing magic that is habitual? How are we practicing the actual magic or witchcraft? Is it a practice or is it only when we need something? The magic (of magic) is that the only boundaries are the ones we place upon it. The moment we signal that we are leaving habit, that we are intentionally re-membering that which is unique to us, the inner Witch’s Spark is set ablaze. Renewal has begun and her Doctrine of the Season is signed.

May your spark light up the sky when you rise from the Cauldron,

Kaycee

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! To be one of the first to know when the doors open, click here.

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

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How to create and use Sigils

Sigilcrafting with purpose

Sigilcraft is an art. An act of devotion to the Divine, used for all manners of purpose. I have used sigils for everything from protection, to grounding, abundance, and, yes, as part of my practice to connect with The Dark Goddesses. Creating them is the “easy” part. What do you do with them afterwards? That’s up to the individual practitioner.


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Some ways to use them.

  • Draw them on yourself for an effortless means of contacting The Goddesses
  • Create an altar of devotion to our monthly Goddess and add the sigil
  • Focus on them as part of meditations & journeys
  • Place them around your home/in your purse/car/etc for protection
  • Sleep with them under your pillow for peaceful rest
  • Use full moon water and “paint” them on windows

There is no right or wrong way to use sigils.

Methods of Creation

The crossout method is the easiest. What that entails is crossing out repeat letters from the name/intention. Turn the remaining letters into their base shapes & arrange them together to form something akin to rune staves.

The chart method is the next simplest. Create a chart with letters. Then draw a continuous line from one letter to the next until the intent/name is spelled out completely. Those lines then become your sigil.

Until now I’ve always used some variation of the crossout method the most. For Cerridwen, I wanted something different. I decided to let intuition and our Beloved Cerridwen guide my hand as I created.

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The first shape that came to form was the cauldron/bowl/crescent moon. The cauldron and the crescent are two of her symbols. From there, we know that wheat is another of her symbols and signifies abundance. Spirals show our connection to the all that is everywhere. Fire purifies.

Depending on the energies you wish to tap into, upright leads you into the cauldron, sideways taps into the moon energies.

Coming soon!

Having this ready for my next article, where we’re building a portable devotional altar, will help you to tap that energy fairly quickly. We’ll also be using it, again, in a few more days to help as a focal point.

Please be sure to check back through our articles and post for this month, as we prepare to step into the cauldron.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! Stay tuned!

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

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Calling to Cerridwen: January 2022 Black Sacred Candle

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived in Dark Goddesses Collective to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us this month. We will be using Ivy’s new incense, Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense, as the correspondences for this month’s Black Sacred Candle.

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Incense and infographic created by Ivy Laine

Correspondences

  • Oak (I used Oak Essence)
  • Mugwort
  • Juniper (or other Evergreen)
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Personal Oil (or Olive Oil) to tie us to it

Oak is truly a sacred tree. In stories, it is said to be a part of the triad that created our word “oath”, as in Oak, Ash, and Thorn (Hawthorn). We are asking at the edge of her cauldron, to fulfill our oaths to self, the natural requirement to transformation and transcendence.

In addition to being a sacred tree to Cerridwen, I chose to use the essence form of Oak to call to the transformation that Cerridwen can provide.

An essence is what we are requesting to be reduced to once we enter from this liminal space of being at the edge. We use the evergreen or Juniper as the ability to remain green or retain the fire element, a spark of soul, from which we rebuild. And of course, the amazing cleansing, banishing, protecting (and world-walking) trio that are Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Aluminum foil (we will be using the oven to get the candle warm so items will stick)
  • Non-stick parchment paper

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  5. Lightly coat your candle with the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
  6. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  7. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

Tip: Use markers to add additional intention to your candle as you see fit, you can see mine has a cauldron with a flame rising from it. It is the fire of knowledge and of inspiration.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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Entering Cerridwen’s Cauldron

As we welcome 2022 at Dark Goddesses Collective, we have been calling to Cerridwen. Ivy and I noticed that welcoming her elicits a strong wind in our areas of the world. She let us know immediately that she arrived and brought with her drastic change! Cerridwen requires an acceptance of what must come now for each of us that leads to what comes next. This spiral cycle of renewal and rebirth is welcomed here, so now we prepare to enter Cerridwen’s Cauldron!

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The Month of January

Theme: Renewing Our Inner Flame

January is full of looking ahead for so many of us! It is known for planning, for action taking, for our productivity, and building our next steps. What if we took a moment to bathe fully in our own intuitive knowing? What if we chose connecting deeply with self and allowing self to speak first? What could this look like?

Our Goddess: Cerridwen

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived in Dark Goddesses Collective to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us this month.

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Sneak Peeks

Here are some of the fabulous plans for this month:

  • Altar for Cerridwen
  • Sigil
  • Meditation/Journey
  • Renewal and Self Discovery Journal Prompts

As the month progresses, other work may present itself. Be sure to subscribe to our blog feed for new posts. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

A candle & a key, With Darkest Gratitude,
Kaycee & Ivy

We are equally excited to announce that our private network is coming along beautifully. Its creation will be for those who are interested in doing the deeper, life-changing, intuitive work of reclaiming their power with Dark Goddesses and a tribe committed to fostering change in their communities. Wish to be notified once we open the gates? To be one of the first click here.

Feature Image Credit: Cerridwen by Amanda Lindupp SacredPathArt 2020 via Etsy