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Ceridwen, {Inspirational-Whiteness}.
Alternate meanings: Fortress-of-Wisdom, Cauldron-of-Wisdom.
[to Whom the nineteenth day of August, day 231, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Welsh Celtic. Its possible She came to Britain between 2500-2000 B.C.
Linguistic Note: Irish, Welsh: cerdd, 'gain', 'the inspired arts, especially poetry', (cerddeu: 'poems'); related to Greek cerdos and cerdeia, from which derives the Latin cerdo, 'craftsman'. In Spanish cerdo means 'pig'. Greek cedro, usually translated 'the artful one', means 'weasel', a favourite disguise of Thessalian witches. Plus wen, 'white'.
This name has also been translated as caer, 'fortress', and cerru, 'cauldron' {with wen presumably understood as, 'wisdom'}.
Description: Goddess of the moon, grain, intelligence, knowledge, foresight, poetry and letters; White Lady of death; She to Whom skulls are mast; Shapeshifting Presider over the year and its seasons.
She has an ennead aspect as a Muse of inspiration in the form of the Nine Women Who warm Her cauldron with Their breaths.
To Whom Sacred: grain; bee; cat (as corn-spirit); wolf (as corn-spirit); sow; cauldron of inspiration and knowledge; leather-bag (into which She put Gwion before throwing him into the sea); the colour white.
Seasonal Shapes: black screaming hag; greyhound; otter; hawk; red-crested black-hen (red and black colours signify Her aspect as Death-goddess in this shape).
Iconography: as Black-hag She is described as big-mouthed, swarthy, swift, sooty, lame, with a cast in Her left eye.
Festival: Two days before May Day (when She threw the new-born Gwion into the sea).
Male Associates: son Gwion, whom She conceived by eating him in the form of a grain of wheat and bore nine months later as the miraculous child Taliesin. Son, Afagddu by consort Tegid Voel. Son, Merddin.

She has both triad (and pentad) forms with:
Arianrhod, Silver-Wheel (qv for more detailed explantion)
Blodeuwedd, Flower-Face.
Source: Graves WG 27-8, 67-8, 98, 143, 221, 376, 400-401, 447; Stone AMWv1 58.
Creirwy, ----.

Geography/Culture: Welsh.
Description: The most beautiful girl in the world.

worked on: August 1995; August 1991; July 1990.
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