Cerridwen. What can I say about this goddess. She is known in Welsh mythology as the triple goddess, representing the maiden, mother and the crone and associated with the moon, prophecy and our .
As outlined in my favourite oracle deck, the Goddess Oracle, her story proceeds thusly:
‘Cerridwen had two boys. One was beautiful and one was ugly. Because she wanted the ugly one to have something of his own, she made him a magical brew. The brew took a year and a day to complete and would make him inspired and brilliant. She set Gwion, her assistant, to watch the brew and bade him not to drink it. Accidentally, some drops of the brew splashed onto his hand and he put his hand in his mouth. Instantly he knew everything, including the fact that Cerridwen would seek his death. He ran away and she ran after him. After many shape-shiftings, he was swallowed by Cerridwen who gave birth to him nine months later.’
Cerridwen is both beginning and ending and her powerful elixir provides the drinker with creativity and knowledge. Tap into her energy to gain motivation to keep going, to go for what you want in your life.
Affirmation: ‘I give myself permission to let go of ____________ and to welcome in ____________. I call on Cerridwen to bestow upon me the power of the Creatrix and the confidence to step into my power knowing that as I better learn to serve myself, I can better serve others.’
If you are using a mala to recite affirmations or mantras, my Cerridwen mala is one of my most popular and was created to honour this amazing goddess. Go here to buy the mala.
Asana practice: To call on the energies of Cerridwen, I suggest asanas that allow an opening around the heart chakra. For me, this is where I feel rebirth the most as I need feel the most prepared to make changes when my heart is open (figuratively, of course!). Here are a few asanas you could incorporate into your practice this week to welcome in the new (obviously you should be working with how your body feels today, not where you want it to be 🙂 )…
- Ustrasana/Camel pose
- Urdhva dhanurasana/wheel
- Purvottanasana/upward plank pose
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
- Urdhva much svanasana/upward facing dog
- Salamba bhujangasana/sphinx pose
To supporting these physically and emotionally, also consider postures which strengthen the Manipura chakra (solar plexus) such as:
- Navasana/boat pose
- Phalankasana/Plank pose (drawing knee to chest if that feels ok to do)
- Vasisthasana/side plank
As Cerridwen is the goddess of not just rebirth but death too, take time at the start of your practice to finds stillness, to venture into the cave of the heart to see what needs to die in order for you to come back to yourself, back to your truth. Then emerge to step into some that brings you alive, that rejuvenates you to the point where yo don’t want to return to what was.
Here are a few journal prompts to help you use the energy of Cerridwen to work with the cycles of death and rebirth:
- What in your life feels as if it is coming to an end? How do feel about this? How does it feel in your body?
- If something is coming to end, is there anything that feels as though is emerging from this space? When you sit with this, do any words, phrases, images, sounds, sensations, come to you? What are they? Write them down. Is there anything you can make sense of in this?
- Is there anything going up that is crystal clear to you? If so, what is it? Can you put into words?
- What now needs to be changed in order for you to step into this new way?
Be strong and know that however you want to be reborn or whatever you want to change in your life is possible. Perhaps focus on how you want to feel every day and the changes that needs to be made to ensure this.
Sending you all the love,