For others, it will provide a wealth of material on Gwyn and demonstrate his continuing relevance for our time. With a close look at traditional magic and lore as well as practical exercises, Gwyn ap Nudd is an essential guide for all those who seek wisdom from the darkness and wild communion with the sovereignty of the land. Something I am rather lax in is making offerings to the Faerie companions and guardians that may be around my home. Forest analyzes the poem Priei ddeu Annwfn The Spoils of Annwn to help readers explore and understand the many fortresses caers that make up the mysterious realm Gwyn ap Nudd rules. He also shows us how magical and blessed and luminous the world can be, when we are filled to the brim with the cauldrons brew, the precious Awen, the inspiration of the spirit.
Gwyn, the bright god of the Brythonic underworld Annwfn and Faery king of the wild Welsh spirits, the twlwyth teg, is an ancient and mysterious figure. Listen to your heart, and you may realize that Gwyn ap Nudd has given you a message. The invocation encourages one to be present and experience your surroundings: listen to the birds and insects, feel the breeze passing over you. But now Danu Forest has brought the lore and his stories back out into the world, retrieving it from where it lay in the shadow of the Otherworld. Let nature be your greatest guide when seeking the old gods, especially Gwyn. A dark lover through the winter months, leader of the wild hunt, and guardian of the dead. It's easy to follow especially if you're unfamiliar with the fables.
This was an excellent introduction. His tales are scattered through oral folklore and across medieval Welsh literature, a depository of our ancient god-tales. I am a Reiki Master, and have named my practice Myddfai Reiki after the legendary Physicians of Myddfai, healers that traced their ancestry to one of the Gwragedd Annwfn. In this way Danu Forest honours the commitment to provide a portal, and not just a text. Sovereignty is generally represented as female the cauldron or chalice or grail her womb , her appearance changeable: an animal, a crone, or a Faerie Queen.
I found that the chosen chapter divisions worked well for me as means of presenting the material without over-systematizing it. He is the ancient companion of bards and visionaries through the initiatory journey to the depths of the Celtic Underworld, in search of the Goddess of the land herself. Working with Annwfn the underworld of the Brythonic tradition, is not an easy path, entwined with faerie it is a place of transformation where we may learn more of ourselves than we are comfortable with…. Danu runs the Druid group 'Grove of the Avalon Sidhe' and teaches workshops and successful online courses on Natural magic, Celtic shamanism, Faery tradition and Seasonal Celebrations. A wonderful addition to any seeker's library and essential reading for anyone interested in the Welsh pantheon or fairylore. A dark lover and hunter god of the winter, he guides us to the secret places, within our magical land and within ourselves….
A dark lover through the winter months, leader of the wild hunt, and guardian of the dead. Together with an exploration of the remaining literary sources we have for how our ancestors honoured Gwyn, and developing an ever-closer connection with the landscape upon which they lived, these provide a strong body of lore and practice for helping us to re-remember this ancient Brythonic god and connect, each in our own way, no matter where or how we live, coming to the path just as we are. Balancing myth and modern practice, folklore and personal experience this short book is the perfect introduction to the Welsh leader of the Wild Hunt and King of Annwfn. Danu Forest eloquently places the shadowy figure of Gwyn on the secure foundation which he deserves — the ancient myths of Britain, Wales and Ireland — enabling him to take his place as the psychopomp soul guide between the worlds. .
Forest tells us that the figure of sovereignty is a recurring theme throughout Celtic and Arthurian mythos representing the soul of the land. By visiting each caer, the seeker gains understanding and insight: a shift in consciousness; knowledge of the land on which the seeker dwells; rebirth; scrying; connection with the ancestors, or astrological study. I was perhaps the first to honour him with a public shrine and open ceremonies for hundreds of years. Danu Forest is a Celtic Shaman, Witch and Druid Priestess with over 20 years working in the Celtic Mysteries. The author relies both on scholarship and intuition in making connections, and lets us know which method she is using in specific cases.
Danu Forest gives readers a beautiful meditation as a practice to seek Gwyn ap Nudd. Part of the Pagan Portals series. Indeed, coherent narrative is hardly true to the subject, and would likely miss the mark. I have noticed lately that energy has been stagnant and our luck rather dicey. Both gave rise to the legend of the grail and its role as the vitality of the land of Britain.
His tales are scattered through oral folklore and across medieval Welsh literature, a depository of our ancient god-tales. Gwyn, the bright god of the Brythonic underworld Annwfn and Faery king of the wild Welsh spirits, the twlwyth teg, is an ancient and mysterious figure. She also runs a magical and shamanic consultancy in Glastonbury. An offering to the Faerie, especially as laid out by Forest, is a simple and kindly way to establish good relations with the Fair Folk. Another relation Forest explores is that of Glastonbury, Ynys Witrin, a name closely related to Caer Wydr, the castle of glass in Annwfn.
The exercises are well-written and the information presented leaves the reader wanting to find out more about this rather dark deity, Recommends This Book. Gwyn, the bright god of the Brythonic underworld Annwfn and Faery king of the wild Welsh spirits, the twlwyth teg, is an ancient and mysterious figure. These two waters, the red and the white have been held sacred for millennia and represent the duality of life, the male and female, life and death, blood and semen, and of course the red and white dragons of British myth. Gwyn ap Nudd offers each their own initiations, their own lessons to know not only Annwfn, the soul of the land, but also to know themselves. Within Annwfn is kept the cauldron of Dyrnwch the Giant, one of the thirteen treasures of Britain; another cauldron of legend is that of Bran the Blessed. I have not tried this exercise as yet, but intend to. This article first appeared in.