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Soul Healing – my own and others – Priestessing Death

So, I decided to go back, back to the beginning, to take my own power and stretch my wings, expand my capabilities.
New training courses, both taken and created, inform my chrysalis. I know where I want to go, and I am walking the path towards it. Last week has seen several meetings that made me feel like I can, I am good enough, smart enough, brave enough.
I joined the revolution and we are stepping onto the barricades. Hiding our light is no longer an option, we need to shine into the world. We have been called by the highest power I know: Goddess, and we all answered that call at one point in time. Love is the key..says She. Love of all existences. That is the mystery and the secret of a happy, fulfilled life. How will it manifest? Watch this space.

All that I know and all that I love will be offered with gratitude and reverence for Her presence in my life. It has always been thus and She has never steered me wrong, and even supplied the abundance needed to create it. Who am I to question why She chose me? I am certainly not Her only choice, but I showed up when I was called 15 years ago and I still show up each new day. Maybe that is why She has always provided me with what I need to walk Her beauty way, forging connections and shining Her love into the world. The tag line for this endeavour is: in the Lady we trust. Lady of Lake Bala, Gwraig Annwn, Wise Woman of the Otherworld, Midwife of Souls, Threshold Keeper of liminal places, Swynwraig – Magic woman.

Now I return to my passion, the care of the dying, serving as their Advocate and Psychopomp as they move through and beyond the threshold. What we do, we do for love. Unconditional, powerful, miraculous, transforming love.

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Magic and Mayhem at Her Lake

fb_img_1536509941684.jpgSo there we were, 50 druids from the Anglesey Druid Order, all gathered together at Her lake to learn, exchange information, and celebrate all things Cerridwen with ritual and seminars. CPD – Continuous Priestess Development, is such a pleasure when it is combined with a good bardic evening around a big fire, story telling, music and some beverage which may be alcoholic. Kris Hughes gave a rousing talk as always and the lovely Cerri was mistress of proceedings, journey woman and Ritual Priestess. 3 days immersed in all things Cerridwen. I could not have been happier. It all went by too fast though. Meeting up with old friends and new, walking the liminal spaces of Her shoreline, the wind in the trees filled with secret messages from Her was pure magic. The beloved and I cwtched up in the Shepherd’s Hut overlooking the lake, with a toasty warm log burner. Nothing better than camping in style.

At night we stepped into Her lake and called to Cerridwen to bless us with Her divine grace and protection. The Dark Goddess of the Avalonian wheel can be a demanding and firm presence, but She never gives us more than we can cope with. She is the catalyst for our transmutation into the best version of ourselves that we can be. Hers is the cauldron of testing, to serve Her requires great self knowledge, there is no hiding the shadow places within. Courage is the watchword, for Her cauldron will not “boil the food of a coward”. Those stepping up to the pearl encrusted rim of the cauldron better be prepared to have their status quo challenged.

Everything changes when She is involved. She is the Mother of Inspiration alright, expect to have amazing insights that may turn your world upside down. What is in you that fuels the cauldron’s fire? What are you made of? What do you wish to manifest into the world? Creation can be an ecstatic experience but also painful, birthing pangs accompany all new endeavours. Yet, never fear, She is not far and She can always be called upon to lend a helping hand.

As we move into the time of darkness, of nature dying back to decay and make way for new growth, the question is: what will you release, what seeds did not bear fruit this year, what needs to be re-created? As the river of life runs, do you step in with both feet, take a chance? Or do you stand by the shoreline, watching the opportunities flow by?

The Raven and the Serpent, Her animal guides for prophesy, can travel to the depth of Annwfn for you, can retrieve guidance to give you clarity. If you wish to consult with them, write to bee@cerridwen.co.uk for a soul reading.



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Who’s afraid of the Dark?

Re-empowering the Dark Feminine

Dark Bad – Light Good

What is the darkness about? Typically, growing up in western culture, we have fallen into associating darkness with something negative. However, in the cultures that still have traces of Celtism in their traditions: Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Darkness can be a gift. They speak of a radiant black, the darkness of the womb, a darkness that is fecund, generative, full of life. Living still far more in the arms of the earth they realise the value of that darkness, which we need for life to germinate, darkness of loamy soil, darkness of ink that writes the words of wisdoms on the pages of creation. We close our eyes to concentrate, to sleep, to dream, the darkness rests our eyes and bodies, helps them regenerate lost energy.
It is a darkness that is purity in the Ottoman culture, in the indo European root language the word black means gleaming, so there is that light in this darkness, soft radiant black. I would like you to become aware of how many associations with darkness or black are negative in our culture?

I challenge you to start uncoupling those associations because it is a kind of interiorized racism that also includes the dark deities that every major cultural stream has developed. The goddess Tara has a dark incarnation, Kali the Destroyer is well known to most of us here, here is the Dark Madonna, whose veneration has grown exponentially over the last 20 years.  There is the dark feminine that we as women long for. It is a longing for a wholeness because as a civilisation we have become obsessed with the light, as if there is no darkness, no night in which we rest and dream, because that is something to be afraid of. We banish the night by artificially extending our days with electric light, computer screens, TVs that get bigger and bigger, are on constantly, and of course our smart phone screens that also get larger with every new generation. These screens emit a blue light that has now been linked with the increasing complaints of sleeplessness. The brain is deceived into believing that it is daylight and refuses to rest. The best thing you can do for yourself is not to have any type of screen in your bedroom, but I won’t even ask how many of us have a TV there.

Longing for darkness

When I talk about the longing for darkness, I am really talking about a longing for transformation. In mediaeval alchemy, which the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung studied a great deal, the first stage of the alchemical process is the negredo, the darkening, the blackening. It is a stage of transformation, and one many of us are longing for. A good fruitful darkness. In our western tradition, since the 80s, the image of the Black Madonna, her archetype, has increasingly been rediscovered and been transferred back into our collective consciousness. In mainstream Catholicism she has been venerated, and millions of people have visited the sites where statues of her have been placed centuries ago. Yes, many people talk of this depiction of the Madonna being based on Isis but that is actually a fallacy. Isis, as not many people may know, has a dark sister, Nephtys. It is Her image I believe this black Madonna has been based on. Interestingly, although I have always loved reading about Egyptian deities, it is only recently that Nephtys has come into my awareness. In last year’s goddess conference I spoke about four dark goddesses that I have worked with in my life, to a much larger audience than anyone expected, especially me. Since then it is almost as if these dark goddesses have put the spotlight on me as a channel for their circle, as new Dark Ones contact me on a regular basis, most recently Nephtys. I feel sometimes like I have a dark bright beacon above my head “dark goddesses” land here.

Whether you look at the dark Madonna in Poland, or Italy, or Monserrat in the Catalan region, or Black Sara of the Iberian gypsies of which my abuelo was a devote, or the coal black Madonna in Switzerland. The black Madonnas are not about ethnicity, although that is part of their identity, it is more than that, it is the principle of light and dark in the universe, back to this idea what we need for wholeness, balance.IMG_20180529_114534

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The Wise Women are gathering in Avalon!

On the 26th of May from 10 am until 4 pm, in the Avalon Room at Glastonbury, the Wise Women are gathering. The daughters will be bringing to you what our Motherline has taught us, and we would invite you to share your stories and wisdom with us all. If you thought the sacred natural healing powers had been lost in the mists of time, you might find this event will change your mind. We are fighting every day to keep our Craft alive, against the might of the multinational pharma companies and the colluding government. Recently our rights have been once again curtailed, find out what that means for us as a nation and as a people. Time is a spiral and the days when wise women were persecuted for their knowledge is returning. This time it is red tape rather than red blood that binds us, the earth heals us and yet we are forbidden once again to accept and pass on Her gifts.

O31641956_245022962740287_7529254811519156224_nur first Key Speaker is Tylluan Penry from Wales: Bendithion!

Tylluan Penry is a solitary pagan witch, independent scholar, publisher and the author of numerous books and magazine articles dealing with many aspects of magic, paganism and folklore. She has also been a popular and regular speaker at various events including Witchfest International, The Artemis Gathering, Witchfest England and Witchfest Wales, together with talks for local groups and the Pagan Federation, and at independent, private events. She is regularly consulted and interviewed by the media for advice in accurately portraying witchcraft and paganism.
Tylluan believes strongly in trying to help other solitaries and those just beginning on their spiritual path. To this end she set up The Wolfenhowle Press in 2011, with the intention of making beautiful, informative and inspiring books about paganism widely available and affordable.
Tylluan is married, has a large family, grandchildren, many pets, an overgrown garden and a gloriously ramshackle house where she lives and dreams with Mr Penry, her love of many lifetimes, in the South Wales Rhondda Valley.
Links: Website: www.thewolfenhowlepress.comYouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48MN8sa7_lFsBX9v2ZAeAg/featuredBooks:Working with the Anglo-Saxon RunesAn Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Magic and WitchcraftKnot Magic

A Little Book of Inspirations

Magical Nature Walks

Sacred Shadows: Ice Age Spirituality

The Magical World of the Anglo-Saxons

Staying on the Old Track

Magic on the Breath

The Essential Guide to Psychic Self Defence

The Magical Properties of Plants – and How to Find Them

Seeking the Green



Dorina Dea Enet


Dorina (Dea) is a creative Mystic, Chanel, Priestess and Temple Dancer currently living in the UK. She is the co-founder of The Temple of Sacred Arts Mystery school.

Her lineage of Taltos (shaman) and medicine woman set her on the healer’s path, from early age and led her to pursue her passion for healing with herbs through studying of medical and ritual herbalism. Her specific interest is in herbs traditionally used for initiation and spiritual growth as well as promote self awareness and feminine healing.

She has been working with Ancient Egyptian Goddess wisdom since 2009 when she initiated as a Priestess in Philae. She enjoys continuing work with the ancient Egyptian goddesses ever since.

Magical and ritual herbs

At the conference I will introduce you to some of my favourite ritual herbs and we will discuss the plant itself, medical and magical properties, as well as proper and safe use in a ritual setting, exploring indigenous traditions  and stories with each herb.

I am looking forward to take part and share my experience on the conference.

To find out more about my work please visit thetempleofsacredarts.co.uk




The Oracle of Avalon – the Quickening of Ancient Seeds

On Monday, 4th of January, a a number of Priestesses of Avalon came together in Goddess House, Glastonbury, to activate and manifest the first Oracle of Avalon in modern times. This idea had once again been visioned by Kathy Jones, who for me represents the main vessel of the Lady in the world at present. Of course, all Priestesses of Avalon are trained to be a vessel for Her here and now, but the connection between the Lady and the woman who first returned Her back into Her rightful place here in Avalon is unique and powerful. The most powerful I have ever witnessed and Monday was no exception. I had the privilege to be one of the first adorants who came before the Lady to hear the answer to their question. I can put my hand on my heart and swear I have not experienced anything like it before, and I doubt I will experience the same ever again.

The call went out and the seekers came. We, who came to serve the Oracle, were taking seekers through a thorough elemental blessing, where they were ritually cleansed and given the opportunity to examine their heart and find the question that needed to be answered.

When I was given the opportunity to visit the Oracle, I was ecstatic and a little apprehensive. I had no need to worry.
The connection to the Lady was electric, She looked deep into my eyes and She saw all of me: heart, mind, spirit, soul – and then She mirrored it back to me, so that I could see myself as She saw me.
Pure love! Pure, never-ending love for me. The eyes of the vessel glittered, I was unable to break the eye contact, it was like I was magnetised. She wanted me to know me, in all my glory. The words She spoke were exquisite, thinking about them now as I sit here tears once again fill my eyes. So much admiration, appreciation, praise and high esteem for me and my gifts, my service to Her, has never been made so clear to me. Her eyes beamed the meaning of Her words as if to underline the truth of them. All my self doubt, my fear of not being enough, of not being seen, heard, witnessed – my low self esteem, she took it all and transformed it into belief. Belief that She sees all I try to do for Her, for Her community, in Her name and because of Her. For a while now She has been saying to me “I see everything, I know everything and all is me.” It has been a help when I have wavered in my own commitment, and to be so seen, heard and witnessed by such a powerful divine being is humbling, awe inspiring, and healing. Such bone deep healing of old wounds! I don’t recall having ever felt so loved, so clear and so well. She took away all the pain and suffering, from my entry into my mother’s womb to this day. She cleared all doubt and fear, She took the shadow that has haunted me for so long, the feeling of having been abandoned and neglected by the very people who were meant to be my closest allies, my staunchest support, my most loving companions. She took that burden off my shoulders and freed me.

I can only recommend to everyone to come and visit the Oracle of Avalon, which is happening another 7 times this year, and I wish all who come the experience I have had. Three days on, I am still walking in a world that only exists in love. She makes me want to be the best version of myself, to be aware not to slip back into poor behaviour patterns, to completely embrace and allow myself to be in the moment, but also continue to work towards a better future for us all, where Goddess is in every word that I speak and every action I take.

Our dates for your diary:

Thursday March 21st Goddess House – Nolava,Brighde,Rhiannon
Friday 3rd May Goddess House 
Monday 17th June Goddess House 
Saturday 27th July Goddess House 
Thursday 19th September Goddess House
Friday 1st November Goddess House 
Friday 20th December Goddess House 

Blessed Be

Ps. In my next post I will talk about the moment I was clad in Her cloak and mask to become Her vessel.

Death and Memory….

Who is afraid of the Mari Lwyd? Not me!!! As you can see from the photos below.

Our visit to Anglesey a week ago was a treat for a busy Priestess, I have had very little time off this year from my service here in Avalon/Glastonbury, to the many visitors who come to the Goddess Temple. Today I found myself writing to a client “Sometimes No is the way to go” and then realized that Cerridwen was sending me a personal message through a different channel.
The last year has been difficult for so many people, the cosmic confluences were intense, and astrologically speaking this was the year of alchemical transformation, as Jupiter travelled through Scorpio. Today Jupiter moves into Sagittarius, my own star sign,  and our ruling planet, it brings with it purpose and meaning, faith, optimism, belief, abundance, luck and generosity. Phewww, we made it and it is going upwards from here, much needed after the tough times we have faced and braved.
In the last few weeks many souls have left the planet, either self elected or through illness. It has been a hard time for us Priestesses here in Avalon, we have held so many people in their grief and suffering and continue to do so. As a recalled Death Priestess, something that was reaffirmed when I recently stood in the Hypogeum in Malta and was welcomed as such by the spirits there, I often get asked for advice on moving on the souls that are in a state of shock, or confusion, by their manner of departing their vessel. It’s the life I chose but there is a necessity for self care that I don’t often apply to myself, which worries friends and loved ones. We Avalonians talk a lot of letting go of unhelpful behaviour patterns, and we must walk our talk, so for the last few days I have declined any requests for appointments or meetings. A healer must be a clear channel and when we are exhausted, depleted, unwell, it is the moment for a self prescribed time out, without feeling that we have let people down, or are self indulgent.

So, whilst we travelled up to Anglesey from Glastonbury, to meet up with a bunch of awesome druids from the Anglesey Druid Order, of which both I and the beloved are members, I took real time to look around and appreciate the beauty of the autumnal landscape of Wales. It was divine, in the very sense of the word: of or like a god(dess). The trees are a riot of russet, gold, deep emerald green, just perfect before the falling. “We can learn a lot from the trees” is one of the main tenets of the Cerridwen Priestess training. The trees are a brilliant example on how to rest gracefully, and determinedly.
This is the time of death and decay in nature, a time to rest, a time to take stock of your life and let go of things, situations, people that just don’t nourish you, don’t inspire you towards your best Self, guide and support you towards your soul purpose and subsequent inner peace. There is no blame or shame in letting go if you do so with grace and gratitude. Death of a friendship, of a realtionship, of a person, an animal companion, is hard but if we fight it and get overwhelmed by grief, it does not serve us or them. Instead, at this time of the veils thinning, we remember the loves of our lives, past and present, and we honour them by speaking their name, singing their soul song once again and telling people we know now of their essence, of what we loved about them. When they are remembered in such a way, whether they are Goddesses, people, animals… they carry on living. In the memory of my ancestors, especially Maria, my beloved mother, do I celebrate at this time my love and life. Bendithion Calan Gaef i bawb.

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Cerridwen Crew opens the Goddess Conference

It was with great pleasure and not a small amount of motherly pride that I watched the beautiful student priestesses and priests of Cerridwen opened the second day of the Goddess Conference. The Goddess Conference was in its 23rd year this year, a gathering of people who are interested in Goddess and wish to know more, held by Priestesses and Priests who walk their path with Her already. This year saw Starhawk return to us with her invaluable teachings. One of our honoured Elders, she had sage advice on topics that vibrate through the community. We need our Elders to step up and guide us with their experience, knowledge and wisdom. Pioneer women and men from whom we can learn a great deal and who will find ways to move us into the future.

I learnt a lot this week, about Goddess, about Sisterhood whilst holding 200-300 people in the process of spiritual development, about myself, about pacing myself and finding my energy levels. It was a journey into Annwfn and back. Now, working with Cerridwen, Annwfn is a different place for me than it is in most people’s understanding. The Otherworld is not a deep dank cave, in which we must suffer disintegration and decay. It is a joyful place, filled with possibilities, of renewal, of cleansing and clearing, like a jet hose shower, refreshing and invigorating. This is possibly why I am not afraid of the dark, I am comfortable in it, I see the pinpricks of light even in the darkest darkness. Those star spots on the firmament during a dark moon night. It is a thing of awe to look up and discover the rays of silver beaming down on us.

Today opens the Lionsgate Portal, I will be up on the Tor with many others to witness, to receive wisdom from Sirius, how to help the human race and my own community to advance on their chosen path. As a Swynwraig the messages from the Ancestors that we may receive are of particular interest, and I have been hearing my grandfather for weeks now. The process of the Lionsgate starts actually on the 4th of July, and it is since then that I have been dreaming of my blood connections, and have been urged to return to my roots or I will never feel completely connected. Our roots are important, strengthening them through daily practice, through faith in Goddess but also through working with the emotional woundings that we receive in our early youth to heal. will assist us in reconnection with the lines of ancestors behind us, and receive their wisdom.

Some people have been suffering from the combination of the energies of the star portal and the record amount of retrograde planets over this period, and the eclipse. Tempers have frayed, betrayal is seen around every corner, and trust bonds have been severed. Ebb and flow, this too shall pass, and we will grow into our highest Self with Her help, there is no doubt in my mind. As long as we stand in our power, act from compassion and loving kindness, model the behaviour we wish to see from all, we do all that we can to soothe the situations that are arising.

Shadow, Carl Jung’s much quoted but not always fully understood concept, is something that we can work with, and once we understand it from our own heart, we can recoup the energy we use to hide it from others and, often, from ourselves. I am a huge fan of the work by Caroline Myss, her shadow course was enormously helpful for me, as it spoke of intuitive work in terms of psychic development that I had hitherto only come across through my beloved Dion Fortune. All of us can come into relationship with our shadow, we can embrace it, we can step away from the fear of it, see it as a part of us that needs our love and compassion as much as the next person. Yet, we often fail to see our own actions-in-reaction when we are shadow driven. Honesty is the key to this work, being honest with ourselves, examining carefully our motivation when we take action after we have felt the vibration of anger, resentment, resistance, disgust. It is the ability to witness our own behaviour,  open our heart to ourselves, allow the healing beams of the energy coming through the Lionsgate from the stars. It is the best time to create ritual for releasing the blocked energies in your heart, if you are feeling resentment, now is the time to let it go. This time it is the Alta Major/Cerebellum Chakra that will be activated as well as the 3rd eye and heart chakra. It is the empath in us feeling the energies, the sensitives and healers are reborn, recalled to heal the pain currently in the world. Empathic gifts are honoured at this time, we love and accept each other for the unique people we are, we learn from each other and teach each other. You may not agree with everything you hear and see but the only way to come to a consensus, and bring peace to all existences, is to hear with an open heart and find common ground.

May the Lionsgate bring you great gifts, blessed be.