You need to
decide your own understanding, but consider this -
Blodeuwedd was a Goddess who should be admired -
trapped in a situation that was not of her own making, she did what a woman
of great courage would have done escaping through
the use of her own free will.
Since she had
been created from flowers, then flowers are a primary symbol for Blodeuwedd.
Flowers demonstrate, in their very brief existence, exactly how short our
own lives can be, and how we only have but a fleeting moment within which to
blossom, before we too will just whither away and die. Flowers can also
remind us, that we need to live our own lives to the fullest, even though
there might be others who might try to hold us back.
is a way of looking at Blodeuwedd, the Flower
Maiden Goddess turned into an owl, who wanted
nothing more then to be herself, as she began to blossom, grow, and live her
life in the manner that she believed it was meant to be lived.
The story is also an ancient tale of the
changing roles of the gods and goddesses of the seasons.
Blodeuwedd is the youthful blossoming earth
goddess of the summer- her name means 'flower face'. She is the sovereign
goddess of the land, whom the Sacred King must marry in order to rule. She
indicates growth and flowering, expansion and blossoming.
Her two lovers are seasonal gods or annual
Sacred Kings, rivals for her hand. Blodeuwedd's two lovers represent summer
and winter who must battle for her hand at the equinoxes. She is betrothed
at Beltane, married at midsummer and buried at Lughnasa.
She is the goddess of becoming, of self-realisation
that cannot come through another but only through the paradox of realising
that you are separate and unique, but part of the greater whole. Though she
was created by men to become the bride of Lleu, she rebelled against the
role chosen for her and her destiny is that she is the source of his power,
the earth goddess.
The symbols of
flowers and the owl are powerful magical symbols of the Goddess Blodeuwedd,
which can be found all around Castell Gronw and Pen y Bont Farmhouse.
Go to the Pen y Bont Owl Hunt.
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