Pagan Portals: Blodeuwedd
Welsh Goddess of Seasonal Sovereignty
by Jhenah Telyndru
Cover Art by Dan GoodFellow
Publisher: Moon Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2021
Do you know Blodeuwedd? If you do, you may, as most do, think she is a cheater at best, and an attempted murderess, at worst. If you do not know her, this is the perfect introduction.
This book, by the wonderful Jhenah Telyndru, is part of the Pagan Portals series by Moon Books, and is a perfect addition to this series.
I was particularly intrigued by how Ms. Telyndru’s narrative has been influenced by the rights of women – then and now – and how, put in perspective, Math and Gwydion, take women’s creative power.
The idea of Blodeuwedd’s sovereignty, and by extension, women’s sovereignty, is a key element in this narrative. Women’s sovereignty, from a cultural standpoint, is discussed, as well as it’s evolution and how this pertains to Blodeuwedd’s personal sovereignty, and to our own sovereignty, as women.
It is easy to forget, reading her story, that she was made, unconsenting, with no teaching of life, or what it was to be a woman. She is a woman made from flowers, no life before, no family to stand with her. Her family becomes those who have made her, and we learn about them in Blodeuwedd’s story, as well as in the large tale of Y Maginogi.
We learn that Blodeuwedd did not speak until she found her own sovereignty upon falling in love with Gronw, a. neighboring lord. When she finally does speak to Lleu, her husband, she does so exactly as he expects, quiet and submissive, never dreaming she could be anything but; he learns differently.
One can look at Bloeduwedd’s tale as one to which women should pay close attention to so as to not mimic her behavior, or one can perceive it to be a roadmap for taking control of your own life.
We learn of her punishment; of being turned into an owl, with all the mythology of the significance of the owl in early, and later, Celtic culture.
Ms. Telyndru looks at the culture from whence this story came and puts it into context for us, and how we can take Blodeuwedd’s story and take it into the future, ever evolving as we do.
The reasons Blodeuwedd is a Sovereignty Goddess are discussed, as well as her transformation from Flower Bride to Owl.
The book concludes with a section on, not only reclaiming Blodeuwedd as a sovereignty Goddess, and establishing a relationship with her, to in also reclaiming our own personal sovereignty.
Ms. Telydru, in 136 pages, has written a beautiful, reverent book, rich in details, about a most misunderstood Goddess. The book is filled with fascinating research and the wisdom we have come to expect from this author. Her love for her subject comes through in every word. Highly recommended.
Author Jhenah Telyndru holds an MA in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, as well as a BA in archaeology. She is the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon and serves as Academic Dean and lead instructor of the Avalonian Thealogical Seminary. She presents Avalonian Training Intensives around North America and the UK, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles.. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition, Jhenah has been dedicated to the work of the Holy Isle for almost 30 years.
Her books include Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom (Llewellyn, 2010), The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle (Schiffer, 2016), Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons (Moon Books, 2018), and The Mythic Moons of Avalon: Lunar and Herbal Wisdom From the Island of Healing (Llewellyn, 2019).
About the Author:
Susan Morgaine is a Priestess, Healer, Witch, Writer, and Teacher.
She is entering her 21st year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute.
She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through Imagine A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing local Red Tents.
She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, part of the “My Name is ” series of children’s book. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines.
She is a a Reiki Master and a proud member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at MysticalShores.com