Tending the Cauldron

Hello, my friend!

Can you believe that it is almost June? I don't even know what happened to the first six months of the year, but suddenly the roses are blooming and we're on the precipice of summer. I've started working on a book (a long-time dream and one of my goals for 2019!) and just started leading a small group of women through Awakening Awen, where we kicked off our first week talking about how we are all natural creatrixes. And, today, we're working with the energy of Ceridwen and the other goddesses of creativity and inspiration.

Do you know about Ceridwen and her cauldron of inspiration? 

As the story goes, she has two children, one beautiful, one hideous. As a mom, she's worried about the disadvantages the son will face in life due to his extreme ugliness, so she does what any powerful enchantress would do and crafts a potion to give him the gifts of beauty and wisdom, then enlists a couple of servants to tend to her cauldron for the year and a day it takes for it to brew. But, of course, there's a hitch (there's always a hitch).

Only the first three drops of the potion are magical. After that, it's all poison. Ceridwen warns the servants to never, ever let the liquid in the cauldron touch them. Everything goes well until the day the potion is supposed to be done. On that day, the younger of the servants, Gwion Bach, accidentally bumps the cauldron, splashing three drops of Awen on his hand. The hot liquid burns, so without thinking, he puts his finger in his mouth and receives the gifts meant for Ceridwen's son, Morfran. A chase ensues with Gwion Bach and an enraged Ceridwen shapeshifting into various animals until, finally, Gwion transforms into a grain of corn and a hen-shaped Ceridwen swallows him, becoming pregnant, so Gwion can be reborn as the great poet and bard, Taliesin.

It's a rich story with so many messages and applications. When I was studying the Bardic grade in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, we spent the better part of a year looking at it, but the part of it that has always remained with me is this:

Why is it that it's Gwion Bach and not Morfran, who reaps the benefits of Ceridwen's potion?

It's because he is the one there in the trenches doing the work and tending the cauldron, while Morfran is presumably just hangin' around being ugly. Part of Ceridwen's lesson is that in order to receive her gifts of transformation and inspiration, we have to "tend the cauldron" and do the work. It's not enough to just sit on the sidelines waiting for the lightning bolt to hit us.  We have to take an active role in our own development.

Sometimes the work is easy; sometimes it's hard, but the work is the growth and the way.

What do you want to grow and expand in the second half of 2019? How can I support you in that? I offer a range of programs and private coaching to support you in that goal. Contact me and let me know. I'd love to hear from you!

Brightest of Blessings,