Goddess of Reincarnation
Sphere of Influence: Reincarnation and Fertility
Preferred colors: Green, White
Associated symbol: Silver Wheel
Best day to work with: Monday
Best Moon phase: Full
Best time to work with: Midnight
Suitable offerings: Silver coins, wheat, green and white candles
Associated Planet: Moon
Arianrhod is a figure in Welsh mythology. She is the daughter of Dôn and the sister of Gwydion and Gilfaethwy; the Welsh Triads give her father as Beli Mawr. She gave birth to two sons, Dylan Ail Don and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, through magical means.
Arianrhod is known as the Silver Wheel that Descends into the Sea. She is ruler of Caer Sidi, a magical realm in the north and worshiped as priestess of the moon. Caer Sidi served as an initiatory place for poets and souls who were about to be reborn. The dead were carried on her Oar Wheel to Emania (the Moon- land or land of death), which belonged to her as a deity of reincarnation and karma. Arianrhod is said to be able to shapeshift into a large Owl, and can see into the darkness of the human subconscious and soul. She is said to move with strength and purpose through the night, her wings of comfort and healing spread to give solace to those who seek her.
Arianrhod was also associated with the Corona Borealis, which was named Caer Arianrhod by the Welsh, so she may also have been seen as a star goddess. The Greek goddess Araidne was also associated with that part of the sky and the two seem to share characteristics.
Hymn to Arianrhod
Arianrhod of the Silver Wheel
By all the names men give thee -
We, thy hidden children, humbly kneel
Thy truth to hear, thy countenance to see.
Here in the circle cast upon the Earth
Yet open to the stars - unseen, yet real -
Within our hearts give understanding birth,
Our wounds of loss and loneliness to heal.
Isis unveiled and Isis veiled, thou art;
The Earth below our feet, the Moon on high.
In thee these two shall never be apart -
The magick of the Earth and Sky.