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Rhiannon

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She rules her life like a bird in flight...

Wouldn't you love to love her?

 

Offering candles to Rhiannon: Celtic goddess of forgiveness, rebirth, and fertility. 

The story of Rhiannon stems from a medieval Welsh tale when King Pwyll spotted her in the fields riding a beautiful white mare. Entranced by her elegance, the king attempted to follow Rhiannon on his own horse, but no matter how fast his steed rode, he couldn't reach her, despite the fact that she never seemed to increase her steady and dignified pace. It was only when the king finally called out to her that she noticed him and came to a halt. Frustrated, Pywll asked why she hadn't stopped for him earlier. Rhiannon simply replied, 'you never asked me to.' 

The two married shortly after, yet it appeared that the kingdom and those within the villages disliked her already due to her mysteriousness and odd idiosyncrasies. Some speculated she was a witch, and after several years went by without Rhiannon producing a male heir to the kingdom, the disdain for her grew. 

Despite the rumors, Pywll refused to remarry, and Rhiannon eventually gave birth to a son. Several nights after his birth, the baby went missing under the care of Rhiannon's maids. Panicked and fearful of their punishment for losing the child, the maids slaughtered a dog and smeared the blood over Rhiannon's hands and mouth while she slept. They then blamed her for eating her own child. King Pywll, outraged at what his wife had done, accused her of infanticide and forced Rhiannon to spend the rest of her days carrying royal members to and from the court on her own back, serving as the kingdom's personal horse. Through many cold winters and hot summer days, Rhiannon carried countless passengers up and down the hill to the castle, all without a single complaint. 

Her son ended up being discovered in a neighboring village years later when a nobleman and his wife found a crying babe in a meadow. They nurtured and raised him up as their own child, but as he grew older, they discovered that the boy had displayed unusual, magical abilities. His face also began resembling features of his father, King Pywll. His adoptive parents immediately knew he was the supposed murdered prince, well and alive. Some say he was kidnapped by a bewitched badger, others say he was snatched by a shadow phantom. The farmers returned the boy to Rhiannon, and she was released from her exonerated and returned to the palace as the rightful queen. 

The colors of these taper candles were specifically chosen to represent the light, strawberry-blonde shade of Rhiannon's hair. The sage green symbolizes her natural, earthly magic and abundance. She was also said to be Queen of the forest faeries. Rhiannon was frequently accompanied by three birds that were known to wake the dead and lull the living to sleep. 

Evoke Rhiannon to protect against disaster and humiliation, to assist in patience and exercising strength in times of hardship. 

ɪᴛᴇᴍ ᴅᴇsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ: 6 inch pillar candles rolled in herbs that correspond to Rhiannon such as yellow roses, pine, cedar, and rosemary. 


𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓:  These candles melt beautifully and are safe to burn indoors, however, PLEASE be wary of the flame. The more herbs, the bigger and taller the flame with be. Always supervise your candles while burning. These candles have very burnable botanicals. Some herbs may crackle when caught on fire, such as cedar and juniper.

Always burn in a reliable candle holder or in a fireproof dish.