Message from the Editor
& Senior Archdruid

There is a bite in the air, and the days grow shorter, signalling a time to retreat inside, stoke up the fire, and begin to turn inward - seeking guidance...seeking visions...

My namesake, the Welsh Crone Goddess Ceridwen, invites you to come into her cave. You feel an inner prompting and - as you have been taught to do with your intuition - you follow it with curiosity and a sense of adventure...

The moon has just risen, lighting up the entrance to her cave. Taking three deep breaths, you step inside and notice that you are able to easily navigate the twists and turns, due to a glowing phosphorescence on the walls, glittering green/blue/purple. The air is cool and moist, and you hear and feel trickling water in various places along the wall.

Eventually you come to a fountain built into a niche in the wall, and you know that you're supposed to wash your hands and annoint each of your chakras. You also take a sip of the fresh, cold water, and it is the best tasting water you've ever had! It fills you with electro-magnetic energy...

You then begin to notice a faint glow coming from up ahead. The "calling" becomes much stronger at this point, and you forge ahead more quickly than before. The light becomes brighter and brighter as you progress along, until you finally come to the source of that light...

Ahead of you sits the Goddess Ceridwen, stirring her cauldron of inspiration and rebirth. You stare, transfixed, and are unable to move. She looks up at you with eyes that seem to look right through you, down into the depths of you, and in that moment, her lips move into an enigmatic smile, and she beckons you forward. You find you are now able to move, and you walk up to her and the cauldron...

With a voice like the wind murmuring through the trees, she asks, "What do you seek?"

"The next step on my path - I feel like I'm at a crossroads, and I wish to know how to proceed," you reply.

"Are you willing to go into the cauldron to find that which you seek?" she asks.

Hesitating a moment as you stare at the boiling water and smell the strange herbs moving around it in, you realize that you need to let go and trust - and you climb in, swinging one leg over the side and letting it sink into the water - which, amazingly, doesn't burn - and then bringing the other leg over; you slowly lower yourself into the depths of the cauldron, which is much deeper than it appears from the outside...

You realize you can breath in this water, and you swim downward and downward. Visions begin to appear to you, and the voice of your higher self and those of your Guides begin to speak to you, answering your questions even before you can ask them. They show you scenes and tell you all that you need to know to proceed along your path...

When you are ready, you swim upward and upward until your head breaks through the surface of the water in the cauldron and you adjust to breathing the air again. Then you climb out of the cauldron and notice that you are completely dry!

Ceridwen is looking at you with such wisdom and love and a knowingness of all you have experienced. Again she smiles that enigmatic smile. "Have you found that which you were seeking?"

"Oh yes, Goddess, I have!", you answer, and express your gratitude for her guidance. You reach into your pocket, remembering that you brought a gift for her, and you hand it to her.

She accepts it gracefully and reaches behind the cauldron...then holding her hand out to you, she gives you a token to take back with you to remind you of your experience - and she tells you that you can come here any time you seek guidance, love and support on your life path...she will always be here for you, and loves you unconditionally!

After thanking her again, you make your way out of the cave and into the cold, crisp air - the full moon high up in the sky, lighting your way home...

Seasonal blessings,
In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear /|\
Senior Archdruid of RDG