Y Mabinogi – Welcome, Arawn

Every Monday morning I have a ritual.

I go to my studio/workspace, light some incense, sit quietly, then shuffle a Tarot deck asking the question, “What are the trends I should be aware of in my life this coming week?” I continue to shuffle the deck, focussing on the question until it feels right, I cut the deck and draw the top card.

The card stays on my desk all week to remind me.

It’s the first thing I do every week.

I’ve used a number of decks over the years. My favourites are the Wildwood Tarot, the DruidCraft Tarot, and the Robin Wood deck. But as I’ve been immersed within the Mabinogion, for the past few months I’ve been using the Llewelyn Tarot – a beautiful deck with art from the stories within the Mabinogion. It felt right. My whole Journey is being seemingly merged with those tales, the edges disappearing, the liminal spaces becoming harder to identify. Meeting a being from those stories each week brings the shores of Annwn even closer.

Today I drew the Death card. It shows Arawn, travelling through the forest on his dapple-grey mare, attended by his pack of hunting hounds. He is hooded, and grey. I have always been in awe of Arawn, and his realm. Once or twice I’ve felt that my feet have walked very close to its border. I can think back to a couple of very silly decisions from my youth where he must have been watching me, ready to take my hand should I trip across. He is also the only Deity I have ever actively invoked during ritual. I haven’t been one for submitting control since then to be honest. It was Samhain, in a field far away from any town or village, under a star-filled sky, and I invited him in within a grove of Willow trees. Although I asked him to leave, I do feel that he has been with me ever since.

How do I feel having the Death card sitting on my desk this week? Calm. Peaceful. Guided, and nurtured. If you read the Tarot you will know that the Death card can mean many things and physical death is but one of those. I’m not sure, but this time I think it means the death of the old, and the beginning of the new. All around me my home has changed. We now have an upstairs, and I am currently typing this in my new dedicated recording studio. Whilst the building work has taken place (since August last year) I’ve been writing. Writing the story of the First Branch of Y Mabinogi, and writing the songs that will add colour and depth to the storytelling. I have two more songs to write and the album is written. But first, the story needs to be told. So this week the first recording will happen, as I tell the tales, and the first story I will tell will be the meeting of Pwyll and Arawn. No surprise then that he wished to be present whilst his tale be told.

I welcome you, Arawn, Lord of Annwn. May my tongue be blessed by the Awen. May my words do you and your Kin honour, as I open the door to this new part of the Journey.

10 Comments

  1. Jeannie Adey February 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic card to draw at this time…the death card is also the card of change, or the cutting away of dead wood! The light calls
    May the blessings of the goddess be with you in your endeavours

  2. Mike C. February 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I honestly cannot express how eager I am to hear your these stories told by you. They seem almost alien here in Atlantic Canada, and for some reason the words on the page don’t always come alive. I suppose it’s because I stumble over so many names. I want to connect to them more, and your telling no doubt will aid me in that!

  3. Jio February 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    This is lovely, a really nice sign of things to come. Can’t wait to hear some new stuff from you!

  4. Sonia Smith February 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Ah yes.

    Maybe a Lord of the Otherworld/Underworld is something stirring in the subconscious after seeds have been sown?

    Transformation is in progress in many ways.

    Treasure is there to be had in the darkest of places.

    You have swallowed the pomegranate seed, took your place in the dark halls, and came up renewed and wiser, and with the Gift of creativity.

    Blessed Be.

  5. Donna Tyrer February 13, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    As always I read with my breath held, the lessons in have learned are so precious.
    Thank you as always for you gift of word and song.
    Blessed be xxx

  6. Roland February 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful card and can’t wait to hear your music, the story of the Mabinogi. I am sure that this card will give you inspiration too your writing. Many enlightened blessings to you.

  7. Jeannetta February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Awe-inspiring…I am excited to be transported and enlightened by your story-telling…in words and musical notes woven together into that bridge that connects hearts and minds and timeless beingness…thank you, Damh, for bringing us along on your journeying.

    Bright Blessings /|\

  8. Nick February 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    When I first started Tarot I was always afraid of the Death card, but now I understand the deeper significance of the meaning of the card. Thank you for giving more insight to a ominous card.

  9. Mike February 26, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I do a Moon as significator Celtic spread each and every full moon, for more than 15 years- recorded.

    Last one had Death as Surrounding Influences.

    I got the Psychic Tarot deck on a whim 2000’ish. I drove past a buy and sell place for years and kept feeling a ‘call’ to come inside.

    Eventually, (2005’sh) I said a’right I’ll play – went inside & found a large repro of “The Star” from that deck; with a knife point in the middle o’ the peacock.

    The book has a misprint for that number, snicker, snicker, tee hee.

    I’ve covered the knife wound with a brass cut out of the Hebrew letter Tzaddi, & some Mistletoe.

    Tzaddi _IS_ the Star; Uncle Al – ‘mmkay?

    Moral of the story. When (Awen) a/k/a/ the Muse speaks – LISTEN!!!

    Keep walkin’ the path Y’all..

    (My folks are from Cornwall- I don’t do McCeltic )

  10. terri March 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    2017 IS supposed to be a year of new beginnings…looks like Arawn knows this šŸ™‚

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