Half moon waxing from Castle HillCome back to the land.
Come back to its spirits.
Place one foot upon the earth,
Trust the other to the infinite.
With widening eyes
And darkening pupils
See the valley’s intimate life,
Loose your mind on the vision hill
Where fairy folk abide
As bird and hedgehog
And a camouflage of tree people
Uncannies the wood.
Come back to the land,
Come back to its partner
And dance between their wonder
Like your shadow never could.

Castle Hill*This poem is based on words of guidance from Gwyn combined with inspiration from my local landscape and the fairies.


4 thoughts on “Guidance

  1. There are two places in ‘How Culwch Won Olwen’ where Gwyn offers advice to Arthur:

    ‘Then Arthur summoned unto him Gwyn ab Nudd, and he asked him if he knew aught of Twrch Trwyth. And he said that he did not.’

    ‘Said Arthur, “Is there any one of the marvels yet unobtained?” Said one of his men, “There is–the blood of the witch Orddu, the daughter of the witch Orwen, of Pen Nant Govid, on the confines of Hell.” Arthur set forth towards the North, and came to the place where was the witch’s cave. And Gwyn ab Nudd, and Gwythyr the son of Greidawl, counselled him to send Kacmwri, and Hygwyd his brother, to fight with the witch. And as they entered the cave, the witch seized upon them, and she caught Hygwyd by the hair of his head, and threw him on the floor beneath her. And Kacmwri caught her by the hair of her head, and dragged her to the earth from off Hygwyd, but she turned again upon them both, and drove them both out with kicks and with cuffs.

    And Arthur was wroth at seeing his two attendants almost slain, and he sought to enter the cave; but Gwyn and Gwythyr said unto him, “It would not be fitting or seemly for us to see thee squabbling with a hag. Let Hiramreu and Hireidil go to the cave.” So they went. But if great was the trouble of the first two that went, much greater was that of these two. And Heaven knows that not one of the four could move from the spot, until they placed them all upon Llamrei, Arthur’s mare. And then Arthur rushed to the door of the cave, and at the door he struck at the witch, with Carnwennan his dagger, and clove her in twain, so that she fell in two parts. And Kaw, of North Britain, took the blood of the witch and kept it.’

    In ‘The Dialogue of Gwyddno Garanhir and Gwyn ap Nudd’ he appears as a warrior, protector and guide of the dead:

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