Gwyn’s Feast 2022

Gwyn ap Nudd is a Brythonic God of the dead and a ruler of Annwn. In ‘The Life of St Collen’ He is depicted presiding over a magical feast on Glastonbury Tor. In ‘The Spoils of Annwn’ He is the keeper of a cauldron that will not boil meat for a coward and His fortress has many names including Caer Vedwit ‘The Mead Feast Fort’.

The existence of a feast day for Gwyn is suggested by the tradition of a fair held around the 29th of September on Glastonbury Tor. It is now dedicated to St Michael, who on this date banished Satan from Hell. This is echoed by St Collen supposedly banishing Gwyn and His people who he calls ‘devils’.

I have been celebrating Gwyn’s Feast on the 29th of September for nearly 10 years as a way of claiming His feast back from St Michael and for entering communion with Him, with the spirits of Annwn, and with the dead. The feast consists of pork (based on Gwyn’s hunt for Twrch Trwyth ‘King of Boars’), apples, and mead or cider.

This year Thornsilver Hollysong and I will be holding a celebration of Gwyn’s Feast on Vyvianne Armstrong’s Land Sea Sky Travel Zoom channel from 6pm – 8pm BST / 1pm – 3pm EST. This will include devotions and offerings to Gwyn, a space to discuss experiences with Him, poetry readings and a meditation in which we will join Him and His people at His feast and seek communion with Him.

This is open to all and you can join the meeting HERE.*

This year I have planted Michaelmas daisies in my wildflower area as a way of claiming Gwyn’s Feast back from St Michael. I have also been harvesting apples from our trees, which I associate with Him as Afallach, a name given to Him as a King of Annwn who presides over an isle of apples.


*Please email the team or myself at lornasmithers81@gmail.com for the password if you are new.

Edited 27/09/22 to add what we feast on following Greg’s comment.

Tylwyth Gwyn on Land Sea Sky Travel

Over the next month, on Land Sea Sky Travel, in the Corvids and Cauldrons chatroom, Vyviane Armstrong, Thornsilver Hollysong, Bryan Hewitt, and I are going to be hosting a series of meetings titled Tylwyth Gwyn. In them we are going to be exploring and deepening our devotional relationships with the Brythonic deity Gwyn ap Nudd and his family through shared devotions, practices such as meditations, and discussions of gnosis.

Thurs 4th Feb 2.30pm EST / 7.30pm GMT – Gwyn ap Nudd

Thurs 11th Feb 2.30pm EST / 7.30pm GMT – Creiddylad

Thurs 18th Feb 2.30pm EST / 7.30pm GMT – Nodens/Nudd

Thurs 25th Feb 2.30pm EST / 7.30pm GMT – Anrhuna

These meetings are free and everybody is welcome. You can join by the Zoom link HERE.

*This image is an illustration from Y Tylwyth Teg (1935) and pictures a man brought before the Fairy King (Gwyn).

Gwyn ap Nudd Conference

On Sunday 6th December Land Sea Sky Travel are hosting an on-line conference for Gwyn ap Nudd. Gwyn is a Brythonic god of the dead, ruler of Annwn (the Otherworld), and leader of the Wild Hunt. Throughout centuries of Christianity he and his spirits were demonised, but now the worship of this god, who is associated with the wild wisdom of the forest and the divine inspiration known as awen that pours from the cauldron he guards in the depths of Annwn is being revived. This is the perfect opportunity, whether you know nothing of Gwyn or already have a relationship with him, to learn more about him and deepen your knowledge with modern devotees.

The conference will take place from 10am EST / 3pm GMT until 8pm EST / 1am GMT. It will open with devotions from Thornsilver Hollysong and include an introduction to Gwyn and meditation from Jamie Waggoner, a bardic set titled ‘Gwyn ap Nudd: A Poetic Journey’ from myself, then talks on how Gwyn came to be identified with the devil from Gwilym Morus-Baird, the different forms Gwyn takes in current times from Bryan Hewitt, and ‘A Writer’s Guide to Gwyn ap Nudd and Working With his “Devils of Annwfn”‘ from Cat Heath.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $20 to $60 on the Land Sea Sky Travel website HERE.