Casting Instructions for 'Inspiration'
Blend your incense the night before you plan -to use it. Light your incense and the candle. Place the cauldron in front of you and half fill with wheat seeds. Stir the cauldron clockwise three times and let the seeds trickle through your fingers as you say: Ceridwen, Ceridwen, I seek your favour Just as you searched for the boy Gwion So I search for the power of Awen Inspiration to be what I must, to discover the known, And to flow with change. Grant, I pray, this power. Since Awen is a threefold gift you should repeat the stirring of the cauldron twice more-or alternatively once on each of the following-two days. When you have finished, tip the remains of the incense into the cauldron and bury the contents. The candle may be snuffed out, but do not use it for anything else. Ceridwen is said to have brewed herbs together to bring the gift of inspiration to her ugly son Agfaddu.Gwion was set to mind the potion but, in being splashed by the potion, absorbed its powers. In escaping the wrath of Ceridwen he became a seed of corn and was swallowed by her in the guise of a blackhen. The Welsh bard Taliesin born nine months later was thus an initiated form of the boy. Artists, writers and poets can all seek this kind of inspiration.
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