Pagan Portals -GWYN AP NUDD
WILD GOD OF FAERY GUARDIAN OF ANNWFM
by Danu Forest
Pub Date 27 Oct 2017
Gwyn, the bright god of the Brythonic underworld Annwfn and Faery king of the wild Welsh spirits the twlwyth teg, is an ancient and mysterious figure. His tales are scattered through oral folklore and across medieval Welsh literature, a depository of our ancient god-tales. Said to dwell within the legendary glass castle within Glastonbury Tor, as well as the black mountains of Wales, he is both a figure of romance and fear. A dark lover through the winter months, leader of the wild hunt, and guardian of the dead. He is the ancient companion of bards and visionaries through the initiatory journey to the depths of the Celtic Underworld, in search of the Goddess of the land herself.
With a close look at traditional magic and lore as well as practical exercises, Gwyn ap Nudd is an essential guide for all those who seek wisdom from the darkness and wild communion with the sovereignty of the land.
A Note From the Publisher
Danu Forest eloquently places the shadowy figure of Gwyn on the secure foundation which he deserves – the ancient myths of Britain, Wales and Ireland – enabling him to take his place as the psychopomp (soul guide) between the worlds. Nicholas R. Mann, author of‘The Isle of Avalon’ and 'Druid Magic'. ~ Nicholas. R. Mann
"Pagan Portals: Gwyn ap Nudd is a fascinating and much needed look at this God. Balancing myth and modern practice, folklore and personal experience this short book is the perfect introduction to the Welsh leader of the Wild Hunt and King of Annwfn. A wonderful addition to any seeker's library and essential reading for anyone interested in the Welsh pantheon or fairylore." - Morgan Daimler, author of Fairycraft and Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk ~ Morgan Daimler
"Gwyn ap Nudd was figuratively and literally lost to the mists of time (his name means "White, son of Mist"). But now Danu Forest has brought the lore and his stories back out into the world, retrieving it from where it lay in the shadow of the Otherworld. In this book, we learn the tales of Gwyn, alongside his queen and his competitor, presented beautifully with exercises and practical advice for the seeker. Having just begun my quest to develop relationship with Gwyn ap Nudd, this book was a treasure trove of information, well-researched and brilliantly executed. Danu's skill with words and presentation of the material shines through all of her work, this book included. Her passion and work in the world is evident throughout, and inspires us on our own paths as we seek out the Old Ways, the the gods and goddesses, the songs of the land and the awen within our own hearts." - Joanna van der Hoeven, author of the best-selling The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid and The Crane Bag: A Druid's Guide to Ritual Tools and Practices. www.joannavanderhoeven.com ~ Joanna van der Hoeven