Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hwylwen-Heulwen and the Unified Collective Celtic Folksoul

ד' בטבת תשע"א
Grael 7

In follow-up to my blog entries [Cryptic Message For My Sisters and Brothers and My Guide Heulwen], I am excited to note that Heulwen can also be written Hwylwen.

The first syllable hwyl, in addition to meaning sun, also means sail (sounding like the encrypted double word Sale Sale seen in my first dream)! I interpreted this "encrypted" word Sale to be referring to the Ogam letter Saille (which can also be written in English as Sail).

The association of Heulwen/Hwylwen to the word hwyl is significant to me. Michael Quionion provides insight on the word hwyl:

This is how it was described in Garthowen, by Allen Raine (1900):

Will was certainly an eloquent preacher, if not a born orator, and possessed that peculiar gift known in Wales as “hwyl” — a sudden ecstatic inspiration, which carries the speaker away on its wings, supplying him with burning words of eloquence, which in his calmer and normal state he could never have chosen for himself.

That’s much how it’s understood in English. But in Welsh the word more often refers to a complex and intangible quality of passion and sense of belonging that isn’t easy to translate but which has been said to sum up Welshness in a word.

Its origins lie in a much older sense of the sail of a ship and hence elliptically one’s course — in life rather than on the sea.

Hwyl is to the Celtic folksoul as Achdut is to the Jewish folksoul - both terms refer to a unified collective folksoul. My Hwylwen represents my enduring immutable connection to the Celtic folksoul - this is so very exciting to me! My Guide not only represents my Avalonian High Priestess-Goddess self, She also represents my Celtic birthright and Place as both a Timeless Ancestor among and Descendant of the collective Celtic Folksoul.

Blessed be Goddess for bringing to this day!

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