Mayday, but not time just yet to honour her coming
From the Otherworld - Rhiannon on a pale white horse
Evanescing like a glimpse of a first leaf in twilight - there
Then not there - as shadows rise and fall at the edge
Of the wood. I’ll wait for another turn of the Moon,
A new crescent, for a sign of her season; for leaves
Burgeoning bringing green light to the hawthorn,
And then blossom. So I will bright her horse,
With a new coat of whiteness to welcome her:
A new shrine for her coming when summer breezes
Dance in the leaves as her horse slows to turn
And she reigns to be among us once again.
A beautiful bronze slow worm was on the stone in front of my garden shrine this morning. It stayed a while then slid sinuously under the fountain and so lives now in the care of Mererid, Guardian of the Shrine.
In the Realm of Rhiannon such treasures are blessings :
At Samhain I put a grey shroud around the horse on the Altar of Rhiannon. When to take it off? I had not thought that I would be considering this question so early in the year. But the weather is mild and sunny. Spring seems to be burgeoning. Yet it could get colder again before the full promise of Spring is apparent. I thought when I put the shroud around the horse that it might not be appropriate to leave it on until May when Rhiannon is once more amongst us. But in spite of the weather I'll wait a while yet, at least until the Spring Equinox. Or when it is given to me that she rides the paths between here and Annwn even though she might not be riding across our own land, or at least not lifting the veil that is her revelation.