Rhiannon Rings Like a Bell Through the Night...

...and wouldn't you love to love her?

Yesterday was my cousin Rhiannon's birthday!

Escorting me down the bunny slope....at age 32...

Escorting me down the bunny slope....at age 32...

You've heard me talk about her a lot over the years.

Here are a couple things I love about her but, you know what I love most about her?

Her Name.  She IS her name.  What a great name.  Did you know Rhiannon is the Welsh Horse Goddess?  Her name means White Witch or Great Queen.

The story of the Celtic goddess Rhiannon reminds us of the healing power of humor, tears, and forgiveness. The goddess Rhiannon is a goddess of movement and change who remains steadfast, comforting us in times of crisis and of loss.
— goddessgift.com

This just couldn't be more true.  Rhiannon is constantly a source of calm.  If I'm really having trouble thinking something through, she's the one I call.  

One of our friends has Rhiannon as her emergency contact on her phone - not her husband - Rhiannon.  Because, Rhiannon will always answer and can solve any problem.

Rhiannon gallops into your life to tell you how to work with doubt. To doubt someone or something when your instincts are giving you warning signals is healthy. To spend time doubting yourself is self-negating and not very helpful. The best way of working with self-doubt is to turn it into self-questioning. Self- doubt leads you nowhere. Self-questioning gives you answers. Do you get stuck in doubt and let it turn your optimism into despair, your confidence into low self-esteem, your vitality into sluggishness and procrastination? Does doubt align itself with your fears to keep you from succeeding? Do the doubts of others shipwreck your dreamboat? Perhaps where the outside world is concerned you need to exercise a bit more skepticism, rather than trusting blindly. The Goddess tells you not to let doubt erode your sacred self. Allow yourself to question rather than doubt so that you can gain the answers you need to continue on your path to wholeness.
— spheresoflight.com

This just couldn't be more true.  Whenever I bring a problem to Rhiannon she always and, I do mean always, reminds me of something I said previously.  She is the absolute best at helping you answer your own questions by reminding you of what you hold important.  She is an absolute doubt smasher.

Also, it's important to note here, that Rhiannon didn't get her name because her mom was a beatnik who loved Fleetwood Mac.  Nope.  Her mom gave her and her sister strong Welsh names that fit them perfectly.

Stevie Nicks wrote her song Rhiannon because she loved her too.

I didn’t write Rhiannon for commerciality. I wrote Rhiannon because I loved her name and I loved her story. I didn’t write her to be sold, she simply is not for sale and has never been.
— Stevie Nicks, BBC One to One, 1989

On that note, I'll leave you with the song that always makes me miss her!

Happy Birthday Rhi Rhi!  This year is going to be a good one!