Rhiannon is the Welsh underworld goddess.  Her name derives from Rigantona, which means "great queen."  She is an embodiment of life, death, and rebirth, for in her realm there is no death without regeneration.  A shape shifter, she can assume any form she watns and she often appears as a white horse.  She is a muse goddess and is accompanied by three sweet-singing birds who can revive the dead or put the living to sleep.  In later myth she appears as Nimue or as Vivien, the Lady of the Lake.  Rhiannon is a beautiful queen of the night, reminding us of the close balance between death and rebirth.  She points the way to our instinctual and animal selves as a source of creativity, abundance, and order.

together in light and darkness


description & paintings  by Susan Seddon Boulet