Arthurian Mysteries – Guinevere would blush!

There are several references in the Arthurian legends about the kidnapping of Guinevere by Mordred, the nephew of Arthur. In some versions, Arthur marries Guinevere who, of course, then takes Lancelot as a companion. Upon discovering this, Arthur then lays siege to Lancelot’s castle. During the ruckus, Mordred then sneaks in and grabs Guinevere to make her his queen so that he would be acknowledged as the new ruler of the land. And then, yatta yatta yatta ~ and the story continues on.

When pulling this section out and holding it up to the light, it seems to reflect that Guinevere had three lovers rather than the usual two as perpetuated in the modern version of the tale. There have also been several opinions that the Tale of Merlin and Arthur has quite a bit to do with the political and social situation of a changing tide from paganism to Christianity.

In the surviving remnants of paganism, the triple and triadic aspect is a repetitive theme. Triple Goddesses such as Brighid and the Welsh Triads, as well, are examples of the crucial importance of this in the Celtic and Welsh mind.

In the Arthurian tales, the switch from a Triple Goddess to a Triple Male aspect seems to be taking place as if representative of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost of patriarchy laying ownership to the feminine aspect in the form of Guinevere. However, there is a deeper mystery to this passage. In Arthur, we have the ownership claim through power. In Lancelot, we have the ownership claim through love and the heart. In Mordred, we have ownership through the mind (in his attempt to manipulate a situation into his advantage.)

But, it is important to remember that as the story progress, not one of them alone has the power to harness the feminine aspect and Guinevere ends up in a convent.

There is an important lesson to be learned in this passage. Mind, heart, and power divided within us or without us and separated singularly into being a prime aspect and/or motivation of our lives, while seemingly successful at the forefront, seldom results in a comprehensive conclusion of what we are seeking.


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