Iolo Morganwg was known in his own day as ‘The Bard of Liberty’. There were very good reasons for this, and I want to explore some of those reasons because they will help us to understand why he and his system are so important to us today.
The three principal uses of all things in the hands of God: that they should be with a view to the greatest need; to the greatest utility; and to the greatest love.
Barddas: Theological Triads
“Hengwrt Library I am afraid has been too much pillaged to have anything curious in it”.
Walter Davies in a letter to his friend William Owen Pughe in London, 1800.
The myth of a place is the narrative that gives it identity. The story is a mixture of truth and untruth; it is in quantum space: to observe it too closely is to destroy it. The identity that derives from it is real, but fragile.
Lean Logic: Myth
During the past few weeks of confinement, I’ve been engaging in quite a lot of divination, using both the I Ching and the Coelbren y Beirdd. I’ve been receiving a number of repeating patterns in the answers. Wait. Do not act now. The time is not right. This is a time of danger, of stasis; a time when one cycle has come to an end but the next cycle is not yet ready to commence. This is a time to rexamine, and re-commit to, one’s values.
Much of this relates to my personal situation, and the course of my own life. However, as the days pass, and the news gets grimmer, I understand that it applies to all of us, and to the society we have been living in.