In later Irish folklore, this role would be delegated to the bain sidhe, who foresaw the death of members of a specific family or clan. Because she was a shape-shifter, she appeared to him for the first time as a bull. She represented the circle of life and was associated with both birth and death. . Also helped me set an altar dedicated to her. Offerings to dark gods don’t have to be gruesome or over the top. The Morrígan: History & Modern Cultus Resources – Bean Chaointe, Book Review: “Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess”. Here you’ll find 8 unique ways to work with The Morrigan. Which ones might be more relaxed, and under what kind of circumstances? The horse stops another one dressed in black and hooded assits me down. Do you feel like you have enough information to make an informed decision, and if not, what kind of information do you still need? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. She will guide you into the deepest, darkest chasms of yourself, then lift you up on her wings. PowerPoint Presentation and PDF provided. It is difficult to find the exact origin of Morrigan in existing texts. Feed them if you’d like. In some Neopagan traditions, she is portrayed in her role as destroyer, representing the Crone aspect of the Maiden/Mother/Crone cycle, but this seems to be incorrect when one looks at her original Irish history. For it is the waters of death and rebirth There are many intiations in life, passages we must go through. Morrigan Morrigan Three times Three,Hear the words I ask of Thee.Grant me vision, Grant me power,Cheer me in my darkest hour.As the night overtakes the day,Morrigan Morrigan Light my way. The Morrigan is the Celtic Goddess of war, shapeshifting, death, crows, motherhood, sex, birth, shadows, destruction and love. Some people use menstrual blood, which is very appropriate. She can be interpreted as providing political or military aid, or protection to the king—acting as a goddess of sovereignty, not necessarily a war goddess. SHe teaches women to stand up be counted, confront, no longer be bullied and to rise above the abuse and lies of the past. Right direction, wrong ending. I strip myself of everything. Invite them to your yard or garden. Since this post got longer than I expected, I broke it down thusly by some of the most common questions I receive from folks poking around in this particular corner of Irish (and Gaelic) polytheism: First, decide for yourself: what do you want? The gate has two swords across it. The Morrigan is intricately linked to the Crow. Please provide 2 to 4 family surnames in the NOTES upon purchase. Light the white sage , and  put it in your caudron. You may enter. This is particularly useful if you want to double-check your own divination/omen interpretation. Take the time to develop your relationship and see where it goes before pinning all your hopes on priesthood, and remember: not everyone is called to priesthood, and being a priest does not make someone better, ‘more devoted,’ or in any way whatsoever superior to a lay worshiper. She shifts into the crow and is almost always depicted with crow familiars around her. (Edit: warriorship looks different to different people and doesn’t necessarily entail direct political action; if you’re interested in this kind of path, I’d recommend talking to a handful of people doing this work to see how they do it, maybe look into the lore to see how it manifests in the mythology itself, and see if any of it meets your own perception and needs.). Mabon – Sept. 21/22 Although Morgan le Fay appears in the Vita Merlini in the twelfth century, a narrative of the life of Merlin by Geoffrey of Monmouth, it's unlikely that there's a connection to the Morrighan. I do not consider myself an expert on the Queens and not all of their dedicants/priests/worshipers are going to agree with everything I say, so YMMV. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Magical Ancestor Origins Profile: Find MAGICK in Your Family History!!! Some scholars point out that war specifically is not a primary aspect of the Morrighan, and that her connection to cattle presents her as a goddess of sovereignty. Say dedicated prayers to her aloud when you’re alone; salute a crow when you pass one and say hello, mentally or verbally. She told him to run but he refused and kept on his path. Celtic women often fought alongside their husbands in battle and were considered fierce protectors of their land and family. Na Morrígna are all unique in their own ways while also sharing space with each other, and between them they cover a variety of subjects (e.g. The theory is that she can be seen as a deity who guides or protects a king. She seemed pleased that we were honoring Her and attempting to answer Her call. Fith Gate- Spirit Elevation Where now one may be commissioned to teach and mentor others in the ways of the Goddess Here you will find the seat of the Crone , the true Elder ancient hag. They all have to work together for your sake, so it’s good to check in with your other blessed and guiding powers and see where they are. I love this. You must must leave your clothing behind. ( Log Out /  flowers when Persephone is near or the sickly sweet smell of flesh-rot if the dead are close. This is the old age aspect of the Goddess. Pouring offerings to the Morrigan in Ireland This was my third trip to Ireland and my first since my Oath to the Morrigan last year. "hold the stone while meditatingfeel her strength in youraise cone of powerground and centerrelease Morrigan "MorriganI thank you, release you and bid you farewellyou are in my heart alwaysBlessed be! , […] The Celtic Goddess of War: Ways to work with the Morrigan […], […] The Triple Goddess archetype is one that reaches far back into ancient times and stretches across cultures. The Morrigan may be a triple goddess or may be three goddesses noted together. She wasn’t afraid to kill if she felt disrespected. dreams, and psychic power Fourth Gate is Earth The realm of faery. I swim yet feel as if I am being pulled under. Morrigan met Dagda, the King of the Tuatha de Dananna, at Samhein. In Celtic mythology, the Morrighan is known as a goddess of battle and war. […]. She is strikingly beautiful yet intimidating. Is this a permanent decision, or does it mean that this just isn’t the right time yet? Whatever method you choose, remember: be as prepared for rejection as you are for acceptance. She’s an omen of impending death and is also seen as one of Ireland’s Washers at the Ford (see our article on the Bean-sidhe or banshee). All are legitimate, and all require different skillsets and experiences. Beannachtai, Macha, please don’t eat me. The next time, she appeared to the warrior as an eel. Many say that she was part of the Tuatha de Dananna, or the tribe of the Goddess Danu. Some people are naturally gifted at shifting, while others need practice. Her sword is stioll pointed now at my throat. (Obligatory reminder to support native Irish folks whenever possible when looking for resources and services concerning Irish culture! That’s between you and her to figure out. Morrigan is not death itself, she is the keeper of death, and she is frightening. But rather, each of her three forms rules over one of the following: smithing, poetry and healing. For modern Pagans, the role of the Morrígan in our religion is different than what it was for our ancestors. Under a moonlit sky a path appears. Cool. . It is best  and advised that one do a dark moon ritual a day or tweo before as when it turns dark it then begins to wax although  no visible light can be seen . If you so choose, try sex magic in honor of The Morrigan and her sacrifice for rebirth and creation. The story of Morrigan’s family is a bit hazy. That said, however, remember that na Morrígna are goddesses who have walked violent battlefields soaked in fresh blood and eaten the flesh of human corpses. What methods of communication with spiritual beings do I already use and trust? She's a complex goddess. She has an interesting relationship with the hero of the story Cu Chulainn. Samhain – April 30th/May 1st I truly believe there’s no such thing as a sign that’s “too silly” or “too shallow”: if something is capable of getting our attention then the gods will use it, whether it’s as blatant as Odin dropping two dead crows on your head, as fleeting as a Tumblr aesthetic post that just so happens to catch your eye when you’re bored enough to pull up Wikipedia and check out who this “Nyx” is, or as subtle as realizing the warm, protective presence you’ve vaguely known since childhood has been Inpw all along. I come out of the water dripping wet and chilled Somone dressed in black comes over to me with a red towel She says here dry yourself. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Today, many Pagans do work with the Morrighan, although many of them describe their relationship with her as being somewhat reluctant at first. Ultimately truth is more useful and practical than self-deception and denial, which will only catch up with you that much more painfully in the future anyway. It’s a hard balance to find: on the one hand, this is a group of goddesses portrayed in their own mythology as reveling in slaughter, wearing ropes of intestines, cursing the shit out of people who admittedly have it coming, and screaming over battlefields while leading hosts of terrifying supernatural horrors. The Morrígan is an appropriate deity for strong, independent people, particularly those on a warrior path. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Call on The Morrigan during ritual. Corpses on the battlefield are referred to as “the sorrow-heaps of Badb” and decapitated heads sometimes as “Macha’s nut-crop.”. You will release the ash back into earth. Many get a “gut feeling” or intuitive conviction that, when they follow it, always seems to turn out. Here are 8 ways to work with The Morrigan. Yes Entrance is by the sword Do you trust Her? However, there's a bit more to her than this. Ostara – Mar. More to be added. Leading deep into the woods. Do you want to have a relationship of some kind, any kind, with her/them in the first place? Points it to my heart She pierces it through It feels like a fire yet not pain in how you think of pain. I know some folks who get intense smells, e.g. The Celtic Goddess of War, The Morrigan, has become a popular pagan deity again in modern times. I always feel stupid just talking out loud to what I’ve always assumed is nothing.