ASPECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MORRIGAN
Fate, Death, Rebirth, Magic, Revenge, War, Warriors, Change.
ANIMALS SACRED TO HER
Crow, Wolf, Black horse
HER CONNECTION TO THE MOON
The Morrigan is a Moon Goddess.
Her moon is the Dark Moon
She is a powerful goddess that helps to find the truth and fights at your
side for Justice ( not only what you consider justice to be) .
GODDESSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE MORRIGAN
Baba Yaga, Kali, Anahita, Sheela-Na-Gig, Coatlicue, Sekhmet
The information on Morrigan is vast, and at times contradictory. It would take many, many webpages to tell all of her stories and it was very difficult to narrow this down! From maiden to mother to crone, from the destruction of war and death, to the beauty of the river of rebirth, Morrigan shows us the full circle of life. As with many Divine Feminine images, time can distort, and different cultures take on different attributes. What I have found that is close to the truth in my experience with her follows.
Morrigan is an Irish and Celtic Goddess. She can shapeshift into a crow or raven. It is said that she would take this form and fly over battlefields "calling upon the spirits of slain warriors." (p. 252, McCoy) She is a triple goddess, with the aspects of the "virgin Ana, flowering fertility- goddess; the mother Babd, "Boiling" the cauldron perpetually producing life; and the crone Macha, "great Queen of the Phantoms" or Mother Death." (p. 675, Walker). I believe she was also originally connected to the Great Irish Mother Goddess, Anu (later called Danu). In her aspect of Macha she was so powerful her name was the ancient capital of Ireland (p. 186, Kimball).
In the tales of the first people of Ireland, the Tuatha De Danann (literally the people of the Goddess Danu, pg. 189 Kimball), Morrigan was said to have blown a protective fog over all of the land, so that they would not be invaded. This shows the strength of Morrigan, and the protection the people received from her. Morrigan is also connected with death and destruction and battles. One story tells that Macha was forced to race while pregnant with twins, and when she (easily) won she gave birth to the twins. She was so angry at her tormentors for giving birth in public that way, she cursed them with the pain of childbirth before enemies were closing in. For nine generations when Ulster came under attack the men would experience the pains of childbirth (p. 192 Kimball).
Morrigan is a "Goddess of rivers, lakes and freshwaters", and she was seen by Cu Chulain before his death, washing the clothes and arms.
It is said that if one sees Morrigan by the river washing their clothes or body, is is a prediction of death before going into battle. Looking at this story, one can see the river or water as a place of rebirth, that Morrigan as the Goddess washing, anointing the body before being reborn. I have included photo of a local river in honor of Her.
Calling upon the strength of a woman that can fight off armies, and wash the dead is very powerful. Darkness, death, is a natural part of life, and brewing in the cauldron of rebirth is new life. But what I have found is to recognize that over time most Goddesses have been demonized... made to be solely focused on sex or death. Taking out pieces of the cycle, and turning them into something evil. Just as the wise crone was turned to hag. But today's women are beginning to shed a new light on this.
A CALL FROM THE GODDESS
There are many women who have connected with Morrigan in ritual, and have had personal experiences with her. There is even a yahoo group of women dedicated to her (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
Megan was going through the weakest time in her life, hating herself and being left by her husband to raise four kids on her own. She was in a fundamentalist church, and felt Morrigan come to her. Megan thinks Morrigan comes to the women who have been "battered and bruised by patriarchy". That she "teaches women to find their own strength." Megan had never even heard of her before when she was called by her in the church. Over time,with Morrigan by her side, she found strength to leave the church, move from her family and take care of herself and her children. She became her own strong woman. In Megan's words, "She taught me to allow myself to get angry enough to say NO MORE. And to stand on my own two feet and to speak my mind. And even to allow myself to think my own thoughts, rather than what was programmed into me since childhood. Morrigan gives us our life back." Megan told me that she felt that Morrigan was a Great Goddess before being a Celtic Goddess. That when the Celts took over the Tuatha, they "fought so fiercely that the Celts attributed it to the Goddess Morrigan" and kept only the aspect of battle to her. The things that Megan has found Morrigan presides over are the following: courage, death, enchantments, magic, moon, destruction, night, passion, psychic abilities, retribution, revenge, tarot, war, fresh water, fate, foretelling, hunting, oracles, prophecy, rituals, sexuality, shape-shifting, spiritual illumination, poetry
RITUAL IN HONOR OF MORRIGAN
Intent: Finding inner strength, intuitive wisdom, remembering the great cycle and changes you are a part of.
Time: Do this ritual at night, on a new moon, or near the new moon phase.
Items Needed: 3 candles, red, white and black. Bowl of water. Stone (ideally from a river or lake).
Ritual preparation: Place bowl of water outside under the darkness (or near window). If you want to write on your stone, do it ahead of time so it can dry.
Light white, red, black candles on a new moon. Cast a protective circle with the intent written above.
Stand near your altar holding a stance of strength (this could be a warrior pose from yoga, or maybe you feel the stance of strength for you is to show your relaxing side, to let down your guard, follow your heart here). If there isn't a position that comes to you, try this triangle. Spread the feet shoulder width apart. Stand tall, and imagine your feet grounding down with roots into the Earth. Allow your spine to lengthen as your crown rises up to the Heavens. Breath in deeply. Raise your arms over head, and place the palms to each other, in a prayer position above your head. Let the shoulders come down the back. Now stand in this great triangle, a symbol of Woman and Goddess. Imagine the lifeblood of Goddess coming through your veins. That the power is within you. It is not something dark to be feared- but a real strength from love and life. Yes, you can take that strength out and defend yourself if need be, but you can also take that strength to heal and spread love here and now. You feel within you the strength and courage to face yourself, from your own birth through adolecense, adulthood, old age and death, to rebirth again. You are ever changing life. As you stand, sense Morrigan's presence, see if she speaks to you. Thank her for her wisdom. If you feel inspired to stretch and move at this time feel free to go with it, it may make you more comfortable for the next part while sitting!
Come to a comfortable sitting position. Take a shawl or blanket and wrap it around your shoulders and back. To represent the ever changing life, gaze into your bowl of water. Allow the mind to relax, and the thoughts to come. What do you see back at you. What do you feel? Take the time to see and hear the messages. When you intuitively know this period of illumination has come to an end take your river stone and place it into the water. This is the cauldron of rebirth. What did you write on your stone that needs to be strengthened, or transformed in your life? Or is the stone simply you, jumping into the mystery of life? Imagine what you need coming into that stone and into you. When the time is right, take the stone and place it in your hand. If you like, recite the following poem, or another chant that calls to you.
Oh Great Goddess Morrigan,
You are the Woman that so many fear,
But You are inside me.
You are the birth and life and death
that creates rebirth and renewal.
You are the healer, the giver at the strongest time of need,
You anoint the dead,
You bless the land and create the harvest.
Protect me and Guide me on my travels,
As I know only you can stand so strong.
A true warrior shows strength in their own vulnerability,
and I stand with you.
With gratitude open your circle and have a glass of water. Place the stone somewhere you can see it and be reminded of yourself as Goddess. Carry it with you when you need strength.
Another Ritual for Morrigan:
A Ritual for Morrigan
Items needed: Red candle, black candle, stone and herbs appropriate for her, a black feather (preferably Crow or Raven). Optional: a small amount of menstral blood, elemental candles and anything else you use to cast a circle with.
Ground and center
cast circle with feather
light red and black candles
consecrate stone to Morrigan
call Morrigan to give you strength
"Morrigan, I call upon your inspiration
I call upon your strength
Come from the dark cave
into this circle of light
I call upon you Morrigan
to come into my heart
Be here now!"
hold the stone while meditating
feel her strength in you
raise cone of power
ground and center
release Morrigan "Morrigan
I thank you, release you and bid you farewell
you are in my heart always
One more Ritual:
RITUAL DEDICATED TO THE MORRIGAN
YOU WILL Need:
black and red candles
Bath-salt with dragons blood
incense sandalwood, tuberose
red cover- counterpane
music - Kiva (South Kiva/Mother Ayahuasca) Ron Sunsinger and Steve Roach
Time: evening/night of the dark moon
Take a warm bath in the red tinted water
Meditate to prepare to enter the realm of the Morrigan
Come out of the water and wrap yourself up in a cozy bathrobe
Start the music
Light the black and red candles (only if you like, you can stay without light)
Light the incense
Ask the Morrigan to keep care of you during this evening/night
Now lay down on the floor, skyclad, and relax
Breath the heavy sent of the incense
Feel how the mother earth is absorbing you
Enter her realm
Feel how you fall
deeper and deeper
how you sink in her womb
feel the warmth
the pure energy encircling, embracing you
Be a part of her
You are no longer a discrete being
Give up your ego
and fall fall fall....
Be like blinking star in the dark space
Be a part of this cosmos
Feel other stars around you
You all are streaming towards this black whole
fly with all the others....
see how this black dark whole comes near,
how it soaks you up
You feel very relaxed when you enter the energy of her black center
You are centered,
you are filled with energy
you are part of the whole
Feel the darkness
and come down...
Now the black darkness turns into a deep red
After a while you see it is the red walls of a perfect round cave
you are lying in the cave of the goddess
you can smell the ground, the earth
you can feel her energy
you feel the smooth ground of the earth under your body
feel the presence of the mother
feel her power and seal it up in your belly
Your belly is the center of your being
You will take this energy with you
back to the room you are lying
Now touch the ground with your hands
Feel the velvet ground
Feel your body your spine lying on the ground
Feel the velvet underground you are laying on
Smell the incense
Keep your eyes shut and dream along, feeling how the energy is caressing you
Get more and more aware of your environment
If you feel ready open your eyes
If you feel ready sit up
Listen to some nice music
Eat the pomegranate seeds...
Amazing Art: Jessica Galbreth
Bright Blessings ♥