Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Morrígan Mythology

Morrígan  (also known as the Morrigu) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have been considered a goddess of battle, strife, and sovereignty. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster Cycle she also takes the forms of an eel, a wolf and a cow.


She has been known by many names throughout Ireland, Britain and Wales, such as Morrigu, Morgain, Morgan and The Morrigan. She has also been given many titles, including the Lady of the Lake and the Goddess of Water and Magick. They have called her the Phantom Queen, the Goddess of War, Fate and Death and the Goddess of Battle, Strife, and Fertility, as well as a Moon Goddess, the Queen of the Fairies, the Goddess of Rivers, Lakes and Fresh Water, and the Patroness of Priestesses and Witches. There are people who both fear her and admire her, and it is only right and proper that they do, because this amazingly powerful goddess is The Morrigan, the Celtic Goddess of War. More at: Angelfire

The Morrígan is a triple goddess in Ireland, consisting of Babd, the mother aspect , associated with the cauldron, crows and ravens and of life, wisdom, inspiration and enlightenment. The second aspect is Macha, the Protectress in war as in peace, goddess of war and death. Cunning, sheer physical force, sexuality, fertility, dominance over men. And the third aspect, Nemain- Celtic Goddess of panic and war. More at:  Etsy

Flying above the warriors, by Jose Augusto Rodríguez Sepúlveda

The Celts believed that, as they engaged in warfare, the Morrigan flew shrieking overhead in the form of a raven or carrion crow, summoning a host of slain soldiers to a macabre spectral bane. When the battle had ended, the warriors would leave the field until dawn in order that the Morrigan could claim the trophies of heads, euphemistically known as "the Morrigan's acorn crop." More at: The GuardHouse

Morrigan goddess of war of the celts. Her totem is the raven

A Goddess of battles who appears in the form of a scavenging scald-crow or a ragged winged raven, glorying in death and battle'.

This is the commonly held image of the Morrigan in folklore and story telling and in this form she plays a significant part in both the mythological story cycle, and the Heroic cycle. More at: Morrighan Raven Moon