A Goddess Dedication
By: Luna Esque
Adept, Sisters in the Goddess Tree
a mother Goddess, gave birth to a triad of Warrior Goddesses—Badb,
Macha, and Anu, also known as the Morrigan, a triumvirate. The Morrigan
is an ancient Celtic goddess of battle, strife, war and perhaps
ironically, fertility. She is called: morrigan (Moor-rig-oo) / MORRIGAN
(Mor-ee-gan) / MORRIGHAN / MORGAN (Moor-gan) (Ireland, Wales, and
Britain) Supreme war goddess. Queen of phantoms and demons,
shape-shifter. The crone aspect of the goddess, great white goddess.
Patroness of priestesses and witches. Revenge, night, magick, prophecy.
She is often depicted in the form of a crow or raven.
Similar to the Valkyries
in Norse mythology, the Morrigan uses her magic to hinder or help
warriors. The Morrigan is of Irish tradition and is often depicted as a
singular woman. Crows and ravens follow her spirit wherever it goes,
and if you see crows or ravens around you it could mean her spirit is
around you guarding you and watching for impending battle. The Irish
Goddess of fertility, war, and death would often appear on battlefields
in the form of a crow or raven and would consume the dead. Her name
means "Great Queen". In the Ulster cycle, she also takes on the forms
of an eel, wolf, and a cow.
The Morrigan is also a
Moon Goddess and is associated with Baba Yaga, Kali, Anahita,
Sheila-Na-Gig, Coatlicue, and Sekhmet. The Morrigan is a power Goddess
that helps to find the truth and fights at your side for Justice.
During the beginning of a legal battle, her spirit starting coming to
me and is still with me. I am always surrounded by crows or
ravens. That is Her spirit. The Morrigan shape shifts into a crow
or raven and flies over the battlefields of life ‘calling upon the
spirits of slain warriors.’
The Morrigan is a
Triple Goddess; Anu, the maiden of flowering fertility; Babd, the
mother who produces life; and Macha, the great crone also known as the
Queen of the Phantoms or Mother Death. In some artwork, The Morrigan is
depicted as a bird Goddess with the body of a woman and the head of a
crow or raven.
In the tales of the first
people of Ireland, the Tuatha De Danann (literally the people of the
Goddess Danu), 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, 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 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, it 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 is washing, anointing the body before being reborn.
Calling upon the
strength of a Goddess that can fight off armies, and wash the dead is
very powerful. Darkness and death is a natural part of life, and
brewing in the cauldron of rebirth is new life. The following is a
popular prayer to the Morrigan.
PRAYER TO THE MORRIGAN
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.
Morrigan Morrigan Raven Queen,
Round & round the Hawthorn green.
Queen of beauty, Queen of Art,
Yours my body, Yours my heart.
All my trust I place in thee,
Morrigan Morrigan Be with me.
image by David Gaillet
The Morrigan is a
powerful source for when someone is going through rough times.
Sometimes her calling is so obvious with her coming to a person in the
form of a crow or a raven calling you to your battle and letting that
person know that She is on your side. It can be very unnerving at
first, but She is there for a reason. To connect with her, one can do a
ritual. The following is a ritual outline I have put together to help
someone understand the role of the Morrigan in their own life.
Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Bay leaves (divination), and Basil. Bay
leaves put under the pillow at night can bring on prophetic dreams.
Candles: White for new birth, red for blood and passion, and black to dispel negativity.
A black cauldron with water in it, and a large silver type coin to represent the full moon in it, for she is a Moon Goddess.
Put a picture on the
altar and the four quarters of The Morrigan, and invoke her for the
four quarters. The following is an invocation written to The Morrigan
to be read at the beginning of the ritual.
INVOCATION TO THE MORRIGAN
Mother Morrigan of life and death
I call you for guidance and strength
Help me to speak with you on my breath
And fight my battles wisely at length
Help me to understand the situation at hand
And make the correct decisions to defend my land
Grant me wisdom in all that I do
I call on you now to see me through
Then gaze into the cauldron at the silver coin representing the full
moon, remembering that the Morrigan is a Moon goddess. Focus on your
third eye sight. Concentrate on the Morrigan and any messages she has
for you. After the ritual, ground yourself and close the circle. Don’t
forget to put Bay Leaves under your pillow as you sleep so you can
receive dreams of divination and prophecy.
• original ritual written by Luna Esque