The Morrighan


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  Info on the Morrighanic tradfition  can be found in Coven of the Morrighan on your left in the navagation Two circles under one banner

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A Hym to the Morrighan
Hail and bless the great Morrighan
Hail and greetings to the Crone
Hail and Greetings to the Queen of the Night
Hail and all praise to the Old and Ancient One
Hail and praise to She who is Magick
She is the fear tha coils around the heart
She is the nightmare to those who do wrong
The haunting of those who dare to cause harm
She is the prophetess of fates
She is the Queen of fairies and of Witches
She is death , and a poets inspiration
Hail and salute the Great Phantom Queen
Hail and salute  the Mor righan
She who is three yet One
She is the fury of battle
She is the sword of freedom
She is the Crow and raven who flys over head
Hail and bless the Great Morrighan
A toast of ale and offering of blood
Hail and bless The Great Morrighan!!!!!!!


 The Morrighan ("Great Queen", "Specter Queen", "Supreme War Goddess" or "Queen of Phantoms or Demons") Irish/Celtic. The Dark aspect of the Celtic Triple Goddess. Crone aspect of the Goddess. Great Mother. Moon Goddess. Great White Goddess. Queen of the Fairies. Matroness of priestesses and Witches. Queen of the Witches and Goddess of Magick. Associated with revenge, night, magick, prophecy, wisdom, war and peace. Possibly a pre-Celtic Moon goddess.In her Dark Aspect, she is the Goddess of War, Fate and Death. As a War Goddess, she reigned over the battlefield, helping with her magick, but did not join in battles. The "Washer at the Ford" (seem washing bloody laundry prior to battle by those destined to die). With her, others like Fea (Hateful), Nemon (Venomous), Badb (Fury) and Macha (Battle) encouraged fighters to battle-madness. Marries the Dagdha at Samhain. Daughter of Ernmas, and sometimes a collective name for all three of her daughters; see Badhbh. Her symbol was the raven or crow. Like many Goddesses, She was a shapechanger. She often turned into a raven or hooded crow. The carrion crow is her favorite disguise. Could also appear as a beautiful Maiden or an ugly Hag.

Myths/Tradition says she has nine loosed tresses on her head, a sign of her connection with the Ninefold Goddess of the Cauldron. Goddess of rivers, lakes, and fresh water. Once she confronted the Celtic hero Cu Chulainn, attacking him in the forms of a crow, a gray wolf and a hornless red heifer. He was able to fight all of them off, but she had the last laugh, when he was dying in battle years later, she turned into a hooded crow and perched on his dying body as his enemies approached to finish him off. she did not actually fight, but urged on her chosen armies and intimidated the ones She wanted to lose with Her fearsome war cries. she survived into medieval times as Morgan Le Fay, the witch who haunted King Arthur and his knights. "Like Macha, the Crone aspect of the Morrigan, Morgan as Mother Death cast the destroying curse on every man." -- Barbara Walker,



Grahame Atkinson



The goddess of battle and procreation. She is a triple goddess, one of the myriad of triad deities that clutter Celtic and other pagan cultures. Her individual aspects were Nemain, Babdh and Macha. The Morrighan combines the energies of life and death, sexuality and conflict all in one powerful and terrifying deity.
As separate entities, Nemain, Babdh and Macha each had their individual powers. Little is known of Nemain except that she is a crone goddess of battle and strife.

Babdh is well recorded, in common with her sisters she could shape-change at will, sometimes appearing as a foul hag, sometimes as an alluring maiden but most often as a bird. She was often to be seen on the battlefield in the guise of a wolf, close to those she had selected to die. She could often be seen flying above the fray in the form of a crow or raven. Prior to battle she would usually be encountered beside a stream in which she was washing the armor and weapons of those who were about to die. Babdh could alter the course and outcome of battles by use of powerful magic, a trait she shared with her sisters. Other shared traits were an affinity with water, an ability to change her shape at will and an insatiable lust for both men and gods.
Macha was a daughter of Midhir, an Irish fertility goddess and a formidable warrior, who built the fortress named after her Emain Macha. It was the stronghold of the Red Branch Warriors and also the ancient capital city of Ulster, a prehistoric and probably ritual site, which is today known as Navan Fort. She is also associated with the city of Armargh, or Ard Macha, which became the centre of Celtic Christianity during the reign of England’s James the first. At this site she had an eternal flame dedicated to her which was attended by temple maidens. This task was later taken over by nuns who created a shrine to a local saint at her holy site.
The combination of these three spirits created a potent force worthy of the name Morrighan, a title which means ‘Phantom Queen’



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Charge of the Dark Goddess


Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, , Macha, MotherNight, , and many other names:
Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon, come together in love and trust and learn of Me, who am the Wisest of Crones...Ye who search the mysteries of the Earth, the secrets of Air and Darkness, of Blood and Fire, the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto me, and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.
Ye shall approach Me in silence, and as a sign that ye are free from fear, your breast you shall bare to My blade...for fear has no place in My mysteries, and that which you seek of me will destroy you if you fear it.
. I am the silence before birth and after death. I am the clouded mirror in which you scry your own soul. I am mist in the twilight, the vast and starry sky of midnight, shadows on the Moon. All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all. I meet you at the crossroads, I lead you through the darkness, My hand you grasp in the passage between the worlds. To those that toy with Me am I an instrument of self-destruction. yet to the true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.
Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are, and in return shall I give you all that you may be, all that I am. For My wisdom is beyond the Ages, and knowledge of My Secrets is power over self, over fear, over death. Nor do I demand aught of you which you cannot give. For I am the Mother of Mysteries, and as you know Me, so shall you learn to know yourself.

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The Morrigan, Morrigu, Morrighan Phantom Queen, Faery Queen, Matron of Priesteses and Witches.Her familiars is the crow and Raven and She is able to shapeshift into either.Morrigan  Goddess of all magick  divination,Warrior, battle Goddess. Goddess of healing and poetry,  and prophecy.Her sacred day Samhain. Hers is the waning and dark moon.


 Morrigan is a figure in Irish Celtic mythology who is associated with fate and prophecy. Stories about the Morrigan crop up in several mythological cycles, and her history and precise function are actually a bit confused. In some stories, she is depicted as a vengeance goddess, for example, while in others, she is more closely associated with fertility. In most stories, she is a figure to be feared, reflecting ancient beliefs in Ireland about the power of women.

In some stories, the Morrigan is depicted as a triple goddess, usually with some combination of her sisters Mmcha, Nemain, or Badb. The Morrigan

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is associated with prophecy and fate. It is implied that the Morrigan has the ability to shape or dictate fate, whether at the battlefield or on the farm. Some researchers have suggested that the Morrigan is actually a goddess of sovereignty, which could explain her conflicting roles in mythology, as she must sometimes go to war to protect the sovereignty of her people. Various versions of the Morrigan were also historically used by separatist groups in Ireland as figures to worship and rally around, supporting this interpretation of the goddess.

The Morrigan's name is also a topic of some interest. It may translate as “Great Queen,” but it could also be “Nightmare Queen” or “Phantom Queen,” depending on which diacritical markings are used on her name. “Phantom Queen” appears to be the truest translation of the early forms of her name, suggesting that she was viewed with awe and fear in the earliest stories about her. Other historians suggest that her name really translates as “Mare Queen,” indicating that she is one of the Horse Goddesses of Irish mythology.

This mythological figure plays a prominent role in the Ulster Cycle, influencing the outcome of events and eventually causing the death of the story's hero, Cúchulainn. She also shows up in several collections of myths from later periods, including Cath Maige Tuireadh and Lebor Gabala Erenn, part of the Mythological Cycle, a collection of Pagan myths from Ireland which includes stories, histories, poems, and songs. 






The Hounds of the Morrigan.

Ian R Thorpe

In the dark of deepest conscience caverns
where secret self retreats to hide,
far from the world's accusing vision
when sleep's sweet kiss has been denied
Morrigan, avenging huntress,
three Grimhounds straining at the leash,
stalks catacombs of paranoia
for those who never can find peace.
When hunter's moon at the hour of waking
outshines the light of morning sun
the king of darkness in bleak triumph
opens the gates of Avalon
to free the hunter from confines of dreams
so her hounds may scent the afeared
and chase and hunt down shrinking shadows
of those who dare not face their wyrd.

Minutes, seconds stepping by so slowly
deny the sanctuary of dawn light
while the hounds; envy, ill - will, resentment
gnaw at the mind corrupt with spite.
Morrigan delivers retribution
on one who can forgive no wrong:
carry a grudge into the dark days,
the Grimhounds will pursue beyond.
Find grace in forgiving on Samhain night
or be haunted by the silent sounds
that will track you through the coming year.
The Morrigan and her Hell Hounds


The Morrigan - Celtic goddess of retribution, like the Hindu Kali she is both a destroyer and giver of life and in common with all Celtic goddesses she has three aspects, enchanter, seducer and avenger.

Grimhounds is a term used in some very old books of folk tales to describe the Morrigan's little pooches. I think it is rather apt for hallowe'en


other Morrigan links...

 Entrance to the shrine of Morrigan, Morrigu, Morgane, ...

  Mask of the Morrigan Celtic Battle Goddess by Lauren Raine. Revealing the Mythic Self through Masks and Sacred Theatre.

The Morrigan - a Celtic Goddess

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