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“A masterfully blend of history, mythology, spell work and personal anecdote that beautifully explores the depth and breadth of ‘The Great Queen.’” —Amy Blackthorn, priestess of The Morrigan, and author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic
“She is the spirit of fury and peace, power and destruction, joy and terror,” writes author Courtney Weber. "She is warrior, queen, death omen, mother, murderer, lover, spy, conspirator, faery, shape-shifter, healer, and sometimes the living earth itself. A captivating contradiction: a demonic female who both haunts and heals; benevolent in one moment, ghastly the next, and kind the moment after that.”
The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous—and notorious—goddesses. Her name translated as “phantom queen” or “great queen,” the Morrigan is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and retribution. This book also explores her patronage of motherhood, healing, shapeshifting, and the land. Classified among the Sidhe (fairies), the Morrigan dates back at least to Ireland’s Iron Age, but she is as modern as she is ancient―enjoying a growing contemporary and global following.
Author Courtney Weber provides a guide for the modern devotee of this complex, mysterious goddess that encompasses practical veneration with modern devotionals, entwined with traditional lore and Irish-Celtic history.
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Who is the Morrigan?
She is the spirit of fury and peace, power and destruction, joy and terror. She is warrior, queen, death omen, mother, murderer, lover, spy, conspirator, faery, shape-shifter, healer, and sometimes the living earth itself. A captivating contradiction: a demonic female who both haunts and heals; benevolent in one moment, ghastly the next, and kind the moment after that.
The Morrigan is many things, but above all she walks between the worlds of tangible and ill defined. A goddess of the river ford, she is the place where the improbable meets the possible. But just as she stands in the ford connecting the dangerous with the safe, she crosses the gap between an old and new reality. We will not get through these lives of ours without facing the unknown. Perhaps this is why she is the Queen of Nightmares. Just as bad dreams help us process trauma, stress, or confusing information, the Morrigan helps us navigate what is beyond our ability to shape, control, or understand.
How to Know if the Morrigan Has Called Us
Recognizing a deity’s call is a deeply personal experience. One person’s call is not the call for someone else. For some, feeling inspired at a ritual honoring the Morrigan is one call. For others, it’s reading the myths and finding themselves within them. It may be a longing in the heart, a tingling on the skin. For me, the gods have always manifested in dreams, as the Morrigan did prior to the Occupy Wall Street movement and Hurricane Sandy. For you, it could be something else altogether. My sense is that if you’ve picked up this book and read this far, you have already received a call from the Morrigan. Keep listening.
Meeting the Shape-Shifter Morrigan
Her shape-shifter self flits in and out of our lives, rarely in a predictive pattern. Yet those who have worked with the Morrigan for a long time mention that she appears exactly when she is needed, in the exact form that will help most. There will be times when the presence of the Morrigan feels as fervent as the wolf. Other times, she may be more of a persistent, background presence, like a cawing bird on a telephone wire. Perhaps the Morrigan will appear as a group of kindly young people, happily directing you to the bus stop when you’re lost. One friend of mine says that when they feel an “insatiable attraction” to a woman who isn’t their “typical type,” they know the Morrigan is trying to get their attention. For many, the Morrigan’s presence can fade away for long periods of time, only to resurface in a new form later on. Be open to me, says the shape-shifter Morrigan, for I will come however you need . . . or however I please.
Magick with the Morrigan: Spell to Provide
This blessing spell is designed to be done in your kitchen. If you don’t have a conventional kitchen, you can bless the space where you eat. You can even bless your microwave or hot plate if you don’t have a hearth or an oven.
If you have a candle that you typically burn when making offerings to the Morrigan, take this candle to your cooking or eating space. If you live in a building that does not allow open flame, a battery-operated candle is a fine substitute. Light this candle in the space where you cook or eat and say the following incantation:
By the light of the Morrigan’s flame,
This space is Her cooking hearth, but She is also my welcome guest.
May this space nourish, nurture, sustain, May those who eat here be well and fulfilled,
In the Morrigan’s name . . .
So be it.
“Within the pages of The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might Ms. Weber has masterfully blended history, mythology, spell work and personal anecdotes into a book that beautifully explores the depth and breadth of The Great Queen and her associated goddesses. A must for neophyte to adept worshiper.” --Amy Blackthorn, priestess of The Morrigan, and author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic and Sacred Smoke -- Amy Blackthorn
“At what point does a book go from being academic to being one of prose? Courtney Weber does it here with The Morrigan, one of the most exhilarating books to come out on one of the most complicated goddesses of the Celtic Realm. Inspiring, thought provoking, and a must read for anyone interested in this central goddess of European myth.” --Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, authors of Lifting the Veil: A Witches’ Guide to Trance Prophecy, Drawing Down the Moon, and Ecstatic Ritual -- Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
“Magick can arise from many things, but often the most profound magick comes from the places where raw emotions, life truths, heart illusions, and paradoxes meet. Courtney Weber’s The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might is genuinely personal yet universal in outlook, otherworldly, yet grounded, and filled with a terrible beauty. In other words, it is a true and faithful account of a journey there and back again to the realm of the Phantom Queen. The book is part scholarship, practical advice, personal sharing, tears, and humor, but most importantly it never forgets the reader is a companion in this journey. If you feel the Morrigan is waiting at the edges of your life, this book will serve you well.” –Ivo Dominguez, Jr., author of Keys to Perception and Spirit Speak -- Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
“Courtney Weber blends a powerful mix of history, myth, magic, and personal journey with the Lady of Many Guises. Let her book help you answer the call of the Great Queen.” --Christopher Penczak, co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of The Feast of the Morrighan and The Mighty Dead -- Christopher Penczak
"In The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might, Courtney Weber explores one of the most fascinating and complex deities: Ireland’s goddess of many names and many faces. Weber provides a cohesive and brilliant book full of solid historical research, personal experience, and practical application with ease and grace, while guiding the reader to connect and create their very own personal practice and relationship with this ancient goddess. Whether you're already a devotee of the Phantom Queen or you've found yourself recently drawn to her call, this is a book to be cherished." --Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation -- Mat Auryn
"Tarot adviser and social activist Weber (Tarot for One) introduces the often paradoxical aspects of the Celtic goddess the Morrigan in this eye-opening guide for beginners. She starts with explaining the complexity of describing a goddess whose identity is shrouded by both Christian influences in Ireland and the unstable nature of the deity herself—even to the point where “Morrigan” might be the title for a collection of divinities rather than an individual. Through myths and personal experiences, Weber explores the Morrigan as a warrior, foreteller of death, faery, reigning sovereign, shape-shifter, and fertility goddess. These facets spark useful discussions of modern misconceptions about the Celtic belief system, such as her careful explanation of the terrifying nature of Celtic faeries or the complicated gender roles of Celtic women. While each chapter has a template for invoking the Morrigan, the final chapter dives deeper into ritual practice, offering several clear options for worship. Weber demonstrates her consistent warnings that the Morrigan is powerful and sometimes unpleasant with mythic and personal examples of the havoc she can bring. This alluring book will intrigue practitioners of Celtic spirituality and those searching for stories of the feminine divine." -- Publishers Weekly Reviewed on 08/23/2019 ― Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Courtney Weber is a Wiccan priestess, writer, tarot advisor, metaphysical teacher, and social activist living in Oregon. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself. Courtney is also the producer and designer of Tarot of the Boroughs. Courtney leads workshops throughout the US. Visit her at thecocowitch.com.
- Publisher : Weiser Books; Illustrated edition (Nov. 1 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1578636639
- ISBN-13 : 978-1578636631
- Item weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.27 x 22.23 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the goddess The Morrigan. If you wish to work with her there are some rituals in there you can use to start connecting with her.
Will read again in the near future.
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It's also a great reading to understand the ancient Celtic society through their myths, more specific their women. Really recommended
I would say, personally, that anyone new to this goddess' call should understand that a pretty good slice of this book is what's referred to as UPG (unproven personal gnosis). That's not a jab at the author or the others that helped contribute to the book. It's simply the nature of devotion to this goddess. What they found to be true of their experience with Herself may not be anything like yours, so if you don't interact with her in ways described in this book, don't think it's a failing on your part. She just comes to YOU differently, and that's okay.
One thing that did rub me the wrong way was the preaching of Wiccan dogma at the end of the book in the section for spells. While it's not healthy to go around throwing hexes at every last person that looks at you funny, there's not a thing in the world wrong with blasting the ever-lovin' heck out of somebody that deserves it, so don't let that "law of three" silliness stop you if you need to put some jerk in their place. Witchcraft has been used for thousands and thousands of years, up to and including hexes and curses. Wicca was made up in the 50's by Gerald Gardener.
Get ready for a great read, and if you decide to become devoted to her, get ready to know yourself. Perhaps stripping away the unnecessary is what frightens us most when given the opportunity to lose the Farscape and gain our true wild selves. She doesn’t pity fools, but she is gracious and will teach you a lot about yourself and Her ways if you come honestly to her.
A wonderful read.