Morrighan, Queen of the Ghosts
Submitted by: swampy
“Morrighan, Morrighan. 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,
Morrighan, Morrighan. Light my way. . .
Morrighan, Morrighan. Raven Queen,
Round and round the Hawthorn green.
Queen of beauty, Queen of Art,
Yours my body, Yours my heart.
All my trust I place in thee,
Morrighan, Morrighan. Be with me. . .”
Morrighan (also called Morrigan, Morgan, Morgause, Morgeian, Morgan LeFay, the Morigu, Morgaine and Morgana), is a Celtic Goddess of battle, strife, destruction, the Otherword, death, and fertility; as well as being Goddess of Glastonbury Tor. The Irish version of Her name (Morrighan) means ‘Phantom Queen,’ or ‘Queen of the Ghosts’. Other versions of Her name, such as Morgana and Morgaine, make reference to the sea – which in Celtic religion is associated with the Otherworld. She appears as both a single Goddess and as a trio of Goddesses (usually known in this form as The Morigu), which were the Badb (‘Vulture’) and Nemain (‘Frenzy’) and Macha (“Battle”). She is one of the Tuatha De Danann (People of the Goddess Danu) and She helped defeat the Firbolgs at the First Battle of Magh Tuireadh and the Fomorii at the Second Battle of Mag Tured. Morrighan has different consorts in different areas, including both the Dagda and Mannanan Mac Llyr – both Gods of the Otherworld.
Morrighan has other roles other than being a Goddess of the Dead. Morrighan is a Goddess of magic and sorcery and is sometimes shown as ancient and withered or conversely as preternaturally beautiful. Morrighan is also the Goddess of Sovereignty and in many myths She approaches a would-be King or Hero in Her aged form, demanding sexual favors. When the Hero makes love to the aged woman, She transforms into a beauty in his arms and prophesies his rise to Kingship. Morrighan figures in the myth of King Arthur as Arthur’s magical half sister Who is sometimes a friend and sometimes an antagonist, but Who in many versions ultimately conveys Arthur to the magical realm of Avallon (the Otherworld).
As a Goddess of Battle, Morrighan is said to fly across battlefields in the form of a black and sleek raven. There is certainly evidence that the concept of a raven goddess of battle wasn’t limited to the Irish Celts. An inscription found in France invoking Cathubodva, ‘Battle Raven’, shows that a similar concept was known among the Gaulish Celts. An Old English poem, Exodus, refers to ravens as ‘choosers of the slain’.
Morrighan is a wonderful Goddess for strong, independent women, especially those on a warrior path. Call on Her energies for overcoming an enemy or use Her force for waning moon magick or for banishing magick.
Her correspondences include: the crow; the raven; obsidian; rubies; the waning and the dark moons; yew; onyx; nightshade; henbane; and black dogs.