Morrigan - Goddess of Battles and Life Cycle

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Morrigan - Goddess of Battles and Life Cycle | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism
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  • Attributes: Goddess of battles, death, rebirth and destiny
  • Symbols: Crow, Cow, Owl and Spiral
  • Place: Europe
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The Goddess Morrigan is a Celtic Goddess of many names, sometimes called Morrigu, Morrighan or even Morgaine. It is even believed that she is Morgana Le Fay, from the myth of King Arthur.

This Goddess is associated with destiny, being described as a warrior who has, above all, the power to predict the future in battle and the power to shape shift. In this role, she appears like a raven flying over the battlefield. Morrigan is related to the Valkyries and The Norns of Norse mythology, being warriors and divine beings that interfere in fate, respectively.

Her connection with cows, as well as Isis and Hathor, suggests fertility and health to the whole earth.

Morrigan is often described as a triad of women, called Morrígna. The members vary from legend to legend, but the most common occurrences are Badb (another Raven Goddess of Ireland who flies over the battlefield), Macha (pre-Celtic Goddess whose symbol is also the Raven and the Horse, she feeds on the corpses of the battles) and Nemain (another Goddess, responsible for confusing the opposing warriors causing fear and panic during the battle). Therefore, because of this nature, she can also be considered a Triple Goddess. Morrigan is one of the leading Celtic Goddesses and she also has the number three as sacred to her.

She is a Goddess of earth, water and sky and it is believed that her breasts not only nourish the living but regenerate the dead. There are even some hills in County Kerry called Da Chich Annan, which they say they were formed from them.

As a member of the Danu Goddess People (Tuatha Dé Danann), Morrigan is believed to be related to the construction of Newgrange, Ireland. Inside it there are three stone cells, three stone basins and many spiral engravings.

Morrigan is a Goddess of many forms and many beliefs. Her main symbol, the crow, is often seen as a bad omen in many cultures. However, the crow is not that animal that causes death, but the one that devours the dead, transforming them and giving continuity to the cycle of life.

This Goddess is feared by her nature, but she is not a Goddess of death, she is a Goddess of Transformation.

In the Mist

Morrigan's association with Morgana Le Fay causes controversy because of the different nature of the two. In Arturian legends, Morgana is often described as a vengeful and seductive person who ends up putting the protagonist in dangerous situations.

Although Morrigan has got some traits in common with her, perhaps because of Morgaine, who is based on ancient myths, Morrigan is not a divinity seeking revenge not even discord. The similarity between the two ends in their roots.

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Summoning Morrigan

There are no rules or ready-to-use recipes to summon any Goddess in Wicca. The summoning rite comes from within the self. When we study each Goddesses' myth and symbols we can have suggested some ways to summoning them.
We can connect with the Goddess Morrigan when we need to fiercely face some obstacle in our life. For this we can build an altar that symbolizes the cycle of life and her triple form. Choose symbols that represent the beginning of life as seeds or images that represent the beginning of the moment you are passing through. Choose also symbols that show the development of this life like a flower or something that represents your moment. Also put symbols that represent the end and the beginning, such as twigs or dried leaves, for example.

Offer this altar to the Goddess Morrigan and ask her to help you face the obstacle that is in your path with all your strength and power.

Leave the altar assembled until you have overcome the obstacle.

Every day thank the Goddess and seek to know more about her, her achievements and her adventures.

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