The Guises of The Morrigan
Irish Goddess of Sex & Battle – Her Myths, Powers & Mysteries
David Rankine & Sorita D’Este
Published by Avalonia
Review by Dr Nina Lazarus
From Bestower of Sovereignty to Earth Goddess, Goddess of Sex & Battle to Lady of the Beasts & Faery Queen and through the potent magic and sorcery which she uses to assume a variety of animal forms, the Morrígan is the most powerful of the Celtic Goddesses.
This book brings together for the first time the myths, powers & mysteries of the Morrígan to weave a complex tapestry showing her parallels to many other Goddesses and figures from both British and Gallic folklore, including Morgan Le Fay, the Banshee, Black Annis, Dana, Epona, the Glaistig, Grián, Modron, Nantosuelta and Rhiannon to name but a few.
Her roles in the territorial wars with the Fir Bolgs & the Fomorians, and as tutelary Goddess to the ill-fated Cú Chulainn are explored in detail. Her many guises, including that of Badb, Macha and Nemain, as well as that of the wise crone, the Cailleach, together with her roles in shaping the land, as the Washer at the Ford and as Faery Queen are explored alongside her better known roles as Goddess of Sex & Battle, are brought together in this volume for the first time.
The continued dominion of The Morrígan in mythology, folklore and literature shows the significant status that she held in the ancient Celtic world and continues to enjoy today.
This book will be of interest to anyone with an interest in Irish and British folklore, and of course to Pagans and Witches who work with The Morrigan!