THE GUISES OF THE MORRIGAN
The Celtic Irish Goddess of Battle & Sovereignty: Her Myths, Powers and Mysteries
By David Rankine and Sorita d’Este


The Morrígan is probably one of the most magical, formidable and mysterious figures among the Irish gods. She embodies female power and frequently employs her sexuality in the stories told of her. The prevalent image of the Morrígan as a powerful goddess of battle and sovereignty only scratches the surface of this complex and popular goddess.

She is the earth goddess, the lady of the beasts and the faerie queen; she is the shapeshifter, an enchantress and the goddess of war. More than any other Celtic deity the Morrígan embodies the resurgence of the divine feminine, appearing in a wide variety of guises to express the full spectrum of feminine power. The strength and control the Morrígan displays, as well as her ferocity and tenacity, and her ability to control events to ensure the desired result are all displayed repeatedly in the myths. As a liminal goddess, the Morrígan connects not only the different realms of earth, sky, sea and otherworld but also many of the legends of the British Isles through her numerous forms.

The Guises of the Morrígan presents a collection gathered from folklore, mythology and literature about the attributes of this formidable, resilient and timeless goddess. Her legends, history and presence in the landscape and folklore of Ireland (and further afield) continue to inspire strength and admiration today.

“…it is our hope that this book will awaken a renewed interest in the Morrígan” – Rankine & d’Este, 2005

2019, 180 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-910191-27-9
B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam
 

The Guises of the Morrigan by David Rankine and Sorita d'Este

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  • Introduction
    Who is the Morrígan?
    The Morrígan in Celtic mythology
    The war with the Fir Bolgs
    The war with the Fomorians
    The victory prophecy
    Encounters with Cú Chulainn
    Badb‘s mockery
    Scáthach
    The Morrígan‘s offer
    The cow theft
    The battle of Cú Chulainn and Lóch
    Nemain’s assistance
    The downfall of Cú Chulainn
    The breaking of Cú Chulainn‘s geis
    The morrígan’s last attempt to save Cú Chulainn
    The death of Cú Chulainn
    Cú Chulainn‘s demise
    The avenging of Cú Chulainn
    Nemain, Badb & Macha
    Badb
    Macha
    Nemain
    Wise crone:  tales of the Cailleach
    Cailleach Bearra
    Winter goddess
    Wells, water, stones
    Mistress of animals & birds
    Gyre carling
    Three silver rods
    The queen of battle
    The Morrígan’s landscape
    Scotland
    The cooking spit
    Shaping the land
    Goddess of earth
    The faerie queen
    Táin bulls
    The banshee’s comb
    Baobhan sith
    Faerie birds
    Faerie ravens
    Glaistig
    Leanan sídhe
    The morgens
    Princess Mis
    Queen Mab
    Tales of Thomas the Rhymer  or True Thomas
    Liminal goddess
    Lady of the beasts
    Bestower of sovereignty
    Ériu as sovereignty
    The lover & the mother
    The witch goddess
    Shape-shifter
    Magical use of words
    The geis
    Magical warfare
    The Washer at the Ford
    Banshee
    Bean nighe
    Caointeach
    Cyhyraeth
    Gwrach-y-rhybin
    The laundresses of night
    The washer
    The prophetess
    The prophecy
    Fedelm
    Scáthach‘s prophecy
    Morgan le Fay and Arthurian myths
    Divine disguises?
    Áine
    Andraste
    The Morrígan and Danu
    Aoibheall
    Banshee
    Bean Nighe
    Bé néit
    Black Annis
    Boand & Bovinda
    Búanann
    Cailleach
    Cathobodua
    Don
    Epona
    Ériu
    Fea
    Fedelm
    Glaistig
    Grián
    Gwrach-y-rhybin
    Gyre carling
    Lamia
    Mab
    Mala lia
    Medb
    Modron
    Morgan le Fay
    Muilidheartach
    Nantosuelta
    Rhiannon
    Scáthach
    Valkyries
    Appendices
    1.    Cailleach to Sheela-na-gig
    2.    Lacnunga
    3.    Flint arrowheads
    4.    Corvid lore
    5.    Numbers of the Morrígan
    Bibliography
    Index
     

  • David is an author, researcher and qabalist based in Glastonbury, UK.  He is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Avalonia, including The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius, The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, A Collection of Magical Secrets, The Book of Treasure Spirits, The Book of Gold, Climbing the Tree of Life, The Cosmic Shekinah, Practical Qabalah Magick, The Isles of the Many Gods, and The Guises of the Morrigan.

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