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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MORRIGAN THE RED ~ CELTIC GODDESS OF WAR ~ PEACE AND FERTILITY

MORRIGAN THE RED ~ CELTIC GODDESS OF WAR ~ PEACE AND FERTILITY-
Despite her fearsome aspects about her and what most people in ancient Celtic times thought about
The Goddess Morrigan the Red ~ She did have a side to her that most didn't know.
As everybody knows The Morrigan has a very fearsome bite you could say...
But she does have a soft side too!
She appears in legend as a Irish hero - Cuchulainn as a red hair beauty in a high -bronze chariot. 
In this Irish legend she offers Cuchulainn the Irish hero her horse and cattle, all the bounty of her kingdom and also her LOVE! as well!!!
The Irish Hero Cuchulainn turns the Mighty Morrigan away.
By saying,"That he was too busy with war to be concerned with the backside of a woman!"
You could only image what the Goddess Morrigan's reaction was in those ancient times. Being turned down by an Irish King and being called a simple woman - when all know she is a powerful Goddess the Morrigan Red. 
If only I could have seen the fire that was in her eyes when the Irish warrior king had said,'The backside of a woman', to her! 
Well you Could only image how she reacted by defining her and disdaining her gifts too! he didn't know it but he would find out very soon that he just brought his death sentence to himself all on his own by his action toward the Goddess. 
So this is one side of the Goddess Morrigan .
Now lets look at her in a very different way~
Peace and Fertility~
The Morrigan also show her fair face after the second Battle of Moyture between the Tuatha De' Danann and the Fomorians. Then having incited the former during the fighting she proclaimed the resultant peace with the same enthusiasm, by climbing up hills and mountains. Then announcing it in a paean praise for the land and all her people. 
"I PROCLAIM PEACE, PEACE THAT  STRETCHES TO THE SKY; THAT LIES UPON THE EARTH UNDER THE SKY. I 
CALL UP STRENGTH IN EVERY MAN AND 
WOMAN-THAT THEIR CUP WILL BRIM WITH 
FULLNESS OF SWEET HONEY.''
In the Earliest story in which she is depicted as the consort of the Dagda, the "Good God''. In an account of their coupling over the river unius, she is seen in her life -giving aspect as the Queen of Fertility. In This Respect, Perhaps Surprisingly, she is linked with the Brightest Goddess in the Cannon, one who may possibly also have been her daughter, The Sun Goddess Brigid and the 
Morrigan Fair Face.
As you know the Morrigan has been known by many names, throughout Ireland, Britain and Wales. Some of these name were that of Morrigu; Morgain; Morgan and the name that most know is THE MORRIGAN.  Besides
many different names she has also been given many 
different titles as well. Some of these included; the Lady of the Lake; the Goddess of Water & Magick. So other titles were! the Phantom Queen, the Goddess of War, Fate and Death, the Goddess of Battle, Strife, Fertility, Moon Goddess, the Queen of the Fairies, the Goddess of Rivers, Lakes and Fresh Waters, the Patroness, Priestesses and finally the Witch. There were people who
both fear her and admire her at the same time. and was the right thing and proper thing 
Too do in the time of Morrigan Fae Why? because of the amazing power the goddess had as the Morrigan the Red - the Celtic Goddess of War  and so many other titles like that of Peace and Fertility too. The Goddess Morrigan had been associated with many things, including revenge, in the nigh with magick and prophecy. She had also, on a occasion been associated with female energy and with the immense strength with which it can come bursting forth with no warning at all to anyone around her.
One of the main things that the Morrigan is noted for is being seen frequently depicted 
standing on the battlefield holding two spears and it was well known that she used her magick as a way of gaining victory in battle on the war - rather than by fighting the battles to win a war.  One of her very special tricks of magick that she could do was that of shape-shifting. She could even choose what she would take form into. Two of her favorites were that of the 
raven or a crow. and if you look in her history she depicted many times with either the raven or the crow. She  was also 
known as a protectress, having the unique ability to draw upon
a person's inner strength and then empower them to confront his/hers own challenges with a little help of her magick. This is frequently caused by the either mortal man or woman to use every bit of that strength in their body to face an insurmountable odds. Yet with the help of the Morrigan they usually do over come and win. It seems that there is another tradition that the Morrigan is part of too. This is
Part of the true Celtic tradition in which she had lived at the time In Wales and Ireland. She appeared in variety versions of the Triple Goddess Trinities. Now I haven't gotten into  very many if that any of the  Triple Goddess Trinities. So I am really not that familiar with the whole 
Triple Goddess Trinities , so please bare with me. When she did appeared as a Triple Goddess, which was combined of the same person who had three different ages. The Morrigan has also appeared in the more traditional Triple Goddess in which there is a Maiden ,
a Mother and a Crone and she has always taken on the role of the Crone. Now . Why she always s picked the Crone that I really never new why? 
But as a Triple Goddess, The Morrigan's three aspects were , Neaim, Macha, and Badb which when translated meant ' was 'Frenzy, 'Crow and  'Crow.'
She has also appeared in other, different cultures as the Fates, Moriae, Parcae, Tres Matres 
and the Tree Marys of the Sea. When she appeared under all those names or under such other  such names as the Fae or the Washer at the Ford, those aspects were frequently 
Associated with teaching sorcery, prophecy and motherhood she would change her appearance so that no one could figure out really who she was...
There was a time that the Morrigan was either married too or was the consort of the Dagda. 
The Dagda was the Leader of the Tuatha De Danaan and the son of the Great Mother Goddess Danu. If you didn't know this before well you will learn this in this post - the Morrigan as her aspects in Badb and Neaim, are believed to have been the consorts of an obscure war God by the name of Neit, who might actually have been the Sky Father Nuada in his warrior aspect. 
It was also believed that the Morrigan, in her aspect as Morgan le Fay, was the wife of the sorcerer Merlin. And it was also believed that it was the sorcerer Merlin that the Goddess Morrigan had learned all her magick. 
The Morrigan origin stems directly from the megalithic cult known as 'The Mothers' which has 
Also known as the 'MATRONES, THE IDISES, OR EVEN THE DISIR.  As I do more on this post on the Morrigan I seem to learn more and more my dears. It seems that this Mother Cult were very unique with the Triple Goddesses Trinity, when it came to expressing them selfs through the ecstasy of battle of war and regeneration.  I seems that is later times, the Celtic Triple Goddess of Sovereignty comprised of Eire, Banba and Fotla also used magick whenever they went to war or the battle fields, just like the Morrigan. In fact the Goddess Eire aspects are extremely similar to those of the Morrigan. The Goddess Eire was also a shape-shifter and she could appear as either a beautiful woman or crow just like the Morrigan too. I had no idea about this Goddess Eire that was so much like the goddess morrigan. It was like they could be sisters. Well it seems that because of the great many similarities between 
the Morrigan and the Goddess Eire, it has been speculated that these two Goddesses may have been actually been half-sisters. So what do you think? I have One more thing for you to 
Thing about, on the similar between the Morrigan and the Goddess Eire. Well it seems that not only were they the Goddesses of war; these two amazingly powerful Goddesses were often
Associated with the fate of the mortals, and with birth too, which seemed to add a sense of balance to their duties, including heralding the death or  acting as escorts of the dead. Well that is the end of the discussion of the almost like sister of the Morrigan and Goddess Eire.. I thought we would get back to the tale of the Morrigan and how she got her name the Red Morrigan as the Washer at the Ford Battle field. It seems that she frequent many of the battles of Ireland and Wales in ancient Celtic times. She would appeared by the ford of the river, just prior to battle, washing the bloody laundry of those warriors who were destined to die. They say that the Morrigan could tell by just looking at a warrior on who was going to live and who was going to die , at the Washer on the Ford. At the Washer on the Ford, the Red Morrigan as they said, had an extremely unique position, on the battle field because when she assumed that role, she became deeply and directly involved with the wars in Ireland and wales; and not only was she connected to these wars, she was also connected to its players and to all the death, darkness and horror that was connected with it. As I had said before briefly the Morrigan was able or had the power to choose which warriors were 
going to die on the fields that day at battle. These wars were very bloody wars , that the Celtics had.  It was for these reason that the Celts viewed the Morrigan in much the same manner that they viewed the war, and when they attempted to visualize her, she would always appeared before them having the same bloodthirsty and savage qualities as the war. However, this was only one of many sides of this truly Magnificent Goddess.
It was said that the Morrigan was a member of the Tuatha de Danaan. She had fought beside, side by side with them and when they defeated the Firbolgs at the first battle of Magh
Tuireadh and the Fomorii and the second battle of Mag Tured  She never once stopped to rest while she was protecting her people from the invasion. That was just one part of  the many facets of her. There are some that forgot that the Morrigan was also a mortal woman and that she had the same feeling that any other woman might have when they might meet someone they become attracted too. This happened to be the God CuChulainn the greatest warrior that Ireland has ever had. Of course there is a tale to this , It seems that only by the Morrigan fighting  Cuchulainn on three separate occasions that she was able to give him the power that he needed to win the battle, as only she could give so that he could press forward and bring a victory to his people. There is more to this tale of love for the Morrigan. One day the Morrigan had approached the God Cuchulainn, who was the son of the God Lugh, and told him of her love for him. Well, as you probably can guess it didn't go very well. The Great God CuChulainn had not recognize the Morrigan, so he sent her away, telling her that she would only hinder him while he was busy fighting the war. Well you can only image how the Morrigan reacted to the Cuchulainn response to her, after telling him that she loved him and then he turned her down. I wouldn't want to be there. Her red hair must of been on fire. If you are curious about his God Cuchulainn in more detail I have put a LINK -
FOR YOUR TO READ MORE ABOUT HIM ON A POST THAT  I HAVE DONE ON HIM... 
http://wendyjargonncom.blogspot.com/search/label/Cuchulainn%20Celtic%20God-The%20Goddess%20Scathach%20of%20the%20Celtic%20Underworld
Well, it was Cuchulainn unlucky day, like so many other men had done frequently, just like 
the God Cuchulainn who simply looked at the Morrigan as average woman, who never once
took the time to recognize the feminine power of Sovereignty within her. This of course backfired in a huge way on the battle field later.  Well it seems that the Red Morrigan didn't stop trying, she continued in her attempts to let CuChulainn see the power that she had within her, hoping that it would win him over in loving her. So she again approached him at least four separate occasions and each time stating her longing love for him.  But each time the God CuChulainn would always send her away. 
Well, you can only image the constant rejection from the Warrior God must of deeply hurt her.  It was only after a long period of time had passed that she was able to faced the God CuChulainn one more time, although this time she had a surprise for the God. She appeared in a guise a a old hag or crone. It was only then that the God Cuchulainn finally recognized the Morrigan for the true goddess that she was. It was then finally that the Cuchulainn was finally able to offered her his blessing. Well, it took a very long time, before the Morrigan's emotions would heal, after all she is a woman too.  However, she did come to terms with it one day. On this day, It was when Cuchulainn was on his way to what would be his final battle. Why? well you see he happened to pass by the Washer at the Ford. And you all know what that means! It was then that the 
Morrigan told him that she was washing the clothes of CuChulainn who was soon going to die. 
As the Washer of the Ford had predicted, he was killed in battle on that very same day. It was then that the Morrigan went down to see him, in the form of a crow settling lightly upon his shoulder.  The Morrigan was an Amazing Goddess. She had many faces too. She was
a shape-shifter, learned magick from the best Magician Merlin, she had
the ability to know and even choose who was going to die on the battle field at the Ford.
She was also simply a mortal woman with true feelings, a hero  and she was the 
Goddess of the Irish and Wales of War. She was so many things Good and some
folks would say she had a dark side too. Maybe that was her Triple Goddess side
But As doing this post-redo I found that she was a peace loving Goddess
That just happened to have some powerful Magic and could shape-shift. 
She was The Morrigan plane and simple.
She could be a very kind Goddess but she had a bit of the dark side too.
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