We conclude the final 3 days of the Brighid Novena with the shape-shifting Celtic Goddess Morrigan, presented in each of her tri-fold, triple aspects – one for each remaining day of the novena.
Because the Celts kept an oral history, and because much of it has come down to us through the mesh of Catholic monks, there’s a great deal we don’t know about Morrigan. Further exacerbating this lament is that Morrigan herself can only be understood and appreciated when viewed in cyclic time, the way the ancients reckoned time.
The aspects of all Triple Goddesses are mother – maiden – clone. Morrigan, however, is better understood using her aspects of warrior – protectress – prophetess. She is frequently identified as a raven goddess owing to her warrior aspect, but presented in this image (above left) as a protectress. Ravens and the entire gang of corvids – crows, choughs, magpies, jackdaws – are associated with battlefield carnage and Morrigan is seldom pictured without them.
“She who walks the Warrior Path, Great Morrigan, Red Queen! I greet your beauty, your shadowed jewel At the height of your Powers. I greet you with a rite in your honor, Lady of Many Forms. Tri-fold Lady; With your sisters at your side I would honor you, And call you to join us this night.” ~ Sacred Wicca
This unique art presents Morrigan as a bloodied Irish warrior. Today’s Celts are identified with Ireland but they dominated Europe for 1,000 years from their native Anatolia and across Austria, where two famous archaeological digs reveal the beauty of ancient Celtic cultures of Hallstatt and La Tène, and on into Northern Europe. A Celtic torque unearthed at La Tène is pictured below.
O Morrigan, we call your name Across the dusty years.
You speak to us, of blood and lust. You show us all our fears.
You are a goddess, old and wise. Of holy power you have no dearth.
Beneath your wings : Black, Red and White, We learn of death and birth. ~ hymn by Isaac Bonewits
As a prophetess, we call on Morrigan in this novena for clarity as to the true nature of reality and for a framework in which we can comprehend the chaos of today’s world, which I fear may only worsen.
Our reality, our worldview, is rapidly changing – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse; indeed, it is not only changing, but is threatened with false beliefs. We witness a pernicious movement advocating a collectivist worldview at every turn. This is a movement toward big government, power and money, totalitarian in nature, that seeks to control almost every aspect of daily life.
The spiritual battle we fight today is one of individuality vs. globalism. Our country is at the vanguard.
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© Toney Brooks, 2019