PBP – The Morrighan

Song of a Stone Heart - bubug

Song of a Stone Heart – bubug

Whilst I have never worked with the Great Queen personally, I have always had quite a fascination with Morrighan from afar. She’s dark, passionate, and so very strong, it’s not a wonder She is still worshiped and beloved today.

Etymology
The currently preferred meaning of Her name by scholars is the following: “Mor” is possibly from the Indo-European root which means terror or monstrousness; it is related to the Old English word, “maere” (yes, as in nightmare), as well as the Scandinavian “mara, and the Old Russian “mara”.

Where we get the “Great Queen” is from the Middle Irish period in the following spelling “Mórrígan”, where now “Mór” means “great” instead of full of terror. She is also known as Morrigu, Mor-Ríoghain; Morrígna is the plural form.

Triple Goddess
She is seen as a triple Goddess by some accounts (it’s not always consistent). Anu is the fertility maiden, Badb the mother of the boiling cauldron, and Macha the crone of death. Though this triple entity-ness is unsure, what is sure is that she does represent these forces all on her own, among being a representative of sovereignty and war. As always, when dealing with the Gods, They can choose which face to put on when they work with you, depending upon the moment and what it is that you need to experience in order to work most efficiently with Them.

Morrighan - Emily Balivet

Morrighan – Emily Balivet

So instead of continuing on with a typical post you would see in any old blog with common-known information on (insert any God/Goddess/spirit here), I wanted to talk more about what I thought about as I was pondering upon Morrighan in lieu of this post. Of course, I don’t discount the information that can be had from the more
“She is a Goddess of ____, and Her symbols are ____, and you can work with Her for ____”
for those who are still learning.

I feel like Morrighan is an important Goddess to be working with in the current (and ongoing for all of human existence) battle for women’s rights of their own bodies and minds. The sovereignty over ones own self is so important, a given for men, yet still not completely so for women. Unfortunately other women don’t help the problem with all this slut shaming, and condemnation of others’ choices just because they don’t fit into their socio-cultural box. Women aren’t allowed to be free with themselves, or be conservative with themselves without a barrage of comments that they are wrong about every choice, every thought, every opinion, every piece of clothing, etc.

I’ve been working a lot on myself lately to not judge others (especially other women) whose choices may not seem right to me. And that’s just it, what works for me won’t for others, vice verse. Hel, I am already part of half of the world’s population that has been subjugated for most, if not all, of human history (though I make no claims that my life has been anywhere near as terrible as too many women in the past and living today have had, or have it), I follow a minority religio-spirtual path which is very much specific to me alone, I reject a lot of the current North-American culture. I have made of myself more of an underdog by following my own heart and stockpiling choices that put me outside of any box other than my own, which I constantly tear down and make anew, or build upon (ever grateful that I can do this).
But that’s just it, my box is my own, I cannot force anyone else to think it is the best for even one other person. I do not want others telling me what to do, how to behave, how to dress,  how to think, what to believe in, so why would I push that upon anyone else? I rule my own self, and work with others in my personal relationships who are also striving towards the same kinds of things in life. Even when we don’t see eye-to-eye, I still help as my heart demands me to honour the love I have for friends and family. My own ideals, my own heart rules over my life and choices.

And this is where Morrighan’s Sovereignty, and Those who push us to take hold of our own Sovereignty and honour others’, have come in to adjust my way of thinking of others, to question my own ideas of what others should be doing, and instead let go of it to respect the Sovereignty that each person has over their own self, body, mind, and soul. If there is no harm, no abuse, then it is not my place to be concerned or think another person wrong for doing something in a way in which I would not.

I live in a time where I am so much more freer to do as I choose, I have more rights to my own self than countless women have ever had, and I have to think that the inspirations of Morrighan, and Others like Her have kept women fighting to be strong, to keep pushing for us to take hold of the Sovereignty of inhabiting a female form to be recognized as just as valid and important as that of the Sovereignty of a man’s form.

Thinking about what to say in this post lead me to ponder on what Morrighan is to me, what inspirations She provides to me just by knowing Who She is, all this without having had any personal contact with Her. The Gods hold much wisdom and inspiration, no matter if They are real entities, or part of a greater Whole, or just stories to you. I won’t judge.

Morrighan - Unknown artist. If you know who created this, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

Morrighan – Unknown artist. If you know who created this, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

In Anticipation of Tomorrow’s PBP Post

I’d like to share a post by Morpheus Ravenna that really ties into the subject of my post I’ll be putting up tomorrow.

So let’s talk about sex and sovereignty. And let’s talk about consent culture. I’ve said before that sovereignty is rooted in the body. That while sovereignty in its traditional sense speaks more directly to the relations of the collective and its leadership, that relationship is a personal delegation of sovereignty by each individual. And thata person who is denied the very sovereignty of their own bodycannot fully participate in collective sovereignty. Sovereignty is a set of interlocking relationships each dependent upon the integrity of its parts for the flow to occur.

I want to unpack that a little bit more. Because this is important. We have to recognize that the fundamental, inviolable unit through which this flow occurs is the body of the individual person. Yes, the body. Sovereignty is not an abstract, it is a living power, and thus rooted in land and body. When the individual participating in this set of relations is not in possession of the sovereignty of their own body, the entire set of relations breaks down. Thus the fundamental ground of sovereignty is the sanctity and inviolability of the body.

You can read the rest of her post here. It is a fantastic, in-depth look at some of the things I’ll be discussing. My post is a little less about the sex part, but it does focus more on women’s (but really all people’s) rights to their own selves (body, mind, soul).

A Fantastic Look At The Power Of Beltaine and Sex

Flower of Life – Georgia O’Keeffe

This is a post from Galina Krasskova’s blog, Gangleri’s Grove… All I can say is YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!

Women especially are penalized for enjoying their sexuality. Then, what to me seems even worse, I see people who are never touched. I’m not talking sex, i’m talking simple physical contact. I see people every day who haven’t been hugged in a decade. I see people who are starving physically and emotionally for basic human contact. There have been scientific studies done proving that if infants are denied human affection–skin to skin affection–they can die. Why should it be any different for adults? Even if they don’t die in body, they can wither away inside in their hearts and minds and spirits. Moreover,  I see people who have never touched themselves and now I am talking sex and I think it a moral crime to fill someone with guilt and shame for the pleasure their own body can give them. We should love our bodies. We have to live here after all. Let’s take some pleasure in that…in our own bodies and those of our partners’ too.

Read the rest here.

Let’s put the sacred back in sex in all its forms!

Full Moon

Last night was the first night of the full moon. As I saw it rising out of my window, I had to put my sandals on and head outside to bask in the silvery light.

The Moon has long been a fascination for all people, of all countries and spiritualities. She is roughly the same size as the Sun when viewed here on Earth. The Moon is full thirteen times a year, with one month having two full moons. She cycles every twenty-eight days from new to waxing to full to waning to new again. It’s no mystery anymore that the pull of the moon affects our oceans’ tides, and womens’ monthly cycles.

Moon Associations
English

January      – Old Moon
February    – Wolf Moon
March          – Lenten Moon
April             – Egg Moon
May               – Milk Moon
June              – Flower Moon
July               – Hay Moon
August         – Grain Moon
September – Corn Moon
October       – Harvest Moon
November  – Hunter’s Moon
December   – Oak Moon


Associated Greenery

Aloe                       Anise
Calamus               Camphor
Coconut               Gardenia
Grape                    Sandalwood
Jasmine               Lemon
Lemon Balm       Lentil
Lily                         White Poppy Rose
Myrrh                   Selenetrope
Sweet Flag           Willow
Coriander            Eucalyptus
Holly                     Iris
Lettuce                 Moonflower
Moonwort           Orris Root
Waterlily              Wintergreen
Sleepwort


Goddesses (only a few of many!)

Artemis     – Greek


Brighid       – Celtic (Triple Goddess)


Hecate        – Greek/Roman (Triple Goddess)


Isis               – Egyptian


Lilith            – Sumerian

Magic(k) Associations

New Moon   – New ventures, new love, job hunting, health. From the day of the New Moon to 3 days after.

Waxing Moon – Constructive magic(k), love, wealth, health, luck, success, friendship, courage. From 7 to 14 days after New Moon.

Full Moon     – Enforcing magic(k) already in place, to give an extra boost; divination; prophecy; protection; healing serious ailments; love; knowledge; legal & justice; money; dreams. From 14 to 17 days after New Moon.

Waning Moon  – Banishing ill magic(k); getting rid of addictions, negativity and illnesses. From 4 to 10 days after Full Moon.

Dark Moon   – Getting rid of bad habits; binding; exploring our deepest, darkest selves to gain understanding of our passions; justice. From 11 to 14 days after Full Moon.