Title: Pagan Portals: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens
Publisher: Moon Books
Author: Morgan Daimler
Pages: 92 pp
Price: $9.95 (paperback) / $3.49 (ebook)
In Pagan Portals: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens author Morgan Daimler presents the mythology and some history behind the worship of the Celtic war goddess, the Morrigan. To do so, she turned to some of the original sources, the Irish Medieval poetry and stories surrounding the goddess.
Through the course of the slim tome (in total 90 pages only) she also spends some of the time relating her personal relationship with these goddesses and sharing some of her rituals for the different aspects.
In terms of those aspects, she addressed the Morrigan who is written of in the myths, she who mated with the Dagda or baited Cu Chulainn into war. The author addressed the other aspects of the goddess, as well; for instance, the Morrigan’s sisters Badb and Fea. Daimler even goes a bit further by connecting figures such as the great queen Medb and even the summer and sun goddesses Aine and Grainne (and sometimes Macha and sometimes Danu, et cetera) to the traditionally triune Morrigan. In essence suggesting (I think) that an Morrigan isn’t just a triad, but six goddesses altogether. Or even more. Throwing so many goddesses into the various aspects that one’s head might spin trying to relate them all. I know mine did.
However much Ms. Daimler presents some very obscure translations of the goddess’ myths that I found delightful (from the standpoint of being someone who has sought the goddess’ myths for quite some time), it was at this point that my brain squeaked to a halt. While it is always interesting to see how others relate to certain pagan gods, I didn’t personally always see the connections Ms. Daimler was making. Maybe I’m a lore-nerd, but I would’ve liked to see more evidence within the lore she presented that this goddess or that other goddess was actually seen as an aspect of the Morrigan by the Celts. But of course we know so little about the Celts and Druids, said-evidence might not exist. But I can still say, I was very intrigued!
All in all, Pagan Portals: The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens was a good read and I think a fine introduction to the goddess and I encourage all interested in Her to check it out.
[Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, and Crossed Genres‘ “Posted stories for Haiti relief” project, while her non-fiction has been included in The Scarlet Letter. She has also, on occasion, edited the popular e-zine Nolan’s Pop Culture Review… But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Indie Author Network. Her debut novel, The Artist’s Inheritance was recently released. Visit her here.]