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Pagan Portals - The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens Paperback – December 12, 2014
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"Morgan presents us with solid, well-researched information on the Irish Morrigans from some of the best academic sources out there, and does it in a way that is engaging and approachable." - Segomâros Widugeni, previously known as Aedh Rua, author of Celtic Flame: An Insider's Guide to Irish Pagan Tradition
"There are so many faces of this amazing goddess and Daimler brings them together in a very readable way that enchanted me into turning page after page." - Elen Sentier, author of Elen of the Ways and Trees of the Goddess
About the Author
Morgan is an Irish Re-constructionist with Heathen tendencies who has been a polytheist since the early '90′s. A wandering priestess of Odin and dedicant of Macha, she teaches classes on Irish and Norse magical practices, fairies, and related subjects around the northeastern United States. Morgan's writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including 'By Blood, Bone, and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan' and 'Naming the Goddess'. Morgan is also the author of nine books including 'Fairy Witchcraft' and the urban fantasy novel 'Murder Between the Worlds'
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The book is made up of an Introduction and seven chapters. The Introduction starts by laying out the aim of the book and then goes into the different Morrigans, and their functions that the author will be talking about. It also discusses the different meanings that we have for the word Morrigan.
Chapters 1-4 give you everything you need to know if someone asks you who are the Morrigans. Each of the first three chapters discuss Morrigu, Badb, and Macha and then the fourth chapter discusses the other Goddesses who MIGHT be conflated with them or are considered one of them. The authors in most cases gives you the historical material associated with each of the Goddesses, their relationships (mothers, fathers, husbands), the forms they take, their associations and realms of influence and then the author gives us a poem, or an invocation or an offering prayer at the end of each chapter.
Chapter 5 gives us a glimpse of The Morrigan in mythology. In chapter 6 the author talks about The Morrigan and animals, and in chapter 7 the author talks about The Morrigan in the modern world and how to find Her.
As an introductory text this book is an awesome start. There is no way you can fit all the contradictions that are The Morrigans in one text, but this book does a good job of it. I especially loved the poems, invocations, offerings and prayers and of course the bits of the author’s life that she chose to share with us.
I think that if you are interested in The Morrigan, then this book is a must on your shelf. It is well researched, well written and engaging to the last word.
It is also very nice to see a pagan book with cited sources and encouragement to seek knowledge elsewhere, namely in the classics. Daimler does an excellent job of giving the reader alternate resources to supplement the information she gives in FAIRY WITCHCRAFT. Very adept and stylish. This one is definitely worth a read.
This book solved a lot of my problems. The author lays out the interpretations and explains who and what each of them are. Then she explains how she interacts with that part of the goddess in a way that brings it all together. Things make sense now, and I have much better idea of who The Morrigan is.
Years from now, when you are much wiser in these ways, you will come back to her works and think to yourself what a blessing it was to have started your studies reading what she has written. You will better understand that you started in the right direction and were nurtured along the way. All that she has stated will still be valid and each item will be a strong supporter of what you have discovered for yourself.
Morgan Daimler gets my highest recommendation as a writer, teacher, student and practitioner in Celtic studies for those seeking to place the traditions into practice in their daily lives.