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The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might

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An illuminating exploration of Ireland’s ancient dark goddess—the beloved “phantom queen” of the Celtic world—with practices for modern-day devotees.

The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland’s most famous--and notorious--goddesses. Her name translated as “phantom queen” or “great queen,” the Morrigan is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and ret
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Weiser Books
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Edric Unsane
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult, pagan
Simply an excellent book on both the history and working with the Morrigan. If she calls to you, I'd recommend beginning (or continuing on) with this book. ...more
Mat Auryn
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might, Courtney Weber explores one of the most fascinating and complex deities: Ireland’s goddess of many names and many faces. Weber provides a cohesive and brilliant book full of solid historical research, personal experience, and practical application with ease and grace, while guiding the reader to connect and create their very own personal practice and relationship with this ancient goddess. She demystifies the complexity and often convoluted my ...more
Luna
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very good insight into the Celtic goddess who I previously knew nothing about. This book was well written and broke down the subject matter very nicely. I really like the history aspect of this book, the main reason behind picking it up, but it was a lot more. I love reading about individual experiences and thoughts on her as well.
JPLuckyMe
Jan 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
Came for the information, the myths, legend and the goddess. Left 1star for the ‘find and replace’ contrived wokeness that replaced women with gender identity. The women in the stories weren’t ridiculed, targeted, maligned and ignored because of their gender identity, it was because they were female. The males in the stories kept getting to be men. Replacing women abs attempting to rewrite history is insulting to the very idea in the mythology of the book.
William Bloomingdale
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author does an excellent job at presenting fragments of lore and collections of personal experiences with The Morrigan, while leaving the interpretation of these things up to the reader. I loved how many different points of view were presented as Celtic Lore is hard to find. After reading the book I felt much more comfortable with my idea of The Morrigan and how she acted in Celtic Lore.
Jenny T
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the Morrigan, a key figure in Celtic mythology, exploring her various aspects as war goddess, strategic advisor, patron of motherhood, goddess of the land, shapeshifter, faerie, and queen. I enjoyed the brief retellings and examination of the myths, as well as the commentary and suggestions for connecting with the Morrigan in everyday life. Well-researched and extremely well-written.
Sarah
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witch-books
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Kathy
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of the first Celtic goddess books I've read that doesn't just dryly list all bazillion variations of the many mythology stories with zero interpretation. Weber actually picks one, two versions max, of a telling and then interprets it. She builds back as to how this story could have manifested from possible real-life ancient events as well as how its lessons can be applied to contemporary folks. I am so appreciative of this extra work as well as her writing style in doing so. ...more
Lorelei
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Well written and informative. I would read a chapter and let it sink in. I went into this book knowing nothing and learned a lot.
SamTheOwl
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
It's great! I feel immensely more connected with Them now. Courtney goes over in detail each piece of the Tain which mentions Them, Their different names (there's quite a few), the ending provides prayers/workings directly related to Them you can use after you've done some Soul housekeeping, throughout the pages she includes other ways to directly work with Them and how to deepen your relationship with Them. I really liked the part where she lists the different animals of An Mórrígan, what they ...more
Nora
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a non-binary person, I sometimes tiptoe through pagan literature feeling like an impostor when so much of the time writers focus on a rigid, cisgender understanding of goddess worship and the idea of divine femininity. Courtney Weber is not only an incredible writer who has once again written an engaging, enlightening, and accessible book about a Celtic goddess, but she has also gone out of her way to make room for me as a transgender witch. The simple consideration of using inclusive languag ...more
Micheál
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is indeed a recommendation for anyone interested in the Mórrígan. With excerpts, and a foreword from other highly respected authors on this subject, it's a safe bet that it meets its expectations. Not only does Courtney divulge into the history, mythology, and folklore regarding this intriguing goddess, but she provides modern interpretations, and lively rituals of substance for the modern practitioner. Whether you have a more traditional polytheistic methodology, or a more neopagan ap ...more
Sheryl
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritualities
Informative and practical

Excellent introduction to lore of The Morrigan, with practical advice on ritual and spellwork to deepen ones relationship with The Phantom Queen. I especially appreciated the author's stories of how her personal journey with the goddess impacts her life, and the many first person accounts from diverse perspectives (queer/trans/varied genders) happy to have been drawn to this book at the start of my month of study!
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Mary Howd
This is an excellent book that provides legitimate folklore sources for a true Irish pagan spiritual practice. I found this book to be filled with well-considered interpretations and meanings for the mythological roots that can be expressed in a modern magickal practice. Courtney Weber's writing style is very accessible. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! ...more
Sherry
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this book did show some aspects that I was not aware of, I'm not sure that it went as deep as I was expecting. I'm still ruminating on it. The work was easy to read and understand. It was more like a pleasant conversation with a friend than reading a textbook. Overall, I can say this book was worth the read. ...more
Christopher Hockley
An invaluable resource as I begin my journey with The Morrigan

Can't recommend enough! This is a great resource for anyone interested in working with The Morrigan! Grateful for this book!
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Krisanne Lane
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic overview of the Morrigan and her various forms. There were exercises to connect with her as well as shortened versions of her myths. The author gave personal anecdotes of her experiences with the Morrigan. TW for suicide, death, and pregnancy and miscarriage at the end.
Deanne
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For those who have been called upon by the Morrighan (and believe me she's NOT suttle, lol) this is a great way to get to know her deeper. For those just interested by Deities,of any faith, will also get lots of information ! ...more
Bode Cauthon
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witchy, favourites
Very much enjoyed this. The subject matter is most intriguing.
Anna
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Super amazing book. I love how history, myth, imagery, meditation and more is all woven together and presented. Beautifully done!
Oneyda
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A lot of myths are talked about.
Annie J
Okay, I give up on this. I read, like, 50 pages and I just DON'T care. ...more
Liz Wahba
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pagan-nonfiction
This book was a great guide for the legends and aspects of the Morrigan. It helped me understand her triple aspect and existence as sisters and a triple goddess unto herself. The rituals herein are a little different from traditional Wicca as Weber does not use circle casting, but the principles are definitely able to be added to any ritual. Weber has a historian and spiritual approach to the Morrigan, perfect for anyone interested in getting to know this Goddess better.
Susan
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well-researched and written with a lot of clarity and passion for the subject. I loved her occasional personal stories and especially loved the spellwork section.
Amanda
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. It is such a pleasant and informative read.
Maerin Renee
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
An essential resource and guide to the mythology, pathos, and folklore of a most formidable Goddess.
Jun
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book has very good information, and are based off historical stories and text. I enjoyed also reading other people's experiences with the Morrigan. ...more
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