On shadowed wings and in ravens call, meet the ancient Irish goddess of war, battle, prophecy, death, sovereignty, and magic. This book is an introduction to the Morrigan and several related goddesses who share the title, including Badb and Macha. It combines solid academic information with personal experience in a way that is intended to dispel the confusion that often surrounds who this goddess was and is. The Morrigan is as active in the world today as she ever was in the past but answering her call means answering the challenge of finding her history and myth in a sea of misinformation, supposition, and hard-to-find ancient texts. Here in one place, all of her basic information has been collected along with personal experiences and advice from a long-time priestess dedicated to a goddess who bears the title Morrigan.
The etymology of the name Morrigan is somewhat disputed, but the current leading theory is that it means, roughly, nightmare queen – often given as phantom queen – although others still prefer the once-popular “great queen” interpretation. The difference comes in depending on whether the first part of the name is given a fada (an accent mark in Irish which changes the sound of the vowel) and spelled Mor or Mór. Generally the accepted meaning of “Mor” is to relate it back to Old High German mara and Anglo-Saxon maere, meaning nightmare, although when accented, mór, it means great, large (eDIL, n.d.).