The Crow Goddess – Morrigan

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Draped over her shoulders, with its full hood pulled around her face and sweeping to the ground behind her, was a cloak made entirely of ravens’ feathers.

The crow is a personification of the three Mórrígna in Celtic mythology and especially of Badb Mórrigu, the harbinger of doom. In this form, she seems to be the divine representative of wise yet pessimistic womanhood whose role it is to warn her folk of danger, sometimes overzealously. Crows are one of the most intelligent birds and easily conform to new situations. They quickly learn that assembling armies signify that fresh carrion from corpses will soon be available and so they were often seen circling before and during the strife. Little wonder, then, that they became synonymous with fate, doom, victory, fury and bloodshed.

The Morrigan appeared to Cú Chulainn as a beautiful maiden (representing sovereignty), attempting to seduce the young warrior. He…

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