Attending the ritual for the Morrigan
I often hide behind the mantle of being a kitchen witch – I play with herbs, dabble in the tarot, talk with the fairies and the cats, work mostly on intuition or gut. Mostly I just like sitting around contemplating the universe and where I fit in, sipping a cup of tea and baking some bread. There is hidden deep within a small part of me that really like ritual. It can be fun to put one together even more enjoyable to attend one that you didn’t have to create or run.
There were at least four large group rituals during Mystic South. Regrettable I only made it to one. Time, nervousness around strange people etc..so many excuses
We did manage to attend A Gathering of Ravens ritual hosted by John Beckett a ritual for the Morrigan.
I am not going to share too many details of the ritual, it’s not my ritual to share. The Denton group put a considerable amount of work into their ritual. I am happy to share the highlights and moments that stuck out for me.
They started by leading a centering and grounding ritual about each of us being a tree and intertwining our branches and roots. I thought it was a great way to ground, center, focus the group and create a nice circle.
A more formal circle was called as well as elemental quarters, a welcoming of the ancestors and the land spirits. This calling of the ancestors and land spirits were both new to me. I felt my ancestors right away. Land spirits was something new to me, phrasing wise. At first, I assumed it was the local fae spirits but fae isn’t always the right word to use when describing the spirits of a place. I don’t know who came up with the term land spirits but bless you because it was a phrase I didn’t know I was needed until Friday night. What a great way to genuinely start to understand the spirits of a place and to start to identity the different types of spirits in a place. After the land spirits there were still more to call the seely and the Morrigan herself.
Oh, the room was full!
The rituals focus was on her raven aspect where offerings were made to her in wine or juice.
This was my first-time meeting Morrigan. I did struggle, among the Greeks there isn’t really an equivalent that I could meld with. Hekate is more the guardian, wise-woman and teacher, Persephone queen and guide for souls, Hades warrior mage …maybe perhaps Demeter when she’s in mourning searching for her daughter Kore would come close to the energy I felt from the Morrigan during this ritual. She felt like the joy, the insanity, the pleasure, the pain, the confusion, the fear, the madness, the release and the bliss that comes at the moment of death. I have to say I am glad I had my ancestors at my back at that moment and strangely enough Ganesha at the ready with an army at his side.
Once everyone made their offering, we all drank everyone was invited to leave and circle was opened.
My takeaway will be to learn more about the Morrigan. I’ve worked with Danu for years and just realized that the Morrigan was one of the Tuatha de Danaan. I’m going to assume there are more of the Tuatha de Danaan that I will learn about. My ancestors, the ghost warriors, defiantly an area I need to study and lastly why Ganesha? Why would a creator god remover of obstetrical show up to me in this type of ritual?
If y’all have any insight I would love to hear about it. What are your experiences with the Morrigan?
Off to make some tea and maybe some bread and ponder the universe.
Wonder and awe