Tuesday, October 11, 2011
INVOKING THE MORRIGAN ~A Book Review~
Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan by Stephanie Woodfield
First off, I have to say that The Morrigan, in the guise of Morgan le Fay (Morganna), is my matron goddess so I may be a little biased in this review.
"The Morrigan" was both refreshing and a delight to read. Magic, shapeshifting, moving rituals and invocations, and history of the goddesses that stand behind the mask of The Morrigan, this book is full of insightful information on the Dark Queen of Celtic mythology. Horse, Raven, Wolf, and even a Tree are some of the forms that you can shapeshift into in the guided meditations. Macha(MA-ka), Badb(BAH-v), Anu(AHN-new) and Nemain(NEE-vuhn) are just a few of the goddesses you meet. Of course my favorite sections of the book are when Stephanie Woodfield speaks of Morgan Le Fay and Avalon, Land of the Dead. I also like that some of the spells are a little dark, for what would a book on The Dark Goddess be without a few "grey" spells. The chapter on The Phantom Queen is about death and how to honor the Ancestors. This was a very touching chapter and one of my favorites.
I recommend Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess to anyone interested in The Morrigan and other Dark Goddesses of Celtic lore. This book is not only for women, I think men will enjoy it as well. It's refreshing to see a Goddess book that is not based on Women's Mysteries(not that there is anything wrong with those kinds of books, I own a few).
Happy Reading, Vivienne