High Queen and goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann -- People of Danu (the gods, goddesses and ultimately the Celts) and the goddess of lust, magic, prophecy, revenge, war, death. She is a dark aspect of the Earth Mother and a trinity, all three exalting in battle frenzy, chaos and the gore of slaughter, and feared by the enemies of the Tuatha Dé Danann. She/they have a particular role in being the Choosers of the Slain; selecting, severing from the body, and guiding to the afterworld the spirits of fallen warriors. Neman is the goddess of frenzy and battle. Macha is goddess of war, the battlefield in its aftermath and fertility. She feeds off the heads of slain enemies. Badb the Battle Raven or Scald-Crow is the Goddess of enlightenment, inspiration, life and wisdom who could take on the shape of a crow. Her cauldron boiled with the ever-producing mixture that produced all life. She is seen by those whose fate it is to die in an upcoming battle as the crone the Isher of the Fiord washing their bloody clothing beside a river.
The Morrighan ("Great Queen", "Specter Queen", "Supreme War Goddess" or "Queen of Phantoms or Demons") Irish/Celtic. The Dark aspect of the Celtic Triple Goddess. Crone aspect of the Goddess. Great Mother. Moon Goddess. Great White Goddess. Queen of the Fairies. Matroness of priestesses and Witches. Queen of the Witches and Goddess of Magick. Associated with revenge, night, magick, prophecy, wisdom, war and peace. Possibly a pre-Celtic Moon goddess.In her Dark Aspect, she is the Goddess of War, Fate and Death. As a War Goddess, she reigned over the battlefield, helping with her magick, but did not join in battles. The "Washer at the Ford" (seem washing bloody laundry prior to battle by those destined to die). With her, others like Fea (Hateful), Nemon (Venomous), Badb (Fury) and Macha (Battle) encouraged fighters to battle-madness. Marries the Dagdha at Samhain. Daughter of Ernmas, and sometimes a collective name for all three of her daughters; see Badhbh. Her symbol was the raven or crow. Like many Goddesses, She was a shapechanger. She often turned into a raven or hooded crow. The carrion crow is her favorite disguise. Could also appear as a beautiful Maiden or an ugly Hag.
Myths/Tradition says she has nine loosed tresses on her head, a sign of her connection with the Ninefold Goddess of the Cauldron. Goddess of rivers, lakes, and fresh water. Once she confronted the Celtic hero Cu Chulainn, attacking him in the forms of a crow, a gray wolf and a hornless red heifer. He was able to fight all of them off, but she had the last laugh, when he was dying in battle years later, she turned into a hooded crow and perched on his dying body as his enemies approached to finish him off. she did not actually fight, but urged on her chosen armies and intimidated the ones She wanted to lose with Her fearsome war cries. she survived into medieval times as Morgan Le Fay, the witch who haunted King Arthur and his knights. "Like Macha, the Crone aspect of the Morrigan, Morgan as Mother Death cast the destroying curse on every man." -- Barbara Walker,
The CURSE OF THE MORRIGAN
You who bring suffering to children:
May you look into the sweetest, most open eyes, and howl the loss of your innocence.
You who ridicule the poor, the grieving, the lost, the fallen, the inarticulate, the wounded children in grown-up bodies:
May you look into each face, and see a mirror. May all your cleverness fall into the abyss of your speechless grief, your secret hunger, may you look into that black hole with no name, and find....the most tender touch in the darkest night, the hand that reaches out. May you take that hand. May you walk all your circles home at last, and coming home, know where you are.
You tree-killers, you wasters:
May you breathe the bitter dust, may you thirst, may you walk hungry in the wastelands, the barren places you have made. And when you cannot walk one step further, may you see at your foot a single blade of grass, green, defiantly green. And may you be remade by it's generosity.
And those who are greedy in a time of famine:
May you be emptied out, may your hearts break not in half, but wide open in a thousand places, and may the waters of the world pour from each crevice, washing you clean.
Those who mistake power for love:
May you know true loneliness. And when you think your loneliness will drive you mad, when you know you cannot bear it one more hour, may a line be cast to you, one shining, light woven strand of the Great Web glistening in the dark. And may you hold on for dear life.
Those passive ones, those ones who force others to shape them, and then complain if it's not to your liking:
May you find yourself in the hard place with your back against the wall. And may you rage, rage until you find your will. And may you learn to shape yourself.
And you who delight in exploiting others, imagining that you are better than they are:
May you wake up in a strange land as naked as the day you were born and thrice as raw. May you look into the eyes of any other soul, in your radiant need and terrible vulnerability. May you know yourSelf. And may you be blessed by that communion.
And may you love well, thrice and thrice and thrice,
and again and again and again
May you find your face before you were born.
And may you drink from deep, deep waters
To those who abuse, rape, murder the spirits of women and children
Cursed be the rest of your days
May peace flee from you as you made others cringe in fear
May fear be your closest friend
never to leave you till you take your last
Then to Me Ye shall answer
Let your dreams be filled with the cries of your victims
Haunting you as you now become the prey
and now you are My victim!
( unknown author)
Badb / Badbh
Welcome to the Goddess of a 1000 Names, this is BADB, Celtic Goddess of War,
if You Hear Her Call Your Name Respond To the Goddess Within.
“Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know”
~Shakespeare (1564-1616) ~
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TRANSLATION OF BADB:
The name of this goddess means boiling, battle raven, scald-crow, Raven
(Irish), the cauldron of ever-producing life. Signifies rage, fury, or
violence, and imply a witch, fairy, or goddess. BADB translates to hooded
crow, and Morrigan translates to Raven-woman.
“Bav” or “Bahv”
ALSO KNOWN AS:
Bibe (Ireland), Bive, Beev, Cath Bodva or Cauth Bodva (Gaul),Cathubodua,
Badhbh, Badb Catha (Battle Raven), The Morrigan, Mhorrigan, Mórrígan, The
Three in One, Our Lady, The Lady of War, The Great Queen, The Queen of
Swords, Battle Fury, Lady of Crows, The Maiden, Mother and Crone. As the
Triple War Goddess her name is Fea, “the hateful”, or Badb, “the fury”.
Associated Deities: Fea, Ana, Neman, Macha, Morrigu.
The BADB is depicted as having either blue or blood-red lips, and is known
for the hideous noise she makes. Her shriek of joy strikes terror through
the souls of men. It is in the form of birds that certain of the Tuatha de
Danann appear as war-goddesses and directors of battle; for this reason
these birds are generally avoided. Sometimes, as in “Da Choca’s Hostel”, the
Badb appears as a weird woman uttering prophecies. In this case the Badb
watches over Cormac as his doom comes. She is described as standing on one
foot, and with one eye closed (apparently in a bird’s posture), as she
chants to Cormac this prophecy: “I wash the harness of a king who will
War, Battles, Bloodshed, Confusion, The Feminine Principal, Chaos,
Cowardice, Treachery, lack of Persistence in the face of insurmountable
odds, The Mother of all Fir Cruthen.
Goddess of War & Battles, Death, Chaos, Enlightenment, Inspiration, Life,
Wisdom, Blessings, Mother Aspect of the Triple Goddess (Ireland), Queen of
the Witches, Goddess of Magic
Weapon: Sickle, Scythe
Colors: Metallic Grey, Black, Red
Activites: War, Killing in Her Name, Destruction, Creating Tools of War,
Defending Her Children.
Animals: Black Crow, Carrion Crow, Raven, Wolf, Bear
Landmarks: All Battlefields, Magh Tuiredh (Moytura)
Call On: To aid you with spirit contact and to learn about past lives.
WHO IS BADB?
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Morrigan is one of the most complex figures in Irish mythology, not the
least due to her genealogy. In the earliest copies of the Lebor Gabála
Érenn, there are listed three sisters, named BADB, Macha, and Anann. In the
Book of Leinster version, Anann is identified with Morrigu, while in the
Book of Fermoy version, Macha is identified with Morrigan.
Now, if “Morrigan” means “Mare Queen”, the identification of Macha with
Morrigu would be a logical identification, as Macha usually identified as
one of the Celtic horse goddesses, along with Rhiannon and Epona; moreover,
the horse goddess is also the goddess of sovereignty and of the land, and it
is through marriage to her that the king derives his legitimacy.
We also learn that the three sisters Badb, Macha, and Morrigu are also
sisters to the three goddesses of the land, Eriu, Fotla, and Banba. However,
in one text, Anann–here called Ana–is listed as the seventh daughter,
identified as the one “of whom are called the Paps of Ana in
Urluachair”–the two mountains south of Killarny called “The Breasts of
Anu”. In a yet a different version of the second redaction, Anann is again
identified as Morrigan, and for her the mountains are named.
In the third redaction, her genealogy is given as “The Morrigu, daughter of
Delbaeth, was the mother of the other sons of Delbaeth, Brian, Iucharba, and
Iuchair: and it is from her addtional name “Danann” the Paps of Ana in
Luachair are called, as well as the Tuatha De Danann.” Now we have Morrigan
identified with Danu, mother of the gods, and with Anann, the goddess of the
Paps of Ana. This originates in the identification of Anann with Anu and Anu
with Danu. Anu, according to Cormac’s Glossary, was mother of the Irish
gods; while Danu was originally the goddess of the Danube (Lat. Danuvius).
Finally, in The Second Battle of Magh Turedh, she is identified with Badb,
the first sister of the trio.
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What is most evident is that from the texts, “Morrigan” or “Morrigu” is a
title applied to different women who for the most part seem to be sisters or
related in some manner, or sometimes it is the same woman with slightly
differing names in different manuscripts and redactions. We see that
Morrigan is identified with Badb Macha, Anann, and Danann. The first is
usually identified with the raven and battle, the second usually identified
with the archetypical Celtic horse goddess, the third with the land godesss,
and the forth with a mother goddess (though linguistically perhaps with the
Danube River of Europe, and thus to the archetypical Celtic river goddess,
What do we make of this? The Morrigan–the Mare Queen and the Great
Queen–is the goddess of war and sovereignty, the goddess of the land and
its rivers and its animals. Only through appealing to her can a warrior
become king or an army succeed. Only through her intercession can Ireland be
taken by one tribe or another. She is sister of Eriu, but perhaps in an
earlier version may have even been identified with Eriu, thus completing her
role as the Goddess of Sovereignty. When we add her role as the Washer at
the Ford, a war goddess–who with her sisters/other selves are called
“springs of craftiness/sources of bitter fighting”, we must then look to the
later figure of Medb, whose name means mead and who, like Morrigan, does war
Now, we see that the name “Morrigan” is applied to all three sisters–Badb,
Macha, and Anann–at some point. Badb is the goddess of war, Macha is the
goddess of sovereignty, and Anann is the mother of the gods. Thus, the
Morrigan, like Brigit, also contains the three functions of Indo-European
society: the first function of sovereignty, the second fuction of the
warrior, and the third function of fertility.
Now, if we can agree that Morrigan–whoever she is–is the goddess of
sovreignty, her following actions become clear. In The Second Battle of Magh
Turedh, meets the Dagda at the river Unis in Connacht, where they copulate
on Samhain, ensuring the Tuatha De Danann’s sucess over the Fomorians;
again, she cheers the TDD to victory over the Fomorians. In the Tain Bo
Cuailnge, she offers Cu Chulainn her aid, but when he rebukes it, he is
sowing the seeds of his own eventual death. To refuse Morrigan is to reject
the land and the gods.
And so it is best to classify Morrigan with those other pan-functional
deities, Lugh and Brigit, as examples of deities who encompass the entire
world of divine function and motive in Irish mythology.
The BADB is not to be confused with BODB, a male deity. BADB is the mother
aspect of the Triple Goddess, one of the three Valkyrie-aspects of the
MORRIGAN and symbolizes life. Her cauldron boiled with the ever-producing
mixture that produced all life. In Irish mythology, Badb was one of the
giantess forms of Morrigan. She was sufficiently tall to place a foot on
either side of a river.
She assumed variously the guises of a beautiful woman, an old hag, and a
carrion crow. Her manifestation in the latter form was an omen of death.
Before a battle she would appear in anticipation of the carnage, and as the
battle took place, would flit around the heads of the warriors. Afterwards,
she would feed on the corpses strewn across the fields. Like the other two
battle-furies, Macha and the Mórrígan, BADB was both sinister and sexual;
she prophesied the end of the world, the fall of the gods and an endless
reign of chaos.
BADB embodies war as it is – chaotic, glorious, bloodthirsty and heroic.
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Celtic women used to accompany their husbands into battle, fighting
alongside the men. This might explain why there is a female deity associated
with a typical male domain. She revels in the gore of battle, reigning over
the battlefield (usually in the form of a crow) to aid either side and to
entice warriors into battle madness but she doesn’t actually engage in the
combat. It was customary after battle for those still alive to abandon the
field until dawn, so that she could claim the heads as trophies. She is
generally thought of as a triple goddess figure, however she has more
aspects than three. There is a lot more to her than meets the eye. Under the
names of Nemain (frenzy), Macha (battle), Fea (conflict), BADB (fury), the
Washer at the Ford, she shows the aspects of sorcery, motherhood, teaching
She transformed herself into many shapes including the wolf and bear. She
often takes the form of a raven/black crow to incite and encourage the
warriors to blood-thirsty acts. Battlefields were called the land of BADB,
and while war broke out BADB would confuse and frighten armies by flying
over the battlefield appearing in the form of a miniature woman with tiny,
webbed feet, screeching of death and doom. She would confuse the soldiers
in order to move the tide of battle to her favored side. Soldiers prayed to
BADB, imagining her as a gigantic and beautiful young woman, imploring her
to help them cross over streams and overcome their enemies.
The Morrigan, the BADB Macha, Nemain, Fea and Danu are known as the
“daughters of Ernmas”. However, the lines between the relationship shared by
BADB and the Morrigan (as well as her other counterparts) are fuzzy to say
the least. Some say the Morrigu is the joint connection between them, whilst
others say they are the same deity’s personality traits. BADB, translates
into “hooded crow” and the Morrigan “raven-woman”, with both the crow and
the raven being the principal carrion birds in Ireland, feasting on the dead
The BADB is associated with the death portent faery, the beansidhe, usually
written in English as “Banshee”) and is said to have been crucial in the
battle against the Fomorians. BADB also means a female fairy, phantom, fury
or spectre. Morrigan is also known as THE BADB and she fights for her
people, the Tuatha de Danann (the faerie people known as the Children of
Danu) against invaders.
She was a powerful Queen of the Tuatha De Danann who, against tradition,
ruled her own land apart from her husband. BADB is a goddess of death and
battle, this is not seen as necessarily evil to the Eyrians, as both aspects
are accepted as part of the cycle. War is even welcomed in some cases by the
brave Eyrian highlanders. Yet even so, her omens are most definitely
unwelcome among the common person.
She took part in battles, influencing their outcome, and led the Tuatha de
Danaan to victory over the Fomore at the mythical battle of Magh Tuireadh
(Moytura). The myth also connects BADB with the battle of Clontarf in 1014,
when the High King Brian defeated the Viking invaders and BADB was said to
have appeared over the warriors’ heads.
“Then the Morrigu, daughter of Ernmass, came, and heartened the Tuatha De
to fight the battle fiercely and fervently. Thereafter the battle became a
and the Fomorians were beaten back to the sea.”
–The Second Battle of Magh Turedh