This shall be a place to share thoughts and practices in serving the Gaelic War Goddesses, primarily Badb, Macha and An Morrígan, whose name is Anand; as well as Nemain and Fea; known in various combinations as Bé Néit…. I am keeping this focused on these Goddesses collectively, as there is much overlap and often confusion about how They might interrelate.
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These are no longer available in PDF, except for “Warriors of the Horse Goddess”
“The Hounds Betwixt and Between: Cú Chulainn and Finn as Liminal Heroes” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 4 Issue 2, Lughnasadh/Samhain 2017 – The two most famous heroes of Ireland, one often claimed to be a “hero inside the tribe” the other a “hero outside the tribe,” yet both represent the Outlaw Warrior standing on the edge. An earlier, shorter version appeared as “The Hero Betwixt and Between” in Keltria Journal #43 -“Heroes & Heroines”, 2013
“There Was Not Found a Man to Withstand Her” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 3 Issue 2, Lughnasadh/Samhain 2017 – Aife and Éachtach, those women who could not be beaten in a fair fight, even by the greatest warriors.
“The War Goddess’s Bitch“- Air n-Aithesc Vol. 3 Issue 1, Imbolc/Bealtaine 2016 – Some things about female shapeshifters and canine-warriors, as well as some of my own experiences on this path
“Warriors for the Horse Goddess” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 2 Issue 2, Lughnasadh/Samhain 2015 on serving Macha by fighting for horse welfare, includes both research on such Goddesses and personal experience.
“Musings on the Irish War Goddesses” – originally published in By Blood, Bone and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrígan, Nicole Bonivusto, ed, Asheville, NC: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014
“‘By Force in the Battlefield’: Finding the Irish Female Hero” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 1 Issue 1, Imbolc 2014 Women warriors in Irish literature are often antagonists or, at best, aids to the male hero. This looks at a few who are heroes of their own stories.
“Going into Wolf Shape” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 1 Issue 1, Imbolc 2014 – A look at the connections between warriors and canines, both wolf and dogs , in Irish culture, looking at possible proto-Indo-European roots suggested by recent archaeological finds.
“Muimme naFiann: Foster-mother of Heroes” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 1 Issue 2, Lughnasadh 2014 – A look at Scáthach, Bodbmall, Líath Lúachra (and other names used for Finn’s foster-mothers) and how their stories can inspire women, especially older women, involved in fénnidecht
“Chase to Nowhere: Thoughts on Fénnidecht Rites of Passage” – Air n-Aithesc Vol. 2 Issue 1, Imbolc/Bealtaine 2015 -Exploring evidence for the very non-linear rites of passage into and out of the wilderness warbands and how we might use this today.
Online writing that might be of interest