Birth of the Morrigan by Adara Rosalie

The Morrigan is a Celtic goddess of battle, strife, and fertility. Her name translates as either “Great Queen” or “Phantom Queen,” and both epithets are entirely appropriate for her. The Morrigan appears as both a single goddess and a trio of goddesses.

The Morrigan frequently appears in the ornithological guise of a hooded crow. She is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann (“Tribe of the goddess Danu” or the land of the Faries) and she helped defeat the Firbolg at the First Battle of Mag Tuireadh and the Fomorians at the Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh. She is often read about in books that are about the Fae.

She appeared to the hero Cu Chulainn (son of the god Lugh) and offered her love to him. When he failed to recognize her and rejected her, she told him that she would hinder him when he was in battle. When Cu Chulainn was eventually killed, she settled on his shoulder in the form of a crow. Cu’s misfortune was that he never recognized the feminine power of sovereignty that she offered to him.

She appeared to him on at least four occasions and each time he failed to recognize her.

1.When she appeared to him and declared her love for him.
2.After he had wounded her, she appeared to him as an old hag and he offered his blessings to her, which caused her to be healed.
3.On his way to his final battle, he saw the Washer at the Ford, who declared that she was washing the clothes and arms of Cu Chulainn, who would soon be dead.
4.When he was forced by three hags (the Morrigan in her triple aspect) to break a taboo of eating dogflesh.

A wonderful Song dedicated to The Morrigan. Hope you enjoy it, I found it very powerful. Celtic Musicians.

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Jayde, also known as Adara Rosalie, is a self taught digital artist living in the Sydney Region of NSW. Her works bring forth the beauty in the dark, strange and Gothic. Her images are beautifully rendered, with a blend of photo manipulation and digital painting, showing a natural talent for creating new and fantastic visual artworks that are original in concept.

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  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrabout 6 years ago

    Very moody and magically wonderful.

  • Thank you so much, it is lovely to hear that!

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  • ChereeCheree
    ChereeChereeabout 6 years ago

    Very pretty

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 6 years ago

    What an awesome and beautiful image!

  • I am so happy that you enjoy my artwork, it is a great joy to me. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts. It has made my day! I hope that you have a wonderful week ahead!

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 6 years ago

    lovely work:)

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  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvillealmost 6 years ago

    great job!!! Congratulations on the feature! :)

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    linajialmost 6 years ago


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    Thank you so much!! It is really lovely to recieve such wonderful feedback!! I will keep the fantasy and writing up!

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    linajialmost 6 years ago


  • I will!! Thank you again! I hope the rest of your week is a magical one!!!

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  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work was voted the most popular entry in a First Things Group challenge.

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  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralalmost 6 years ago

    Very beautiful work!! You really captured a lot of symbolism and the archetypal essence of Morrigan with this image!!!

  • Thank you so much MoonSpiral, it is great to hear that I have been sucessful in my goal with this image. Thank you again for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it. I hope that you have a magical weekend.

    – Adara Rosalie

  • Astoreth
    Astorethalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful, magical work. xx

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