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Morrigan’s Hearth Online 2021
August 21 @ 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tickets will go on sale July 1 and continue to August 20.
She Who Survives: Cathubodua, Gaulish Goddess of the Battlefield (Morpheus Ravenna)
Her name means Crow of Battle. The Celts of Gaul honored the carrion birds hovering over the fields of war, recognizing them as avatars of the goddess of battles. Her name and cult were nearly lost to history, and yet She is still with us today. In this talk we’ll look at how Cathubodua emerges from the historical record and what is known of Her and Her ancient cult. I’ll also share inspiration from my personal practice as a devotee, including art, poetry, and Gaulish prayers.
Sacred Gender (Lillian)
Modern neopagan traditions and their adjacent polytheist traditions often emphasize the sacred nature of the feminine and masculine, yet there are a growing number of transgender, nonbinary and otherwise gender-nonconforming people in these traditions who do not see their own nature reflected in the cosmologies or cultures being presented. All people deserve the opportunity to connect to their own sacred nature and see themselves reflected in the cosmos. This presentation and workshop aims to open paths and ask questions that will help to build an understanding of sacred approaches to gender that are more holistic, inclusive, and affirming to all involved. Come with an open mind and heart and a willingness to challenge your assumptions about gender, spiritual practice, and yourself.
Tip of the spear: Scáthach and the skills of war (Raven)
Most readers of the Ulster cycle are familiar with Scáthach as a peerless teacher of the arts of war, but many are not aware of her poetic and prophetic accomplishments as well as her warrior’s arts. This presentation will explore Scáthach’s complementary and overlapping skills of a visionary warrior poet, in both martial and magical arts. We will explore related women warriors in the Ulster cycle, with particular attention to how ritual action, well-crafted poetic language, and heroic physical feats of valor can complement each other in a Celtic polytheist practice. The presentation will include with some examples of modern practices of these arts, and will have time for a community discussion and questions at the end.
Note: This session will not be recorded.
Confronting the Spirits of an Embodied Martial Practice (Mimerki)
Polytheism doesn’t just apply to one set of gods. Since many martial practices are connected to their own spiritual cultures, how do we respectfully navigate that without stepping on any divine (or mortal) toes? As a martial practitioner in an art with a significant spiritual aspect, I’d like to discuss how I have personally gone about this and how I think another person could go about this (learn from my mistakes!). I’ll specifically discuss Shinto and Buddhist practice as it applies in a martial context and can be connected to a European polytheist practice, but I plan to touch on Chinese and Okinawan martial and religious practice and a bit on religion as it is visible in the European Fightbook tradition that is the basis for HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts). (I am not sufficiently well-versed in Afro-Caribbean or Filipino material to speak with authority, but I’d be happy to help people find the resources they need.)
Note: This session will not be recorded.
Coru Devotional Ritual – Coru Cathubodua Priesthood
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Morpheus Ravenna is a spiritual worker, artist, and writer, making her living as a ritual tattoo artist. An initiate of the Anderson-Feri tradition of Witchcraft, she has studied and practiced devotional polytheism and the magical arts for over twenty-five years. Her primary spiritual practice is her devotion and dedication to the Morrígan within the framework of Celtic heroic spirituality. She co-founded the Coru Cathubodua and is the author of The Book of the Great Queen: The Many Faces of the Morrígan from Ancient Legends to Modern Devotions. She also practices medieval armored combat and is very fond of spears. She can be reached through her website at bansheearts.com.
Lillian is a multitraditional polytheist and animist priestess, diviner, and mystic. She writes about polytheist and Pagan spirituality and their intersections with trans and queer identity and lineage on Facebook as Lillian Mardollsdottir and on the blog the Serpent and the Tree. Lillian lives on Duwamish territory with cats amid wet green shadows and coffee fumes.
Raven is a long-time first responder, mountain climber, and martial artist. She recently learned that if you write a book about Scáthach, you will immediately acquire a pack of young hopeful first responders to train up and be responsible for. She did not see that coming. She currently runs Irish language conversation circles on Fridays and is both an operations lead and the training director for her first responder unit.
Mimerki has been a pagan for over 30 years and a practicing martial artist for a similar length of time. She’s also the type of research nerd who studies both Icelandic and Japanese.
The Coru Cathubodua Priesthood is a Pagan Polytheist priesthood dedicated to the Morrígan in Her many forms. We are a federally recognized 501c3 church.