This talisman carries an original devotional portrait of Macha, Irish Goddess of horses, female power, sovereignty, and battle. Often described as an aspect or sister of the the Morrígan, Macha’s roots as a Goddess of the land go deep – Her name is derived from the same root as the word ‘mag‘ or ‘field’. The ancient royal fortress at Emain Macha is named for Her, as She died in childbirth at the royal assembly after racing the king’s horses in her ninth month of pregnancy. Horses were the vehicle and symbol of the Iron Age Celtic warrior class, as well as an archetypal shape of female power. Another tale of Macha tells of how She claimed the sovereignty of Ireland by right of arms, against the claims of all the men of Her family. She is also conjured again and again in the Irish lore as a terrifying presence on the battlefield, glorying in the slaughter and the company of carrion birds. The heads of slain warriors were called the ‘mast’ or harvest of Macha.
On the front face of this medallion, we show Macha with Her pregnant belly, fiercely with spear astride a horse. Her form is patterned after the images of Epona, the Horse Goddess as worshiped in Celtic Gaul. In the basket on Her lap, where these fertility Goddesses often carry fruits of harvest, She carries the head of a warrior.
On the reverse, the medallion is adorned with shield decorations and a double horse-headed battle standard from the Iberian Celtic tribes. Macha’s words from the story of the fateful horse-race are etched around it:
“Iss ed mo ainme ol sí bias arin oenuchsa co bráth. Telcid tra na heochu frim thoeb!”
Its translation is “My name will forever cleave to the place of this assembly. Bring up the horses beside me!”
These lines declare Her claim upon the land, and Her fierce determination to face Her doom with a fighting spirit.
Morpheus designed this talisman out of her personal devotional relationship with Macha, and it is shared with you in hopes it may help you connect with Her and invoke Her great power more fully into your life and work.
Talisman is etched in 18-gauge copper. Two sizes are available – our regular 1.5″ diameter medallion, and a larger, 2″ diameter medallion, allowing for much finer detail.
Our copper talismans are hand etched in small runs with careful attention. Talismans are individually hand-detailed, so each pendant is slightly different and unique. We hang them on leather cord hand-woven into a Celtic-style knotwork ornament. The artist, Morpheus, personally consecrates all the talismans on her home altar.