This talisman carries an original devotional portrait of the Morrígan in Her aspect as Battle Goddess, known as Badb Catha or Crow of Battle. Her aspect in this portrait is inspired by the stories from the ancient Irish sagas in which She is seen shrieking over the battlefields in the form of a crow or raven, or Otherworldly woman. On its reverse, an army of crows spirals into the sky over the fields of battle. Encircling the crows are Her own words, from the battle poem She chants during the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh,
“At ciu cach ro genair/ Ruad cath derg bandach”
Its translation is “I see all who are born/ In the blood-zealous fierce battle”
These poetic lines speak to Her role in receiving the fallen warriors who are “born” to Her as they fall in battle. It also speaks of the soul of heroism being born within us as we are forever changed by surviving battle. And again, it can also be read as Her way of saying that She sees all beings and all stories played out within the lens of battle. As with all poetry, it speaks deeply and through many voices.
Morpheus designed this talisman out of her personal devotion to the Morrígan, 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.