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The Shieldmaiden Blog

Jun - 14

Taking the Book of the Great Queen further

Readers of this blog are likely aware that over the past couple of weeks, all my energy has been going into the Book of the Great Queen fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo, which launched June 10th, met its primary goals in less than 72 hours, and met both its stretch goals within a little over a week. That’s a testament to the power and passion of the community of devotees. I’ve been feeling incredibly proud and honored to be part of this.

Not only did we secure the funding for the completion and publication of the book; not only did we also secure funding to commission beautiful artwork from Valerie Herron for the book… We also get to do something that really is close to my heart – the Poetry & Songs of the Morrigan recording project. This will be a professional studio recording of the poems of the Morrigan, spoken aloud as an enchanting vocal incantation, in both the original Old Irish, as well as the English translations. It will also include a couple of beautiful devotional chants and songs in Irish and Gaulish, which have never been recorded before as they are original to the Coru Cathubodua Priesthood. This recording will be shared as a digital download with all of my campaign backers who come in at $20 and above.

I’m already hard at work moving all the pieces into place for this project. I’ve been corresponding with Celtic scholars P. Sufenas Virius Lupus (who’s also going to be consulting with me for the book itself) and Isolde Carmody (of the Story Archaeology Podcast), about guidance for Old Irish language pronunciation, and selecting text and translation versions for the poems. I hope to be able to post a list of the texts we’ll be recording, soon.

And so I’m presently in the unexpected position of having everything I envisioned for the project funded, with three-and-a-half weeks still to go! I really didn’t anticipate passing all my goals so early in the campaign timeline. And yet the contributions are continuing to come in, as people join in to receive the recording, pre-order the book, and for all the other reasons people choose to back the project.

So I’m contemplating other ways to give back to the community out of the funds that are continuing to come in. I would love to hear from you. What else would you like to see as a next stretch project?

Alternately, I may go another route, since the time that I have free to devote to further projects beyond the book and the recording is quite limited now. Instead of setting further stretch projects, I may just donate a portion of the extra funds toward one or more causes. If I go that route, I’m most interested in causes that are especially relevant to the Morrigan’s spheres of interest. Examples that come to mind might be:

  • Support of veterans or others impacted by war
  • Modern sovereignty struggles such as those of Indigenous nations
  • Work to study and preserve Celtic history and cultures
  • Or…?

I’d love to hear from you: what do you think would be the most honorable way to give some of this back? What organizations do you think are doing the best and most needed work that is relevant to the interests of the Great Queen?

Oh, and in case you don’t follow on social media, here’s the latest photo of progress on the illuminated manuscript painting.

illuminated vellum 13 square

5 comments on Taking the Book of the Great Queen further

  1. Aileen says:

    If we missed the campaign, will the recordings of the Old Irish and English poems be available for the public to purchase? I would be just as excited for that as I am the book itself! I am about to start attempting to learn Old Irish and would love something like that to use in my devotionals. Blessings~

    1. Morpheus says:

      I’m hoping to make the poetry recordings available to the public too – I haven’t promised it yet as I have to verify some copyright questions, but assuming I can do that, I will make them available to the public for a small cost. I’m very excited about the poetry recording project myself – it is something I’ve long wanted so this opportunity to make it happen has meant a lot to me. If you follow my blog, social media feeds and/or sign up for my mailing list, you’ll hear about it whenever the time comes.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’d vote for splitting the Excess funds between Celtic History and Culture preservation and Support For Veterans

  3. Kayote says:

    One of my favorite charities is Modest Needs (, which tries to stop the cycle of poverty before it starts–covering the one-time expense that threatens to send a family over the edge (car expense, medical bill, union dues to start a new job, back rent while waiting for the first paycheck from a new job, etc). They confirm the situation, and pay the bill directly. It’s well respected and I like the principals they operate under.

    I believe the Homecoming Heroes grant type would fit your veterans support area. There are often requests from Veterans in the Self Sufficient Grants area as well, depending on the situation.

  4. Jack says:

    Congratulations on your great success! It is a very exciting journey and we are all very happy to be involved.

    One stretch project could be a “behind the scenes” video companion to the book. You have a great video on your campaign, so maybe just a longer version that includes: (1) some personal information, like when and how you felt the calling to be a Priestess of the Great Queen, what is the life of a Priestess of the Great Queen like, what are the most powerful rituals and spells in your practice, etc., and (2) behind the scenes footage of the making of the book, e.g., the journey and the people, places and resources that helped put the book together.

    Another stretch project could be a video shot in Ireland covering places of interest associated with the Great Queen and how they connect with the discussion in your book. This might have to wait until next year, but, I would certainly be worth waiting for.

    Another option could be to designate these funds for future projects or events related to the book, like book signing tours, lectures, etc.

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