In Irish Paganism, we don’t just pick a deity from a list and ask them for stuff. We work to build relationship, and this takes some time, and commitment. But does it have to be difficult?
When I started looking for authentic information about the Mórrígan (oh about 30 years ago now… yes, I am that old and more!), the only quality content I could find was incredibly academic and seemed overwhelmingly inaccessible to me.
This was before I had easy internet access, even, never mind any of the fantastic digital databases we can access now.
I used to struggle with studying this material that seemed out of my league as a beginner, especially as I had no college education at the time, and it made me feel like I’d never be able to get to know her true tales.
When I did get my hands on a research paper, or a translation of a manuscript story such as the Táin Bó Cuailnge, I’d try and deep dive through it all but get so overwhelmed that I’d have to put it away in frustration. The fear that I’d never be able to understand what frankly, seemed like impenetrable gobbledegook to me at the time, was very real.
But then everything changed because of one slight shift I made.
What I Changed to Build Relationship
I stopped trying to do it all, and started with just doing something small… but showing up to do it consistently, until it became almost every day for me.
That’s the key, the #1 most important thing I did to build a strong and solid relationship with the Mórrígan, and the thing that you can start doing, today.
In all the years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve guided and facilitated hundreds (maybe thousands, certainly if you count those who have just been learning from the free resources) of students who want to develop a relationship with this Goddess.
And the main message I have for ye is… it doesn’t have to be as difficult for you as it was for me!
Seeing a simple, consistent devotional path work over and over for people is why I’ve really dedicated myself to getting this out to the world and to you.
It really is the easiest way to achieve build relationship with the Morrigan. You can just do something small, it doesn’t have to be an energy draining grand gesture every time.
Things to Do to Build Relationship
So you can do anything, but do it regularly.
What does regularly mean? Well, that will look different for everybody, depending on your available time and resources, and other factors such as neuro-spiciness, responsibilities, or mental/physical health issues.
It can mean once a month, once a week, or once per day. The real magic is in the consistency.
Think about it like this. If you knew a person who wanted to be friends, and showed up every day (or every week) like clockwork to do something nice for you… would you be more inclined towards them than to someone who showed up randomly with grand gestures, but ultimately were always looking for something from you?
The Gods were born, or formed, in relation to humans. At the heart of things, very similar relationship standards apply to them, as they do to us. Perhaps especially the Irish Gods, who are so very integrated with tribe and land on this island.
‘Do something small’ can look like:
- Light a candle and say her name.
- Sit in silence, in a dedicated space (such as an altar), and listen.
- Make a sound, with voice or instrument, and call to her to guide you to her work that day.
- Say a prayer, either spontaneous or pre-scripted.
- Read (or journal) just a few lines of text from the tales which mention her.
- Light some incense, and send your intentions to her on the rising smoke.
- Mindfully examine a crow’s feather, or other item that is symbolic to the Morrigan.
- Dedicate a physical or focused mental activity to her.
- Do a short Guided Journey or Meditation in her honour, or to connect with her.
- Make an offering of food or drink or even just plain water.
- Request her guidance in a divination, as a way to hear her message to you.
- Say goodnight to her, with gratitude for the day, before you sleep each night.
- Read, watch, or listen to any of our Mórrígan content on the IPS Blog, YouTube, or Podcast!
Any of these things (and so many more!) are going to be what helps you to build relationship with the Mórrígan. I go into much of this in great depth in my book, A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood.
Jon also details much of this in his post 10 Steps to Connect.
If you’re fired up and ready to get started today, pick something from the list above and spend a few minutes doing it. Then do it again tomorrow!
For a more in-depth kick start, here are three things you can do right now to get into momentum…
#1 – Listen to the Mórrígan playlist on my original YouTube channel (it’s only Ogham Academy content going up there now, everything new will be on the Irish Pagan School channel… but I left all the old stuff as resources for ye).
#2 – Take a full class – if you’re like me, already dedicated and ready to take it to the next level… you will enjoy the deeper dives I can get into in the Mórrígan classes available at the Irish Pagan School.
#3 – Take the free 5 Day Morrigan Challenge that will teach you how to get that daily practice dialled in.