Story time!! In Celtic mythology Morrigan is associated with birth and death. 🍂
She is a shape shifter (often in the form of a crow) who looks over rivers and lakes and is described as being the patroness of revenge, among other things. 🍂
Most all of the stories about Morrigan involve the circle of life, as this dark and mysterious beauty shows us that death is really just an ending of one phase and a beginning of another. 🍂
This Phantom Queen is tied to the festival of Samhain, fitting as that holiday marks the end of the harvest season and beginning of Winter. 🍂
Like Morrigan herself, the holiday is seen as liminal – a time when boundaries between worlds are easily crossed. 🍂
Traditionally celebrated from October 31st to November 1st, Samhain has been a Pagan holiday since ancient times and it’s from this that we get our modern Halloween…right down to the costumes, knocking on strangers’ doors and apple bobbing. 🍂
Anyway…back to the mythology. 🍂
Morrigan’s husband, or possible yearly hookup, was Dagda - an important figure in Celtic mythology. 🍂
Dagda is depicted as a father-figure and linked to fertility, agriculture and overall magic manliness. 🍂
He had a giant cauldron that never ran empty (representing bounty), the ability to change the seasons, and a staff that could either kill or return the slain to life. 🍂
For these reasons, he was considered by many to be the God of Life. 🍂
In typical opposites attract style, he and Morrigan have a yearly sacred union on the eve of Samhain, Strawberry Wine style on the bank of a river. 🍂
The God of Life and the Goddess of Death and Battle might seem like an odd match but it’s part of the beautiful reminder Samhain offers. 🍂
Life, death and rebirth are forever linked. New seasons bring new beginnings and that is true both agriculturally and otherwise.
In this tray I have used darker, Autumnal colors, have incorporated a nod to the river bank meeting spot and, of course, found the vintage china equivalent of a cauldron.
It’s a custom, fingers crossed that she loves it! Swipe to see more.