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This shall be a place to share thoughts and practices in serving the Gaelic War Goddesses, primarily Badb, Macha and An Morrígan, whose name is Anann; as well as Nemain and Fea; known in various combinations as Bé Néit....  I am keeping this focused on these Goddesses collectively, as there is much overlap and often confusion about how They might interrelate. 

Please note, writing is part of how I make my living, fitness is the other. I had hoped offering some of this on a sort of "honor system"would  not be a mistake, but after over a year of huge vet bills and other financial issues, I can no longer do this.  Articles will be currently available as PDFs for  The only exception is "Warriors for the Horse Goddess" as speaking for the horses is important to me. But, please, consider making a donation to help my horses eat.  Thank you

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Essays on War Goddesses and the Warrior Path

If ordering, please make sure to note which one(s) you are buying.  All are listed on a sliding scale in order to try to keep them accessible but also feed my animals.   They will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Thank you

*NEW* "The Hounds Betwixt and Between: Cú Chulainn and Finn as Liminal Heroes" Air n-Aithesc Vol. 4  Issue 2, Lughnasadh/Samhain 2017  -  The two most famous heroes of Ireland, one often claimed to be a "hero inside the tribe" the other a "hero outside the tribe," yet both represent the Outlaw Warrior standing on the edge.  An earlier, shorter version appeared as "The Hero Betwixt and Between" in  Keltria Journal #43 -"Heroes & Heroines", 2013    PDF for $1.50- $3

"There Was Not Found a Man to Withstand Her" -
Air n-Aithesc Vol. 3 Issue 2, Lughnasadh/Samhain 2017 - Aife and Éachtach, those women who could not be beaten in a fair fight, even by the greatest warriors.  PDF for $1.50- $3

"The War Goddess's Bitch
"- Air n-Aithesc Vol. 3 Issue 1, Imbolc/Bealtaine 2016 - Some things about female shapeshifters and canine-warriors, as well as some of my own experiences on this path   PDF for $1.50- $3

"Warriors for the Horse Goddess"
  -   Air n-Aithesc Vol. 2 Issue 2, Lughnasadh/Samhain 2015  on serving Macha by fighting for horse welfare, includes both research on such Goddesses and personal experience. On site, but $1.50-$3 is appreciated to help feed the horses

"Musings on the Irish War Goddesses"
- originally published in By Blood, Bone and  Blade: A Tribute to the Morrígan, Nicole Bonivusto, ed,  Asheville, NC: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014  PDF for $2.50- $5 (this one is a bit longer)

"'By Force in the Battlefield': Finding the Irish Female Hero"  - Air n-Aithesc Vol. 1 Issue 1, Imbolc 2014 Women warriors in  Irish literature are often antagonists or, at best, aids to the male hero. This looks at a few who are heroes of their own stories. PDF for $1.50- $3

"Going into Wolf Shape" - Air n-Aithesc Vol. 1 Issue 1, Imbolc 2014 - A look at the connections between warriors and canines, both wolf and dogs , in Irish culture, looking at possible proto-Indo-European roots suggested by recent archaeological finds. PDF for $1.50- $3

"Muimme naFiann: Foster-mother of Heroes"  - Air n-Aithesc Vol. 1 Issue 2, Lughnasadh 2014  - A look at Scáthach, Bodbmall, Líath Lúachra (and other names used for Finn's foster-mothers) and how their stories can inspire women, especially older women, involved in fénnidecht PDF for $1.50- $3

"Chase to Nowhere: Thoughts on Fénnidecht Rites of Passage"
  - Air n-Aithesc Vol. 2 Issue 1, Imbolc/Bealtaine 2015 -Exploring evidence for the very non-linear rites of passage into and out of the wilderness warbands and how we might use this today.  PDF for $1.50- $3


Wolf based on Newbigging Leslie stone sketch copyright © 2002 Aaron Miller

Morrígan Statues by Paul Borda of Dryad Designs, LTD and displayed with permission.
Wolf based on Newbigging Leslie stone sketch copyright © 2002 Aaron Miller
Crow photo © Saigh Kym Lambert
Background modified by Saigh Kym Lambert based on a Pictish spiral (as featured in George Bain's Celtic Art)

Lines from Celtic Web Art by Karen Nicholas and Nanette Vaughan