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Pagan/Wiccan Gods & Goddesses: Morgan le Fay

Updated on April 03, 2013
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Daniella Lopez (Danie Newcomb) is a freelance writer, doula, and clinical herbalist. She lives in the Ozarks with her unschooled children.

Who is Morgan le Fay?

A healer and an enchantress, Morgan le Fay was a prominent figure in Arthurian legend and was even seen prior to that. In some legends, she was known as Kind Arthur's half-sister and healer, in others she was just his healer. Sometimes noted as a fae (fairy) or part fae, other times she is simply a human with supernatural powers.There are many tales about Morgan le Fay. Some of these tales provide an elaborate portrait of the woman and others only offer a glimpse of her.

She is said to have been married to Urien, King of Gore. Together they had a son named, Ywain. However, it is not known if Urien was Ywain's father or if one of Morgan's lovers was. Her father was Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall and her mother was Lady Igraine. Lady Igraine is also believed to be King Arthur's mother, therefore making Morgan and Arthur half siblings. However, sometimes she is shown as Arthur's lover (as well as his sister).

Sometimes seen as a mischievous woman, she is often shown trying to plot the demise of Arthur and especially Arthur's wife, Guenevere. However, these tales of her mischief are today considered attempts by Christian monks to make her appear evil.

She is sometimes described as being a witch, due to her supernatural powers. Whether or not she was a witch by Wiccan standards is unclear however, many Pagans and Wiccans like to perceive her as such.

In some accounts, her supernatural powers are said to have developed because she is half-fae (fairy). This has lead some to speculate that her real father is perhaps a Fae and not Gorlois. The theory that she is half-fae is also how she developed her present surname (le Fay being French for fairy).

Although Morgan le Fay is not usually considered a goddess, she is often times looked up to and revered by Wiccans and Pagans.

Symbols Associated with Morgan le Fay

  • The Fae (Fairies)
  • Ravens
  • Shapeshifting
  • Metal
  • Swords
  • Magic and Witchcraft
  • Stones
  • Runes

Pagan Worship of Morgan le Fay

Morgan le Fay has a strong tie with the Fae. If you are trying to connect with the Fae, Morgan might be someone to consider researching and imploring in an attempt to connect with the Little Folk.

She is also associated with the raven, as this was a usual animal of choice for her in her shapeshifting. Anyone with the raven as an animal spirit guide should research le Fay and see how it was that she had such a strong connection with the bird.

Morgan le Fay is seen as a symbol for Healers, Witches, and Enchantresses. If you are embarking on any of these paths, Morgan would be a person of choice to look up to and revere for her work in these areas.

Some perceive Morgan as a Triple Goddess due to her ability to shapeshift. Often times she would shapeshift to portray a crone or a maiden. If you are searching for a non-traditional Triple Goddess, or perhaps one associated with things that Morgan is, she would be an excellent choice to implore and ask for insight and guidance. Not everyone considers Morgan a goddess, but don't let that stop you if you feel that she is calling to you. The Triple Goddess can be anyone, so long as she has a strong connection with you and helps lead you along the right path.


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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, I didn't realize there were so many different versions of who this lady was. I had heard about the 1/2 sister version and the witch version, but not the others. Very informative.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      The "La Fay" part of Morgan's name is also believed to be on her mother's side...therefore making Arthur part faery by default, as well. Just one theory though...and you're right, there are many depictions of her. Voted up and awesome! I enjoyed this one immensely.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks for the bit of info, Kitty! Morgan is a fascinating person. I enjoyed doing this hub immensely. :)

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      I love this article! I have always loved the name Morgan, and gave that name to my second daughter. I have to say, she wears her namesake well. I swear she's half-fae too! :)

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      That's awesome, Hecate! I'm glad you liked the article and Morgan is indeed a lovely name. Blessed be!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I absolutely love Morgaine. She is by far one of my favorite figures from Arthurian legend. It is too bad that she would never consider herself to be as beautiful as your picture depicts her to be; she seems to have taken it to heart when little Gwenhwyfar said that she was "little and ugly, like the fairy folk." Great hub!

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      She's one of my faves as well! Thanks for reading!

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      I enjoy learning about Pagan Deities. Especially those who I do not really know about. This is a wonderful hub. I haven't really heard of her before so am grateful you have posted this.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 5 years ago from Arkansas

      Thanks Cresent! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      Brynhild Tudor 5 years ago

      I love, love, love Morgan le Fay! She's one of the entities I talk to. I even met her in a couple of dreams once, but nobody seems to connect with her besides me. I was doing research on how she came to be associated with the raven, but she is so often confused with the Irish goddess, I couldn't find any accurate information. Thanks so much for your hub. I loved reading it!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      i have been seeking to find a page on

      Morgana le Fae and this is the most

      illuminating yet

      in a past life i could possibly have a

      connection with this complex and

      certainly maligned (by some) Lady


      the limpet

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Because in my last life (i have been told by a Wiccan Wyche that) i was a serf named Aldem on a manor of the landed gentry who ended his life of drudgery at a quite young age

      Morgana la Fae who was travelling with a party of pilgrims revived me but altered my gender and when i recovered i became a nun and learnt the art of bee keeping

      Centuries later i returned to the temporal realm against my will but fated for for a clear destiny

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      I am inclined to regard Morgana le Fae as an integral character in Her own right rather than an adjunct to the Arthurian legend. Many prominent Ladies of antiquity demonstrated a superior logic to that of males and the status quo resented this. Possibly Morgana le Fae came from the fabled land of Lyonnais off the coast of Cornwall or possibly the lost continent of Atlantis. Shall we keep the heritage of Morgana le Fae alive.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      merrie we meet

      When firstly encountering King Arthur and the Knights of the round table there was a notable absence of Morgana le Fae however now that the Lady has reached her rightful prominence in the legend i can only admire her power and charisma

      many blessings to all kindred spirits

      in light

      the limpet

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      In my novellete 'Cauldron of souls' an itegral character to the plotline is the High Priestess Merkah who practices in the Atlantean tradition. Merkah has a male familiar Orox and is the spiritual guide of the young Melanie who is destined to rule an empire eventually.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 23 months ago from London England

      All my fictional characters happen to be based on living people although the names have been changed and personna drasticly altered to prevent embarrasing them. Morgana le Fae although remains true to life though. More to follow.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      I've been giving a lot of thought lately to the Feminine aspect of the Arthurian legend as well as other aspects of our folklore. Recently the town council of Glastonbury Somerset in England's west country voted to retain or dispose of their historic coat of arms. A suggested alternative was for King Arthur's shield as replacement and yes! There happens to be a registered heraldic device for that purpose and has been used on stage and screen and in books too.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 16 months ago from London England

      merrie we meet

      An error in all my previous postings. Morgana le Fae should read Morgana la fae.

      It's a whole day in the stocks on the village green for me now!

      many blessings to all kindred spirits

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 14 months ago from London England

      merrie we meet

      In the interest of accuracy the name 'Morgan le Fay' should stand. She is not to be confused with Fata Morganna other than in an allegorical context.


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      Ian Stuart Robertson 12 months ago from London England

      I have come to the belief that there is no past life or at least if there is that it is not worthy of considering with concern to human values currently. This is not to stop me rejecting the Arthurian tales. There must be some grain of truth in them!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 7 months ago from London England

      My title 'Cauldron of Souls' cannot be used as it is some one elses 'intellectual property', however the characters of Merkah and Orox can be re worked into a legendary play on this topic.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 6 months ago from London England

      merrie we meet merrie we meet merrie we meet

      We should actually retain the name Morgan la Fae even when there are several versions of the same name. It's definately of Welsh, England's west country or even Breton origin. Just on Merkah though, she is not an enchantress in the fae sense but rather a High Priestess an ascetic with knowledge of herbal healing and ability to defend herself if need be.

      many blessings to all kindred spirits.

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