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Pagan/Wiccan Gods & Goddesses: Morgan le Fay
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.
Books on Morgan le Fay
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Symbols Associated with Morgan le Fay
- The Fae (Fairies)
- Magic and Witchcraft
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.