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Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

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Well, once more, synesis did not show (st00pid trains) but I did go to the LEMC talk last night. Sorita was taken ill and her talk on Hecate was replaced by David Rankin talking on The Morrigan, which is a deity I am more interested in so that suited me fine.

I hadn't been to an LEMC talk before and alas there was only one person there I had ever spoken to (and that only briefly) and a few people I had seem before in passing at rituals etc. There's something about David that I find oddly fascinating and I'm not sure what it is, something in the eyes I think. Anyway. The talk was okay, I'm not really good on talks that are at all historically based, too cynical, I always want to see ten pages of documented evidence before I believe anything. I hold Ronald Hutton partially responsible for this. I am vaguely familiar with The Morrigan but it was nice to get some more info and some ideas of what to look for in researching more. One of the animals I have always felt strongly attuned to is the crow, so that aspect of The Morrigan interests me greatly. I do wonder at some of the legends, I think in a way they became the historical worlds version of the Soap Opera and as such I'm never sure how much attention to pay to them. There's always this bit of my mind saying "This week on the Tuatha de Danaan; heartbreak and revenge lead to a battle between brothers... with sexy results". I hadn't been previously aware of the Morrigan's connection to the sea and to water, so that was interesting. There was a prohpecy David referred to but I can only find the first one on the web, the nice one, I wanted to look up the second rather doom laden one but I can't find it. Does anyone know when the first textual reference to The Morrigan comes from and where? Likewise refs to Badb, Macha and Nemain and to Annis?

Interesting Article: The Morr'gan is called a "goddess" twice in medieval Irish tradition, and, as we shall see, this and other medieval Irish evidence attest to the belief of the medieval Irish that the Morr'gan was a deity of the pagan past.

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Hi all,
I'm thinking of running a small study group for us Londonners, probably aimed at the low-end of the experience level... bit like The Moot With No Name, but more group discussions rather than a talk by an expert with Q&As. Hopefully we can learn from eachother, each get a chance to put across our views and ideas in a friendly atmosphere.
Unlike the monthly moots, it wont be in a loud, noisy, crowded pub, but probably in a coffee shop or maybe even my own flat? Haven't got that far yet, but if anyone is interested, have a look at
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