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In Ireland’s Forgotten Goddess Queen-Queen-Witch (S4 Ep7), you met Mongfind. She’s best known from her role in the story of Niall of the Nine Hostages.
In “The Last Sovereignty Goddess” I imagine Mongfind’s divine origins and tell a story about power, sacred union, and the disruption of the balance between spirit, nature, and so-called civilization. We explore the intersection between the divine and the human and the frailties that are at the core of this story of goddesses and kings.
Laura Murphy, @everose on Instagram, is a poet, activist and healer from Ireland whose work centers around the ancient
Irish poetic practice of Imbas Forosnai. She has shared a trinity of stories here on KnotWork, reweaving the tales of the Irish goddesses Bóinn, Brigid, and Danu.
This time, I have asked Laura, a true soul sister, to sit with me as I weave a new story.
- A longtime theme in my work: how we tell goddess stories in order to tell our own human stories. While at University College Dublin, I published a paper in New Voices in Irish Criticism 4, “Dethroning the Goddess, Crowning the Woman: Eva Gore-Book and Lady Augusta Gregory’s Mythic Heroines”
- Channeling a story that is bigger than myself and also exactly the size of my own experience
- The power of choice and consent; the Irish tradition of the Sovereignty Goddess who chooses the king, and how that tradition was disrupted
- This story explores sacred sexual union, but also the terrible first kiss
- What it is to be in relationship with our younger self and younger body, without buying into the toxicity of “anti-aging”
- Some background on the connections between the Irish and Palestinian people, including the British Israelites and attempts to excavate the sacred Hill of Tara in a quest to find the Ark of Covenant in 1900
- The ongoing struggle with the word and concept of “Sovereignty,” particularly with the far right’s use of the term.
- Considering relationship to ancestral land through the lens of America, a country built on the disrupted sovereignty of indigenous peoples.
- This Last Sovereignty Goddess story is the tale of an ending, and this feels like a “Tower moment,” the liminal space between what’s dying and being born.
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