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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”
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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