Archive for November 11, 2012


In memory of Patricia Monaghan: February 15, 1946 – November 11, 2012.

It is with great sadness and much respect that I write these words tonight.  One of my favorite authors, Patricia Monaghan, passed on from this life and onto the next  earlier this morning, November 11, 2012 at her home near Black Earth, WI with her husband Michael McDermott with her.  I was shocked when I read this on Zsuzsanna Budapest’s and Selena Fox’s facebook pages…She truly was a spectacular Goddess scholar, women’s spirituality pioneer, poet, and author.  “Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University, Patricia was also Founding Fellow of The Black Earth Institute, a think-tank for artists seeking to connect social justice, environment and spirituality through the arts” [1] and I know that she will be dearly missed.

Some of Patricia Monaghan’s works that are in my personal library include: The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog; The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines (that I reference quite often); The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals; The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit; and Wild Girls: The Path of the Young Goddess.  Her works were truly instrumental in the development of my own personal spirituality in coming to know and understand the nature of the Goddess and the world around me.

 

“Soul’s Journey” by Rassouli

From her November 12 entry in her book, The Goddess Companion

“Look how the sky’s doors open to your beauty.
Look how the goddess waits to receive you.
This is death. This is the life beyond life.

Look how the day is breaking in the east.
Look how the goddess awakens you.  Listen
to us singing to you, there among the stars.

                                     – Egyptian coffin texts

May she be blessed with a peaceful journey as she ventures home to the Summerland to join our Matrons like Merlin Stone and Marija Gimbutas and so many others – to be wrapped in the arms of the loving Mother…

 

 

Art by Howard David Johnson

“Oonagh’s themes are fairies, nature, devotion and relationships. Her symbols are all fairy plants, silver and dew.  This ancient Irish Queen of the Fairies is also a potent Goddess of magic. In Irish legends, Oonagh is a faithful wife and the most beautiful of all Goddesses, having long silky hair and a robe of silver and dew. Today She brings the fey into our lives to remind us of the unseen worlds and to awaken the child within each of us that dares to dream and wish.

Sometime in November, the people of ancient Ireland celebrated a day for the ‘wee folk’ known as the Lunantishees.  This was a time to revel in fairy folklore and superstition.  We can honor Oonagh and Her children by following suit. Today wear green, which is a favorite fairy color. Don some pleasant-sounding bells that tinkle lightly when you walk. Fairies love this sound.  Or, carry a staurolite stone, also known as the fairy cross. This stone not only brings luck but also helps in controlling elemental beings such as the fey.

To see fairies today, find a four-leafed clover and lay seven kernels of grain beneath it. Or go to an area where oak, ash and thorn trees grow together. This is said to be sacred ground for both the fey and Oonagh.

If you’re concerned about fairy mischief, wear red for protection. Or, carry some flint as the Irish did to keep fairies at arm’s length.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

Art by Gloria Scholik

Patricia Monaghan tells us that Oona (pronounced OO-nuh) was “the most beautiful of Ireland’s fairy queens.  She was said to have golden hair so long it swept the ground; She flew through the earth robed in gossamer silver bejeweled with dew.  Oona lived with the fairy king Finnvara [High King of the Daoine Sidhe] who was constanly unfaithful to Her with mortal women; She retained, nonetheless, an even, benevolent termperament” (p. 239 – 240).

Judika Illes adds that “Oonagh is a Goddess of love and protectress of young animals.  Oonagh may also have influence over the realm of death.  She is Mistress of Illusion and Glamour: Her silver gossamer dress appears to shimmer with diamonds, but it’s really sparkling dew.  Oonagh’s blessings are invoked to find true love and to experience romantic happines.

Manifestation: Oonagh is described as so beautiful that no one (at least no mortal) can look at Her without being awed and amazed.

Consort: Fionnbharr

Metal: Silver  ”  [2]

 

 

Sources:

Illes, Judika. Encyclopedia of Spirits, “Oonagh“.

Monaghan, Patricia. The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines, “Oona”.

 

 

Suggested Links:

Carleton, William. Sacred-texts.com, “A Legend of Knockmany“.

Eric (Coolsite-DS). Daoinesidhe.net, “Daoine Sidhe means“.

Esotericonline.net, “The Fey” (includes rules you need to abide when journeying with the Fey about half way down the page – GOOD STUFF!)

Lindemans, Micha F. Pantheon.org, “Daoine Sidhe“.

Lindemans, Micha F. Pantheon.org, “Lunantishee“.

Moonsong, Jasmeine. Wiccanmoonsong.blogspot.com, “Oonagh“.

Shee-eire.com, “Úna“.

Virtue, Doreen. Archangels and Ascended Masters, “Oonagh“.

Wikipedia, “Fairy Queen“.

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