> From: Wendy Hunt [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > From: pamela highet [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > If you "say" the name out loud, you draw yourself to their attention,
> and hence to some misfortune.
> > I'm remembering a "time" in Welsh lit when the name of Morgan le Fay
> [MLF] was not even *written*, because she was considered so wicked.
The names of deities frequently are not written, not because of
goodness or badness, but because to invoke the name is to carelessly invoke
the power, something that should be done only with care and intention.
The thought is that many Celtic deities are known only by their
titles, not their "real names" which may help to explain some of the
confusion in medieval writing over who's who. Examples: Cernunnos may mean
"horned one" and Bri/g "exalted one."
If, as some think, the name Morgan le Fey derives from Celtic deity
figures, it may have originally come from a title meaning "Great Queen." The
alternative medieval explanation is that the name comes from Muigein meaning
sea-born. Either way, to invoke the name is to invite the attention and
presence of a powerful figure.