Pamela, my joy,
<<Oh Gawd! who knows where this could lead us. Well, you could be talking
about the basic triune goddess of which the Morrigan is a part. Or
reaching farther back to the Great Mother. And there's a bit of the
sovereignty in the 3 times bride/hag inference.>>
it is a pleasure to see you - how appropriate - bring to an end this
painful wait. It is that essence of female/fertility/Mother goddess that I
wrote of. I'll make the next one a bit easier to unravel.
Here are the bits of the riddle:
> 'I have laughed when the young dog died
as Morrigan, the raven, on Cu/ Chulain's shoulder as he died (Cu/ = hound)
> I have lain by my brother's side.
as Morgaine sleeping with Arthur, her brother
> Who am I, that stands before you? >
> My mother's mother,
> my father's wife,
> my daughter's nursemaid,
Mother, wife, girl child, etc etc - all aspects of the life of woman
the source of life. >
Carrying the gift to bear children, new life
> I have walked through the heavens high
> I have shaped the oceans wide.
As the moon, travelling the skies, and shaping the tides' movements
> Where am I, that flies above you? >
> My arms that have held,
> my eyes that have wept;
> my claws that will rend you without regret. >
Comforter, sufferer, punisher - the three parts of pain
> I have carried the fire in my womb
As Mother Earth, with fire in her belly
> I have borne these waters of doom.
As the rivers of the world, carryinf the stream of life
> What am I, that lies beneath you? >
> Three times I have been
Triune in the past
> and three times I now am
Triune in the present
> child and bride and harridan.'
The girl child, the fertile woman, and the old hag.
Make sense now?