The Sorceress Morgana

Welcome back to Morgan le Fay Week at White Rose of Avalon! I have decided to discuss Morgan as Sorceress for day four of Morgan le Fay Week.   The Sorceress is the darker Autumnal witch who is using her magic to plot the downfall of her enemies.   She is a witch who does not fear the repercussions of her actions, as she feels all of her deeds are worth it and justified.

The Sorceress is the balancing place of Morgan le Fay’s Springtime Enchantress.   Each relates to one Season of the Witch, as I agree with certain other Priestesses (like the incredible Demelza Fox of Rockstar Priestess) in the assertion that there is not one Season of the Witch but two!   The first is the season of the Sorceress, the Autumnal magical season between the Autumn Equinox and Samhain.    The second is the season of the Enchantress, the Vernal Springtime magical season between the Vernal Equinox and Beltane.

This Sorceress is very much the Crone to the Enchantress’ Maiden.   In this way, we can see the Sorceress as the more mature and finely honed magic of the darker aspects.   She is more of a grey or dark witch who does not care if she is doing something that others think is morally wrong, as she plays by her own rules.   Like all witch figures, Morgan as Sorceress does not play by society’s standards, instead, she breaks with social convention to craft a life she wishes to live on her terms! 

Sorcery is one of the things that Morgan is most associated with as a Goddess.   She works her magic to get what she desires, even if that desire is the downfall of her brother’s kingdom!   Morgan the Sorceress is unafraid to use her magic to manipulate or seduce men into being her lovers.    She would use this magic to Glamour Sir Bertilak into the Green Knight, partly because she desired to scare Guinevere to death!   It is Morgan as Sorceress that is so feared and reviled by medieval writers who describe her as evil.   It is sad that Merlin used much the same magic in his own sorcery, and is even said to have been fathered by a demon, but he is never described as evil like Morgana is!   At the end of the day, Sorceress Morgan is both the most well-known and often the least liked of her many faces.   I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit about this darker witchy side of Morgana.   Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Further Reading

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous 
  • Vita Merlini by Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes
  • Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory