© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®
A daughter of the Clan of the Horned Goddess, the most mysterious phantom queen (more recognized in modern times as The Morrigan) of my maternal U5b1b1 ancestral bloodline is known as 'Elen of the Ways' in ancestral folklore (such as among the Welsh tales of the Mabinogion). Various etymological meanings of the name Elen include 'bravery', 'courage', 'strength', 'power', 'fortitude', 'valor', 'deer', 'to live', 'mother of life' and 'bright shining star'. Rooted in old world northern and western paleolithic Europe, namely in paleolithic Britain, Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Scandinavia, the Horned Goddess of my ancestral genetic motherline is the Great Guiding Ancestral Mother to my own U5b1b1 genetic bloodline subbranch (U5b1b1 concentrates heavily in modern times in northern arctic Scandinavia, home still today to reindeer herder tribes like the Saami, for example). In paleolithic times, reindeer were abundant in Britain, Brittany, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, as well as in Scandinavia. The only female deer to grow antlers are reindeer (Rangifer tarandus, which includes both the domestic and wild subspecies). The shamanic Horned Goddess of my ancient ancestral mothers was very important for successfully following the sustenance-providing reindeer herds during the winter seasons, as male reindeer shed their antlers during late Autumn, while female reindeer keep their antlers until late spring - thus, winter would be a special time for the guiding expression of female power and leadership, especially shamanic leadership and guidance of tribal migrations (pathways). Tracking skills and associated astronomical navigation abilities gave the Horned Goddess the title of the Star Goddess as well. The Horned Goddess is a clan totem of my Old European maternal ancestral U5b1b1-T16192C! genetic motherline line during the middle Pleistocene up through the present time.
Image - my own Phantom Queen avatar nestled within a horned reindeer skull silhouette.