Badhbh, Badb Catha – ‘Battle Raven’, ‘The Fury’
Animal: Crow, Wolf
Triple Goddess Aspect: Crone
Family & Other Connections
The trinity Morrigan is formed by Badb and her two sisters, although there is a great deal of confusion about exactly who was who.
Information & Stories
Badb is associated with the crow, and was said to take its form. She would be seen on the battlefield before war as a harbinger of the fate to come, and would take an active part in the battle, striking fear into the hearts of her enemies. She would create confusion amongst the soldiers, and feed off the resulting chaos. The battlefield was referred to as the ‘Garden of Badb’, and her arrival could mean ruin for whole armies, or for one specific person.
Badb would scream and wail to terrify her enemies, in a similar way to the Beansidhe or Banshee, and was known to appear as a ‘washer at the ford’, washing the armour of those who would fall in battle.
Badb is a goddess of war, chaos and death.