Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme ~ 7 - Le Mauvaus Sentier (The Bad Path)

In an earlier series of columns on “The Mysticism of Devotion,” we explored the devotional moods of Child, Friend, Strength, Champion, Hound, Servant, Spouse and Parent in relation to the love of the goddess Brighid. Now we will explore the cultivation of these devotional moods through visualization. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 1

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme - Sur la Montagne (On The Mountain)

The “Invocation of the Graces” is a charm or blessing that was recited over young people in the Scottish Highlands to protect them from various potential threats while endowing them with a number of virtues or powers Carmichael’s translation refers to as “graces.” [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 4 – The Four Treasures

Sidney Sime ~ The City of Never (1912)

In the fourth of this series on private practices, we’re going to visualize the four Cities of Heaven and the four treasures, with Brighid as the sun of heaven imparting Her power to them all. Unlike the three sisters visualization, this version of Brighid is not in human form. In Her role as a blazing sun above the heavenly cities, She embodies the Brig, the transcendent power of all creation. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 3 – The Three Sisters

Gaetano Previati, The Dance (1908)

In Celtic Christianity, it is said that prayer should be continued “until tears come.” Not everyone can cry so easily, but that isn’t a bad guideline for a devotional ritual. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 4

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), The Soul's Flight

Just as in bhakti, you can either focus on one of these moods exclusively or you can practice different moods at different times. In the context of Brigidine worship specifically, the type of devotional mood depends on which aspect of the goddess you intend to approach. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 3

Gaulish goddess Matrona with child -- perhaps a devotee?

It’s easy to understand why most people would find it degrading to describe themselves as the slave or servant of a spirit, however powerful. However, if we think of the gods as being the primal forces of the universe itself in personalized form, then service can make our spirits larger and more free. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 2

Cufollowswheel

In the ancient Celtic world, there were people with names such as Giolla Bride (“Servant of Brighid”), Mog Nuadat (“Slave of Nuada”), and so forth. We can’t really say exactly what these names meant to the ancient Celts, but we can get a glimpse of different types of devotional relationship that are possible for any worshiper. [Read more...]


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