Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 1 – The Circle of Fire

John Everett Millais, The Lost Piece of Silver (1864)

The title of this column, the “Loop of Brighid,” refers to a traditional charm called the Caim or Loop, which can also be translated as “encompassing.” The words of this charm invoked St. Brighid for protection, envisioning her power as a fiery circle surrounding and protecting all those who invoked her. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Brig – Divine Energy of Creation

William Baxter Closson (1848-1926), The Angel, ca. 1912

You often hear pagans say that our religions are defined more by practice than by ideas, but there are some practices you can’t even access without engaging the ideas that make them possible. If we refuse to engage with theology, we also limit our practice. So, for followers of Brighid, the concept of Brig as a universal creative power is a way to start to see Brighid in everything- a way to see everything in the universe as Her divine fire. [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...]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 1

Devotional mysticism is based on yearning for the divine.

Part 1 of a series on devotional mysticism in Brigidine paganism. Devotional mysticism focuses as intensely as possible on the presence of the beloved deity, so that the passionate love of the deity carries the worshiper through to the mystical experience on a wave of ecstatic joy. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: What Is Brigidine Paganism?

Brighid's Cross

Brighid is one of the most beloved and widely-venerated deities in the entire world, and the worship or veneration of Brighid in one of Her many forms seems to cross all boundaries of culture, language and religious tradition. [Read more...]


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