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January 28, 2017
Brigid and the Making of Vows
As we shift from Winter's dormancy to Spring's rebirth, our desire for new possibilities drives...
August 17, 2016
Lamp & Labyrinth: Reciprocity, Tit for Tat, and Vending Machine Religion
In my paganism and my personal practice, reciprocity is of utmost importance in thought and...
January 23, 2016
The Path of She: An Imbolc Meditation – Brigid and the Light and Shadow of Soul Work
Brigid leads you to Her scrying bowl, filled with the waters of Her holy well...
January 19, 2016
Irish-American Witchcraft: My American Imbolc
Imbolc is a pretty big holiday for my family and one of the most involved....
January 16, 2016
The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrations of Fire and Ice
Of all the festivals of the Pagan year, Imbolc, February 2, is the most complex,...
February 03, 2015
The Busy Witch: An Imbolc Offering
I've always been drawn to Brigid, and as my Imbolc celebrations continue, I wanted to...
June 04, 2014
Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 3 – The Grace of Fortune
The grace of fortune is not the condition of being lucky, but a lighthearted and...
April 30, 2014
Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice
The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the...
April 16, 2014
Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form
Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration....
February 04, 2014
The Busy Witch: Honoring the Creative Spark
I realized that as long as I am honoring my heart center with the projects...
January 31, 2014
Loop of Brighid: Clann Bhride
Clann Bhride, also known as the Children of Brighid, is a spiritual path of devotion...
November 21, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Bride, the Cailleach and Nicnevin
Are Bride and Nicnevin estranged sisters? Or, if Mackenzie was right and the Cailleach and...
November 07, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods
In an earlier series of columns on “The Mysticism of Devotion,” we explored the devotional...
October 24, 2013
Loop of Brighid: The Cauldrons of Inspiration
A God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin includes a new translation of...
October 10, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, A Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 9
On Patheos Agora, Christopher Scott Thompson concludes his study of the Invocation of the Graces...
September 26, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 8
On Patheos Agora, Christopher Scott Thompson presents his own translation of the "Ora nam Buaidh"...
September 12, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 7
The ancient Gaels swore oaths on the sun, moon and stars. Modern devotees of Brighid...
August 29, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 6
As part of his exploration of Brigidine Paganism, Christopher Scott Thompson looks at how "Invocation...
August 15, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 5
In his ongoing exploration of Brigidine Paganism, Christopher Scott Thompson analyzes the original Gaelic text...
August 01, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 4
In "Invocation of the Graces," all eight “ethical empowerments” express essentially the same concept: to...
July 18, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 3
The power of the “Invocation of the Graces” to grant victory over one's enemies should...
July 04, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 2
The “Invocation” is not only a piece of folk magic but a commentary on virtue...
June 20, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 1
The “Invocation of the Graces” is a charm or blessing that was recited over young...
June 06, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 6 – The Seven Elements
There is an interesting gloss on the story of Conlai in the Senchus Mor, to...
May 23, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 5 – The Manor of Tara
Turn toward the east again to gaze up at the Sky, the upper realm of...
May 09, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 4 – The Four Treasures
In the fourth of this series on private practices, we're going to visualize the four...
April 25, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 3 – The Three Sisters
In Celtic Christianity, it is said that prayer should be continued “until tears come.” Not...
April 11, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 2 – The Fiery Water
The practice of making pilgrimages to holy wells is so ancient it is probably pre-Celtic...
March 28, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 1 – The Circle of Fire
The title of this column, the “Loop of Brighid,” refers to a traditional charm called...
March 14, 2013
Loop of Brighid: The Brig – Divine Energy of Creation
You often hear pagans say that our religions are defined more by practice than by...
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