Loop of Brighid: Bride, the Cailleach and Nicnevin

Are Bride and Nicnevin estranged sisters? Or, if Mackenzie was right and the Cailleach and Bride are the same entity on some level, then is Nicnevin also the same entity as Bride on some level? [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods

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: The Cauldrons of Inspiration

A God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin includes a new translation of the Cauldron of Poesy, a line-by-line analysis of the translation, a chapter on each of the three cauldrons exploring their symbolism and meaning, a selection of bardic poetry exploring the nine emotions that “turn” the cauldrons, and a new method for practicing the system of “cauldron mysticism” described in the text. [Read more…]

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 as a Brigidine sacred text with an overview of the virtues and powers granted by this traditional Gaelic charm. [Read more…]

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" or "Invocation of the Graces" from the original Gaelic of the Carmina Gadelica. [Read more…]

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 sometimes think of Her as not only a sun goddess but a goddess of all the suns (the stars) and of the moon (since its light is reflected sunlight). You could say that Brighid is able to convey the powers of the sun, moon and stars because they are Her own powers. [Read more…]

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 of the Graces” draws images from the natural world to convey another set of eight blessings granted by Brighid. [Read more…]

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 of the "Invocation of the Graces" to uncover a list of eight virtues: enchantment, virtue, faith, deeds, elegance, character, boldness and charm. [Read more…]

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 relieve the suffering of others by providing comfort, shelter, guidance, support, sanctuary, protection, refreshment or healing. [Read more…]

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 not be seen as something given in addition to the feminine charms listed in the first verse, but because of them. The word buaidh, after all, means “victory.” When Brighid bathes your palms and cheeks in Her “lustral fire,” in Her milk and sunlight, in Her honey and wine, She not only grants you Her beauty and elegance but makes you “more victorious than all persons.” [Read more…]


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