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...]

The Busy Witch: DIY with Brigid

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Brigid was one of the first goddesses I discovered, and although I do not frequently work with her, she’s always on my mind at this time of year. She’s a poet and a craftswoman, but despite her fiery attributes, she’s a fairly mellow Goddess. What does this Celtic Goddess of smith-crafts and writers have to do with a DIY project? [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...]

Gateway Goddess: Imbolc – Feeding the Hunger of New Lives with Milk and Fire

Brigid_at_Imbolc_by_Kittenpants

I’ve been told Imbolc is derived from the Celtic words for “in the belly,” or “the quickening.” And, I’m reminded this year of the idiom that combines those two images of Imbolc into “fire in the belly.” Fire in the belly–desire, drive, the will to achieve. [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...]

How do you keep vigil on Imbolc?

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On this day of Imbolc we honor the Goddess, Brigid. For many Pagans across the land that means lighting a candle on the altar, or reciting a bit of verse from a cherished tome. For those of us who share community at Bishop In The Grove, today is a day for poetic inspiration! We begin [Read More...]


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