Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 3 – The Grace of Fortune

Clann Bhride

The grace of fortune is not the condition of being lucky, but a lighthearted and graceful acceptance of change and loss, a spirit of gratitude without attachment, a conscious embrace of the fact that fortune always changes and will go on changing. Christopher Scott Thompson presents a prayer and ritual for Brighid that emphasizes the transitory nature of fortune. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice

Clann Bhride

The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the grace of voice could refer to ordinary speech, Brighid’s association with poetry makes it especially appropriate to cultivate this grace through singing aloud in a pleasant tone. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form

Clann Bhride

Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration. The first verse of the “Invocation” refers to a similar practice, bathing the palms and then the face in the lustral fire. The provided ritual is meant to help the practitioner internalize the nine graces. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Bride, the Cailleach and Nicnevin

John Maler Collier (1850–1934), The Summer Night that Paused Among her Stars , 1910

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

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: The Cauldrons of Inspiration

A God Who Makes Fire

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

Anne François Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme - Première Communion (First Communion)

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...]


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