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…]

Seekers and Guides: The Role of Music in Teaching the Craft

Sable Aradia explains why, and how, music is an effective tool in Pagan ritual. [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 2

The “Invocation” is not only a piece of folk magic but a commentary on virtue ethics. Many systems of virtue ethics seem to come from a very masculine perspective. For instance, the “nine noble virtues” of Asatru are courage, truth, honor, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industriousness, self-reliance and perseverance. These are not portrayed as being “just for men,” but their relationship to the masculine warrior ethos of the Icelandic sagas is clear. As a discussion of “virtue ethics” based on a distinctly feminine perspective, the “Invocation of the Graces” provides an interesting contrast to the nine noble virtues. [Read more…]

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 people in the Scottish Highlands to protect them from various potential threats while endowing them with a number of virtues or powers Carmichael’s translation refers to as “graces.” [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 6 – The Seven Elements

There is an interesting gloss on the story of Conlai in the Senchus Mor, to the effect that the druids claimed to have created the earth, sea, sun and moon. If druidic practice contained rituals dramatizing the creation of the world and the elements, this could be seen as a similar concept to theurgy, henosis or deity yoga. [Read more…]

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 Celtic myth. Feel the power of the Brig coursing through you from up above, flowing through your body and into the Land. The spot where you are standing is the sacred center, the place of the Sovereignty. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 3 – The Three Sisters

In Celtic Christianity, it is said that prayer should be continued “until tears come.” Not everyone can cry so easily, but that isn’t a bad guideline for a devotional ritual. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Creating My Change

When I was reading T. Thorn Coyle’s Make Magic of Your Life, I had an epiphany. A desire had been lurking in the bottom of my heart for years, and last month, I finally listened and took the plunge. I’m going to participate in a yoga teacher certification program. [Read more…]

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 in origin, but many of the traditional holy wells in the British Isles are now dedicated to St. Brighid. Central to the concept of the healing well is the image of sunlight reflected in water- the power of heaven and the power of the underworld combined in one, Sea and Sky united in the Land. [Read more…]


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