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...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 8

Evelyn de Morgan (1855-1919), Eos

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 6

John Maler Collier (1850–1934), Spring

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

Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic,1899

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 3

Joan of Arc, 1865, by John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

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...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 2

Frederick Sandys (1829-1904), Gentle Spring, 1865

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

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme - Sur la Montagne (On The Mountain)

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...]


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