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

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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 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...]

The Busy Witch: Honoring the Creative Spark

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I realized that as long as I am honoring my heart center with the projects I craft, I am allowed to take pride in my work. In that moment, I started to understand that it’s not arrogant to honor your creative spark and the divinity around you in the same breath. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Initiation and Transformation (Imbolc Special)

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Sable Aradia discusses initiation and transformation and invites you to share what you can of your stories in an Imbolc special column. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 4 – The Four Treasures

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In the fourth of this series on private practices, we’re going to visualize the four Cities of Heaven and the four treasures, with Brighid as the sun of heaven imparting Her power to them all. Unlike the three sisters visualization, this version of Brighid is not in human form. In Her role as a blazing sun above the heavenly cities, She embodies the Brig, the transcendent power of all creation. [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

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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...]


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