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: 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 7

Johann Heinrich Füssli 058. Public domain image.

The ancient Gaels swore oaths on the sun, moon and stars. Modern devotees of Brighid sometimes think of Her as not only a sun goddess but a goddess of all the suns (the stars) and of the moon (since its light is reflected sunlight). You could say that Brighid is able to convey the powers of the sun, moon and stars because they are Her own powers. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 6

John Collier, Queen Guinevre's Maying, 1900. Public domain image.

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 4

Connla and the Fairy Maiden by John Dickson Batten. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

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...]


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