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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…]