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January 31, 2019
Pan-Celtic Hoofbeats: Brigid, History & Mystery
History, archaeology, and myth have very little to say about the goddess Brigid, however we...
January 18, 2019
The Corner Crone: Brigid Butter & Transformation
Brigid, the keeper of the sacred flame and guardian of hearth and home, offers us...
January 28, 2017
Brigid and the Making of Vows
As we shift from Winter's dormancy to Spring's rebirth, our desire for new possibilities drives...
August 17, 2016
Lamp & Labyrinth: Reciprocity, Tit for Tat, and Vending Machine Religion
In my paganism and my personal practice, reciprocity is of utmost importance in thought and...
January 23, 2016
The Path of She: An Imbolc Meditation – Brigid and the Light and Shadow of Soul Work
Brigid leads you to Her scrying bowl, filled with the waters of Her holy well...
January 19, 2016
Irish-American Witchcraft: My American Imbolc
Imbolc is a pretty big holiday for my family and one of the most involved....
January 16, 2016
The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrations of Fire and Ice
Of all the festivals of the Pagan year, Imbolc, February 2, is the most complex,...
February 03, 2015
The Busy Witch: An Imbolc Offering
I've always been drawn to Brigid, and as my Imbolc celebrations continue, I wanted to...
June 04, 2014
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...
April 30, 2014
Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice
The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the...
April 16, 2014
Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form
Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration....
February 04, 2014
The Busy Witch: Honoring the Creative Spark
I realized that as long as I am honoring my heart center with the projects...
January 31, 2014
Loop of Brighid: Clann Bhride
Clann Bhride, also known as the Children of Brighid, is a spiritual path of devotion...
November 21, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Bride, the Cailleach and Nicnevin
Are Bride and Nicnevin estranged sisters? Or, if Mackenzie was right and the Cailleach and...
November 07, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods
In an earlier series of columns on “The Mysticism of Devotion,” we explored the devotional...
October 24, 2013
Loop of Brighid: The Cauldrons of Inspiration
A God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin includes a new translation of...
October 10, 2013
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...
September 26, 2013
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"...
September 12, 2013
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...
August 29, 2013
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...
August 15, 2013
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...
August 01, 2013
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...
July 18, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 3
The power of the “Invocation of the Graces” to grant victory over one's enemies should...
July 04, 2013
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...
June 20, 2013
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...
June 06, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 6 – The Seven Elements
There is an interesting gloss on the story of Conlai in the Senchus Mor, to...
May 23, 2013
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...
May 09, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 4 – The Four Treasures
In the fourth of this series on private practices, we're going to visualize the four...
April 25, 2013
Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 3 – The Three Sisters
In Celtic Christianity, it is said that prayer should be continued “until tears come.” Not...
April 11, 2013
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...
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