🧡 Nineteen Flames for Brigid 🤍
In the lovely book by Lunaea Weatherstine “Tending Brigid’s Flame” she describes the ritual of 19 different priestesses guarding the eternal flame of the Goddesses holy site.
It is said on the 20th day, the Goddess Brigid herself would tend the flame and it would never extinguish.
She includes a beautiful poem, a stanza for each of the 19 days, to accompany the lighting of the candles. This book is a treasure and
I highly encourage you to purchase this incredible offering. Either paperback or kindle. I actually have both!
So as not to copy her work and also to honor the spirit of Brigid, patroness of poets, I have created my own haikus based off the authors theme for each candle.
The first three being:
Hearth and Home
I loved combing the days and my poems into a triptych for the 7 days leading up to Imbolc. And as serendipity would have it, by choosing this method, I begin the ritual today on my birthday!
And end on my husband’s birthday, which actually falls on Imbolc. He is Irish. Third generation. 💚
Combined with my own Scots bloodlines, I have found this ritual to be profound and deeply nourishing.
A small altar in my living room has been set up with this mandala of cedar and pussy willow buds. New herbs and flowers associated with Imbolc will be added each day. Cinnamon, chamomile, bay, rosemary, are some of my planned offerings.
New moon water will be charged on this tray, carrying with it the energy of not only the new moon and Imbolc, but my sun sign as well.
Here are my poems if you’d like to welcome Brigid tonight as well.
Bright welcome Brigid
Goddess of Light, my threshold
and heart are open
I have prepared my
table for your warm presence
Goddess of the hearth
My ancestors wait
Brigid of our legacies
and timeless blessings.