Category Archives: Brigid

Magnolia Magic

The magnolia is one of four primary trees on the property of my home.

There are also two Brother Pines, a Father Oak, the 11 Sisters a.k.a. Tulip Poplars and then Mother Magnolia.

I turn to the magnolia when I am in need of comfort and mothering.

Her correspondences are dignity, spirituality, peace and endurance and she shares these energies with me freely.

This morning I went out into the yard and found a fallen leaf. The leaves naturally curl into a boat shape and are a perfect vessel for sending messages. Iโ€™ve been in a heightened state of anxiety for over two years now but this morning felt even more so.

So I fixed myself a cup of herbal tea. This divine feminine blend from my friend Valโ€™s shop is especially comforting and nourishing. As I sipped, I wrote my concern on the leaf and then sprinkled the used herbs onto the leaf

I took the petition boat and headed out to the back of our property where a spring creek runs and along the way I found tulip poplar blooms that had dropped from the sisters. I picked one up and placed it in the boat as an additional offering and then walked to the waters edge.

I offered the boat to the spirit of the creek and said a prayer to Brigid asking that my anxiety be taken away and replaced with peace.

Then I gently pitched it into the water. I considered it a good omen that it did not capsize but landed upright and started to float away.

And as I watched it drift downstream, I felt just a little bit more at ease.

I think naming and releasing fears is such a vital part of overcoming them.

May you have peace today and every day.

Bright blessings.

Prayer Circles

๐ŸงกPrayer Circles ๐Ÿค

I have repurposed that โ€œconceptโ€ in the creation and use of my own beads for different purposes in my daily practice.

Several years ago I crocheted a necklace for prayers to Brigid using black thread and beads I purchased in Italy years ago. An old locket holds an image of her inside.

The chakra beads are used to state my affirmations for each chakra each day.

The rosary was a thrift store find. I loved the center medallion of Mary and is a way for me to connect with my ancestors and the divine feminine. It was missing the cross which was fine by me because I worked in my own purchase (also from that trip to Italy) and I love the juxtaposition.

Do you use prayer beads in your practice?

Bright blessings

Imbolc: Season of Fire and Ice

๐ŸคBlessed Imbolc ๐Ÿ’š

My husband shared a birthday with this Sabbat so for the past few years Iโ€™ve been making a โ€œfire and iceโ€ ring to celebrate both!

Imbolc and the Goddess Brigid are associated with Fire. But Brigid is also associated with wells and the season of Imbolc represents a thawing. So combing the two elements seemed a lovely way to celebrate the day

I make the ring overnight in the freezer using an empty plastic cookie tin and a plastic cup filled with beans.

Why the specificity of tools?

Because you want to unmold completely and quickly to get it into a rimmed container before it begins to melt

Do not use non tempered glass. It will either shatter during the freezing process or when you pull it out. You could also use empty tin cans but not sealed ones. Ask me how I know ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž. Trial and error so you donโ€™t have to!

I fill the โ€œwellโ€ with Imbolc correspondences. This year Iโ€™ve used cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, lavendar blackberries and red rose petals.

I light the candle in the morning and let it burn all day.

Celebrating my spouse, the Sabbat and the Goddess.

And we will have custard for dessert. His favorite! Did I mention heโ€™s Irish? Talk about serendipity๐Ÿ’š

Iโ€™ve also included my prayer card for the final day of the 19 Flames for Brigid here

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Bright blessings

Candle Blessing

๐ŸงกSabbat Candle Blessing๐Ÿค

My Sabbat beeswax candles that I have prepared for the coming Wheel of the Year.

I will pray this blessing I wrote over them at sundown tonight and then store them in a box with my Brat Bhride that I set out right before sundown last night

I bolted out of bed this morning to bring it in before sunrise and I have to say holding that cool dew kissed cloth to my face felt so good. Iโ€™m in the midst of a little power struggle with Covid and fever and will definitely be reaching for this Brigid blessed muslin now and in the year to come.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€

๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ

๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€

๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ, ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ

๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น

๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„, ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ผ

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€

๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€

Bright blessings

Sabbat Sipper

Blackberry Oatmeal Cinnamon Latte

Gathering ingredients and dreaming
up the perfect sipper for Imbolc๐Ÿ’œ

Definitely Starting with bitters and tea from @woodspell.apothecary

Enhancing with fresh crushed blackberries and blackberry syrup

Cinnamon rosemary stick wand stirrer.

Oat milk because oats are a food associated with Brigid.

Imbolc is a fire festival so a slice of fried orange may make its way into the cup as well

Now to figure out how to froth oat milk. Without a frother ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚

Iโ€™m going to make some blackberry rosemary bannocks too go with my tea as well. Probably throw in a little orange zest.

Salute

February Prompts

๐Ÿ’™February Prompts

February means Imbolc and Brigid.
Which if you have been checking my posts the last few days, means you know itโ€™s my favorite Sabbat ๐Ÿ”ฅ

These daily prompts are a reflection of all the energy of this fire festival.

Iโ€™ve also included devotional cards for yesterday and todayโ€™s poems to accompany the lighting of the next three candles in my โ€œTending Brigidโ€™s Flameโ€ ritual

Bright blessings

19 Flames for Brigid

๐Ÿงก Nineteen Flames for Brigid ๐Ÿค

In the lovely book by Lunaea Weatherstine โ€œTending Brigidโ€™s Flameโ€ 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:
Welcome
Hearth and Home
Ancestors

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 husbandโ€™s birthday, which actually falls on Imbolc. He is Irish. Third generation. ๐Ÿ’š
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 youโ€™d like to welcome Brigid tonight as well.

Flame 1
Welcome

Bright welcome Brigid
Goddess of Light, my threshold
and heart are open

Flame 2
Hearth

I have prepared my
table for your warm presence
Goddess of the hearth

Flame 3
Ancestors

My ancestors wait
Brigid of our legacies
and timeless blessings.

Bright blessings

Imbolc Preparations

Imbolc ๐Ÿ’š

My favorite Sabbat of all ๐ŸŒ€

Brigid is a deity who showed up early in my practice and I have welcomed her presence with gratitude.

All that to say, Iโ€™ve already stated preparations!

โ€ขMaking my beeswax sabbat candles for the year for blessing on the Eve of Imbolc

โ€ขPlanning a menu, including an oat milk blackberry latte

โ€ข a 19 flame/tea light mandala with herbal and floral correspondences inspired by the poem in #tendingbrigidsflame

Iโ€™ll share those in the next few days but for now hereโ€™s a new material to make Brigidโ€™s Crosses with raffia!

Weaving instructions with paper strips is also a great alternative.

Bright blessings