Blog changes

In an effort to get this blog back on track I have simplified it, deleted some of the attached one-topic blogs
and focused on Sabbats and Esbats, which was the original intent.
Other writings will be in 'stumbling upon the path of the goddess'
and the Borrowed Book of Charms is still active.
Links in the right hand column.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Full Moon and Brigid

With a Full Moon and Imbolc so close together I am planning to connect the two. I want to ask Brigid for her blessing on Imbolc, as this day is dedicated to her. Since I don't normally work with Brigid I thought it would be nice (and polite) to introduce myself first by honoring her at the Full Moon.
Brigid is known by many names; Brigid, Bride, Brig, Brigantia, St. Brigid. She is a Celtic goddess of fire, a triple goddess. The Irish honored her fiery sword and the Scots honored her fire of home and hearth. She brings spring by breathing fire into the frozen winter earth and she is the shepherdess that delivers the first lambs of spring. Imbolc is dedicated to her and candles are used to represent her fire spirit. Christians named her St. Brigid and renamed Imbolc as Candlemas Day. But regardless of the name, the day was dedicated to asking the Fire Goddess for her blessings in the form of light and warmth.

Honor Brigid on the Full Moon with a simple candle ritual.
Connect with the Moon and the Earth in whatever way you wish. Meditation, music, dance, being outside in the light of the Full Moon are all great ways to celebrate the moment.

Anoint the candle with an oil that makes you think of Brigid. You may pick the oil you wish. Think of her various roles as warrior, guardian of hearth and home, healer, goddess of spring. Pick the oil for the association that helps you connect to the aspect of Brigid that calls to you.

Light the candle and mediate on the fire aspect of Brigid, ask her to be present with you at this time.
Make an offering the the form of a poem, song, blessing or prayer.

(This one is from Goddess Alive by Michele Sky)

I thank you Brigid, for you presence here in my home,
For giving me warmth of heart and hearth.
As the sisters of old, I have honored you in the traditional way.
May my love for you be felt through time and space,
Across the universe, upon the earth and under the sea.
Although the light of this candle goes out,
I carry your flame in my breast.

Most Blessed Brigid,
living light,
bright arrow,
sudden blaze,
Goddess of the sun
and of the eternal fire
I guard your flame.


That's all you need to do. Do more if you wish, but this is a respectful way to introduce yourself and the Full Moon is always a special day to connect with goddess.
Put the candle out and set it aside. You will want to use candles on Imbolc and this one can be relit and rededicated to her at that time.

Full Moon is Friday night/Saturday morning January 29/30 1:18am EST

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brigid, Imbolc and the Full Moon

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Friday is Full Moon and next week is Imbolc, dedicated to the goddess Brigid (Bride). I think we need a Full Moon Ritual dedicated to Brigid. I will work on this today and tomorrow, any input is welcome. The calendar date for Imbolc is February 2, the astrological date this year is February 4. Either day is fine to celebrate this festival.

We are all sick of this winter, in many places the weather has been unusually harsh and Imbolc is the traditional day to celebrate the return of spring. But this can depend on the whims of Brigid who breathes warm spring breath back into the frozen earth, so I will be doing something to honor this goddess.
More later.

All the thoughtful comments and emails have been much appreciated. We have a nice blogger community here, I am glad to be part of it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hello everyone!

Sorry to have been away for so long. My mother passed away in late December. It was not unexpected, she was 85 and had cancer and she died in her sleep. We should all be so lucky.
But it certainly does throw a wrench in the works and many things get put aside.
I am back to a somewhat normal routine and looking forward to getting back to blogging and chatting with all of you.

And I especially apologize to those of you waiting for Blue Moon information. But I am not going to post about that now...I will wait for the next Blue Moon.
I hope you all had great holidays and are thoroughly sick of winter, because I am ready to start looking forward to and planning for spring and that is the direction I will be going.


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