Feb

16

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Brighid

Our writing group’s prompt for this month is to write something in honor of Brighid.

Brighid, Mistress of Poetry
Bring guidance from the east
Send inspiration dancing on the wind
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Matron of the Forge
Bring strength from the south
Send courage burning with the flame
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Lady of the Sacred Wells
Bring healing from the west
Send serenity in the water
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Foster Mother of Us All
Bring wisdom from the north
Send stability through the earth
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Goddess Divine
Bring your spark of spirit
Send us your love
Walk with us Brighid

Feb

6

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Brighid Along Day 9 – Healer

Brighid Along Day 9 — Healer

Moderation in all things leads to wellbeing in spirit, body, and mind. Healers discern where we are out of balance and judiciously use their skills to bring us back to health. (Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz)

mending minds, bodies, and souls
cleansing away pollution
renewing motivation
walk with me, Healer

Feb

6

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Brighid Along Day 8 – Hearth Fires

Brighid Along Day 8 — Hearth Fires

The hearth fire flames at the heart of the home. As we each worship at our own hearths, we feed the flame of devotion and sacrifice, both without and within. Tending the hearth fire is the most basic act of piety. (Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz)

hearth maiden
keeper of the flames
burning bright
standing watch
over our homes and loved ones
walk with me, dear Brighid

Feb

5

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Brighid Along Day 7 – Sacred Wells

Brighid Along Day 7 — Sacred Wells

Like pilgrims who travel to sacred places in search of answers, as we travel through this life we gain wisdom if we actively seek to learn from our experiences. As Mistress of the Sacred Wells, Brighid bestows the waters of wisdom upon those who seek her blessings. (Diane “Emerald”)

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Chapel and St Mary’s Well in Newcastle upon Tyne in England. Remnants of offerings, candles, and flowers remained at both locations. My sister sacrificed yarn from her scarf so that I could add my offering tied to the tree above the well.

Well haiga

Feb

3

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Brighid Along Day 6 – Warrior

Brighid Along Day 6—Warrior

No matter how strong, well-armed, and fully-trained a warrior may be, they would be unable to fight without courage. Like warriors, we all face situations in our own lives that inspire fear, and we must have the courage to overcome that fear and do what needs to be done. (Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz)

Warrior

wearing the warrior’s cloak
wit sharpened by whetstone
watching throughout the night
wielding spear in defense
warding down the hedgerows
weeding out weaknesses
walk with me, Lady Brighid

Feb

2

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Brighid Along Day 5 – Poet

Brighid Along Day 5—Poet

Poets see beyond their narrow, everyday lives. They have the vision to step outside of themselves and channel the pure essence of inspiration. Their dreams of perfection beautify the world as they manifest in artistic expression. Art moves our souls, showing us the interconnectedness of all life and helping us to understand our place in the cosmos. (Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz)

muse
sparking
bard’s vision
inspiration
Goddess of Poetry, walk with me, Brighid

Feb

2

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Brighid Along Day 4 – Blacksmith

Brighid Along Day 4 — Blacksmith

As a goddess of fire and inspiration, it seems natural that Brighid presides over the seemingly magical art and craft of forging beautiful and functional objects from raw metals. She bestows her blessing on smiths and craftspeople of all kinds. In a metaphorical sense, when you open yourself up to Brighid’s touch, she can forge and shape you in ways you may never have imagined. See how working with Brighid the Smith will temper and transform you.
– Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz Egelhoff, on behalf of Sassafras Grove, ADF

Forge
Fires
Burning
Transforming
Creativity
Crafting integrity in life
Lady of the Forge, Divine Blacksmith, walk with me, Brighid

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Gaian Tarot: Seven of Fire
Joanna Powell Colbert

Feb

1

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Brighid Along Day 3 – Initiatrix

Brighid Along Day 3 — Initiation

This aspect coalesced mainly around the Wiccan tradition of Imbolc being a time to celebrate initiations and rededications. As purification plays an important part in Imbolc, and in February in general with its Roman associations, holding initiations and rededications at this time certainly make sense. Brighid, as a goddess of both fire and water, is perfectly suited to serve as Initiator and to hear our oaths and vows.
-Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz Egelhoff, on behalf of Sassafras Grove, ADF

initiation
beginning a new journey
learning mysteries
each step a discovery
walk with me, my Goddess Brighid

This weekend, I celebrated Imbolc with friends. I created and led my first group ritual, at my house. Mildly terrifying, but with good friends to keep me grounded. We ended up with nine folks, a proper number for a celebration of Brighid, I thought. Ritual, feast, and games to celebrate the middle of winter, the growing light, and the returning spark of spring.

Jan

29

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Brighid Along Day 2 – Foster Mother

Brighid Along Day 2 — Foster Mother

This aspect comes mainly from early stories of the Irish saint of the same name having served as foster mother to the Christ-child. While historically impossible, these stories show the importance of fosterage in Irish culture, which far predated the arrival of Christianity on the island, and very possibly similar stories and qualities in the goddess from whom Saint Brigid’s cult assumed so much.
— Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz Egelhoff, on Behalf of Sassafras Grove, ADF

Brighid, Foster Mother
adopting us as your own
your divine children
you watch over the seeker
behold, teachers appear
nurturing and mentoring
your presence is felt
instilling in us
the virtues found in ghosti
weaving together
the strands of community
binding us as one
not all family is blood
reciprocity
holds the web of my clan strong
Walk with me, Foster Mother

Jan

28

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Brighid Along Day 1: Midwife

I am partaking in Sassafras Grove‘s “Brighid Novena” this year.

For many years Sassafras Grove members have engaged in a tradition of The Brighid “Novena,” and once again we are inviting our community, both local and online, to participate with us. For each of the nine days before our Brigantia rite, we each focus on one of the nine aspects of Brighid we honor and work with in Sassafras Grove. Activities for the day can include saying aspect-appropriate prayers, making offerings, doing crafts, etc.

Brighid Along Day 1: Midwife

encouraging midwife
your guidance essential
unlock my potential
walk with me, Brighid