While i’m a long way from home (currently living in the Appalachians) I left out my Bhrat – my piece of cloth for Brighid to bless as she returned to the world on Imbolc eve. The fabric is Harris tweed from an Island of the Hebrides – known as Brighid’s Isles. How beautiful to see the dew form as crystals on the cloth. I think of tweed as the interviewing of prayers and honoring of the land it came from – the colors and the stories.
I was lucky enough to be given a wonderful supply of Harris tweed on my last trip home which I have been saving to create my own mantle, such as the protective mantle Brighid encompasses.
This weekend I’m looking forward to our Imbolc retreat exploring brighid and the psychology of the season and how we can take those traditions of Imbolc and doll making and stone medicine to support our journey around the wheel of the year.
Brighid’s stories and traditions are vast for they encompass a Goddess, a Saint and the figure of mary of the Gael – the true essence of the Goddess Brighid incorporated into the new religion of Christainity in a very different form of Celtic Christianity – where the beliefs of both worlds were practiced side by side.
I have always been drawn to the tales of Brighid that somehow are a little hidden or on the threshold and the theory of Brighid as Bear energy as honored by the earliest of peoples (and proposed by irish scholar Seamus Ó Cathain) is one which certainly fires my imagination.
Click below to read my essay The Great Bear Mother: A Journey with Brigit to the Ancient Dawn of Imbolc which was published in the anthology ‘Brigid: SUn of WOmanhood’ by patricia Monaghan.
And take a journey between the worlds with this guided meditation & otherworld journey…Take some time, create sacred space and journey with Breejah!
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