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Prayer for Peace

Brigit,

We ask for the light of your flame
To enable us to see clearly,
To illuminate the darkness,
To show us the shadows
Cast by our own light.

May the flame of your inspiration
Help us to express and comfort,
To understand and explain –
Encourage us and guide our actions.

We ask for the gift of your healing
To soften our pain,
And mend the wounds
We have inflicted on one another –
Bless us and make us whole.

May the fire of your forge
Enable us to shape our future
With courage and determination,
Using the flame of justice,
Tempered by compassion.

Brigit,
We ask for your protection
Against all that would harm us.
May the beacon of your flame
Show us a path to peace
That all may follow.

Rob fír/May it be true.

Hilaire Wood 12.9.01
(http://www.brigitsforge.co.uk/caim.html)

Blessed Be!

“Then came cold February, sitting
In an old waggon, for he could not ride,
Drawne of two fishes, for the season fitting,
Which through the flood before did softly slyde
And swim away; yet had he by his side…
His plough and harnesse fit to till the ground,
And tooles to prune the trees before the pride
Of hasting prime did make them burgeon round”

brigid

There’s a full moon tonight (and the blood-moon was last night/early this morning).
We did a group (troupe) reading tonight, as a means of seeing if we’re going in the right direction and what we could do to achieve our collective goals.
But… I’m not getting into that, in part because that is troupe business, and not what this post is about.

I’m not typically one to hit the cards.
I have a difficult time remembering what various positions mean, or even what the cards mean. These things don’t stick in my head. Stringing together the relationships of cards is even more difficult.
I’ve recently begun thinking that, maybe, it’s my deck. Maybe I don’t connect with it.
Or maybe I haven’t spent enough time connecting.
I don’t know.
It’s a Celtic Ogham deck, and I have had it for many years (nearly 20). I was first drawn to it because it reminded my of my love of nature and Irish/Celtic history.

Because moon magic is strong tonight (and as a water sign, I have a strong connection to the moon), I decided to pull my own cards.
I did the recommended 15-card draw – which is, in reality, three 5-card draws. Each set of 5 cards represents past, present, and future.
Based on my very limited experience, here is what I gained from my incredibly broad “where the f*ck do I go from here?” question.

Past:
In my past, I was very good at trusting my instincts.

Present:
I need to go back to trusting my instincts, and search for the truth in people.
I have a strong dedication to my desires.

Future:
Hard choices have to be made.

Ask a vague question, get a vague answer.

As I gear up for Something Tribal This Way Comes, I also have to start planning for my Imbolc celebrations. I had the same issue last year, and I felt ill-prepared for two major forces in my life.

Whether you prefer to observe St. Brigid’s Day, the Celtic tradition of Imbolc, or the Catholic celebration of Candlemas, this is the time to celebrate the coming of Spring.

I found this awesome page with ideas for the day: Art & Soul

1. Food and Drink (always good for a celebration!)

Plan a menu involving grains and dairy products. Enjoy a glass of ale (remember, one of Brigid’s specialties was brewing!). You might also want to try this recipe for milk punch or perhaps make the traditional Saint Brigid’s oat bread. Maybe not quite as traditional, but very tasty, here’s one of my favorite recipes for Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

2. Get Creative

Brigid’s Cross

Brigid is the patroness of poetry, so if she’s helped to light your fire of inspiration, why not try your hand at writing a poem? Or you may prefer to make a Brigid’s Cross. A woven cross that incorporates both Christian and pagan symbolism, these crosses are still widely used in Ireland today to protect the harvest and farm animals. Another popular craft of the season is the corn dolly. The dolls were traditionally dressed in white and adorned with ribbons and baubles like crystals, shells or stones. They were carried by young girls in a procession from house to house where gifts were bestowed upon the dollies.
Or…?? Anything creative, particularly involving weaving or textiles, would be suitable.

3. Let There Be Light

Fire and purification are important aspects of this festival. The lighting of candles represents the return of warmth and the increasing power of the sun over the coming months. As such, one long held tradition is to turn off all of the lights in the house. Then, re-enter and—one by one—turn all the lights back on (perhaps lighting a few candles, as well) as a symbolic celebration of the changing seasons and the return of the light.

4. Celebrate (Your) Animals

Brigid had a way with animals; a white skinned red eared fairy cow is often associated with her. Traditionally, farm animals would be particularly well cared for on St. Brigid’s Day. If you don’t have farm animals, consider giving your pet a special treat on this day.

5. Plant Seeds

In preparation for Spring, plant some seeds outdoors if it’s warm enough, or start some indoors for transplanting later. Or force some bulbs. Good choices are paperwhite narcissus or amaryllis – the bright blooms and sweet scent will help the rest of the winter pass more quickly—and more pleasantly.

My birthday is coming up, so I have decided to get a new tattoo in celebration.

It’s not a major birthday, but I haven’t gotten myself anything in years, and it’s been several since my last one. I think it’s about time.

I have a few ideas roaming around in my brain (in no particular order):

Harley Quinn diamonds. A set of three in black and red on my upper arm or thigh.
An Irish Barn Owl. Mom’s favorite animal is the owl, and I would like to have a stylized (Celtic) owl on one of my arms.
A rose and a shamrock, one for each grandmother.
Tetris pieces, falling down my leg. Tetris is my second all-time favorite video game following The Legend of Zelda (I already have 2 Zelda pieces on my leg).
Kitty paw prints, one for each of my girls.
Brigid’s Cross
Generic silhouette of a black cat. Cats are my favorite animal, and I consider them my guides.
What do you think?
What should I get?
Hrm?

According to Wikipedia (and other online sources)
“Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced i-MOLK or i-MOLG ), also called (Saint) Brighid’s Day is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 31 January–1 February, or halfway between the winter solstice and the Spring equinox.

In Christianity, 1 February is observed as the feast day of Saint Brighid, especially in Ireland. There, some of the old customs have survived and it is celebrated as a cultural event by some. Since the 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Imbolc, or something based on Imbolc, as a religious holiday.”

A Christian prayer to St. Brigid
Saint Brigid
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
Amen

From “The Unicorn Garden”

“BRIGID
In the Scottish Highlands and Islands the rebirth of nature is celebrated on Candlemas, or St Bride’s Day on 1 February. The tradition has weakened but the same feast has been celebrated since time immemorial. At its height, bonfires were lit on hilltops and there would be a festival with some young maid crowned with candles and honoured in Brigid’s stead. Candles were lit in every window and homes in the Isles were decorated with early flowers and greenery. Bride’s Crosses or Wheels were woven from corn and hung around the house.

Women would also make a crib with a mattress of corn and hay. They called it Bride’s Bed and into it they tucked under a blanket a straw doll representing Bride, and beside her a wooden club. The crib was laid near the door surrounded by glowing candles. Food and drink were laid on the table and a decorated chair set by the hearth. Then just before they went to bed, the women of the house would call out three times: ‘Bride is come, Bride is welcome!’ Or they would go to the door and cry out into the night for Bride to enter their house.

On the morning following Candlemas, everyone would search the ashes of the hearth, hoping to find an impression of Bride’s club. If they did it was the sign that they would have prosperity and a good crop in the coming year. The weather that day was also watched closely because, as the old saying has it:

If Candlemas day be fair and bright, Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas day be shower and rain, Winter is gone and will not come again.”

This, actually, makes me pretty happy. We got a fair amount of snow yesterday. Hopfeully, this means we should have an early spring.

I like to look up prayers to Brigid, both Christian and Pagan. Seeing the devotion of others is comforting to me.
But I have my own little prayer. It makes me feel like I am connecting on another level.

Sweet Brigid,
I light this candle for you.
As the flame burns, so does my devotion.
You are strong, and thus am I.
Through you I shall love as you love,
help those who cannot help themselves
and care for the weak.
I will do good as is right.
Blessed be.

It isn’t always word for word, but the message is always the same – Love on another, show compassion.

This weekend was a BIG deal for me.
Not only was Something Tribal a big production for my troupe but I was recently “promoted” to assistant director of KCDC. So I was representing myself as a dancer and a Sohalia Tribal troupe member, but also as a KCDC troupe member. I danced with my Sohalia troupe AND with Tasha & Wendy at the big Gala show. It was exhilarating and awesome.

Opening Act

KCDC & Wendy Allen

I celebrate Christmas with my family, as they are all some for of Catholic or another. But Christmas is not so different from Yule; much symbolism is shared between the two.

Yule, also known as the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year) is on December 21st and celebrated as the rebirth of the sun. The Christians turned this holiday into their Christmas, but many of the sentiments and traditions remain the same whether celebrated by Pagans or Christians.

Traditionally, a Yule Altar is placed facing north, as that direction aligns with the season of winter. Use a red, green, or gold altar cloth. Set a cauldron or other bowl in the center, and place a solar candle (red, gold, orange or yellow) inside it. The cauldron or bowl is the symbol of the Goddess, and the candle represents the Sun God and his rebirth. Rub the candle with cinnamon oil, and leave it until the evening of the Winter Solstice.

Time to Decorate!
When decorating for Yule, make sure to include lots of greenery such as ivy, holly and the boughs of evergreens either through the use of wreaths or garlands. These can also be decorated with red ribbons or sprinkled with red glitter.

Hang mistletoe over your doorway. Although this is a common practice today among non-Pagans, it definitely has Pagan roots!

We all know that flowers have meaning. Two particular flowers stand out during the season.
Holly is used for protection, anti-lightning, luck, and dream magick.
The poinsettia is for rebirth, and rejuvenation.

While I am not a huge advocate of artificial fragrances (scented candles, air “fresheners”), the use of natural scents can be a pleasant and welcome addition to your holiday scene.
Violet: Protection, luck, love, wishes, peace, and healing.
Patchouli: Money, fertility, protection, divination and physical energy.
Rose Geranium: Invites protection, fertility, love, and health.
Frankincense: Protection and spirituality.
Myrrh: Protection, along with healing and spirituality.
Lilac: Protection, and beauty, love, purification and to help see past lives

Colors are a BIG element in decorating and celebrating.
Green:
Abundance, growth, healing, prosperity (and more!).
Red:
Love, passion, fire, willpower, courage, energy, strength, anger, blood, life cycle, desire and war.
White:
Cleansing, peace, protection, healing, truth, divination, tranquility, purification, childhood and innocence.

Animals and Birds
The mouse symbolizes attention to details.
A deer symbolizes gentleness and innocence, a gentle luring to new adventures.
The horse stands for travel, power and freedom.
The bear symbolizes the awakening of the power of the unconscious mind.
A robin celebrates the spread of new growth.
The Snowy Owl stands for silent wisdom and nocturnal vision, healing and magical powers.

Other Symbols
Bells were originally rang throughout the dark and cold time of the year to chase away demons.
Candles are an important aspect of Yule as the fire melts away the chill of winter and encourages the sun to come back again. Lights have been used for years to frighten away negative energies and to encourage the sun to shine.
The sleigh represents the chariot used by Freyja, the Norse Goddess who delivered gifts to her friends during the 12 days following the Winter Solstice.
The snowflake is a winter symbol of love.
The wreath, in the shape of the circle represents everlasting life – the eternal cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. It is also used to represent the sun.
The Yule Log is lit on the Winter Solstice and burnt continuously for 12 days. A portion of the wood is saved to start the fire at the next Winter Solstice. Some people save several pieces of the log to light different festival fires throughout the year. The Yule Log is a symbol of the Celtic Oak King and it decorated with evergreen (which represent the Holly King). It signifies the death of darkness and the return of the sun, light and warmth.

Wassailing is a practice similar to caroling but directed at nature instead of at other people. Prepare a wassail drink with ale and apples and pour into bowls to take outside with you as you go from tree to tree (especially fruit and nut trees) “anointing” each with some of the wassail. Wassail, along with wassail songs, are used to help ensure a good crop in the coming year.

Yule Log  
There are several ways to make a Yule Log. The first type of log we will go over is for those who do not have a fireplace to burn a log. With this kind of Yule Log, we will make holes to insert candles to burn instead of burning the log itself.

What you need:
A birch log about twelve to eighteen inches long
Holly
Candles (at least 3) The candle size depends on the size holes you want to cut into the wood. You can cut smaller holes and use tapered candles, or larger holes and use either votive, or tea light candles.
Red Ribbon
Glitter
Any other items you would like to use to decorate the log with.

What you do:
First the log must be prepared – it either needs to be sawed lengthwise to make a flat bottom while the top remains rounded, or it must be nailed to a flat service to prevent it from rolling.
Next the holes must be drilled for the candles – make sure you drill the holes to the size candles you want to use.    Add the candles and any other decorations you would like to use.
This type of Yule log can be used over and over.

Gifts!
Homemade baked goods   This can include more than just cookies and candy. Try breads, jams, butters and spreads too. Go for something unique!

Bath salts   Combine sea salt and Epsom salt along with your choices of essential oils. Mix well and spread out thinly on a cookie sheet to dry. You may also add just a hint of coloring to give off different hues. Put the salts into pretty decorative jars, which you can also make yourself from empty glass jars. Use paint, glitter or ribbons to decorate the jars.

Candles   There are all kind of different candles you can make. I save all of my wax drippings throughout the year and then make brown pillar candles at the end of the year. (Mixing different colored waxes together will give you brown). I also add ground cinnamon and a few drops of cinnamon oil to give them a nice scent that matches the color. Candle molds can be found at your local craft store or online.

Potpourri   Make homemade potpourri with pine needles, orange rind, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, dried apples or cloves. Potpourri can also be stored in glass jars you decorate yourself. You can also use these same items but put them through a grinder to make incense.

Personalized scented pillows   Personalize the pillow with colors and patterns reflective of the person you are making it for. Also personalize the pillow with scents appropriate for that person by sewing herbs into the pillow or by dropping a few drops of essential oils into the padding. Store these in resealable type freezer bags to keep them full of their aromas – and to not “give away” what the gift is!

Herbal Kitchen Wreath   Use the same method described earlier for the evergreen wreath, but instead of evergreens, use bunches of herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, lemon balm, or mint. You can even make a bedroom wreath out of dried lavender.

Elfkat has a great (and super simple) recipe for Yule Cookies here.
Mocha Bûche de Noël-Recipe from Good Housekeeping.

Midwinter Gingerbread (Recipe from Confessions of a Kitchen Witch)
This spicy-sweet bread is also wonderful sliced, toasted, and buttered for an afternoon tea, accompanied by a warm, cozy throw and a good book.

½ stick butter or solid margarine
½ cup molasses
1 large free-range egg
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup boiling water
½ cup orange marmalade or good apricot jam
½ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, gently melt the butter with the molasses and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg and brown sugar and beat well. Pour in the melted butter/molasses mixture and beat with an electric mixer to blend well. Then, by hand, stir in the flour, spices, and salt, just enough to blend.
Add the baking soda to the boiling water and stir well. Pour this soda water into the batter and gently mix. Add the marmalade and pecans, again, stirring just until mixed in.
Pour the gingerbread batter into a lightly greased 8-by-8-inch or 9-by-9-inch pan. Bake for about 30 minutes. The gingerbread is ready when a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean. Let the pan cool for 10 minutes, then insert a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread. Gently invert, placing it onto a plate.
Serve simply as squares dusted with powdered sugar or topped with a spoonful of fresh whipped cream.
Serves 8.
Blessed Yule!

Blessed Yule!

Samain or Samuin was the name of the festival marking the beginning of winter in medieval Ireland. It is attested in some of the earliest literture, dating back as far as the 10th century. It was one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals: Samhain (~1 November), Imbolc (~1 February), Beltane (~1 May) and Lughnasadh (~1 August). Samhain and Beltane, at the opposite sides of the year from each other, are thought to have been the most important.

Samhain was one of the four main festivals of the Gaelic calendar, marking the last harvest and beginning of winter. It was a time to take stock of the herds and food supplies. Cattle were brought down to the winter pastures after six months in the higher summer pastures. And it was also the time to choose which animals would need to be slaughtered for the people to survive the winter. This custom is still observed by many who farm and raise livestock because it is when meat will keep since the freeze has come and also since summer grass is gone and free foraging is no longer possible.

Samhain is known by most folks as Halloween, but for Wiccans and Pagans it’s considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us. It’s a good time to contact the spirit world with a seance, because it’s the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.

By Sanhain, the Goddess has entered her incarnation of Crone. She is the Old One, the earth mother, the wise one we turn to when we need advice. She teaches us that sometimes we must let go in order to move on. The God, at Samhain, is the Horned One, the stag of great antlers, the god of the wild hunt. He is the animal that dies so that we may eat, and the grains and corn that once lived in the field before our harvest. We can honor these late-fall aspects of both the Goddess and the God in one ritual.

How To Celebrate the Cycle of Life and Death

  1. For this ritual, you’ll want to decorate your altar with symbols of life and death. You’ll want to have on hand a white candle and a black one, as well as black, red, and white ribbon in equal lengths (one set for each participant). Finally, you’ll need a few sprigs of rosemary.

    Perform this rite outside if at all possible. If you normally cast a circle, do so now.

  2. Say:
    “Samhain is here, and it is a time of transitions. The winter approaches, and the summer dies. This is the time of the Dark Mother, a time of death and of dying. This is the night of our ancestors and of the Ancient Ones.”

    Place the rosemary on the altar. If you are doing this as a group ceremony, pass it around the circle before placing on the altar. Say:
    “Rosemary is for remembrance, and tonight we remember those who have lived and died before us, those who have crossed through the veil, those who are no longer with us. We will remember.”

  3. Turn to the north, and say:
    “The north is a place of cold, and the earth is silent and dark. Spirits of the earth, we welcome you, knowing you will envelope us in death.”

    Turn to face the east, and say:
    “The east is a land of new beginnings, the place where breath begins. Spirits of air, we call upon you, knowing you will be with us as we depart life.”

  4. Face south, saying:
    “The south is a land of sunlight and fire, and your flames guide us through the cycles of life. Spirits of fire, we welcome you, knowing you will transform us in death.”

    Finally, turn to face the west, and say:
    “The west is a place of underground rivers, and the sea is a never-ending, rolling tide. Spirits of water, we welcome you, knowing you will carry us through the ebbs and flows of our life.”

  5. Light the black candle, saying:
    “The Wheel of the Year turns once more, and we cycle into darkness.”

    Next, light the white candle, and say:
    “At the end of that darkness comes light. And when it arrives, we will celebrate once more.”

  6. Each person takes a set of ribbons — one white, one black, and one red. Say:
    “White for life, black for death, red for rebirth. We bind these strands together remembering those we have lost.”

    Each person should then braid or knot their three ribbons together. As you do so, focus on the memories of those you have lost in your life.

  7. While everyone is braiding or knotting, say:
    “Please join me in chanting as you work your energy and love into your cords:

    As the corn will come from grain,
    All that dies will rise again.
    As the seeds grow from the earth,
    We celebrate life, death and rebirth.”
    When everyone has finished braiding and chanting, take a moment to meditate on the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Is there someone you know who reminds you of a person you’ve lost? Have you ever looked into a baby’s eyes and seen your late grandfather looking back?

  8. Finally, ask everyone to take their knotted ribbons home with them and place them on their personal altar if they have one. That way, they can be reminded of their loved ones each time they pass by.

Tips:

  1. Rosemary is used in this rite because although it seems to go dormant over the winter, if you keep it in a pot you’ll get new growth in the spring. If there’s another plant you’d rather use, feel free.

What You Need

  • Ribbon in black, red and white
  • A white candle and a black one
  • Rosemary

Soul Cakes

These are part of the traditional English Hallowe’en festivities. Traditionally these were flat round cakes flavoured with saffron, mixed spices and currants. Indeed, during the 19th and early 20th centuries children would go ‘souling’ on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) where they would request alms or soul cakes with the following song:

“A soul, a soul, a soul cake. Please god missus a soul cake. An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry, Any good thing to make us merry. Up with your kettles and down with your pans Give us an answer and we’ll be gone Little Jack, Jack sat on his gate Crying for butter to butter his cake One for St Peter, two for St Paul, Three for the man who made us all.”

Soul Cakes were also part of All Saints’ Eve superstitions. It was believed that the spirits of the departed would return to their homes on this night. As a result candles were lit to guide their way and food and drink (including soul cakes) were put out for them.

 

Soul Cakes

A good pinch of saffron
Warm milk
6 oz. butter
6 oz. caster sugar (a sugar that is finer than granulated but coarser than powdered)
3 egg yolks
1 lb. plain flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice
3 oz currants

Pre-set oven to 350 degrees F. Soak saffron in a little warmed milk. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolks. Sieve flour, salt, and spices together and add to mixture. Lastly add currants and drained saffron milk. Add more milk if necessary, to make a soft dough. Make into flat cakes, mark each one across top, and bake on a greased baking tray in pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until brown. (
_The National Trust Book of Christmas & Festive Day Recipes_, by Sara Paston-Williams.)

It’s been a long friggin’ past few days. The heat wave we’ve had up here is messing with my sinuses, my head, and my lungs. It’s been nice to be able to relax in the pool, but the air is still so thick and gross.

I was in a parade on Sunday. It was super hot, super sunny, and really awesome. I managed to keep mostly burn-free, though the backs of my legs got a little red (ok, a lot; it was not pretty).

And to top it all off, I had a minor freak-out last night. Somehow we got on the subject of Peanut, and my husband (who was sufficiently drunk) started crying. He’s not a crier typically; it takes quite a bit to get that kind of reaction. And I know the alcohol played a big part in it.
But this happened as I was driving us home from the bar. So I was tired, sore (bar stools just aren’t that comfortable), and dehydrated… and that happened. Of course, I start crying. Not only is it a normal reaction for me to cry when others do, but it was also my Peanut.

It is really hard to drive while crying.

When we got home I pretty much went straight to bed. I didn’t want to be up late anyway, which it was, but the emotional drain of the ride home was enough to give me a stress-headache that I just did not want to deal with. Just when you think you might be past that point, you aren’t.
It’s sort of the whole – each day it hurts less and less, until you realize it doesn’t hurt any more. But then, you feel terrible for not feeling bad, so the cycle starts up again – thing. SUX BAWLZ.

But, better things await. I have to push through this to get on with my life.
Dance class tomorrow and Thursday, up to the lake with my sister Friday night, party at the lake Saturday, home Sunday. A nice, full weekend.
Then we have Irish Fair the second weekend of August, and our Renaissance Festival starts up on the 18th.
I have friends getting married, friends having babies, and some vaction time.

I have some great blog-related ideas that will get posted soon – as soon as I figure out how to write them without sounding like an a$$hat or the like.

Until then, folks, enjoy the night; stay healthy, stay happy, and for the love of all things bacon – SMILE.

Burning Flames

I’ve recently had a hankering to burn things. Not, like, houses and property and such, but candles, incense (but not, because I have a weird allergy), paper… I want a big bonfire.

I’m often compelled to strike a match or light a candle. It’s an almost-overwhelming urge, really.
I shouldn’t act surprised. I know what it is.

She’s telling me to create.
It’s a fire of creativity, of passion and love.

I get little bits of inspiration. I try to sew, to write, to build. I do what I can, but it never seems quite… right.
I haven’t really figured out what she wants me to do.

Hopefully I’ll figure it out.
Hopefully soon.

Brigid,
You are a woman of peace.
You bring harmony where there is conflict.
You bring light to the darkness.
You bring hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all Goddess has made.
Brighid, you are a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us,
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body, and spirit.

Amen and Blessed Be.

Revised from a Prayer to St. Brigid
Solas Bhríde, Kildare, 1997

Cherubim and a Flaming Sword by J Kirk Richards