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Welcome. This blog is to document my religious, magical, and spiritual journey.

I am devoted to the goddess Brighid and to her surrounding mythology. However, I work with other gods, as well as with the Ancestors and the Spirits of Nature.

To be sure, I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra.  (Translated by Alexander Tille.)

such-a-beautiful-mind:

Does anyone in the pagan community know what a good offering for Brigid would be?

Late to this party, though I’d like to say that the suggestions so far have been excellent!

Also successful for me have been— flowers (the dandelion is associated with her in Scottish folk tradition), tea, and recitations of poetry or music.

Others may consider this odd, but I also offer her community service.  I routinely donate blood in her name, and my grove does soup kitchen work every month.

naryamirie:

hello friends!! does anyone have any tips for someone starting to work with Brighid? c:

Welcome!  My recommendation is to start reading, and then start making with the art— follow your intuition and where it leads you.  Also, the “Irish mythology” and “Gaelic polytheism” tags are good places to hang out, since most of everything we have on Brighid (if you include the cult of St. Brigid of Ireland) is Irish or Scottish.

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

Other Brighidines, help us out!

erinlyndalmartin:

Brigid, gold-red woman

Brigid, flame and honeycomb,

Brigid, sun of womanhood

                                           Brigid, lead me home

Is that from this book?  I think I’m missing out.

tierradentro:

The Moon”, 1928, Tarsila do Amaral.

#themooninart

Link added.

"Annis’s Well 2" by Dave Pearson on Flickr

Photo via BBC News - How Syria’s ancient treasures are being smashed Some details from the article:

The famous tells or archaeological mounds of Mesopotamia - rich repositories of man’s earliest history once carefully dug by the likes of Agatha Christie’s archaeologist husband Max Mallowan - are now systematically being plundered with heavy machinery to fill the coffers of Islamist militant group Isis. While some ancient artefacts are traded for weapons or cash, others that represent humans or animal gods are seen by Isis as heretical to Islam and destroyed.

This photo of an 8th Century BC Assyrian statue excavated from Tell Ajajah, near Hasakah on the Khabour River, was taken in May.

[…]

Groups of young Syrian academics, archaeologists and volunteers such as the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology (APSA) are taking matters into their own hands. They are documenting the damage and protecting vulnerable sites wherever possible building physical barriers to shield them from shell damage and vandalism.

May the sacrilege and hatred visited upon these sites be turned back to haunt those who have committed it

May they not know rest or relief until they weep with guilt over the insults they have offered, with shame at the mercy of the gods.

May the gods, ancestors, and spirits of nature aid these archaeologists in their work and protect them from harm.

This is why we can’t have nice things, people.

"by Dia Reeves" by Hadi on Flickr

Whether one is talking about universalist heathen sects (which are inclusive by charter), or folkish sects attempting to recreate specific tribalisms with descendants of specific tribes, the concepts of race and race purity just do not fit in heathen religion and mythology. The idea of race is a modern concept.

The ancient heathens were tribal peoples. The Saxons and the Celts did not think of themselves as the same people. They were different tribes with different languages and different gods. They were “other” to each other, and yet, they also intermarried. Heathens of the ancient world traded, raided, married, and had sex with pretty much any group of people they encountered. They had no concept of racial purity. [Emphasis added]

Erin Lale, in "Asgard as a Multi-Racial Society" at Eternal Haunted Summer

Thank you, Erin Lale.

The problem of “Why don’t you worship your own gods?” turning up among Pagans of color has long annoyed me*+. The idea of racial or genetic purity as some sort of magical link really, really sets my teeth on edge.

A tribal group may accept whomever it chooses— and the more diverse its selections, the better off it is. Most importantly, the gods may appear to whomever they choose.

*Out of politeness, I won’t even get to the sloppy, poorly-researched “borrowing” of other cultural traditions or gods that tends to happen among the very same people.

+Disclaimer: I’m white.