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.
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.
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!
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]
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.