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Brigit – Goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Smithcraft

Brigit – Goddess of Poetry, Healing, and Smithcraft

Brigit i.e. a poetess, daughter of the Dagda. This is Brigit the female sage, or woman of wisdom, i.e. Brigit the goddess whom poets adored, because very great and very famous was her protecting care. It is therefore they call her goddess of poets by this name. Whose sisters were Brigit the female physician [woman of leechcraft,] Brigit the female smith [woman of smithwork]; from whose names with all Irishmen a goddess was called Brigit. Brigit, then, breo-aigit, breo-shaigit ‘a fiery arrow’.

Translated from Latin by John O’Donovan, LL.D. You can find the full text here.

Daughter of the Dagda, Brigit is one of the most influential and well-known Goddesses in Irish lore. When Christianity came sweeping through the nation, Brigit was such an icon in each household that the church had no choice but to make Brigit a Saint in their faith to win the people over to Christianity. You can even see in the writing from Carmac’s Glossary that he heard the name Brigit so many times that he appeared to think that either every deity was named Brigit, or that Brigit was a title given to the Gods. Now known as St. Brigit of Kildare, we have to look to writings about her from a Christian perspective since that is all that is available.


Brigit has two sisters – both of the same name – and the three are Goddesses of poetry, smithcraft, and healing. Many believe that instead of having sisters, Brigit is a triple-goddess, presiding over the three things listed. She also had several animals that were sacred to her. These include the cow, the ox, and the boar. She is also celebrated at Imbolc where Brighit’s Crosses are made and hung above the door of the home for protection in the coming summer.

Brigit the poetess, daughter of the Dagda, she had Fe and Men, the two royal oxen, from whom Femen is named. She had Triath, king of her boars, from whom Treithirne is named. With them were, and were heard, the three demoniac shouts after rapine in Ireland, whistling and weeping and lamentation. She had Cirb, king of the wethers, from whom Mag Cirb is named.

Lebor Gabala Erenn – The Book of the Taking of Ireland
Associations
  • Poetry, inspiration, protection
  • Sun, flames, hearth
  • Creativity, crafts, smithing
  • Healing, abundance, prosperity
  • Magic, the Fae, warriors
Animals
  • Boar
  • Oxen
  • Cow
  • Some say the swan, but I haven’t found a source for that
Sources and Further Reading

Episode 34: Say No to Plastic Witchcraft || Reaction to Freyia the Arctic Witch

Episode 34: Say No to Plastic Witchcraft || Reaction to Freyia the Arctic Witch

I’ve never done an episode like this before, but it is something I want to explore more.

Recently, there’s a hashtag going around the Pagan community that’s causing some disruption. It’s #SayNoToPlasticWitchcraft. So, let’s talk about it.

Freyia Norling: https://www.youtube.com/user/freyiaTV

Wish Packing Facility Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9juyualWbo

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#ThoughtfulThursday 9.19.19

#ThoughtfulThursday 9.19.19

Communication is important in everything that we do. Whether we’re communicating with a boss, a family member, a child, or a friend – we need to be able to openly say what we feel and think. This is true in our mundane lives as well as our spiritual ones.

One aspect of communication that often gets overlooked is the practice of listening. Good communicators know how to speak clearly and concisely to get their point across. They also know how to actively listen with the intent to understand what the other is saying, not with the intent of solely hearing and responding.

Do you communicate with your family and friends this way? Your boss?

What about your Gods? Are you being a good communicator and saying what you think and feel clearly and concisely? And are you being a good listener – taking in what They have to say with the intent to understand and not respond?


What is Thoughtful Thursday? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is a day during the week where you can jot down your thoughts as a blog post, journal prompt, etc. Some days I’ll have a question I want to answer. Some days it’s just word-vomit on a page. I encourage you to take part, too. Even if you don’t blog publicly like I do, or you don’t have an online presence. Take your Thursdays to reflect on some of those thoughts you may have. You never know. You might gain some much-needed insight.

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Episode 33: Learn New Things

Episode 33: Learn New Things

It can be hard to learn new things as an adult – or as someone who is no longer in a “typical” school or education setting – and sometimes we don’t know where to start. But let me tell you, it’s never too late to start learning something new!

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~ The Importance of Critical Thinking: http://bit.ly/2kvopSy

~ Michelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PNW_Michelle

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#ThoughtfulThursday 9.12.19

I feel like I’m going to become a broken record here with my talks and ideas about sustainability and green living, but you know what? I don’t care. I’ve learned so much about the harm that’s being done to our environment for (mostly) capitalistic exploitation and convenience. Why? I came from a generation that’s used to getting what we want fairly quickly. It is a product of our generation being raised in a time of exponential technological growth, and that contributes to it immensely. Also, a lot of our generation is apathetic to the things that are happening around us. We’ve been in a war as a country (USA) for most of our lives. The economy has crashed and entered a recession. Most of us can’t afford to live on our own, even with a full-time job that pays well because wages never caught up with the cost of living. So yeah, we’re apathetic, and I feel like that plays a role in the idea of capitalism, convenience, and no one caring about the environment and being eco-friendly. If you’re apathetic and you feel like there’s no point because the world has gone down the toilet anyway, then you’re going to be more likely to not care about anything else or do anything to help save it.

Image from Pixabay

I felt like that for a while, honestly. But I have a daughter. She’s six, and I want the planet to be around for her when she’s in her 60s. So we need to do something – anything – to help take care of the planet we have now. We need to clean it up. We need to be aware of what we’re doing when we’re doing it, and why. Cut down where we can. Eliminate where we can. Reuse things when we can. Recycle them when we can’t. Don’t buy things that can’t be recycled.

Take care of the planet.

It’s the only one we have.


What is Thoughtful Thursday? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is a day during the week where you can jot down your thoughts as a blog post, journal prompt, etc. Some days I’ll have a question I want to answer. Some days it’s just word-vomit on a page. I encourage you to take part, too. Even if you don’t blog publicly like I do, or you don’t have an online presence. Take your Thursdays to reflect on some of those thoughts you may have. You never know. You might gain some much-needed insight.

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Episode 32: The Autumn Equinox

Episode 32: The Autumn Equinox

Mabon//Autumn Equinox is the second of the three Celtic harvest festivals. It is also the second equinox, meaning that the dates will vary by year depending on the alignment of the Earth and its rotation. At this time of the year, the days and nights are equal in length, and, moving forward, we will start our descent into the dark half of the year.

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Mabon/Autumn Equinox: http://www.roundthecauldron.com/?p=2386

Building a Ritual Worksheet – Questions to Consider: http://www.roundthecauldron.com/free-printables/

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Mabon or Autumn Equinox

September 20-23 (Northern Hemisphere)
March 19-22 (Southern Hemisphere)

Mabon is the second of the three Celtic harvest festivals. It is also the second equinox, meaning that the dates will vary by year depending on the alignment of the Earth and its rotation. At this time of the year, the days and nights are equal in length, and, moving forward, we will start our descent into the dark half of the year. We don’t know for sure where the name Mabon came from, and its first use was in the 1970s by Aidan Kelly, an American academic and poet who has been influential to the neo-Pagan movement. He states that he was looking to different myths from Germanic or Gaelic literature and could not find anything that rang true to this Sabbat, so he settled on Mabon, from the story Mabon ap Modron, which translates to “Son of the Mother”. Regardless of the name given, many Wiccans choose to call this Sabbat the Autumnal Equinox rather than Mabon.

At Mabon, God is the Ancient One, the Wise Man who is preparing for his death at Samhain to be reborn at Yule.  The Goddess also grows older and is making preparations for God’s passing at Samhain, withdrawing into herself and storing her strength to give birth to the new God at Yule.

Things are teetering on balance at this time of year, with day and night being balanced, as well as life and death. After Mabon, that balance shifts and the darkness takes hold, allowing for the symbolic death of the Earth that allows for life to be reborn again after Yule. Since this is a time of balance where we recognize that aging is a part of the life cycle, it is a common time to honor the elders in our lives and those less fortunate than us. As is common with most Wiccan Sabbats, a feast is held with the produce of the season and reflection takes place among those in attendance.

Mabon Correspondences and Associations

  • Balance and Harmony
  • Aging and the Life Cycle
  • Cornucopias
  • Apples, Grains, and Corn
  • The colors yellow, gold, orange, and brown

Mabon Celebration Ideas

  • Feasting! Use fresh fruits and vegetables of the season to create some of your favorite dishes. Decorate the table with the colors of Mabon, or any that you associate with the fall season. As you enjoy your feast, take the time to honor your living elders, for their life cycle is nearing its end. Know that, though aging and death are part of our life here in the physical world, so is rebirth.
  • Acts of gratitude and thanks are great for the season of Mabon. Gather some non-perishable foods and take them to a local homeless shelter or food bank, sharing the wealth and thanks of the Sabbat with those who are less fortunate than you.
  • Have a Mabon ritual!
Episode 31: Revisiting Theisms and My Personal Story

Episode 31: Revisiting Theisms and My Personal Story

I have grown in my spirituality, and some things have shifted for me. Tune in to listen while we revisit the ideas behind the different “-theisms”, their definitions, and how I’ve grown to know them.

~ Atheism – a lack of belief or a strong disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods
~ Henotheism – the worship of one god without denying the existence of other gods
~ Monotheism – the doctrine or belief that there is but one God
~ Duotheism – not in the dictionary, but often used to describe the belief in two deities; traditional Wicca, for example
~ Polytheism – belief in or worship of more than one god
~ Pantheism – a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe
~ Theism – belief in the existence of a god or gods

~ Hard vs. Soft Polytheism? Is it a thing?

Is Wicca inherently duotheistic? Monotheistic? That depends on how you see the Gods. Are they their own beings, or do you believe in them as archetypes? That is duotheism, not polytheism.

Can soft polytheism be a thing when, semantically, you’re just describing duotheism or monotheism if you believe all Gods are one God and all Goddesses are one Goddess?

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Michelle Simkins|Nature Writing|A Brief Theistic Lexicon: http://bit.ly/2PmI0D0

Polytheistic Witchcraft|Polytheist: a Definition: http://bit.ly/2MLTWvU

Althaea Sebastiani|Approaching the Gods: http://bit.ly/2ZvuC37

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Decluttering – Yarn

I crochet. And like most people that crochet, I am addicted to buying yarn. Now, instead of buying new from the store all the time, I like to buy secondhand from thrift shops and Goodwill, things like that. I always have. For one, it’s cheaper. Two? It’s better for the environment if I buy what someone else has already donated. The problem ends up being that I buy way too much and, if I don’t carefully look through the bag that they’re selling, I’ll end up with stuff that I would never use.

If you haven’t listened to my most recent podcast episode or watched the video on YouTube, you might not know that I have basically taken up the mission of being way more eco-friendly and zero-waste in the name of my faith. And because, you know, it’s the right thing to do. Anyway, the first item on my list to declutter was my yarn stash! Now, we don’t live in a very big house, and it’s funky too. My room is the upstairs attic-turned-bedroom, which would be fine and dandy but the house is an a-frame house, meaning one of my bedroom walls is slanted at what seems like a 45-degree angle. So we don’t have too much space up here for extra things. Plus our ferret, Faye, likes to run off with my bags of yarn and hide them anyway so the more I destash what I don’t need or use, the better.

The bags of yarn were purchased second-hand.

So I started by doing what anyone else would do. I dumped it all on my bed! You can see in the picture that there were a lot of little balls of yarn and then some bigger skeins that weren’t wrapped well. The small balls were purchased second-hand at the thrift shop. See, I like buying them that way because I get a gallon ziplock bag for no more than $2.00 and sometimes as cheap as $0.50. However, after going through and destashing all this yarn, I realized something. A lot of what was in those bags was wool, or some really fuzzy fibers, and some crochet thread. I don’t use wool because it makes my hands itch (and I’m vegan and would only use ethically sourced wool), I’ve never been a fan of fuzzy fibers for crochet, and I don’t use crochet thread. It’s too small for my hands to handle.

I went through each bag and kept the colors, weights, and styles that I would use. I separated the yarn by what I would use and what I wouldn’t, and I ended up keeping more than I thought I would.

This is what I kept.

I also got rid of quite a bit. No by “got rid of”, what I mean is donated. I’m not going to throw this all away! That would be wasteful and, not to mention, really bad for the environment. I don’t want the acrylic yarn in these bags to end up in the landfill where they will take decades to decompose.

This is what’s being donated.

So, I can check one destash thing off my list. What’s next? Probably my closet, but that’s going to be a video! Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel (and you click the little bell) so you get notified when I post a new video.