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Brigid - Where to get Started?
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:47:35 pm »
So, after following what I thought of as "generally spiritual thinking" for five years or so, I've started craving a more structured and direct spiritual experience over the past couple weeks. I've felt quite drawn to Brigid in particular. While reading about her, I've felt a familiar, comforting presence - kind of a sense of "Ah, you finally got my name right." I particularly like her apparent universality, and adoption into (or subvserion of) Christian worship.

However, I'm not sure where to go next. I've read through most of the resources linked from the Cauldron Cill here, and while there was some good stuff there, it seemed... Kind of scattered and high-level? So I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good books with, essentially, starting places? Modern takes on the goddess, worship practice, prayers or invocations, mythology? I tend to prefer the spiritual over the histoical, and goddess-as-being over goddess-as-metaphor.

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Re: Brigid - Where to get Started?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012, 10:12:42 pm »
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However, I'm not sure where to go next. I've read through most of the resources linked from the Cauldron Cill here, and while there was some good stuff there, it seemed... Kind of scattered and high-level? So I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good books with, essentially, starting places? Modern takes on the goddess, worship practice, prayers or invocations, mythology? I tend to prefer the spiritual over the histoical, and goddess-as-being over goddess-as-metaphor.

I'm afraid the only things I could point you toward are these books that were mentioned in the Cill's Resource thread:

Freeman, Mara, Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine Your Life Througout the Seasons, Harper San Francisco, 2001

Monaghan, Patricia, The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals, Llewellyn Publications, 2004.


I've only read the first, and neither are Brighid-specific, but they are geared toward the more general, spiritual seeker and beginners to Celtic paths and Brighid.
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Re: Brigid - Where to get Started?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012, 11:24:51 pm »
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Monaghan, Patricia, The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals, Llewellyn Publications, 2004.


This one seems to have a Kindle edition; I'll check that out. Thanks!

I was slightly confused by the note on the Cill forum about it not being a reconstructionist group. What does this mean? Is it based on historical Celtic practice? Or modern interpretations of it?

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 12:25:03 am »
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So, after following what I thought of as "generally spiritual thinking" for five years or so, I've started craving a more structured and direct spiritual experience over the past couple weeks. I've felt quite drawn to Brigid in particular. While reading about her, I've felt a familiar, comforting presence - kind of a sense of "Ah, you finally got my name right." I particularly like her apparent universality, and adoption into (or subvserion of) Christian worship.

However, I'm not sure where to go next. I've read through most of the resources linked from the Cauldron Cill here, and while there was some good stuff there, it seemed... Kind of scattered and high-level? So I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good books with, essentially, starting places? Modern takes on the goddess, worship practice, prayers or invocations, mythology? I tend to prefer the spiritual over the histoical, and goddess-as-being over goddess-as-metaphor.

 
http://www.applewarrior.com/celticwell/ejournal/imbolc/brighid.htm

http://www.brighid.org.uk/index.html

I really liked both of these sites, the second one especially. At the bottom of the first site there is a list of resources you could pull from, and at the second site there is just so much stuff, including a wonderful list of books and other media. Definitely worth checking out!

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Re: Brigid - Where to get Started?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 01:01:42 pm »
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I was slightly confused by the note on the Cill forum about it not being a reconstructionist group. What does this mean? Is it based on historical Celtic practice? Or modern interpretations of it?

It means that while a lot of us follow Celtic paths that strongly encourage historical knowledge and accuracy, we, as a group, do not identify as religious reconstructionists. A bunch of us don't follow Celtic paths at all. We're all here for Brighid, and she calls a lot of people from all sorts of spiritual approaches.

Additionally, our approach to flame keeping is not reconstructionist. When this practice was first begun in early Christian Ireland, it was limited to women only, and, as far as we can tell, limited to groups of 19 people. It was a literal fire that was kept burning and never left unattended for a day and a night.

Obviously, we don't adhere to any of those things: we have members from all over the gender and sex spectrums, there are way more than 19 of us, and we all have lives that usually don't stop for an entire day and night to tend a literal fire. ;)
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 02:28:06 am »
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However, I'm not sure where to go next. I've read through most of the resources linked from the Cauldron Cill here, and while there was some good stuff there, it seemed... Kind of scattered and high-level? So I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good books with, essentially, starting places? Modern takes on the goddess, worship practice, prayers or invocations, mythology? I tend to prefer the spiritual over the histoical, and goddess-as-being over goddess-as-metaphor.

The resources about Brighid seem "scattered" mostly because they ARE.   ;)

Personally, I think that's probably because Brighid is a very popular goddess who has been around for a really long time and appeals to a wide variety of people from extremely diverse cultures, backgrounds, and interests.  She is well studied by scholars in many fields -- especially because of Her connection to Christianity through Saint Brigit -- and well loved by people from vastly different spiritual paths.  Add to that the fact that the goddess Brighid is traditionally associated with the areas/occupations of healing, smithcraft, and poetry/learning, which makes Her attractive to people working in all those fields.  All of that makes it difficult to sort through the info.

There is a fair amount of material out there about Brighid as Saint, and the traditional Irish rituals connected to Her and to Imbolc.  There is also some good material on how She might have been understood and worshiped in pre-Christian Ireland and in other areas.  

However, there is actually extremely little about Her in the extant Irish lore.  In fact, She's barely mentioned in the surviving mythology.  That means we have to piece things together drawing from those little bits of lore, the Christian material about Saint Brigit, the traditions that have managed to survive, and our own UPG and SPG.

From a pagan perspective, besides what the other posters in this thread have already suggested, I think an excellent starting point -- possibly the single best starting point -- is Alexei Kondratiev's chapter on Brighid in _Devoted to You_, edited by Judy Harrow.  Despite the reference to Wicca in the book's subtitle, Alexei's chapter is NOT Wicca focused and is a really great overview of Her history, associations, worship, etc.  IIRC, it also includes a meditation.  

(This is one of 4 chapters in the book, each one on one of the major fire festivals and focused on a specific goddess connected to that festival.  Alexei's chapter is about 60 pages long, I think, so it's definitely worth buying the book just for that one chapter,   IMHO.  I haven't read the rest of the book.)

There is a book about Brighid coming out in the near future by Mary Condren, which I expect will include the kind of material you seem to be looking for.  And there is a new novel out by Ellen Hopman that is set in a pre-Christian fire temple and, I think, weaves a lot of Brighid material into the plot (like Ellen did with with druid info in her first book, whose title I can't seen to brain right now, but is something like _Priestess of the Forest_). I haven't read it yet, but hope to soon.

You might also check out Mary Condren's organization, which seems to me to be doing the most public work on Brighid as a goddess for OUR time.  They've held a number of events for exploration of that topic, and they often make their event materials available for purchase by people who can't attend, sometimes electronically and sometimes in hard copy.  I have their materials for the last year or so, and I think they're definitely worth the cost.  I don't have the URL at hand, but I think the organization is the Institute for Feminism in Religion, and it's based in Ireland.  Googling Mary's name should work.

I'd also recommend looking through the Ord Brighideach website and the Brighid blog listed in the cill resource list.  I can't remember the name of the blog, but I think the word "sparkling" is in it, and I'm pretty sure it's on Blogspot. (I don't have a working computer right now, so I'm posting from my phone, which sincerely limits my ability to find links and things like that.  Surety!)

Other than that, the available recent work tends toward the historical and academic, as you can see from the cill resource list.

That said, there are quite a few of us here at TC who honor Brighid, and most of us are usually willing to answer questions and discuss our ideas about Her and about our practices.  To be honest, I think that kind of collective experience and thinking is far more valuable than most of the books and articles out there.

F'ex, I'm working with a partner in the never-ending process of creating a structured practice centered on Brighid, so I've given A LOT of thought to the various aspects of that.  I'm happy to discuss almost any Brighid-related topic, as are many other TC regulars.

Searching the forum and archives for the various spellings of Brighid's name should yield tons of.useful reading for you.

If you can articulate your current questions or if you have thoughts or ideas you want to bounce off someone, I'd encourage you to post them and see what kind of feedback you get.  For what it's worth, I doubt that I would be walking the path I'm on now if it wasn't for my wonderful TC friends and their openness about their experiences with and understandings of Brighid.

As always, YMMV, of course.

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 02:32:41 am »
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I'd also recommend looking through the Ord Brighideach website and the Brighid blog listed in the cill resource list.  I can't remember the name of the blog, but I think the word "sparkling" is in it, and I'm pretty sure it's on Blogspot. (I don't have a working computer right now, so I'm posting from my phone, which sincerely limits my ability to find links and things like that.  Surety!)


That last word was supposed to be "Sorry!"

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 02:35:52 am »
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However, I'm not sure where to go next. I've read through most of the resources linked from the Cauldron Cill here, and while there was some good stuff there, it seemed... Kind of scattered and high-level? So I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good books with, essentially, starting places? Modern takes on the goddess, worship practice, prayers or invocations, mythology? I tend to prefer the spiritual over the histoical, and goddess-as-being over goddess-as-metaphor.

One other question:  You said you've read through most of the resources posted in the cill's resources thread.  Do you mean all the books, too, or just the websites?

In my experience, the info on Brighid that is available in books and journal articles is FAR better than what can be found online.
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 07:16:01 pm »
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One other question:  You said you've read through most of the resources posted in the cill's resources thread.  Do you mean all the books, too, or just the websites?

In my experience, the info on Brighid that is available in books and journal articles is FAR better than what can be found online.

 
I should have said the online resources, yes.

I guess I'm really interested in hearing more about people's experiences with Brigid. That's the bit I really need help with. I was pretty sure, a few days ago, that I'd felt her attention, that she'd reached out to help me, as she had a couple of times before, and that she'd been glad I'd finally properly recognized her. Now, a few days later, I find myself unable to replicate the experience I remember on command, leading me to believe I didn't just imagine it... But thanks to my skepticism-heavy scientific training and a bad round of stomach unpleasantness (doctor thinks its an excess of acid), I'm feeling very spiritually vulnerable and uncertain about where to go next.

I've been reading Teo Bishop's blog, and flipping between it and a few of the "Progressive" Christian blogs on Patheos has been very confusing. I was raised Christian, under the United Church of Canada, but wandered away from it in my early teens despite remaining nominally Christian for most of a decade. The Christian blogs are just... Grating. Teo's blogging feels authentic to me in a way the Christian ones don't.

As an illustrative example, when the Christian blogs delve into "metaphor" and "myth", I hear "none of this stuff is true, but we believe it anyway because it makes us feel better", and that makes me feel like shit. When Teo delves into "metaphor" and "myth", I hear "this is the only way we poor, limited humans can understand the higher, deeper world, which we only perceive a tiny part of".

... Huh. Actually, just writing that was very helpful. I'd been starting to wonder if I should just force myself to wander back to Christianity, and hope for comfort from iron, doctrinal certainty. I... Guess not. On the other hand, I don't think I'm supposed to entirely let it go. One of the things about Brigid that made me go "Hell yes!" was the way she took the Christian religion and made it her own, to the point of inserting herself as the foster mother of Jesus. The notion that the truths I grew up with can be compatible with the truths I think I'm supposed to discover is... Awesome? Yeah. Awesome.

So yeah, I'd love to hear more about how everyone else here experiences Brigit. Are people going to find this thread, or should I post something over in the Cill?

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 08:31:58 pm »
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So yeah, I'd love to hear more about how everyone else here experiences Brigit. Are people going to find this thread, or should I post something over in the Cill?

A couple of things:

1)  It's extremely common to second guess oneself about spiritual experiences.  We've all been there, and we'll likely all go there repeatedly.  That's the curse of having a brain.  ;)  Totally normal human response. Try to ride it out.  

I've found, for me personally, I have cycles of intense and rock-solid belief interspersed with periods of doubt and skepticism.  The longer i've been dedicated to Brighid, though, the more times I've seen Her presence in my life, the less I cycle.  

2)  I'm not familiar with the blogs you mentioned -- I don't actually read blogs much at all because my health issues limit my ability to work on the computer.  However, I think it's important to acknowledge that everyone experiences the Divine differently, even if those differences are slight.  And everyone talks about the Divine differently, too. What works as metaphor for one person might be hard reality for another.

Personally, I don't think of the gods as archetypes.  Brighid is VERY real to me as an individual Being.  I tend to not anthropomorphize Her, but doing so can be a very useful and effective way to explore the Divine.  She has appeared in my meditations in human form a few times.  Other times, She is more like a Force or an Energy.

3)  IMO, most of the info available online about Brighid is just not that great.  I have been much happier with books and journal articles.  If you want to continue to learn about Her, I'd strongly encourage you to get a hold of a couple of the recommended books, if you can.

Besides the books I already recommended, you might find _Brighid and Me_ especially interesting.  (It's on the cill resource list.)  It's a collection of essays about people's experiences with Her.  (Full disclosure:  I wrote the last essay in the book,.under the name "Breo".)

4)  TC is a phenomenal resource for you.  There are quite a few of us Brighid-Folk here.  But you have to dig a little.  F'ex, if you look through the archives of previous incarnations of TC, you'll find many threads in which I documented some of my own journey to Her.  Like I suggested in my earlier post, try searching the current and archive boards for various spellings of Brighid, and you should find a wealth of personal experiences from a variety of people.

To answer your question: It wouldn't hurt to post your questions in the cill SIG folder, or in the Hazel & Oak CR SIG folder.  The more targeted and specific you can make your questions, the better answers you're likely to get.  Follow-up questions are encouraged.  ;)

I'm always happy to talk about Brigid, as are many other TC.regulars.

I hope this helps.

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2012, 03:32:29 am »
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I should have said the online resources, yes.

I guess I'm really interested in hearing more about people's experiences with Brigid. That's the bit I really need help with. I was pretty sure, a few days ago, that I'd felt her attention, that she'd reached out to help me, as she had a couple of times before, and that she'd been glad I'd finally properly recognized her. Now, a few days later, I find myself unable to replicate the experience I remember on command, leading me to believe I didn't just imagine it... But thanks to my skepticism-heavy scientific training and a bad round of stomach unpleasantness (doctor thinks its an excess of acid), I'm feeling very spiritually vulnerable and uncertain about where to go next.

I've been reading Teo Bishop's blog, and flipping between it and a few of the "Progressive" Christian blogs on Patheos has been very confusing. I was raised Christian, under the United Church of Canada, but wandered away from it in my early teens despite remaining nominally Christian for most of a decade. The Christian blogs are just... Grating. Teo's blogging feels authentic to me in a way the Christian ones don't.

As an illustrative example, when the Christian blogs delve into "metaphor" and "myth", I hear "none of this stuff is true, but we believe it anyway because it makes us feel better", and that makes me feel like shit. When Teo delves into "metaphor" and "myth", I hear "this is the only way we poor, limited humans can understand the higher, deeper world, which we only perceive a tiny part of".

... Huh. Actually, just writing that was very helpful. I'd been starting to wonder if I should just force myself to wander back to Christianity, and hope for comfort from iron, doctrinal certainty. I... Guess not. On the other hand, I don't think I'm supposed to entirely let it go. One of the things about Brigid that made me go "Hell yes!" was the way she took the Christian religion and made it her own, to the point of inserting herself as the foster mother of Jesus. The notion that the truths I grew up with can be compatible with the truths I think I'm supposed to discover is... Awesome? Yeah. Awesome.

So yeah, I'd love to hear more about how everyone else here experiences Brigit. Are people going to find this thread, or should I post something over in the Cill?

 
I, for one, am glad to have another Brighid newbie. I haven't been with her long either, but I have found the people and resources here to be immensely helpful.

My story with Brighid is odd. I started out looking for info on modern day Flame Keeping. That's more self-involved, introverted, and reflective. It's about the ways in which we feed out souls, how we tend our own personal flames. but during my research I kept finding references to Brighid and *her* flame keeping.

I knew of the Goddess, of course, but I hadn't studied her in depth. But the more I poked around, the more I became involved, the more I became attracted. I began to see her in my meditation and prayers. I saw her flame in my dreams. I can't tell you how I knew it was her flame, but I just *knew*. It was like she was reaching out to me; like she caught me by the sleeve and demanded my attention.

That's only been a few weeks ago. I've been doing research and more faithful praying ever since.  :)

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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2012, 08:39:09 pm »
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The resources about Brighid seem "scattered" mostly because they ARE.   ;)

I'd also recommend looking through the Ord Brighideach website and the Brighid blog listed in the cill resource list.  I can't remember the name of the blog, but I think the word "sparkling" is in it, and I'm pretty sure it's on Blogspot. (I don't have a working computer right now, so I'm posting from my phone, which sincerely limits my ability to find links and things like that.  Surety!)

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When I started really learning about Brighid, I had found Ord Brideach.  I've ordered a few crosses from there too :)  The blogspot you were thinking of is Brigit's Sparkling Flame ;)  Another great site specifically for Brighid-goddess and saint, and I love it.   For me I was overwhelmed at first with all the information online and didn't know how to separate the Christian and pagan Brighid.  Sometimes it just *can't* be separated-In order for Her to survive in the new Christian age, I think  people at the time adjusted Her image so that they wouldn't lose her completely (as compared to, say, Morrigan).  The Rites of Brigid Goddess and Saint was helpful for me in this area.  It was written by Sean ODuinn.  Hoping this'll be of some help :)

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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2012, 04:55:12 am »
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The Rites of Brigid Goddess and Saint was helpful for me in this area.  It was written by Sean ODuinn.  Hoping this'll be of some help :)

O Duinn'a book is excellent and was indispensable in my personal understanding of Brighid and in many of the specific practices I use.  IIRC, it's much more about the saint and the traditions surrounding Imbolc, than about the goddess -- although the two are so intertwined as to be inseparable, IMO.  And many people, including me, believe at least some of the surviving traditions trace back to the pre-Christian worship of the goddess.

For me, it was helpful to start with some of the broader scope material that put the worship of Brighid into the wider context of the rest of Celtic mythology and religion and the Celtic pantheon, so I had a better understanding of how She fit into the culture, *before* I focused so tightly on the kind of details in O Duinn's book. But, whenever you read it, it's a treasure trove for someone interested in developing a workable, hands-on, Brigid-related practice.

The author has another book out about Celtic spirituality, _Where Three Streams Meet_, which is also excellent, and recently released another that I haven't read yet. Looking forward to it, though.
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2012, 09:52:37 am »
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My story with Brighid is odd. I started out looking for info on modern day Flame Keeping. That's more self-involved, introverted, and reflective. It's about the ways in which we feed out souls, how we tend our own personal flames. but during my research I kept finding references to Brighid and *her* flame keeping...


As a FlameKeeper of the non-Brighidine variety, I'll note here that although much of the starting work of FlameKeeping is focused on the Dark Flame and taking responsibility for one's own happiness, this is not the primary focus of the path.  We operate from the point-of-view that one must improve oneself before one is truly able to work on improving that which is around us...but additionally from the point that since we are ALL Divine, improvement of self also equates to improvement of the Universe.
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2012, 10:50:36 am »
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As a FlameKeeper of the non-Brighidine variety, I'll note here that although much of the starting work of FlameKeeping is focused on the Dark Flame and taking responsibility for one's own happiness, this is not the primary focus of the path.  We operate from the point-of-view that one must improve oneself before one is truly able to work on improving that which is around us...but additionally from the point that since we are ALL Divine, improvement of self also equates to improvement of the Universe.

 
Yes, thank you for saying so. I am still very much new to Non-Brighidine FKing. I have some of the basics, and I'm working on them, but aside from the resources gathered here, there just doesn't seem to be much info out there.

I love the idea of combining different paths and actions till I find what works for me. Wicca, Brighid worship, and FKing seem to be the things that I am most attracted to right now. It may be that I am in need of those paths now, or they need me. What ever the case may be. I am happy to travel them.  :)

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* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Co-Hosts:
LyricFox & Randall

Senior Staff:
Darkhawk

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Sunflower

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Board Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, HarpingHawke, Jenett, Morag, rocquelaire, Sefiru

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Reserve Staff:
Aisling

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Cauldron Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]

Site Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]
Webmaster:
Randall