Cros Bhríde from Paula Geraghty on Vimeo. Here’s a video of Imbolc customs in modern Ireland (North Donegal). You can see the threshold rite as well as a community weaving Brighid crosses. Here are some more Imbolc customs, including weather predictions. It says a rainy Imbolc means a good summer. It rained here today soContinue reading “Blessed Imbolc”
Rowan tree and red thread Keep the witches from their speed. – Irish saying Rowan is a very magical tree that has been connected to Brighid and Imbolc. The fiery red berries that ripen in the autumn remind one of her sacred flame. Country folk would make crosses with the branches and red thread, thenContinue reading “Rowan for Imbolc”
Imbolc is fast approaching and I can’t help but find myself anticipating it. As Brighid is my patroness, this holiday has become particularly important to me. The Wiccan group I used to work with emphasized quiet introspection, new beginnings, and storytelling in the dead of winter. To them, it was Candlemas. They did not particularlyContinue reading “Preparing for Imbolc”
For those of you not on the ADF discussion lists, Skip shared a link to this great documentary called “Glenafooka.” It’s all about the belief in magic and the Otherworld in Ireland. Definitely worth watching. I learned some new information about curses, Brighid, and the bean si.
From Arts and Crafts This is the most recent doll I finished – a commissioned, OoaK fabric art doll of The Morrigan. My grove mate wanted a representation for her altar but didn’t want anything too large. This was a challenge for me because it needed to be small but detailed. I went through severalContinue reading “The Morrigan Doll”
Here’s the Autumn Equinox ATC I made for Brighde. It’s Manannan mac Lir. I love how he turned out!
Weretoad and I recently celebrated our two year anniversary in Kingston, Ontario. We’d never gone there before despite it being so close so we decided to make a weekend out of it. Here’s what we got up to! We went to a tree garden at the Woodworkers’ Museum just outside of Kingston. The inside wasContinue reading “Ditzy Druid Doings – In and Around Kingston, Ontario”
The sun is shining and, like Balor from the myths, threatens to kill anything that lingers in its rays too long. Many in the US have been experiencing drought. In Upstate NY, those of us who understand and value food worry about the relative lack of rain. Thankfully there has been some this weekend, butContinue reading “Celebrating Lughnasadh with Bread”
A history of Ireland in 100 objects – The Irish Times – Sat, Jul 30, 2011.
(I’m posting this again as it seems to have vanished from my archives… Perhaps I never actually posted it? Anyway, here it is again.) Brighid: My Muse By Grey Catsidhe Ever since I felt myself welcomed at the hearth fires of the Tuatha Dé Danann, one Goddess has stood out as aContinue reading “Brighid – My Muse”