A Scottish BlessingBlessings are enhanced by words, especially poetic ones. Here is a lovely blessing from Scotland that is particularly suitable at Beltaine: I invoke the nine pure choice gracesOn you and your kin at Beltaine:The grace of love,The grace of voice,The grace of fortune,The grace of goodness,The grace of wisdom,The grace of kindness,The grace of laughter,The grace of goodly speech,The grace of whole-souled loveliness.How does blessing work? We cannot truly give a blessing unless we are in contact with our Inner Self, which in turn connects with the Soul, the eternal part of ourselves. To do that means we need to slow down, relax and become calm and centered. In this peaceful place, we are able to naturally open to the universal energy field, or Divine Love, and let it flow through the centers at the crown of our heads and into our hearts. When this energy flows into us, it behaves like an electrical current that is 'stepped down' from a higher vibration to one that can be utilized by the human mind/body field. At this level, we can visualize and feel it flowing from our heart through our arms to our hands. Try it! You should feel your hands become warm and tingling, as they are filled with radiant energy. Now you can radiate this energy towards whoever or whatever you wish to bless. from Mara Freeman newsletter
Hello everyonei found this online today but since i'm ill and my brain's turned into a muddy *something* i can't even remember the webpage addy... so... here is the text and i absolutely *don't* claim that this is mine, invented by me, created by me... or whatever...some inspiration:An Inner Journey to invoke Brigit:The Forge in the ForestLight your candle. Gaze into the flame for a few moments, then close your eyes. You will still see the image of the flame against your eyelids. Now imagine it is growing brighter and brighter, and go one step further and imagine you are standing in a place filled with the warmth and red gold light of leaping flames... Imagine, in fact, that you are standing in the entrance to a forge in a forest, where a blazing fire is roaring, and in front of it stands a woman. Thick, auburn hair is tied back, but a few rippling curls have escaped around her face. She is dressed in dark green with sleeves rolled up to the elbows, revealing strong white arms. Brigit, for of course it is she, stands over a large anvil where all her concentration is focused on beating a sheet of soft gleaming bronze with a great hammer... At last, she looks up and smiles at you warmly. She has finished her creation and holds it up to the light of the fire for you to see. As you look at it, it appears to continually change shape: first it seems to be a leaf, then a globe, ... and now it has become a star. Brigit laughs deeply, musically, and tosses the star into the air, where it sails into the night sky and takes its place among the glittering constellations...And now Brigit turns towards you and asks: What have you come here to create? ... You tell her of your vision, whether great or small, personal or for the wider community... and she beckons you over to the fire. As you look into the flames, pictures start to move and you see yourself at work, filled with enthusiasm and passion as you make your vision a reality... ... You and your creation are surrounded and shot through with the golden light of inspiration. Brigit is there too, watching over you with love as you work, encouraging you and filling you with confidence and creativity... If any self-doubt or fears start to arise, see Brigit surrounding you with her mantle of protection: a warm soft cloak of green that makes you feel safe and inviolable... Now see yourself with your vision turned into reality, feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride... Thank Brigit for showing you this vision, and ask her to tell you what your first step should be towards bringing it into reality.... Listen carefully, and ask her questions if you need more clarity... When you have finished the conversation with her, see the forge suddenly glow even more brightly, so that all forms and shapes, including that of Brigit herself, melt into a suffusion of golden light...and now see that the light is just the candle flame reflected on your eyelids...Slowly come back to the room. Open your eyes and write down what she has suggested. In the coming weeks, call upon Brigit to help keep your inspiration alight.This is traditionally a time of purification - clean your house! If you have any Christmas greenery lingering, burn it now. Make your own Brighid's crosses and hang them up, especially in the kitchen where her influence can bless your food. Put out food - cake, buttered bread and milk will do - outside your door:Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.Leave a silk ribbon on your doorstep for Brighid to bless: It can then be used for healing purposes. Meditate upon what you would like to see grow in health and strength thisyear: for yourself, your family, your community, the Earth, and ask for Bride's blessing upon your prayers.
Imbolc, the return of light - a perfect time for Candle craft.( Candle DressingCollapse )( Colour CorrespondancesCollapse )
The Feast of Brighid, Immolc, Imbolg, and CandlemasFebruaryA time to celebrate the impending births and the lactating ewes. Tools for the season are repaired, cleaned, and consecrated for the season to come. This day sometimes marks the first official plough day. Farmers pour whiskey, the waters of life on the blades of the ploughs. Bread and cheese are left on the ploughs for the nature spirits. Women weave Brighid's crosses and hang them in the home's entrance for protection. It is said that Brighid's snake emerges from her womb to test the weather, reminiscent of our Ground Hog's Day tradition. There is usually a temporary thaw in the snow for the day. Brideógas are carried from home to home and the women of the house place gifts inside the baskets for Brighid. Older women in the village gather Bride's beds for the dolls to sleep in and wands for them to hold. If there are wand marks in the fire's ashes, it is said to foretell a good fortune. The home hearth fires are doused and relit from the central fire.
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for this is a place to stop and have some craic - good company and conversation. Let me throw some more peat on the fire to warm you.Come be free to tell a tale or two, share a spell, a joke, a riddle or just rest here and listen and work upon your crafts.Tus agus deireadh an duine tarraingt ar an tine.