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Brigid’s Mantle

Brigid’s Mantle (2018)

This week my work has been with Brigid / Bridgid / Brigit / Bri’id / Breed or however you want to spell her Celtic name in our peculiar American English.

She is rather insistent that I still don’t pronounce it ‘right.’

She asks me to focus on the traditions of Brigid’s Mantle, long labeled ‘superstition’ by those who came later: the idea that draping a cloak or shawl over a bush near the barn on the eve of Imbolc is explicitly asking The Lady’s blessing on the impending births of lambs, kids, calves, and babies. And that, passing by your farm at midnight, She will pause to bless that mantle and all born beneath it, and to explicitly promise that all injured parts wrapped in it will heal well.

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Manifesting the New Year

Hail and Farewell to 2017! Hail and Welcome to 2018!

Saying goodbye to the old year

On Solstice night I drove through several neighborhoods, admiring people’s holiday lights. Some depicted the Christian story, Jesus in a manger with starlight, animals, loving parents, wise visitors bearing gifts. Some displayed Santa Claus visits, with no ‘story’ earlier than 1950 – Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, the jolly Santa of the iconic CocaCola ad, or Snoopy wearing a red hat with a white tassel. Many were simply lights – in colors or white or clear, large bulbs or tiny, hung like icicles or just draped all over, a few mere projections.

I felt cheered by the light, quite apart from any specific ‘holiday season’ or wish.

Source: Manifesting the New Year

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Weekend protests by Christian groups unite local Pagan communities | The Wild Hunt

Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day

The weekend saw two unrelated Christian protests: one at a Pagan store in North Carolina and one at Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day.

Source: Weekend protests by Christian groups unite local Pagan communities | The Wild Hunt

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