Sunday, February 14, 2016
Book: "Pagan Portals - Brigid: Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge, and Healing Well" by Morgan Daimler
This is an EXCELLENT book.
I have read it cover to cover, and have seen nothing else that comes close to it in clearly and briefly presenting the facts and confusions around the goddess Brigit. (Not the saint. Different book.)
I can't recommend it highly enough.
From the publisher's website:
Pagan Portals - Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess but including a discussion of her Pan-Celtic appearances, particularly in Scotland. Her different appearances in mythology are discussed along with the conflation of the pagan Goddess with Catholic saint. Modern methods for neopagans to connect to and honor this popular Goddess include offerings and meditation, and personal anecdotes from the author's experiences are included as well.
Who was Brigid to the pre-Christian pagans? Who is she today to neopagans? How do we re-weave the threads of the old pagan Goddess and the new? Learn about Brigid's myths among the pagan Irish, the stories of Bride in Scotland, and the way that people today are finding and honoring this powerful and important deity to find the answer.
Morgan Daimler is an Irish Reconstructionist with Heathen tendencies who has been a polytheist since the early ’90′s. Morgan is a Druid in the Order of the White Oak and witch who follows a path inspired by the Irish Fairy Faith. A wandering cleric of Odin and dedicant of Macha, Morgan teaches classes on Irish myth and magical practices, fairies, and related subjects around the northeastern United States and has appeared as a guest on the podshows, the New Normal and Raven Radio. Morgan has been published in multiple anthologies as well as in Circle magazine, Witches and Pagans magazine, and the CR journal Air n-Aithesc. Besides the titles available through Moon Books Morgan has self-published By Land, Sea, and Sky, a book of Irish language translations called The Treasure of the Tuatha De Danann, and an urban fantasy/paranormal romance series called Between the Worlds and through Spero publishing a children's book called A Child's Eye View of the Fairy Faith. Connecticut, USA.
Goddess Ink, publishers of Brigit: Sun of Womanhood, are offering a week-long Goddess Activation course with Jude Lally:
From the website:
This week long Goddess Activation course introduces several traditional ways of invoking Brighid's protection, from creating a Brighid's Wheels to casting the Caim. You will explore each of the six aspects, learning the history and then adapting and integrating them into your daily life. Each lesson is a journey in building and deepening your relationship with Brighid through study, altars, guided meditation and personal rituals...
... Jude Lally is an artist, a writer and holder of sacred space. She grew up a few miles from Loch Lomond, where the river Leven meets the mighty River Clyde, on the West Coast of Scotland.
Find out more about the course and sign up at Weaving the Protection of Brighid.
Cost is $35 US.