Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tangential to Brigit! Mael Brigde's Upcoming Hog Talk

I will be touching on Brigit and her pig connections, but by and large the subject is simply pigs in Celtic myth. I'd be delighted to hear of your favourite Celtic Pig tales and takes. (Images welcome, if you'll let me use them in the talk!)

Today's announcement by Land, Sea, Sky Travel:

So excited to have our first presentation submission in! We are happy to once again host Mael Brigde.
Mael Brigde will be presenting "High on the Hog: Why Pigs Are Worth Your Adoration."
Mael Brigde peers into piggies: where they are in a sampling of Irish (and Other Celtic) tales (with a glance at Brigit's traditions, of course), where the wild versus domestic pigs show up, and how they might be seen differently. She will talk a bit about her heart and spiritual connection to pigs, offer a poem, and invite you to meet a grand divine Muc or two. She promises not to read The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig*, though she'd love to (and absolutely encourages you to read it, yourself).
Mael Brigde is a devotee of the Irish goddess and saint, Brigit, and the founder of the Daughters of the Flame, which has tended Brigit’s flame since Imbolc 1993. She publishes a general interest Brigit blog, Brigit’s Sparkling Flame, and a Brigit poetry blog, Stone on the Belly. She teaches courses and webinars on Brigit, including Journey with Brigit, Goddess of Poetry, an intensive class that explores reading and writing poetry as a sacred act.
She has recently completed a book, Sun Among Stars: A Brigit of Ireland Devotional.
Mael Brigde lives in Vancouver, Canada.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (1993). Nothing at all to do with Irish mythology.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

LAST DAY to sign up! Orlagh Costello's Five-Week Brigit Class

Wow! There is so much amazing Brigit related stuff that I am actually holding back on some posts because I think I've been posting too much! Gone are the days when I had to comb the internet to find something related to her that was worth passing on to you folk.

This one is too good to pass by, and I only wish I hadn't been so absorbed in other things that I didn't think to post it sooner.

This is the LAST DAY to sign up for Orlagh Costello's five-week Brigit class: Brigid in Ireland
through Lora O'Brien's Irish Pagan School.

It will be good.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Artist Valerie Herron Blogs About Her Brigit Painting

Some months ago, artist Valerie Herron released onto the world a stunning image of Brigit and her mythos. (See my post "Brigit in Her Complexity and Beauty - Art by Valerie Herron" from 18 June 2019.)

Since that time she has had questions a-plenty on the different symbols, so at last she has produced a digital fiesta for those inquiring minds who want to know.

Aptly entitled Brigid, you may find the full post in her new blog ARS NYCTICORAX the art blog of Valerie Herron, by clicking on this link.

Image: "Scroll," from the work "Brigid"  © by Valerie Herron.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Kildare Cathedral Lit Up with Images of Brigit

What a stunning display of Brigidine art!

Find them on Facebook:

Kildare Cathedral looking stunning this evening illuminated with images of Brigid of Kildare for
Herstory Ireland!
Pictures by @miss_susanboyle

Images: Thank you to Melody Dickson on Facebook for sharing Into Kildare's post of @miss_susanboyle's photographs.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Online Brigid Class by Amy Panetta

Amy leading Sunday worship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Estrie, Quebec, Canada26 January 2020

Online Brigid Class + 
Can You Help?
While I give a number of in-person talks and work-
-shops, many people feel disappointed that they 
cannot make it due to their location and schedul-
ing conflicts (or even the weather!).  

So!  I have created an Online Brigid Class:

The Music of Brigid, 
Ireland's Patroness 

It is 50 minutes and includes:
  • A blessing - Farewell to the darkest part of 
the year (Samhain) and Greeting to the new 
season of early springtime (Imbolc).
  • Background on Brigid, the pre-Christian 
goddess, and Brigid the saint.
  • Short film on Brigid's celebration in Ireland 
and about the music that is featured.
  • Info on some of the earth-based music 
written in dedication to Brigid.
  • Me teaching you how to sing one of the 
most popular songs dedicated to Brigid, 
Gabhaim Molta Bhride in Irish Gaelic.  

This Online class can be accessed for 
Are you interested?  If so, just email me at, and I'll get 
back to you with the details ASAP!  

With your payment for this online class, I will 
put the money to use directly on the work I do 
for the Celtic Feminine Podcast.  Currently, the website for the 
podcast does not have its own domain name 
and I have not paid for a hosting service.  
Right now, the site is free, but it has unsightly 
ads on it.  So, the money from this online 
class will go towards purchasing a domain 
name and for the hosting service.  

Thank you very much for your consideration!