New Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads

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The Goddess Brighid is a fire Goddess. When she was born it was reported that flames were leaping from the roof of her house. The uniqueness of Brighid’s fire is that is a fire of compassion rather than a flame that burns. The main carnelian stone of this prayer bead set represents Brighid’s fire for the stone holds a medicine of inspiring creativity and motivation.

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Brighid is known for her mantle which had magical qualities. It is a healing cloak that offers great comfort when it’s wrapped around you. This blue/green form of African Bloodstone offers the same qualities of all bloodstone, which are all a form of Jasper, which helps us in nourishing our roots allowing us to feel more comfortable in our own body.
This set of prayer beads offer working with the magic of Brighid’s mantle wrapped around us and the stone medicine of drawing courage from that protection and the confidence to face whatever it is we need to face in our lives while we remain grounded.

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The pink of the adventurine beads is symbolic of the first rays of Imbolc light, it’s not yet spring but the new light carries Brighid’s blessings as she ‘breathes life into the mouth of the dead Winter’.

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New Brighid online courses launching this week: 

Weaving Brighid’s protection

Creative Imbolc Ideas

Breejah’s Daughters – Exploring the path of bear, Goddess and Mary of the Gael

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Breejah’s Daughters. Imbolc Retreat

Friday 2nd February 7pm – 9.30pm. Saturday 3rd February 10.30 – 5.30pm. East Asheville, NC

I’m sure this is no surprise that the days after Winter Solstice and before Imbolc are sometimes the darkest days of the year. With the solstice, we celebrated the rebirth of the sun and yet as the days grow longer we seem to be plunged into a deeper darkness.

This Imbolc we journey on three paths in exploring the great Goddess Brighid: the path of Bear, Goddess and Mary of the Gael. Wither you have a relationship with Brighid or you’d like to learn more throughout this retreat we will explore three specific aspects of Brighid. With bear, we travel back to the paleolithic and explore the cave of the Grandmothers, with Brighid as Goddess we explore her fire aspect, her qualities as midwife, keening, her qualities of transformation as well as Imbolc traditions of laying out of the Brat (fabric) and the Brideog doll. In Mary of the Gael, we explore a pagan figure overlapped with a Celtic Christianity and explore Brighid as fostermother to Christ and look into how people wove these traditions into their daily life through prayers and charms.


With time for reflection and time to wander in the grounds this retreat weaves in some Imbolc traditions as well as learning about these different facets of Brighid. On booking, you’ll receive a pre-workshop email pack which includes links to a Brighid documentary and articles including published articles by Jude.

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Weekend Itinerary

Friday Evening – Path of the Bear

We will explore the path of the bear, looking at the related folklore and take a guided journey to the Cave of the Grandmothers. We will perform our first Imbolc tradition in laying out our Brat Bhride (cloth for Brighid to bless) in our candlelight vigil.

Saturday – Honoring Brighid the Goddess

We will gather in the morning in circle to welcome Brighid back to the world. Collecting our cloth with its precious dew we will also learn a song in Gaelic to welcome her as well as making Brighid’s crosses (wheels) on which to write our blessings and personal notes.

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Saturday Afternoon – Exploring Mary of the Gael

We will decorate a premade Brideog doll – you may wish to use some of your brat fabric to fashion a cloak for your doll. All materials will be provided to decorate your doll – from hair, wool for the dress as well as a small Brighid’s Wheel and embellishments. You are encouraged to bring your own embellishments that have personal meaning for you.

In our ending circle, we will welcome Brighid into the world using our doll and share ways to weave Brighid into our lives.

Retreat Highlights: 

Small intimate circle of Brighid women

Guided journey to the Cave of the Grandmothers

Brat Bhride ritual

Welcoming Brighid Ceremony

Creating a Brideog doll & protection brooch

Ceremony to welcome Brighid with your Brideog doll

Plus free online course on Brighid’s Protection

Pre-retreat reading pack


Your Facilitator

Jude gained her MSc masters degree in Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)  in partnership with the Center for Human Ecology, with her thesis entitled ‘Fire in the Head, Heart and Hand. A Study of the Goddess Brighid as Goddess Archetype and her Relevance to Cultural Activists in Contemporary Scotland’.


 

Retreat Highlights: 

Small intimate circle of Brighid women

Guided journey to the Cave of the Grandmothers

Brat Bhride ritual

Welcoming Brighid Ceremony

Creating a Brideog doll & protection brooch

Ceremony to welcome Brighid with your Brideog doll

Plus free online course on Brighid’s Protection

Pre-retreat reading pack

 

Click here for full details, early booking discount and retreat accommodation 

Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads – Fire, Snake and Brighid’s Mantle

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Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads with Carnelian 

The Goddess Brighid is a fire Goddess. When she was born it was reported that flames were leaping from the roof of her house. The uniqueness of Brighid’s fire is that is a fire of compassion rather than a flame that burns. The main carnelian stone of this prayer bead set represents Brighid’s fire for the stone holds a medicine of inspiring creativity and motivation. Another aspect of Brighid is transformation which we can see symbolized in the blacksmith’s anvil – taking raw materials and magically transforming them into practical tools which are also works of art. This prayer beads set with a combination of Brighid’s transformation aspect and the stones medicine of motivation offer a powerful tool to bring to whatever focus or situation in life that needs motivation, creativity, and transformation.

 

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Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads with Serpentine

The name serpentine comes from the Latin ‘serpentis’ meaning snake-like. before the modern Cathedral dedicated to Brighid in Kildrare, Ireland was the pagan site of Cill-Dara (church of the Oak). This earlier shrine devoted to the Goddess Brighid was the home of the perpetual flame – a fire which was attended by devotees of Brighid. It is written that the fire temple housed sacred snakes – a symbol of renewal. These snakes must have been specially brought into the temple as snakes died out in Ireland after the ice age.
Snakes are able to shed their skin, it may seem like they are dead but in shedding they renew themselves. The medicine of serpentine is a deep retrieval of wisdom – which we can gain as it is within us having passed down through the generations. We might recognize the scenario of when we are told something new, which completely resonates with us and it’s as if we already knew that information. These prayer beads offer the inspiration of Brighid and her connection to the snake in its magical process of renewal and the medicine of the stone itself in offering these accessing of ancient wisdom as well as being an inspiration in accessing deep meditation.

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Brighid Prayer Beads with Bloodstone

Brighid is known for her mantle which had magical qualities. It is a healing cloak that offers great comfort when it’s wrapped around you. This blue/green form of African Bloodstone offers the same qualities of all bloodstone, which are all a form of Jasper, which helps us in nourishing our roots allowing us to feel more comfortable in our own body.
This set of prayer beads offer working with the magic of Brighid’s mantle wrapped around us and the stone medicine of drawing courage from that protection and the confidence to face whatever it is we need to face in our lives while we remain grounded. The sea/green color also reminds me of the color of the sea off white sandy beaches in Scotland and Ireland.

A very cold may, Dog’s Bay, Roundstone, Country Galway with blue/green sea in the background

 

Celtic Soul Prayer Beads Symbolism

You can read more o the actual symbolism of the pattern of the Celtic Soul Prayer Beads here

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Brighid Art in the Shop….

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Brighid ‘Brideog’ Doll – Click on image to view in shop

 

 

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Brighid Altar Wall Hanging – Featuring protective Brighid’s wheel/cross and pocket for offerings – Click on image to view in shop

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Brighid Altar Wall Hanging – With pocket for offerings & Brighid’s wheel/cross which offers protection to the house for the coming year. Click on the image to view in shop


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Flame Haired Brighid in Red Velvet – with Brighid’s cross/wheel

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Deer Priestess – click to view in shop

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Crow Wolf Priestess – click to view in shop

Weaving the Protection of Brighid – an online course

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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 the Goddess Brighid through study, altars, guided meditation and personal rituals.

This is a go at your own pace course.

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Lesson 1

First we look at Brighid’s wheel (or cross). We explore its history and the different types of wheel. There are suggestions on what materials to use in the making of your own cross and some journal prompts to explore your relationship to the wheel.

Lesson 2

Our second lesson explores ‘smooring the fire’ prayers spoken softly as the fire was banked, keeping coal alive for the morning kindling. You’ll find suggestions in writing your own smooring and ways to fit it into your evening routine by crating a ceremony.

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Lesson 3

Next we’ll look at the Caim a protective prayer and outline how to cast the Caim, which then becomes a prayer/blessings.

Lesson 4

Here we explore Charms and how they were used by the Wise Women. Prompts encourage you to write your own.

Lesson 5

A guided meditation takes you back to the ancient grandmothers, the ones we are all related to. This begins with a”weave of the cave” ritual and then some drumming to send you out on your journey.

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Lesson 6

Here we explore the different types of Augury and in particular a type of Augury associated with Brighid.

Lesson 7

We cover clooties (often called Celtic prayer flags) how they are used and where they occur. You will learn a little history about the priestess of the well and ideas on creating your own clootie tree which you could incorporate into personal ritual.

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