A Flame-Keeper

Tonight I begin my first shift as a flamekeeper with Ord Brighideach, an international Brigidene order dedicated to serving Brighid. For me, it is a deepening path of devotion. She continues to call me as goddess, yet in my Christian fringes she is still there as saint. She is Healing, Fire, and Awen. She is not a cosy goddess, but burns us into the authentic being we are created to be. I have walked with her since my baptism in St Ffraid’s Church, Treaddur Bay (Ffraid is the Welsh for Brighid), through my Carmelite profession at Imbolc many years ago, and she calls me in my inner journeying.

I dedicate myself anew to her this sundown, the beginning of the Celtic day.

May I carry Her Healing into the world. May I carry her Flame out into the  world. May I carry her Inspiration, her Awen, out into the world. May I serve Her in whatever ways she calls me to.


For those interested in the path of the flamekeeper, the Ord can be found here online http://www.ordbrighideach.org/raven/

Cailleach Calling

The Cailleach has been calling me these past few days.

Her time is approaching. The Hag of the Hills, the Highlands.

She is a Dark Goddess, the one who rules the winter. We meet her at Samhain, not far away now.

She is the ruler of winter, and her sister Brighid the ruler of the lighter spring and summer days, yet they come to me as two faces of the One.

Brighid came to me first in a deeply personal way as the Scar-Faced One, showing me first Her ugly, scarred side before transforming into a light, beautiful faced Goddess. The Dark Scarred One, whether we call her Cailleach or Brighid, is not to be feared. She will lead us through the darkening days of autumn and on through winter, before showing us her Light in the spring.

May you know Her blessings through the dark days. 


Ogham-Duir (Oak)

Today was the harvesting of Duir from my ogham stave, a couple of days late following the New Moon because of being away on a therapy course.

Duir, sacred to the druids, is a tree of immense strength. It is also a gateway tree, gateway to inner truth, inner knowledge. After attuning with the Celtic Reiki essence Schumann for rebalancing, I asked permission to harvest the essence of the Duir which gave my ogham being.

Immediately I sensed great heat from the ogham stave, and felt drawn to press it into my hara/dantien. It rested there for some time, a fire burning brightly but steadily.

Drawn into the fire, I passed through this oak fire and found myself at the sacred fire of Brighid – a warm welcome from Her, welcoming me home to Her. Resting a while, I sensed when it was time to leave. Her fire came back with me, a fire in my hara. Strength. Courage for the journey ahead.

Now I send this essence out to any who need. It is an essence of warm strength, of welcome from Brighid.

Blessed Be.