Samhain Reclaimed

Samhain – a time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest, a time for remembering our ancestors who have left this world.

Samhain – the time of the Cailleach, the dark mother, goddess of the dark side of the year.

Samhain – a time which holds truly dark, horrific memories for many who have survived Ritual/Organised abuse veiled under a pseudo-religious cloak.

Samhain – a time when those of us who have survived such horrors can perhaps begin to reclaim this again, turn this time into one of spiritual renewal, growth.

The dark time of the year is not to be feared.  Nor is the time of the Cailleach and of Hecate to be feared.

This Samhain I remember especially those who lost their lives in horrific ways at this time of year.

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Song For Brighid

I am currently engaged with a course dedicated to Brighid, ‘Stepping Into Brigit: A 30 Day Goddess Activation Course’.

The other day I wrote a poem, which I have set to a very simple chant. Here it is.  Enjoy.  

Brighid in my heart
Brighid in my hands
Brighid in my soul
Brighid

Fire in my heart
Fire in my hands
Fire in my soul
Brighid

Peace in my heart
Peace in my hands
Peace in my soul
Brighid

Song in my heart
Song in my hands
Song in my soul
Brighid

Brighid in my heart
Brighid in my hands
Brighid in soul
Brighid 

 

Copyright:   Brighids-Hope.com   January 2018

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/

Parts and Polytheism

My spirituality and religious allegiances have wavered and evolved through the decades. Often this has bothered me. I feel as though I should settle for one path, whether broadly Pagan, Christian, or any other path. Yet I cant.

Christ calls me. Brighid calls me. The path of the Sufi, the mystical paths of Islam, call me. The way of the Druid calls me. Other Gods and Goddesses call to me.

Now I have a different light on this. It is the light shed by a deeper understanding of the various parts within, parts previously completely dissociated by trauma who are now emerging from the shadows. They have their trauma stories to tell. They also have their own religious/spiritual paths.

To force myself into one path is to deny the myriad paths formed within at different times. To deny those parts of me their own unique voice, their own unique relationship with the Divine. In a sense, to follow one path, worship one deity, is to deny the other parts of me their existence.  They have been ignored by me for decades. A way of survival maybe, but to the detriment of the whole.

Dissociation is a brilliant survival tool. A survival tool of the whole being, body, mind and soul. When those parts come together a beautiful – albeit highly complex – mosaic is formed. I will honour myself. I will honour the mosaic of deities that have made themselves known to me.

Blessed Be.