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Brigid's Light

Brigid's Light

Author: Cairelle Crow

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781633412521

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 258

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Stories, spells, rituals, and recipes celebrating the worldwide influence of this beloved Celtic goddess, with contributions from Amy Blackthorn, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Courtney Weber, and many others This anthology celebrates Brigid, an ancient and mysterious Celtic spirit who ranks among today’s most popular modern goddesses. Venerated in many forms including as a saint and a goddess, Brigid has traveled the globe alongside the Celtic diaspora. Once a goddess with a narrow territory, she is now an internationally beloved presence. While acknowledging her origins, this book also explores Brigid from the perspective of those outside her original Celtic homeland. Editors Cairelle Crow and Laura Louella have gathered art, poetry, stories, spells, rituals, recipes, and traditions as an homage to the worldwide influence of Brigid’s magic and lore, especially among the descendants of immigrants to the Americas. In compiling these individual works, Cairelle and Laura have given voice to those traveling ancestors by showcasing a rich and beautiful heritage manifested through embodiments of devotion by their descendants, as well as others touched by Brigid.

Tending Brigid's Flame

Tending Brigid's Flame

Author: Lunaea Weatherstone

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738746760

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Brigid is worshiped worldwide as a source of inspiration, protection, and blessing. In Tending Brigid’s Flame, Lunaea Weatherstone presents the beloved Celtic goddess as a true soul-friend for women today, exploring her legends and lore, attributes and allies, holidays, symbols, and sacred places. Filled with rituals, exercises, and meditations, Tending Brigid’s Flame shows how to welcome Brigid into your home and make sacred all the activities of everyday life, from food magic to faery traditions, and from scrying to personal healing. Using the symbolism of fires that burn in hearth, temple, and forge, this breathtaking book sends you on a journey through the transformative power of one of the world’s most revered goddesses. With illuminating reflections and real-world inspiration from nineteen wisewoman devotees of Brigid

Random and Nebulous--Nuancing the Psalms

Random and Nebulous--Nuancing the Psalms

Author: Janis Constable

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666717631

Category: Poetry

Page: 260

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Random and nebulous is an exquisite state of the inquisitive mind. Vivid thoughts and images shift and drift, and swirl and twirl, in seeming chaos, within the chasm of human consciousness. Random and Nebulous invites you now, to stroll slowly, slowly, on a spiritually formative journey, opening yourself in body, mind, and spirit, into this Celtic Christian Psalm-based tome. Come—enter into the wholesome simplicity of Celtic Wisdom, and find your space—your place of comfort here. Settle in and set about nuancing new elemental insights from the most beloved Psalms. Allow yourself to be drawn into the deep, deeper, deepest well of Random and Nebulous. May you come into stillness, wholeness, and Oneness. May you be fully present—enlivened—sparkling full of grace—in the Light. Shine your Light. Be the Light. Selah.

Faery Initiations

Faery Initiations

Author: Kisma Reidling

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463457365

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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The Faery-Faith Tradition is a true living tradition; a modern spiritual pathway that ties into current understandings of life and history, tradition and theology, with roots deeply buried in an ancient past. These things make it a powerful and important spiritual practice for today. Faery Initiations ~ Stone, Sword, Spear & Cauldron contains a wealth of information that will lead you back to your Authentic Self by taking you on a mystical journey into the center of the mystic spiral. Come delve into the backbone of the Irish Celt and the glamoury of the Faery-Faith Tradition and regain knowledge of what was before, but is no longer part of the memory of humankind. Come learn the magic of Faery.

Brigid

Brigid

Author: Brian Wright

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752472027

Category: History

Page: 256

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Brigid is a mysterious figure, both goddess and saint, who is still revered worldwide today in her different aspects. Combining early Celtic history, archaeology and customs associated with both the goddess and the saint, this book provides a fascinating insight into the development of this unique mythical and historical figure. Using the available evidence, the author suggests a date for the conception of the deity Brigid, suggesting why and by whom she was created. He also explains how the goddess 'became' a saint and how this is historically linked with the unification of Ireland under a High King. The book goes on to look at how the goddess and the saint are still venerated in today's world, such as the burning of the perpetual flame in Ireland, relit by President McAleese in 2006.

Passionate Holiness

Passionate Holiness

Author: Dennis O'Neill

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426925054

Category: Religion

Page: 147

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NEW 2010 B&W Edition Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town once said with regard to South Africa's Apartheid policy, "One of the ways of helping to destroy a people is to tell them that they don't have a history, that they have no roots." He recently described homophobic discrimination "as totally unacceptable and unjust as Apartheid ever was." Unfortunately, it has been particularly difficult for some gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Christians to remain connected with and identified with their own faith traditions because some of these traditions not only treat them as people of secondary status but teach Christian history as though no people of same-gender attraction or opposite-gender identity had any noteworthy place in it and had made no significant contributions at all to Christian tradition.Passionate Holiness tries to remedy this situation by explaining why acquaintance with the stories of Sts. Polyeuct and Nearchus, Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, Christ/Holy Wisdom, Sts. Matrona, Perpetua and Felicity, Brigid and Darlughdach, and many others with whom gender minorities can identify can help them to connect with their own history and spiritual legacy and empower them to face a brighter future with a sense of optimism and inclusion. The story of the removal of the feast of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus from the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church in 1969 - ironically, the very year New York's Stonewall Riots launched the gay liberation movement - is a particularly revealing example of how far some religious authorities will go to keep gender minorities distanced from their own history. This is all explored in Passionate Holiness. "It's a marvelous, beautiful book." Ursula Vaughan Williams poet, novelist, and widow of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams "It was a fascinating study. Congratulations on a job well done." Andrew M. Greeley priest, sociologist, novelist "Many thanks for sending me your book Passionate Holiness, which I enjoyed very much. It is a fascinating account of the cult of Holy Wisdom, mixed with stories of various 'distinctive people' and the roles they have played in the history of the Church. It is full of saints, sinners, heretics, martyrs, and those who persecuted them. Some of these people, and the ideas they believed in, have featured in my novels, though there was much that I was not aware of. The material in the Russian and Irish chapters were new to me. You say at the beginning of Chapter VII that the reader may cry out "Too much information". Not me! Passionate Holiness is a work of remarkable scholarship, and I wish it had been published before I wrote my Byzantine novels, rather than afterwards. If I ever return to Byzantium as a subject, I am sure I will find your book invaluable. The icons that illustrate the book are beautiful. You are lucky to have access to works by such gifted artists. If only my publisher had commissioned something similar for the cover of Theodore. Maybe next time!" Christopher Harris English novelist, author of "Theodore," "Memoirs of a Byzantine Eunuch," and "False Ambassador" "Here's something the antigay modern Roman Catholic Church would like to forget: In the early years of Christianity, homosexual saints were worshipped too, as Dennis O'Neill reminds us. O'Neill is a Chicago-based Catholic pastor who 11 years ago founded The Living Circle, a spirituality center devoted to GLBT people and their friends. In 1995 the Circle hosted an art exhibit entitled "Passionate Holiness" that displayed such holy icons as Saint Boris and George the Hungarian and Saints Brigid and Darlughdach of Kildare. O'Neill's retelling of such stories, plus striking color illustrations, will surprise and inspire any reader, gay or not." Anne Stockwell Review from "The Advocate", May 24, 2005 issue, p. 82. "Passionate Holiness is indeed a remarkable book, unlike any other that I know of. Its scope

She Is Everywhere!

She Is Everywhere!

Author: Mary Saracino

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462064335

Category: Religion

Page: 461

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She Is Everywhere! Volume 3 presents a bold, brave, and beautiful compilation of womanist/feminist essays, poems, and artwork showcasing work from an international community of women and men who honor the Sacred Female. The fifty contributors in this anthology-scholars, creative writers, and visual artists-share their vision for a world that reclaims the inviolability of the Divine Female in all Her many and varied manifestations. She Is Everywhere! Volume 3 is the latest edition of a leading-edge series which, like its predecessors, offers an invaluable contribution to women's spirituality, religion, philosophy, and women's studies. The contemporary voices contained within its pages echo an ancient clarion call to embrace the values of justice with compassion, equality for all people, and transformation. "We have a calling in this world-namely, to prevent the destruction from continuing." -Claudia von Werlhof "I am in the presence of a divine Mother, and She is fulfilling a deep longing inside of me." -Nicole Margiasso-Tran "She was, I am, my daughter is because we are all Her." -Etoyle McKee Just as dark matter (mother) in space shapes galaxies and holds them together, we are shaped and held by the African Dark Mother who has given us Her life force, and resides in the very depths of our being, where the macrocosm is literally reflected in the microcosm." -Leslene della-Madre Front cover: Black Madonna Cradles the Earth (c) 2010 Yvonne M. Lucia Back cover: Contemplate Creation (c) 2006 Sheila Marie Hennessy

She Is Everywhere! Volume 3

She Is Everywhere! Volume 3

Author: Mary Beth Moser

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462064345

Category: Religion

Page: 460

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She Is Everywhere! Volume 3 presents a bold, brave, and beautiful compilation of womanist/feminist essays, poems, and artwork showcasing work from an international community of women and men who honor the Sacred Female. The fifty contributors in this anthologyscholars, creative writers, and visual artistsshare their vision for a world that reclaims the inviolability of the Divine Female in all Her many and varied manifestations. She Is Everywhere! Volume 3 is the latest edition of a leading-edge series which, like its predecessors, offers an invaluable contribution to womens spirituality, religion, philosophy, and womens studies. The contemporary voices contained within its pages echo an ancient clarion call to embrace the values of justice with compassion, equality for all people, and transformation. We have a calling in this worldnamely, to prevent the destruction from continuing. Claudia von Werlhof I am in the presence of a divine Mother, and She is fulfilling a deep longing inside of me. Nicole Margiasso-Tran She was, I am, my daughter is because we are all Her. Etoyle McKee Just as dark matter (mother) in space shapes galaxies and holds them together, we are shaped and held by the African Dark Mother who has given us Her life force, and resides in the very depths of our being, where the macrocosm is literally reflected in the microcosm. Leslene della-Madre

Journey to the Well

Journey to the Well

Author: Mary Kennedy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529382341

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 163

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THE IDEAL MOTHER'S DAY GIFT - A SOUL-SOOTHING JOURNEY INTO CELTIC SPIRITUALITY AND THE FEMININE DIVINE For sisters Mary Kennedy and Deirdre Ní Chinnéide, spirituality has been at the centre of their lives since childhood. Their home in St Brigid's Road in Clondalkin, Dublin, was around the corner from a holy well, a place that signalled family, community, and divine ritual. Drawing on Celtic spirituality - a key focus in Deirdre's work as a psychotherapist, retreat leader and singer, and a long-held area of interest for much-loved broadcaster and author Mary - in Journey to the Well, the sisters share a voyage, as they invite us to journey with them through the Celtic seasons of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lughnasa. Sharing stories, lore, and healing words, these pages reconnect us with the often forgotten or neglected roots of our heritage - as we come through a time of global change and turmoil - reminding us of that which is permanent yet fluid, as symbolised by the healing waters of a well. Journey to the Well is a book of connection that celebrates the divine within each of us.

Something More

Something More

Author: Siobhan Curham

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349420820

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Have you ever wondered if there might be something more to life? When Siobhan Curham decided to write a book about happiness there was only one small problem, which became a massive problem as soon as she sat down to write - she wasn't truly happy. Not wanting to be a fraud, Siobhan set out to discover the secret to true and lasting happiness. Her quest took her on an unexpected path deep into the heart of the world's spiritual traditions. Something More is a funny and moving account of Siobhan's journey, as she found religion - and promptly lost it again - then went on to develop her own spiritual 'pick and mix' of practises from Buddhist chanting, Irish yoga, Jewish philosophy and Reiki healing, to connecting with her inner goddess and finding her shamanic spirit animal (who, it turns out, was a large, black, talking horse). Full of brutally honest anecdotes and age-old wisdom, Something More is for anyone who has ever thought about exploring their spiritual side, and those who might feel disillusioned by organised religion but still crave that elusive 'something more'. After all, who wouldn't want to find inner peace and everlasting happiness?

Brigid of Kildare

Brigid of Kildare

Author: Heather Terrell

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345515292

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Rich in historical detail, Heather Terrell’s mesmerizing novel Brigid of Kildare is the story of the revolutionary Saint Brigid and the discovery of the oldest illuminated manuscript in the annals of the Church, a manuscript that contains an astonishing secret history. Fifth-century Ireland: Brigid is Ireland’s first and only female priest and bishop. Followers flock to her Kildare abbey and scriptorium. Hearing accounts of Brigid’s power, the Church deems her a threat and sends Decius, a Roman priest and scribe, on a secret mission to collect proof of Brigid’s heresy. As Decius records the unorthodox practices of Brigid and her abbey, he becomes intrigued by her. When Brigid assigns Decius a holy task—to create the most important and sacred manuscript ever made—he finds himself at odds with his original mission and faces the most difficult decision of his life. Modern day: Alexandra Patterson, an appraiser of medieval relics, has been summoned to Kildare to examine a reliquary box believed to belong to Saint Brigid. Hidden within the sacred box is the most beautiful illuminated manuscript Alex has ever seen. But even more extraordinary is the contents of the manuscript’s vellum pages, which may have dire repercussions for the Catholic Church and could very well rewrite the origins of Christianity.

True Stories of a Psychic Empath Medium

True Stories of a Psychic Empath Medium

Author: Triza Schultz

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781490796659

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 314

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True Stories of a Psychic Empath Medium contains some of Triza Schultz’s most fascinating stories of her spiritual and paranormal life experiences, spanning chronologically from childhood through to adult life. Triza’s first clearly remembered spiritual vision occurred at the age of five. Paranormal encounters continued into her teen years and beyond, significantly shaping her views about universal spirituality and why we incarnate into the physical form. Through life stories and excerpts from twenty-two years of journaling, the reader is taken on a magical journey to parallel dimensions with spirit guides, angels, deceased loved ones, past life episodes, as well as confrontations with the mischievous and a brush with the spiritual dark side. Triza encountered a major life change when she retired from a twenty-six year corporate human resources job in her mid-forties and moved to New Mexico. There she engaged in a deeply challenging journey through devastating physical disease that tested her belief in life’s purpose. She came through it all with knowledge of a great universal truth: we are deeply connected to each another, and love is the final word.