Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess

Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess

by Courtney Weber

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Overview

"Lady of the Well, the Forge, and the Green Earth, I seek you." Brigid, I Seek You

Brigid--mother, daughter, healer, bard, warrior, fire goddess, goddess of the oak, animals, and magic. Brigid of the spring, her festival Imbolc, oversees fertility of all kinds. Brigid is many things to many people. In this enticing book, Courtney Weber offers up a wideranging exposition and celebration of all things Brigid, who is arguably the most popular figure in Celtic mythology and religion. Meet Brigid in her various incarnations--Celtic Pagan Goddess, Christian Saint, and Voudon Loa .

Each chapter ends with guided meditations and exercises that help readers tap into Brigid's healing powers. Inside you'll find Brigidfocused spells, blessings, recipes, and rituals for love, harmony, protection, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578635672
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 408,268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Courtney Weber is a Priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, activist and practicing Witch in New York City. Her writing has appeared in several publications and she blogs at www.thecocowitch.com and on Witchesandpagans.com ("Behind the Broom: What the Books Don't Tell You"). She is the designer and producer of Tarot of the Boroughs, a photographic Tarot deck set in New York City. Courtney lecturers regularly around the United States and travels to Ireland frequently, leading tours of the sacred sites.

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"Brigid's origin myths bring no peace to the logical mind. She appears as an important daughter of a God in one myth, but the mother of that God in a different telling, while vanishing completely in a third version. Which version is the right version? Does any myth from any source even have a 'right' telling? The various versions tell us about the storyteller. Brigid's myths had many tellers and, therefore, many versions. Stories varied widely, circulated through oral tradition in local vernacular. As Christian monks later recorded the myths, characters were often augmented to fit Christian ideals." --from the book

Table of Contents

Dedication vi

Chapter 1 Who Is Brigid? 1

Chapter 2 The Origins of Brigid 23

Chapter 3 Brigid the Healer: Lady of Sacred Waters 37

Chapter 4 Brigid the Bard: Goddess of the Arts and Craftsmanship 55

Chapter 5 The Forge and the Anvil: Brigid the Fire Goddess 73

Chapter 6 Goddess of the Oak: The Sacrificial Brigid 97

Chapter 7 Battle Goddess: Brigid the Warrior 123

Chapter 8 Imbolc: Brigid the Springtime Goddess, the Mother, and the Midwife 143

Chapter 9 Brigid and Animals 175

Chapter 10 Brigid Magick 195

Epilogue 235

Acknowledgments 239

Bibliography 241

Index 245

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