Over the Autumn, Winter and into Spring we had an open fire every night. Lighting and tending to the fire brought me closer to the element of Fire itself, and to Deities associated (and I associate) with Fire. Not only that but it brought me into a better understanding of the hearthfire, and how important tending that would be. The expression ‘hearth and home’ became something that had more meaning to me than it had before.
Where we lived previously we had a log burner, and I loved seeing the fire through the glass window, but I didn’t realise that even that was keeping Fire ‘contained’ and ‘removed’ somehow. When we moved to where we’re currently living and the seasons turned, having an open fire was a kind of revelation. Here Fire is not shut away, it’s a part of the room, and feels more a part of the home. Our open fire became the hearth fire, the home-fire. Even my parents said how much of a difference it made, how it made the house feel different; how coming together by the fire and tending to it as a family made the house feel more homely.
Inspiring, forging flame,
Soothing, healing heat.
May we ever
Strength and sanctuary
At your feet.
(c) Michelle G, Northern Tamarisk, 2018
The main card is by artist Jo Jayson. The others are from oracle card decks – Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards and Keepers of the Light Oracle Cards
Discover Druidry had the links for these up on their Facebook page. They look like a nice project for crafty Pagans, so I’m sharing the links as well:
Brighid’s Cross tutorial – by Colourful Crafts
Brighid doll/ straw doll tutorial – by Colourful Crafts
May Brighid’s fires strengthen, inspire and renew you.
Prayer to Brighid
Heal that which tires.
May your burning flame
Bring a poet their name.
May your forge
Ever shape us anew.
Copyright: Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk 2017
I thought a feature on some Brighid items would tie in nicely with Imbolc on the 1st February. With thanks to the artists for allowing me to add their wonderful creations to my Imbolc 2017 ‘Friday Finds’.
Click on the picture or the item description to go to the item’s Etsy page. Click on the creator’s name to be taken to their Etsy shop.
Brighid’s Cross Wheat Weaving by BlueMoonWheatWorks (USA)
Brighid Corn Doll by Positively Pagan (England, UK)
Something for gardens and gatherings:
Brighid’s Cross garden flag by MickieMuellerStudio (USA)
Something for your altar or sacred space:
Brighid Triple Goddess needle felt doll by celticsoulcraft (USA) Continue reading
These beautiful Nine-Flame Prayer Beads are available now from my Etsy store!
The Nine-Flame strand is based on a Brighid’s Flame set I made for a friend. They are perfect for connecting with Deities associated with fire and smithcraft, the blazing sun, or of the burning heat of the desert. Could also be used to connect with volcanic Deities, primal forces, or to act as a representative of the element of Fire.
Fire can burn away the old to make way for the new, so these prayer beads could be used in releasing ceremonies, as well as for renewal. After the dust has settled from the ashes of the old the new is born.
For writers and creators they could also be used to channel the flame of inspiration
Made of nine glass flame twist beads, 4mm glass beads and glass seed beads. Length: approximately 48cm. Weight: Approximately 45g
There is one strand currently available but I will be making a few more. How many depends on how long the flame twist beads last as I may be using some in other designs.
P&P Update: Etsy has a lovely little postage setting for the European Union. Since the cost of postage to the EU is the same throughout I have added this option. If you live in any of the EU countries you can now purchase from Northern Tamarisk without having to send a request for your country to be added to my postage list. It also makes it a lot quicker and easier for me, because otherwise I’d have to list each country separately.
As always, postage to the UK and USA remains.