I love singing this love song to the Goddess Brigid during Her season of Imbolc / Candlemas / Winter-Turning-to-Spring. It brings me quickly into Her presence, like nothing else.
My friend Helen Farias, founder of The Beltane Papers, wrote the first two verses of this song and set it to the traditional Irish tune “Bridget O’Malley” in the early 1990’s. She died, much too young, in 1994. I hummed and sang it to myself for many years, then asked Craig to record it a couple of years ago. He did, and added another two verses, and the sweetest mandolin.
This year, I decided I wanted to make it into a slideshow/video. I asked my friend Cate Kerr, photographer extraordinaire, if I could use some of her nature photos for the video. Then I went back through my old photos of my journey to Avalon in September 2005 with Mara Freeman, and pulled out the ones that reminded me of Brigid during that pilgrimage. I especially remember standing with a circle of women around the Holy Thorn (now, sadly gone) on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury, and singing to Brigid, the Tor in the distance.
I added two images from the Gaian Tarot, the Four of Water (featuring Chalice Well), and the Seven of Fire, an image many people associate with Brigid at the Forge. In the center, I added John Duncan’s famous 1913 painting of the Coming of Bride.
I hope you love it as much as we do.
Dedicated to our beloved Brigid,
Radiant Flame of Gold,
the Summoner of Spring.