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A Song of Devotion to Brigid on the Highland

in Goddess, Music, Spiritual Practice, Wheel of the Year

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.

(You can download a copy of the song here.)

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Anna Mon - Jan 30th 2012 10:10 am

    Simply breathtaking!

  • Carolyn Cushing Mon - Jan 30th 2012 11:04 am

    So lovely! Thank you for making this for us!

  • Joanna Tue - Jan 31st 2012 4:21 pm

    Thanks so much, Anna and Carolyn! Lots more comment love on FB:

  • Sage Wed - Feb 01st 2012 8:29 am

    Beautiful Joanna!

    Thank you and Craig so much for the beauty and inspiration, and celebration of Brigid!


    • Joanna Tue - Feb 07th 2012 9:52 am

      Sage, so glad it nourished you, and I passed along your thanks to Craig. 🙂

  • Patricia Kosley Wed - Feb 01st 2012 8:33 am

    A beautiful video to a lovely song…Thank you so much for this, in helping us celebrate this Sabbat you bring Ireland to us. Goddess Bless.

  • Joanna Wed - Feb 01st 2012 8:40 am

    You are so, so welcome!

  • Mary Thu - Feb 02nd 2012 8:48 am

    This is beautiful and inspiring. Many thanks!

    • Joanna Tue - Feb 07th 2012 9:52 am

      Thank you Mary!

  • Nora Sat - Feb 04th 2012 9:50 pm

    Once again, you both have moved me to tears. Sweet poetry, strong smithcraft, shinning light all in the embrace of welcome of springtide and the gift of the triple goddess. Such a sweet, sweet video heralding the stirring of the seed and the sap rising. Love you sister~

    • Joanna Tue - Feb 07th 2012 9:51 am

      Thank you sweetie! Love & Blessings, sister-self!

  • Priscilla Carlson Mon - Feb 27th 2012 2:58 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, Joanna. Such a lovely song and performance by Craig, as well as a very beautiful slide show.

    • Joanna Tue - Feb 28th 2012 9:16 am

      Priscilla, so glad you liked it!