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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 show 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


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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 show 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

30 review for Tending Brigid's Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Brigid, whether you view her as goddess or saint, is a deity who covers a lot of territory. She’s a goddess of so many things in life: the herd, the kitchen, the garden, healing, midwifing at both ends of life, fire and the hearth as well as the forge, writing, and warrioring. I’m sure I missed a few things. She fulfilled just about every goddess role in the ancient Celtic world. This book covers them all. Weatherstone is a long time priestess of Brigid, and has done mountains of historical rese Brigid, whether you view her as goddess or saint, is a deity who covers a lot of territory. She’s a goddess of so many things in life: the herd, the kitchen, the garden, healing, midwifing at both ends of life, fire and the hearth as well as the forge, writing, and warrioring. I’m sure I missed a few things. She fulfilled just about every goddess role in the ancient Celtic world. This book covers them all. Weatherstone is a long time priestess of Brigid, and has done mountains of historical research, but she didn’t take this huge task (250 pages) on by herself. She enlisted 19 other women to add their unique takes on Brigid. Because paganism can be largely a do-it-yourself religion, I appreciated this as it offers a much more rounded view of Brigid and how she is being worshipped/prayed to/invoked today. There are ways shown to integrate Brigid into just about every part of one’s life if one should so choose. The book is written in an easy to read style without the dryness that many religious texts have.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I have always been drawn to all things Celtic, herbs and gardening, bodies of water, poetry, candles, campfires, campfire cooking, healing stones, and the arts involving the transformative qualities of fire (metalsmithing, pottery, etc). After a 2-year class on Celtic Shamanism, I have come to appreciate Brigid, the changing seasons, and a natural way of living that is more in sync with nature than the bank. This book offers the history of Brigid the Goddess and Brigid the Saint. It's a goldmine I have always been drawn to all things Celtic, herbs and gardening, bodies of water, poetry, candles, campfires, campfire cooking, healing stones, and the arts involving the transformative qualities of fire (metalsmithing, pottery, etc). After a 2-year class on Celtic Shamanism, I have come to appreciate Brigid, the changing seasons, and a natural way of living that is more in sync with nature than the bank. This book offers the history of Brigid the Goddess and Brigid the Saint. It's a goldmine of advice, ideas, and activities to help maintain that connection with the Goddess within, and help make the maintenance of the hearth (cooking and cleaning) a more spiritual endeavor! Nineteen modern devotees of Brigid share their stories, practices, and inspiration. My book is riddled with post-it tabs for later reference.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Schell

    This was a lovely book. It had so much information that it took me quite a while to read. But that was only because I wanted to read and understand every word. Great for any Pagan, Wiccan or anyone that wants to learn some wonderful things about Brigid.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this book. I wasn't sure at the beginning, as the author speaks of Brigid as a living entity of personage. And it threw me a little bit. I had to work through that (and am still working through it) to a way that I can understand and use. However, this book taught me so much and articulated so many things that I have felt, but had not name or description for. Such as: the threshold of a home being a liminal space. The portal between two worlds. How will you mark it, identify it as such? How I loved this book. I wasn't sure at the beginning, as the author speaks of Brigid as a living entity of personage. And it threw me a little bit. I had to work through that (and am still working through it) to a way that I can understand and use. However, this book taught me so much and articulated so many things that I have felt, but had not name or description for. Such as: the threshold of a home being a liminal space. The portal between two worlds. How will you mark it, identify it as such? How to make everyday things sacred, such as Mindful House Cleaning. Calling writing/poetry by the very lovely image of Word Weaving. Oh! How I love it! And the book taught me so many new things! "An icon is a window into the sacred. An opening between worlds. It does not depict a holy personage, but represents her..... opening up a channel for learning." For one who grew up with the concept of the wickedness of "graven images", I found this to be reasonable, even soothing, usable and guilt reducing. The history of Brigid as Goddess and Saint. Brigid, the "bridger" between pagan and christian. The meaning of the triskele symbol and the power of three. The seasons and festivals as they were marked and celebrated by the ancient Celtic calendar of light. This is when I really started to eat up every word of this book! I was so excited to (re)discover this system of calendar keeping according to light. It made so much sense to me! And this was the first "life changing" moment, among many, that I had in this book. Other profound, life changing moments in the book for me were being given the idea/foundation to write my own Goddess Prayer, to be intoned each morning as I start my day along with other practices of prayer and yoga and writing. The term Celtic Reconstructionist, as opposed to Wiccan or Pagan. I learned so much about language! Words and terms. As Lunaea Weatherstone often explained concepts by breaking down the history and roots of words. I loved the many ideas for personal and group rituals Another big bonus in this book is all the contributors. The voices of many artists and musicians that lent their voices and "testimonies" of Brigid were wonderful and fascinating reading. This book has so much! History, poetry, spirituality, ritual, crafting, music, and so much more. I love it when I finish a book and the covers are bent outward and the pages are highlighted and the margins are notated. And this is what I ended with. Thank you, Lunaea Weatherstone for this work of love, devotion and sharing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MJ Van Steenberg

    The good news: This book is great for practical ideas of how to honor Brighid. I've been steadily building a devotional practice over the past several years, and was pleased to have some ideas to add based on this reading. The ritual ideas, recipes, and crafts are lovely. For me, this is the true value of this book and why it will continue to hold a space on my working bookshelf. The bad news: This is not a great resource for lore or information about Brighid if you're looking for accuracy. Sever The good news: This book is great for practical ideas of how to honor Brighid. I've been steadily building a devotional practice over the past several years, and was pleased to have some ideas to add based on this reading. The ritual ideas, recipes, and crafts are lovely. For me, this is the true value of this book and why it will continue to hold a space on my working bookshelf. The bad news: This is not a great resource for lore or information about Brighid if you're looking for accuracy. Several times the author says, "there are six answers for everything," which may be true, but also, you can choose the best answers based only not on what you feel, but also on the lore and scholarship. This 90's era approach of "whatever feels best is best" may work for some folks, but I think it's really important to pay attention to the current you plug into. There's also a lot of Wiccan overlay - Brighid has nothing to do with stones or the maiden-mother-crone construct, for example - which is fine, but again, not really much more than someone's feeling or unverified personal gnosis. (Full disclosure, I am a traditional Wiccan, but I am also a polytheist, and it is important to me to learn about my gods from solid sources.) Overall, it's a solid start for someone interested in learning more about Brighid and building a practice with Her, especially if that person is coming from eclectic Wicca or Catholicism. Some people will stay here and that's fine. I prefer more support in my literature and lore as I come to know my gods.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Parker

    It was just kinda okay. I dislike the unquestioned neo-Wiccan "all goddesses are facets of The Goddess" theology asserted as the pagan norm: soft polytheism is fine, just don't assume your entire audience ascribes to it. Similarly, this book is overtly aimed at cis women, as if they are the only people to honor Brighid. Overall, it's the assumptions and moments of judgment that put me off. Nothing new, just the usual "electric candles are terribly inferior" and "modern technology and society has It was just kinda okay. I dislike the unquestioned neo-Wiccan "all goddesses are facets of The Goddess" theology asserted as the pagan norm: soft polytheism is fine, just don't assume your entire audience ascribes to it. Similarly, this book is overtly aimed at cis women, as if they are the only people to honor Brighid. Overall, it's the assumptions and moments of judgment that put me off. Nothing new, just the usual "electric candles are terribly inferior" and "modern technology and society has just caused so much spiritual harm" kinds of nonsense. Further, while the author cites her sources, I question her conclusions far too often to call this any kind of scholarship. I'll allow it two stars because it has a bibliography, some lovely prayers, and a halfway decent variety of contributors. Good for inspiration if you can get past all the previously mentioned nonsense, but definitely not a reliable source.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    I quite enjoyed this book. There is a wealth of information for those who have been called to Brighid. What I liked about this book especially: the devotions, activities, and meditations, and flame keeping practices. It covers Brighid's many forms (hearth, forge, midwife) There is a lot of information in here, but also a few things that don't necessarily fit into my own practice. But I found that my "take what I need" approach worked well for this book. I'd say that this is a must-read for all B I quite enjoyed this book. There is a wealth of information for those who have been called to Brighid. What I liked about this book especially: the devotions, activities, and meditations, and flame keeping practices. It covers Brighid's many forms (hearth, forge, midwife) There is a lot of information in here, but also a few things that don't necessarily fit into my own practice. But I found that my "take what I need" approach worked well for this book. I'd say that this is a must-read for all Brighid followers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I felt that the book's first section was a little dry, but found the rest of the text to be mostly thoughtful, interesting, and original. There are a lot of quality ideas in here I plan to use in my own practice. I felt that the book's first section was a little dry, but found the rest of the text to be mostly thoughtful, interesting, and original. There are a lot of quality ideas in here I plan to use in my own practice.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm grateful for the many prayers and practical ritual ideas in this book. The author really had some lovely suggestions outlined in here, and I got a lot out of that. I also enjoyed the personal experiences from various devotees as well as the author's personal stories with Brigid. However, for how often the author refers to herself as a reconstructionist in this book, there is nary a mention of Brigid's role in Irish mythology (though a few Christian folklore stories were included, which I sti I'm grateful for the many prayers and practical ritual ideas in this book. The author really had some lovely suggestions outlined in here, and I got a lot out of that. I also enjoyed the personal experiences from various devotees as well as the author's personal stories with Brigid. However, for how often the author refers to herself as a reconstructionist in this book, there is nary a mention of Brigid's role in Irish mythology (though a few Christian folklore stories were included, which I still appreciated and enjoyed). Definitely agree with other reviewers that there's quite a bit of Wiccan and general neo-Pagan information mixed in with the better information. Additionally, the way that the author addresses all devotees as cis women by default felt problematic to me since plenty of devotees of other genders also work with Brigid. So yes, recommended for the rituals and prayers, but take the info with a grain of salt and if gender binary talk bothers you, just Google around to find the author's prayers and rituals and you'll basically be good to go.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pluviostar

    Libro eccellente!! Consulto le pagine quasi ogni settimana, per mantenere viva la mia pratica e per rammentare determinati passi. Per chi è sul sentiero della Fiamma, certamente questo libro rappresenta una sorta di Bibbia che non deve mai mancare. Grazie all'autrice per questa perla!! --- Excellent book !! I consult the pages almost every weeks, to keep my practice alive and to remember certain passages. For those on the path of the Flame, this book certainly represents a kind of Bible that must nev Libro eccellente!! Consulto le pagine quasi ogni settimana, per mantenere viva la mia pratica e per rammentare determinati passi. Per chi è sul sentiero della Fiamma, certamente questo libro rappresenta una sorta di Bibbia che non deve mai mancare. Grazie all'autrice per questa perla!! --- Excellent book !! I consult the pages almost every weeks, to keep my practice alive and to remember certain passages. For those on the path of the Flame, this book certainly represents a kind of Bible that must never be missing. Thanks to the author for this gem !!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Great book for learning about Goddess Brigid For anyone who wants to learn more about the goddess Brigid, I would highly recommend this book. I wanted to learn more about Brigid but I didn't know where to start. I saw this book and was drawn by the cover. I'm glad I chose this book as my first book in my studies of the Goddess Brigid. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. It was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you Lunaea, and all the contributors, for this wonderful book. Great book for learning about Goddess Brigid For anyone who wants to learn more about the goddess Brigid, I would highly recommend this book. I wanted to learn more about Brigid but I didn't know where to start. I saw this book and was drawn by the cover. I'm glad I chose this book as my first book in my studies of the Goddess Brigid. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. It was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you Lunaea, and all the contributors, for this wonderful book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Pratt

    I liked the book a lot. However I felt like there are a lot of really unnecessary things like very over-the-top descriptions of all the different candles, all the different crafts, all the different butter turning. Etc. Maybe this book should have come with another book that had all of the crafty ways to celebrate Bridget. I was just looking for something more about the goddess herself and less about how I can create a Brigid's Cross. I liked the book a lot. However I felt like there are a lot of really unnecessary things like very over-the-top descriptions of all the different candles, all the different crafts, all the different butter turning. Etc. Maybe this book should have come with another book that had all of the crafty ways to celebrate Bridget. I was just looking for something more about the goddess herself and less about how I can create a Brigid's Cross.

  13. 5 out of 5

    T.L. Merrybard

    I've just finished this book at last, having drawn out the reading as long as I could. To pick it up is to feel as one feels when in connection to Brigid; peaceful, loving and beloved. So many fantastic ideas to bring her magic and wonder into your daily life. A beautiful book full of affection for this most steadfast of goddesses. Highly Recommended! I've just finished this book at last, having drawn out the reading as long as I could. To pick it up is to feel as one feels when in connection to Brigid; peaceful, loving and beloved. So many fantastic ideas to bring her magic and wonder into your daily life. A beautiful book full of affection for this most steadfast of goddesses. Highly Recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    A good resource for anyone wanting to learn about Brigid either as a goddess or saint. If I were a theist, I'd be hard-pressed to find someone to better represent my personal interests and lifestyle. And also, she's just chill and good-hearted and strong-willed and not a petty person like so many other gods/goddesses. She's worthy of emulation. A good resource for anyone wanting to learn about Brigid either as a goddess or saint. If I were a theist, I'd be hard-pressed to find someone to better represent my personal interests and lifestyle. And also, she's just chill and good-hearted and strong-willed and not a petty person like so many other gods/goddesses. She's worthy of emulation.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I love this book! So informative, well written. I plan to keep it handy for reference.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    The author clearly did her homework and her passion for Brigid showed from the beginning to the end. She's a deity I wanted to learn more about and I feel Weatherstone delivered. The author clearly did her homework and her passion for Brigid showed from the beginning to the end. She's a deity I wanted to learn more about and I feel Weatherstone delivered.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    A beautiful book if you’re looking to develop your relationship further with Brigid. I also enjoyed the outline of her Celtic history, and her connection to Saint Brigid as well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    The perfect exploration of Brigid worship. Concise but very creative.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    it had some good info...I didn't really finish it because it was not what I am looking for. I was using it more as a reference book. it had some good info...I didn't really finish it because it was not what I am looking for. I was using it more as a reference book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lena Nour

    A book made with love. I especially enjoyed the testimonies of different Brigid worshipers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandra L. Place

    An wonderful book. Full of information, insights from numerous people familiar with Celtic mythology and religion. Great for those of honor and love Saint Brigid or the Goddess Brigid!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine King

    This is a wonderful book. I can only wish that every goddess had a guide like this, with a writer as knowledgeable and warm as Weatherstone is. But then if it was so, my little goddess collection of books would be out of control! Weatherstone is an excellent writer. She writes with clarity and strength, and her authorial voice is friendly and down-to-earth. She can conjure up a sense of mystical longing and sanctity, or a note of teasing humor, or switch just as easily to practical instruction. This is a wonderful book. I can only wish that every goddess had a guide like this, with a writer as knowledgeable and warm as Weatherstone is. But then if it was so, my little goddess collection of books would be out of control! Weatherstone is an excellent writer. She writes with clarity and strength, and her authorial voice is friendly and down-to-earth. She can conjure up a sense of mystical longing and sanctity, or a note of teasing humor, or switch just as easily to practical instruction. I love her emphasis on "sacred service," and on the practical ways that devotion can be made manifest in day to day life. I really appreciate how she reaches out to fellow Brigid devotees, so we get a wider perspective of the Goddess, and a handy list of new authors and thinkers to investigate, for further reading. Weatherstone invites the reader to try their hand at handicrafts and poetry. Her guide to writing devotional poetry makes the practice look easy-- I tried my hand and I'm very happy with the result. It's this very kind of warmth, this accessibility and openness, that helps to make this book so special.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Lunea Weatherstone's new book for Llewellyn is Tending Brigid's Flame. The book is a consideration of the stories and power if the Irish saint and goddess. Through mythology and personal anecdotes, she acquaints the reader and re-acquaints the devotee with the ancient flame, artisan, and poet/writer goddess. Weatherstone also offered personal testimonies from her own experience and from other devotees, musicians, craftswomen, writers,poets and flame keepers both pagan and non-but all devoted to B Lunea Weatherstone's new book for Llewellyn is Tending Brigid's Flame. The book is a consideration of the stories and power if the Irish saint and goddess. Through mythology and personal anecdotes, she acquaints the reader and re-acquaints the devotee with the ancient flame, artisan, and poet/writer goddess. Weatherstone also offered personal testimonies from her own experience and from other devotees, musicians, craftswomen, writers,poets and flame keepers both pagan and non-but all devoted to Brigid, all of whom share their stories which resonate with love for Her on very personal and touching levels. There are also suggestions on Devotions and meditations to Her if one needs a little hand getting to know her. If you know and love Brigid, I think you will enjoy this offering; if you do not know Brigid, you will find enough here to pique your interest

  24. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Love everything about this book--the author's voice, the ideas, the inspiration . . . It's taught me to stop and enjoy the every day moments of taking care of my home and to feel grateful for all I have, but not out of guilt, out of genuine appreciation. I will be thinking about this book for a very long time. Love everything about this book--the author's voice, the ideas, the inspiration . . . It's taught me to stop and enjoy the every day moments of taking care of my home and to feel grateful for all I have, but not out of guilt, out of genuine appreciation. I will be thinking about this book for a very long time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Belles

    Awesome book for anyone interested in Brighid. It's a great resource. Awesome book for anyone interested in Brighid. It's a great resource.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I'm going to be buying a copy of this book. Very nicely done. I'm going to be buying a copy of this book. Very nicely done.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cat

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beci Dixon Klein

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlene

  30. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Castell

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