Archive | April 22, 2012

Brighid hymn – My Flameshift starts at sundown

Hymn to Brighid

Brighid, Lady of flame
Forge of me a link
In the chain
Of strong women
Create a song in my heart
Help me heal with love

Sing me a song of flames
Sing me a song of hammer and anvil
Sing me a song of peace
Sing me a song of creation

Make me strong
Make me shiny
Make me tempered
Make me precious.

Sing me a song of flames
Sing me a song of hammer and anvil
Sing me a song of peace
Sing me a song of creation.

Use me to help
Use me to heal
Use me to create
Use me to make real

Sing me a song of morning
Sing me a song of night
Sing me a song of between times
Sing me a song of your light.

Kat – TOILA Brighid ritual 2001

Franklin Canyon – Santa Monica Mountains National Park




Bet you didn’t know that you have seen this National Park or at least this small part of it in just about every TV drama filmed in Los Angeles. It’s also where the Creature of the Black Lagoon was filmed and the beginning of The Andy Griffith Show where he and Opie walk to go fishing.
It’s also the geographical center of Los Angeles although you have to brave poison oak to find it.
And it’s a beautiful wildlife habitat sitting squarely between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.
A beautiful place for a walk.



1.  Thou shalt love and honour the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.


2.  Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of the seasons.


3.  Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.


4.  Thou shalt give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.

5.  Thou shalt limit thy offspring for multitudes of people are a burden onto the Earth.


6.  Thou shalt not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.


7.  Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense but strive to restore it’s damaged majesty.


8.  Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.


9.  Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.


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I like this. A cup of tea for Brighid.

Tea as an Offering

Tea is a wonderful thing.  It’s one of my favorite beverages and there’s something deeply soothing, healing, and even spiritual to it.  Indeed, many cultures have surrounding tea drinking with ceremony.  What about Druids?

Based on how many folk remedies from Europe involve herbal tisanes, I don’t doubt that Druids knew about hot infusions.  Who knows if they ever tasted actual tea plants from Asia.    Many modern Druids, on the other hand, love tea.  Black, green, white, red, herbal… Yum, yum!  The Maple Tree: Canadian Druidry recently posted about how tea is such an important part of the author’s hospitality (an extremely important virtue to Druidism)*.  It made me contemplate the other ways Druids (or Pagans in general) can use tea.  Healing, calming, tasseomancy, hospitality….

A few days ago, I had a nasty headache but I couldn’t sleep.  I like to keep busy so I…

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