Once upon a time Fire thought she had no magic. She knew Earth had magic. Earth held the seeds that sprouted in the soils both rich and poor. Earth could make more land, she could move it around. But Fire didn’t know what her magic was.
She knew Water had magic. Water could make things disappear and float things. She was the fluid that made life in all living beings. Fire thought Water had amazing magic.
Air had magic. She made the wind blow and the clouds move. She could shape trees and rocks. She could make things spin and move things from place to place. But what was Fire’s magic?
Fire was getting depressed when finally the other Elements decided they had to tell Fire what her magic was.
They went to see Fire who was hiding in a volcano in Southern Italy. “Why are you hiding, Fire?” They all asked.
“You all have magic and I don’t.” Fire said morosely. She was having quite the pity party.
“You silly thing,” the Elements said, “Of course you have magic, we all have magic. Don’t you know what magic is?”
Fire shook her head no.
“Magic is Change and you do it all the time. Don’t you cook people’s food and keep them warm when it’s cold? Don’t you change plain old rock to shiny sparkly metal? Sometimes you get out of control but we all do. It can’t be helped. Sometimes major change is needed to heal things. When you burn forests it’s the only way native plants can come back where they belong. Fire! You have always had magic, you just didn’t see it.”
Fire flickered quietly as she thought. “I do have magic. Why did I ever think I didn’t? Shall we go change the world, sisters?”
And they went off to shape the world and to help it grow.
Once upon a time the Element of Earth was sad. She had been looking all over and no matter where she looked the other elements and things around her danced. She wanted to dance. She knew if she danced people and animals would get hurt.
The other Elements noticed that Earth was silent. So they came to ask her what was wrong. Fire was the bravest so they let her ask the question. “Earth, what’s wrong? Is there something we can do?”
The Earth thought and then said,” I don’t know if you can. I see all of you dancing alone and with each other but I can’t join in and I really, really want to.”
Fire was quiet and then said, “Wait here a moment.” She went to the other Elements and they met in a huddle. “Is there some way we can each let her dance with us? She can’t dance alone but I bet there is some way she can dance with each of us.”
Air spoke up, “Well, I can take some of her and dance. I can’t be all over her but I can dance with her edges.”
Air went to Earth. “May I go to the dry parts of you and would you dance with me?”
“Oh, yes!” said the Earth.
And the Air went to the desert and started to spin slowly across the Earth’s surface. A dust devil rose in the Air and the Air gently spun the Earth across the desert surface.
“Oh that was lovely”, cried the Earth. “I can dance with my edges! If I dance with my edges people will usually have time to get out of the way. Do you think Water and Fire will dance with my edges?”
Air replied, “Of course, let’s go see.”
Water stepped forward. “Would you like dance in me or me to dance over you?”
Earth was so excited, “Let’s try both!” And Water took some Earth and danced her through the waves taking her back and forth all over the world. “Would you like me to dance over you now?”
The Earth smiled happily and Water slid and danced down mountains and over hills laughing all the way and the Earth laughed too. If you listen you can still hear them laughing if you go to a brook or stream. “I think Fire would like to dance with you now, too.”
“Do you mind if we heat you up?” asked Fire.
“Oh no! However you need me to be I’ll be.” Replied the Earth.
And Fire heated up the Earth around her. “I can only do this if you let me through some cracks, is that alright?”
The Earth sighed happily. Fire took her up through a crack and spun in the air, they came back down, they flowed over the Earth rising and falling. Air and Water joined in all three danced. Now there are islands that people call Iceland and Hawaii.
The Earth was happy. She could dance, maybe not all of her but parts of her and she could be happy with that.
Lady Mother, I give thanks:
I give thanks that our highest court stood on the side of love and our families.
I give thanks that one long fight is over at least legally.
I ask that people’s closed hearts be opened and that they see it was just about loving and not about sex.
May they see us and not the prejudice they’ve been taught in an old book.
Help us remember why we did this and all those who are gone that we did this for.
Let us remember there is more to do and that no one deserves to lose their livelihood or the place they live because of who they love.
Be with all those who still suffer due to other people’s hate. Let this become a world more open to love.
Let us love ourselves even when the world may not love us and may every child be loved by their parents because of their heart not who their child’s heart loves.
Help us to all love more.
So mote it be.
Once upon a time the moon was shining brightly out on the sandy, flat top of the mesa and a small rabbit came out to dance in the moonlight. BunniHotep was tired because people were not getting along and that made Her sad so She decided to do Her favourite thing in the whole world, Dance! BunniHoTep started to move slowly. She bowed in the direction of the Nile and She bowed to the desert and She danced. She danced slowly at first. Dipping and Spinning with Her paws out from Her sides and She danced because She felt the Earth move and the winds flow gently past Her.
She danced her joy at being alive in this body and in this beautiful place and as She danced something strange started to happen. Her joy moved through the world and the first one to feel it was Bast. Bast came running from Her Temple and She brought Her drum. Bast watched BunniHoTep and began to drum. Then the energy and love they brought to their dance moved farther out into the world and Hathor began to feel her foot tap.
Hathor said to Herself, “I need to Dance!” It had been so long since She danced and She was one of the goddesses whose dance helped make the world so She ran out to join the dance. As She ran to join the dance She grabbed Isis who had come out to see what was happening.
They joined the dance and the joy moved farther across the Earth. Next Ma’at and Nepthys and Nuit felt it and came running to join. They spun and dipped and whirled and stretched their arms out to the world and a strange thing began to happen.
The people began to smile. People who had not smiled in years smiled. They smiled at their neighbors. They smiled at strangers and still BunniHotep danced for joy.
Then other things began to happen as Bast drummed, women who had struggled at their labours gave birth easily and the children that were born were blessed with peace and joy all their lives. People who were sick and waiting to die, let go and went with peace and love surrounding them. The crops in the fields grew sturdy and would produce much food at harvest time. People who were fighting stopped and wondered why they had ever done it.
The beautiful night sky bloomed with stars overhead and people wished on the shooting stars and if their dreams weren’t selfish their wishes came true.
And still the Goddesses danced. A gentle rain came and caressed them and left to water the fields. Because Ma’at danced people who had not been fair to one another settled their differences.
And as the joy flooded the world the people understood about this great flood of love and peace and joy. History records a great flood and as man interprets these things in later years it was recorded as a bad thing because some people can not understand good and love in the world. The ones who wrote it down only knew that a Great Flood had come one night and changed the world. They never knew it was just the Goddesses dancing because they loved the World.
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