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Goddess Brighid & Stone Medicine

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Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads with Carnelian 

The Goddess Brighid is a fire Goddess. When she was born it was reported that flames were leaping from the roof of her house. The uniqueness of Brighid's fire is that is a fire of compassion rather than a flame that burns. The main carnelian stone of this prayer bead set represents Brighid's fire for the stone holds a medicine of inspiring creativity and motivation. Another aspect of Brighid is transformation which we can see symbolized in the blacksmith's anvil - taking raw materials and magically transforming them into practical tools which are also works of art. This prayer beads set with a combination of Brighid's transformation aspect and the stones medicine of motivation offer a powerful tool to bring to whatever focus or situation in life that needs motivation, creativity, and transformation.

 

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Goddess Brighid Prayer Beads with Serpentine

The name serpentine comes from the Latin 'serpentis' meaning snake-like. before the modern Cathedral dedicated to Brighid in Kildrare, Ireland was the pagan site of Cill-Dara (church of the Oak). This earlier shrine devoted to the Goddess Brighid was the home of the perpetual flame - a fire which was attended by devotees of Brighid. It is written that the fire temple housed sacred snakes - a symbol of renewal. These snakes must have been specially brought into the temple as snakes died out in Ireland after the ice age.
Snakes are able to shed their skin, it may seem like they are dead but in shedding they renew themselves. The medicine of serpentine is a deep retrieval of wisdom - which we can gain as it is within us having passed down through the generations. We might recognize the scenario of when we are told something new, which completely resonates with us and it's as if we already knew that information. These prayer beads offer the inspiration of Brighid and her connection to the snake in its magical process of renewal and the medicine of the stone itself in offering these accessing of ancient wisdom as well as being an inspiration in accessing deep meditation.

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Brighid Prayer Beads with Bloodstone

Brighid is known for her mantle which had magical qualities. It is a healing cloak that offers great comfort when it's wrapped around you. This blue/green form of African Bloodstone offers the same qualities of all bloodstone, which are all a form of Jasper, which helps us in nourishing our roots allowing us to feel more comfortable in our own body.
This set of prayer beads offer working with the magic of Brighid's mantle wrapped around us and the stone medicine of drawing courage from that protection and the confidence to face whatever it is we need to face in our lives while we remain grounded. The sea/green color also reminds me of the color of the sea off white sandy beaches in Scotland and Ireland.

 

A very cold may, Dog's Bay, Roundstone, Country Galway with blue/green sea in the background

 

Celtic Soul Prayer Beads Symbolism

You can read more o the actual symbolism of the pattern of the Celtic Soul Prayer Beads here

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I am descended from a long line of wise women – for I too am a shapeshifter, a mythmaker, a woman who has always had one ear to the ground and a foot in the other world. I am a listener to old bones and a collector of stories that I gather from the shorelines, deep in forests or atop mountains. Sometimes my shadow shows my other selves sometimes crow sometimes bear, I am She Who Wears Antlers.

I am a radical doll maker, taking this tradition back to its roots and the hands of my foremothers. They remind us of our sacred connection to this world, the otherworld and our ancestors. I am a collector of stories, carrying old ones and those who need retelling.

I am inspired by the Bean Feasa tradition, a wise woman tradition that stretches back past pre-Celtic generations. People sought the wisdom of the wise woman in times of personal crisis and today this tradition can help us face this deepening global crisis.

I am a cultural activist working from the Bean Feasa tradition rooted in pre-patriarchy which honors imagination and creativity and provides us with tools that can help us overcome the psychological effects of patriarchy.

Visit my website for details of online courses, in-person workshops and our annual pilgrimage to the lands of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland.

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