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Are Brigid and Jesus the same?

 At my first Brigid ritual I had an experience that was so unexpected and life changing that I fell silent. I didn’t speak about it to my friends and I didn’t write about it. I didn’t even mention it in my journal. What happened felt familiar, much like the experiences I had as a Christian, but it was also different. The differences left me confused and I asked myself if I had just had an encounter with a new deity. At the same time the familiarity of the experience made me wonder if Jesus and Brigid were actually the same, like aspects of an all encompassing deity.

 The more I thought about it, the more excited I became to find an answer.  But Ostara came, Beltaine, and Lammas, and the question remained. The wheel turned and Brigid came around again. An entire year had passed and I still hadn’t written anything. I decided to rededicate myself to the question and find the answer on the event’s one year anniversary. So I wrote a piece about Jesus and Brigid being the same. Then I wrote a piece about Jesus and Brigid being different. They were both good pieces but I couldn’t decide which one was true and I ended up deleting them both.

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  • Jennifer
    Jennifer says #
    I was raised Roman Catholic, left Christianity and converted to Paganism, and found myself especially drawn to Brigid, with whom I
  • Annika Mongan
    Annika Mongan says #
    Jennifer, I have several friends who are both Episcopalian and Pagan, some jokingly call themselves Episcopagan. I like your descr
  • Jenny Terras
    Jenny Terras says #
    On February 2nd 1990 I made first vows as a Carmelite nun. Although I left at the end of my three years in first vows, the importa
  • Annika Mongan
    Annika Mongan says #
    Wow, Jenny, what a story! I gave up on finding labels for myself. Monist is probably the closest, although it is too easily confus

Posted by on in Studies Blogs
Hand, Heart, & Eye


There are many of late who have written about abuse in the Pagan community. This is not the first time that I have seen a rise in the discussion and the debate on how to deal with these serious problems. After a time, when the acute triggering incidents have faded from the collective memory and from news coverage, we drift back towards business as usual. I have seen this pattern wax and wane several times in several communities. Some people focus on the specific individuals, their transgressions and how they should be dealt with. Others respond by creating policy statements or rules that are to be adopted and enforced by organizations. Some, and we should offer a special blessing for them, choose to focus their efforts on supporting and healing those that have been injured. Like all crises, when troubled times like these arise the best and the worst comes forth.

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Thanks Ivo. This is good advice. In addition, I think we need to have a critique of patriarchy and all forms of domination includ
  • Ivo Dominguez Jr
    Ivo Dominguez Jr says #
    Dear Carol, I certainly agree with you on this. I believe that critiques and analysis are a part of the solution.

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