Calendar of the Moon for October 10

Calendar of the Moon

10 Muin/Boedromion

Day of the Three Brothers of the Forge

Colors: Black, Bronze, Brown
Elements: Earth and Fire
Altar: Upon cloth of brown set three cups of ale, an anvil, a hammer, and other tools of metalworking, three red candles, woodworking tools, and things of wood and wrought metal.
Offerings: Repair things around the House.
Daily Meal: Sandwiches

Invocation to the Three Brothers

(One stands forth with the first cup of ale and says:)

Hail to the Tre Dee’ Dana!
Hail to Goibniu, Smith of the Tuatha!
The stars are the sparks from your anvil,
The weapons you forge are always deadly,
Your brew intoxicates the warrior
And makes him afraid of nothing!

(They pour out the ale as a libation. Another stands forth with the second cup and says:)

Hail to the Tre Dee’ Dana!
Hail to Creidhne, goldsmith of the Tuatha!
Worker in bronze, worker in brass,
Worker in silver and gold,
Your skilled hands fill the hall with beauty
And create wonder in our eyes.

(They pour out the ale as a libation. Another stands forth with the third cup and says:)

Hail to the Tre Dee’ Dana!
Hail to Luchtaine, carpenter of the Tuatha!
You who build the hall, the chair, the fine things
We live on, who sees the magic in the grain of wood,
Maker of wheels and wagons, carver of temple pillars,
Our hands cannot help but reach for your work.

(They pour out the ale as a libation. All go forth and strike one blow with the hammer on the anvil, asking for the blessing of the Brothers.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Deity of the Day for August 17: Brigid


by Lisa Spindler
Name Cognates: Breo Saighead, Brid, Brighid [Eriu], Brigindo, Brigandu [Gaul], Brigan, Brigantia, Brigantis [Briton], Bride [Alba].Breo Saighead, or the “Fiery Arrow or Power,” is a Celtic three-fold goddess, the daughter of The Dagda, and the wife of Bres. Known by many names, Brighid’s three aspects are (1) Fire of Inspiration as patroness of poetry, (2) Fire of the Hearth, as patroness of healing and fertility, and (3) Fire of the Forge, as  patroness of smithcraft and martial arts. She is mother to the craftsmen. Sons of Tuireann: Creidhne, Luchtaine and Giobhniu.

Excalibur, King Arthur’s sword, was forged by the Lady of the Lake, a figure sometimes associated with Brighid because of her fire and forgery aspect. Like the Arthurian Avalon, or “Isle of Apples,” Brigid possessed an apple orchard in the Otherworld to which bees traveled to obtain it’s magickal nectar.

Brigid, which means “one who exaults herself,” is Goddess of the Sacred Flame of Kildare (derived from “Cill Dara,” which means “church of the oak”) and often is considered to be the White Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess. She was Christianized as the “foster-mother” of Jesus Christ, and called St. Brigit, the daughter of the Druid Dougal the Brown. She sometimes also is associated with the Romano-Celtic goddess Aquae-Sulis in Bathe.

Brighid’s festival is Imbolc, celebrated on or around February 1 when she ushers Spring to the land after The Cailleach’s Winter reign. This mid-Winter feast commences as the ewes begin to lactate and is the start of the new agricultural cycle. During this time Brigid personifies a bride, virgin or maiden aspect and is the protectoress of women in childbirth. Imbolc also is known as Oimelc, Brigid, Candlemas, or even in America as Groundhog Day.

As the foundation for the American Groundhog Day, Brigid’s snake comes out of its mound in which it hibernates and its behavior is said to determine the length of the remaining Winter.

Gailleach, or White Lady, drank from the ancient Well of Youth at dawn. In that instant, she was transformed into her Maiden aspect, the young goddess called Brigid. Wells were considered to be sacred because they arose from oimbelc(literally “in the belly”), or womb of Mother Earth.

Because of her Fire of Inspiration and her connection to the apple and oak trees, Brighid often is considered the patroness of the Druids.