Pictures of David G.'s outdoor altar
Pledge of the Three Trees
(By our memeber David G.)
The Sun rises in the Rowan,
Blood berried and sacred to your name,
Witchwood on Fire, Delight of the Eye,
On Imbolg, and the 17th, I tend the flame for you.
The Fruit of the Gods, the Apple,
White flowered, the yield of the Goddess’s love,
On silver boughs and silver branches,
10th month and 10th day, Faerie Light I gift to you.
And in Yew… the Sun sets
To traverse the dark paths of the Underworld
Where through old leaves and bones, we finally must tread…
And reborn, on Yule, on the 3rd… I light the Sacred Fires again.
Great Goddess, this I offer,
to your Eternal Undying Flame.
(I am holding three shifts Rowan, Apple and Yew. I decided therefore to write a poetic style oath/bond to offer to Brigid as my renewed oath using these three trees and their symbols and connections to Brigid.
This prayer I can use each shift also.)
Each morning after I light the candles on my alter and give thanks I recite 2 poems that I memorized from the book "Tending Brigid's Flame", by Lunaea Weatherstone.
Genealogy of Brigid
Every day and every night
That I say the genealogy of Brigid,
I shall not be killed, I shall not be harried,
I shall not be put in cell, I shall not be wounded,
No fire, no sun, no moon shall burn me,
No lake, no water, no sea shall drown me:
For I am child of Poetry;
Poetry, child of Reflection;
Reflection, child of Meditation;
Meditation, child of Lore;
Lore, child of Research;
Research, child of Great Knowledge;
Great Knowledge, child of Intelligence;
Intelligence, child of Comprehension;
Comprehension, child of Wisdom;
Wisdom, child of Brigid (1)
Then it is referenced, "The first part of the prayer appears in "Carmina Gadelica", listing the names if Saint Brigid's father, grandfather, and other generations in her patriarchal line. The last part is a section if the twelfth-century "Colloquy if the Two Sages." Caitlin Matthew's may have been the first to associate the two, in her book "The Elements of the Celtic Trad. Carmina Gadelica, 70, and Stokes, "The Colloquy of the Two Sages."
"I arise today
With Brigid's strength to uphold me,
Brigid's wisdom to guide me,
Brigid's eyes to look before me,
Brigid's ears to hear me,
Brigid's word to speak for me,
Brigid's hands to guard me,
Brigid's way to lie before me,
Brigid's well to heal me." (2)
Then it is referenced "Adapted from "Carmina Gadelica, 264"
(1) Weatherstone, Lunaea. "Tending Brigid's Flame: Awaken to the Celtic Goddess of Hearth, Temple, and Forge." "Geneology of Brigid"(119/120) Llewellyn Publications 2015
(2)‐‐----------------- (196) Llewellyn Publications 2015
Submitted by: Patti B.