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« Topic Start: January 19, 2009, 05:57:20 pm »

I've been thinking about the Brat Bhride discussion we had a couple of weeks ago: 
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=7872.msg134358#msg134358

Several of us put fabric or ribbon of some sort out on the evening prior to Brighid's day (so, the night of January 31).  That's the traditional way of doing it.

I'm thinking about putting out something other than fabric this year for Brighid to bless on her way past.  Specifically, a silver pendant.

What do you think about a variation like that?  Too different from the tradition?  An acceptable evolution of the tradition?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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« Reply #1: January 19, 2009, 08:16:51 pm »

I've been thinking about the Brat Bhride discussion we had a couple of weeks ago: 
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=7872.msg134358#msg134358

Several of us put fabric or ribbon of some sort out on the evening prior to Brighid's day (so, the night of January 31).  That's the traditional way of doing it.

I'm thinking about putting out something other than fabric this year for Brighid to bless on her way past.  Specifically, a silver pendant.

What do you think about a variation like that?  Too different from the tradition?  An acceptable evolution of the tradition?

Thanks for your thoughts.

~MI

I would think that would be wonderful!

I'm actually going to crochet a small lap blanket and leave it out.  I'd never heard of this tradition before we had the discussion here, but I think it's wonderful!  I'm just going with traditional cloth because I think it would be very comforting...and I tend to want something soft and homey feeling when I'm down/sick/whatever.  If a pendant would give you more of a feeling of comfort, I say go for it!
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« Reply #2: January 20, 2009, 06:24:04 pm »

What do you think about a variation like that?  Too different from the tradition?  An acceptable evolution of the tradition?
I think it's between you and Brigid - if it works for you, and if she does bless it on her way past rather than turning her nose up at it (which I don't think she would, I'm just being complete), then there ya go.  'Course, I'm a polycultural eclectic for whom, "the deities do as they will, whether it's traditional or not," is a core article of faith.

OTOH, that's more an answer to, "is it an acceptable practice?" than to, "is this variation still part of of the tradition?"  I think that depends what you means by "the tradition".  If it's the ancient Irish Celtic traditions the CRs strive to reconstruct, it'd probably be better to identify the variation as "inspired by", but if it's the folk custom that persisted (or so I understand, perhaps wrongly) to the present day... well, I'd be mighty surprised if the custom was "pure"; I doubt you'd be the first (possibly not by centuries) to put something non-fabric out for her to bless.

On the third hand (one of the reasons I love the cyberworld is that I can have as many hands as I need Grin), I see no reason whatsoever why it wouldn't be an acceptable part of Feral Brighideach.  There we're back to, "it's between you and Brigid," as is most of your path.

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« Reply #3: January 23, 2009, 03:30:46 pm »

I would think that would be wonderful!

I'm actually going to crochet a small lap blanket and leave it out.  I'd never heard of this tradition before we had the discussion here, but I think it's wonderful!  I'm just going with traditional cloth because I think it would be very comforting...and I tend to want something soft and homey feeling when I'm down/sick/whatever.  If a pendant would give you more of a feeling of comfort, I say go for it!

I also had never heard of this tradition but now I'm knitting a long wide shoulder scarf to put out.  I thought I would like something to wrap around me and keep me warm.  I just hope I can finish it in time. Unfortunately, other life things keep interfering with my relaxing time. 
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« Reply #4: January 24, 2009, 12:32:59 am »

I also had never heard of this tradition but now I'm knitting a long wide shoulder scarf to put out.  I thought I would like something to wrap around me and keep me warm.  I just hope I can finish it in time. Unfortunately, other life things keep interfering with my relaxing time. 

If you don't finish knitting your scarf, maybe you could put the skein of yarn out...?  Just a thought.
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« Reply #5: January 24, 2009, 08:34:59 am »

If you don't finish knitting your scarf, maybe you could put the skein of yarn out...?  Just a thought.

This is what I'm planning on doing with my (deliberately) unfinished crocheted scarf. I had a thought: it may be an interesting experiment to make the actual crocheting of the brat an Imbolc tradition over the next few years. Every year it will grow longer, and it will still be set out for her to bless, but perhaps the symbol of the ongoing crafting can bring a certain tone to my Imbolcs for the years to come.
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« Reply #6: January 24, 2009, 09:34:13 am »

I'm thinking about putting out something other than fabric this year for Brighid to bless on her way past.  Specifically, a silver pendant.

What do you think about a variation like that?  Too different from the tradition?  An acceptable evolution of the tradition?
Sure, try it out!

I don't see it as veering from tradition, but accommodating it.
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« Reply #7: January 24, 2009, 10:24:41 am »


Several of us put fabric or ribbon of some sort out on the evening prior to Brighid's day (so, the night of January 31).  That's the traditional way of doing it.


Inspired by this thread, I've made a fabric doll - somewhere between a Bride's cross and a worry doll - to put outside. It actually looks quite nice, and a cuddly doll could have the same mental healing properties as a warm scarf..

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« Reply #8: January 24, 2009, 05:34:25 pm »

This is what I'm planning on doing with my (deliberately) unfinished crocheted scarf. I had a thought: it may be an interesting experiment to make the actual crocheting of the brat an Imbolc tradition over the next few years. Every year it will grow longer, and it will still be set out for her to bless, but perhaps the symbol of the ongoing crafting can bring a certain tone to my Imbolcs for the years to come.

Our brats are vintage flour clothing  - each year we add an new needleworked embellishment. We've been doing this for years, and it does seem to have a building 'feel', Imbolc after Imbolc.
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« Reply #9: February 02, 2009, 10:37:58 am »

Every year it will grow longer, and it will still be set out for her to bless, but perhaps the symbol of the ongoing crafting can bring a certain tone to my Imbolcs for the years to come.

I really like this idea - mind if I borrow it for next year?
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« Reply #10: February 02, 2009, 11:18:52 am »

I really like this idea - mind if I borrow it for next year?

Go for it!
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