Brigid-ine Dedications @ Imbolc

In traditional PaGaian Imbolc ceremony these words are offered for the Brigid-ine commitments/dedications:

I commit myself to my particular small self, understanding that I am She – Gaia – She who is All. I am connected to Her as the tree bud is to the branch. ‘I am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mystery of the waters’. I commit myself to this Originating Power present in me, the Sacred Flame in me, this Native Land who I am. I will protect Her and honour Her in myself – this particular Beauty, who is ever-new. I am a Promise of Life. Whatever She needs I will give Her. I will tend Her in myself – so that She may grow strong and flourish. [1]

It is a recognition of ourselves – bodymind –  as primary Land: this is the primary landscape/ecology (that grows out of Earth and Sea), and one which has been colonised. We commit to protecting and honouring this Land, this primary “environment” … which is understood to be seamlessly connected to All. And the She/Her metaphor need not be an issue for male-identified beings: we are speaking of our Gaian selves, our Earthbody selves.

This is a “Bridal” commitment – the primary wedding (how far is that from the average wedding?). It is a commitment to Brigid, who is understood to tend the Flame of Being … Her name itself means “the Great or Sublime One”, from the root brig, “power, strength, vigor, force, efficiency, substance, essence, and meaning.” (Ireland Michael Dames, p.233.). This commitment to the life-force, to bringing forth of being, may be understood as completely relevant and essential to this Planetary Moment we find ourselves in: it is  a Poiesis … the making of a world.

Such a Bridal commitment to the one’s particular self and unique Gaian being, is the primary wedding: the one that all the mystics speak of – the wedding of Lover and Beloved. Some of us may wear tiaras – the “brigand” identified ones may wear a crown of some kind: to represent the sovereignty of the self, the unique Gift that each one is. Our place looks like a wedding is about to happen when we are preparing for Imbolc:


Imbolc preparations under way
at MoonCourt 2013, Blue Mountains, Australia

(c) Glenys Livingstone 2013 (with some edits in 2016).


fn. 1 Glenys Livingstone, PaGaian Cosmology Ch.7  2013


Dames, Michael. Ireland: a Sacred Journey. Element Books, 2000.

Livingstone, Glenys. PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess       Religion. NE: iUniverse, 2005.

One comment

  1. Enjoy your beautiful ceremony. The magic and the mystery and the reality of connecting to her, to this land as lover, mother, self…beautiful xx

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