Thursday This Is Your Spell – Two Blessings of the Hearth Fire

January 7, 2010 at 10:50 am (Ancestors, Blessing, Brid, Bride, Brighid, Brigit, Fire, Imbolc, Magic, pagan, Thursday, Witch)

Two Blessings of the Hearth Fire
Lady Anna’s Pages

The lighting of the fire by the Christianized Celtic women was of great importance in their daily duties. The Celts mixed their pagan belief systems with Christian doctrine, more so than any other tribal culture. The hearth fire had always been blessed, and they found no need to stop the process simply because Christianity appeared on the moors. They looked upon fire as a miracle of divinity and power. A Celtic blessing for the lighting of fire is said every morning under the women’s breath. It is as follows:

"I will kindle my fire this morning
In the presence of the holy angels of heaven
In the presence of Ariel of the loveliest form,
In the presence of Uriel of the mythic charms,
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy.
Without fear without terror of anyone under the sun
but the Goddess to shield me.
Without malice, without jealousy, without envy
Without fear without terror of anyone under the sun
but the holy Queen of the Angels to shield me.
Goddess kindle thou in my heart within
A flame of love to my neighbor,
To my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
To the brave, to the knave, to the thrall
From the children of my loveliest Queen
From the lowliest thing that lives
To the Goddess that is the highest of All."

Here is another, called The Blessing For Hearth-Keepers:

"Brighid of the Mantle, encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs, protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us.
Beneath your mantle, gather us,
And restore us to memory.
Mothers of our mother,
Foremothers strong.
Guide our hands in yours,
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth.
To keep it bright,
To preserve the flame.
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night.
The Mantle of Brighid about us,
The Memory of Brighid within us,
The Protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness.
This day and night,
From dawn till dark,
From dark till dawn."

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