Superposition and Mindfulness

photons1No, this image is not what you think it is.

Those are photons – particles or packets of light. What’s unique about these two particles is that they exist in an “entangled” state but they don’t exist at the same time. It’s called time-separated entanglement.

Weird, eh?

Some years ago a group of physicists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who’re qualified and capable of doing out-of-the-box physics, wrote a paper on it. You can read it here.

Quantum entanglement, as we’ve noted a number of times in these Chrysalis blogs and the Chrysalis Tarot companion book, simply states that when two particles are entangled they can be placed on opposite sides of the universe and yet react to one another simultaneously. Albert Einstein called this, “Spooky action at a distance.”

The quantum (very, very small) world is a different kind of world in that it refuses to follow the laws of Classical Physics – laws that apply to our (very, very big) world. Read on, this gets more interesting and it might prove useful.

Have you ever had a random thought, a premonition if you will, about a future event? Of course you have. Now, have you ever engaged that particular thought – the mindfulness aspect of this blog – with the direct intention of trying to prevent it from happening? If so, please consider sharing your experience in the comment section below. If not, here’s how.

For my part, this happens all the time. For example, I might think, “I haven’t had a toothache in quite some time.” Now should I neglect to engage that thought – put another way, let’s say I neglect to take measure of it – a toothache will be the likely outcome. But should I take measure of it, then there’s no toothache!

So, how do you take measure of a thought that swims though your mind at the speed of light? You just reach out, catch it and haul it into your boat of conscious mindfulness. You can accomplish this in anyway you like. I usually just say to myself, “Check that unwanted thought!” It works!

1-Ravens Amazon HRTo illustrate this, the dropped pearl represents a swimming thought mentioned above. The Mind’s Eye – your All-Seeing Third Eye – engages it, or as we would say in philosophy, apprehends it.

Poof! That pearl no longer exists. You just willed it out of existence!

But if your Third Eye is closed – if you ignore swimming thoughts – they will invariably hit your future-self in the noggin. Or in the tooth, as it were.

These two Ravens find themselves in quantum superposition. They will be entangled forever. We could say the lady raven on the upper branch represents your unconscious mind, which is always feminine, or your Higher Self. Pearls of thought insinuating potential events in time dropped by her shall never exist in time provided you observe, engage or apprehend them with the specific intention of overruling them. Your mind possesses such power!

Your unconscious mind knows countless quanta of stuff that your conscious mind can only dream of – and often does. Understanding how to raise your unconscious mind to consciousness is key to an idea first conceptualized by Madame Blavatsky in the late 1800s and popularized today as the Law of Attraction. This law allows you to attract (manifest) and to repel (deny).



© Toney Brooks, 2019


Cruising the Sea with Singles World

C18“My world is small but it’s not that small.”

A sleek cruise ship resembles a meandering, overpopulated island, a gently swaying labyrinth whose prospectus promises the seaman’s beatific vision. That’s if you get lucky.

The wary young soul who summoned enough confidence and courage to approach my friend Catherine wasn’t…lucky. He meekly stammered, “Are you with Singles World?” and was promptly treated to a slice of razor-like repartee:

“My world is small but it’s not that small.”

In fish-infested waters there be barracuda! And there be dragons too, as we shall see.

Now what to make of the moon’s stranded soul? What prospectus enticed and then failed him? What matter of man doth he symbolize? We’ll come to that directly.

After publishing the Chrysalis Tarot Companion Book in 2016, a book all Chrysalis enthusiasts should read – not because it’s great prose (it isn’t) but because it charts a thoughtful course off the confines of that godforsaken island – after that endeavor I contemplated the offing that rests on the horizon. I’m still contemplating it.

While the second half of the companion book offers greater detail than did the “Little White Booklet” that’s included with the Chrysalis deck, greater detail about each of the 78 cards’ symbolism, the first half offers a synopsis of the Chrysalis zeitgeist – its worldview spotlighted as a New Paradigm.

In that offing, far off the bow of the fancy cruise ship (a metaphor for a life of comfort), I saw three ships a-sailing – a schooner, a barque and a sloop. Each represented a mostly undressed idea that sported a few encrusted barnacles.

(An author dare not write anything until enough barnacles collect on the planks.)

schoonerThe schooner’s idea points to the return of the Divine Feminine – the feminine presence of the godhead and wise counselor of human destiny. This presence is symbolized by the Chrysalis moon (above). The Divine Feminine is also known as the Great Mother, an archetype that’s been around for at least 30,000 years but likely for a great deal longer. The “return” of the Divine Feminine is a metaphor for spiritual growth par excellence and the evolution of human consciousness to a level we dare not comprehend.

barqueThe barque’s more ambitious idea points to a secular (non-religious) interpretation of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medugorje, Yugoslavia, a tiny peasant village I traveled to often and even lived in for a while. This story is bound up in Catholic doctrine and has consequently found a limited audience, i.e. Catholics.

The apparitions have been occurring in Medugorje since 1981. One of the Franciscan friars assigned to the parish told me, “Once it hits 15 years it’s lost in space.” He was right: relevance walked the plank, so to speak, around the turn of the century. The barque idea would be a fun project; for some time I’ve been keen to write something destined for condemnation by the Vatican. The Virgin Mary joining the ranks of Lilith, Diana, Isis, Kali, Asherah, Sophia, et al. would be immediately anathematized. Besides, this idea was elucidated the 50’s (without the Medugorje angle, of course) by the great German psychologist Erich Neumann:  The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype.

sloopThe sloop’s idea is even more ambitious. It points to the Chrysalis worldview of a connected universe where all matter is conscious (panpsychism) and consciousness itself is the Ground of All Being: you cannot drill down on consciousness – it is the substance, quintessence and architecture of the cosmos.

The solitary man on the island in Holly’s moon painting needn’t worry because he isn’t really alone, nor is he any different from any one of us. That’s explained in part by our bowing to the worldview of scientific materialism, a worldview that insists existence beyond ourselves is religious belief, not a scientific fact. Not yet anyway! We are not alone – we are all connected to fields of infinite splendor.

My corollary to the sloop’s idea is that information and energy are equivalent and the stuff of consciousness: E = CI ~ In this formula, information sharing (I) is instantaneous, non-local and not limited to the speed of light; quantum mechanics proves that entangled particles interact with one another instantly, even when on opposite sides of the universe. Energy (E) is pervasive in the vacuum of “empty” space (quantum foam). Vacuum energy used to be known as aether, a.k.a. akasha (information).

Outside-the-box thinkers – great scientific minds such as David Bohm, Nikola Tesla, Karl Pribram, et al. and our contemporaries Shelli Joye, Sean Carroll and Nassim Haramein, et al. – are evolving this paradigm, albeit slowly. However, change will be coming to a crescendo. And soon.

Who we don’t see in the Chrysalis Moon card is the green dragon. Holly and I discussed including her but she was, uh, scuttled – too much symbolism and not enough room. So visualize her underwater. The vast ocean depths are a metaphor for the cosmically connected unconscious mind. The Green dragon herself symbolizes staggering change on a cosmic scale.

Note the difference in the waters the three ships sail. Only the sloop sails in calm waters. Until Cartesian dualism (mind vs. matter) is rendered antiquated thinking, the Green Dragon will continue to ramp up the churning seas of change.

(An interesting perspective on the Green Dragon of, pardon my pun, sea change.)

green dragon

© Toney Brooks, 2019. Comments welcome.

Cosmic Evil: Peterson’s Pearls (4)

An excellent guest blog by Ron Clutz. The previous 3 offerings in this series are linked at the conclusion of this piece.

Ron establishes a polarity between The Fascist and The Decadent with the “Individualist” center represented by Heroic Self, an archetype familiar to Tarot.

It’s a good, thought provoking read. Click on “View original post to read the entire article.

Science Matters

This is the fourth in a series of posts based upon Jordan Peterson’s book Maps of Meaning, published in 1999 after 17 years of research and writing. It is rich in description and insight with many references and quotations from original sources. Reading it I began to copy passages that struck me as especially lucid and pertinent. Those paragraphs of his text are provided below in italics as excerpts selected to explain five themes emerging in my reflections while pondering his book. Cosmic Dichotomy: Peterson’s Pearls (1) provides an overview explaining why this is important to me and perhaps to others.

[Note: I use the word “cosmic” since each individual’s world is at risk, and as we see in the agitation over climate change, entire social groups can also fear for their collective world.]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Two MirrorsBW (1)In the time of Chaucer, it’s said that (love) birds began their annual search for a mate around February 14.

Trusting in the Goddess Venus, on February 14 the amorous young men of ancient Rome drew the names of eligible young ladies who they would then court during the year. 

Into this pagan love lottery, horrified Christians substituted names of saints to be imitated during the coming year. Not much fun in that, is there?

Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Trust Venus!

Days 7-9 – The Morrigan

morrigan laura daliganWe conclude the final 3 days of the Brighid Novena with the shape-shifting Celtic Goddess Morrigan, presented in each of her tri-fold, triple aspects – one for each remaining day of the novena.

Day 7

Because the Celts kept an oral history, and because much of it has come down to us through the mesh of Catholic monks, there’s a great deal we don’t know about Morrigan. Further exacerbating this lament is that Morrigan herself can only be understood and appreciated when viewed in cyclic time, the way the ancients reckoned time.

The aspects of all Triple Goddesses are mother – maiden – clone. Morrigan, however, is better understood using her aspects of warrior – protectress – prophetess. She is frequently identified as a raven goddess owing to her warrior aspect, but presented in this image (above left) as a protectress. Ravens and the entire gang of corvids – crows, choughs, magpies, jackdaws – are associated with battlefield carnage and Morrigan is seldom pictured without them.

“She who walks the Warrior Path, Great Morrigan, Red Queen! I greet your beauty, your shadowed jewel At the height of your Powers. I greet you with a rite in your honor, Lady of Many Forms. Tri-fold Lady; With your sisters at your side I would honor you, And call you to join us this night.” ~ Sacred Wicca


morrigan Magdalena Korzeniewska
Morrigan, by Magdalena Korzeniewska

Day 8

This unique art presents Morrigan as a bloodied Irish warrior. Today’s Celts are identified with Ireland but they dominated Europe for 1,000 years from their native Anatolia and across Austria, where two famous archaeological digs reveal the beauty of ancient Celtic cultures of Hallstatt and La Tène, and on into Northern Europe. A Celtic torque unearthed at La Tène is pictured below.


O Morrigan, we call your name Across the dusty years.
You speak to us, of blood and lust. You show us all our fears.
You are a goddess, old and wise. Of holy power you have no dearth.
Beneath your wings : Black, Red and White, We learn of death and birth. ~ hymn by Isaac Bonewits


morrigan prophet
Morrigan, by Emily Balivet

Day 9

As a prophetess, we call on Morrigan in this novena for clarity as to the true nature of reality and for a framework in which we can comprehend the chaos of today’s world, which I fear may only worsen.

Our reality, our worldview, is rapidly changing – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse; indeed, it is not only changing, but is threatened with false beliefs. We witness a pernicious movement advocating a collectivist worldview at every turn. This is a movement toward big government, power and money, totalitarian in nature, that seeks to control almost every aspect of daily life.

The spiritual battle we fight today is one of individuality vs. globalism. Our country is at the vanguard.


The Wind from Hastings , by Luis Royo


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© Toney Brooks, 2019

Day 6 – Hail and Be Welcome to the Feast


Hand in hand, with fairy grace,

Will we sing, and bless this place.

The title of the beautiful painting on the left by Sophie Anderson is a mouthful:

“Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things,” (c. 1869).

Sophie Anderson lived in an affluent artist colony on the Italian island of Capri when she painted this portrait of a fairy. Sir Frederick Leighton was also a member of the colony at that time. You know Lord Leighton’s work, even if you don’t immediately associate his name with them. He was one of the Pre-Raphaelites who resided in London in the mid 1800s. This one is a favorite of mine. It offers a hint of the direction we intend to pursue with this (mostly visual) blog.

Flaming June – Frederick Leighton, (1895)

The rhyming couplet that introduced the blog is from Titania’s instruction to her fairy train at the conclusion of Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. My favorite illustration of that particular scene was created by one of my favorite poets, William Blake. We might mention here that one of Brighid’s many titles is Goddess of Poetry.

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing c.1786 by William Blake 1757-1827
Oberon, Titania and Puck with Faeries Dancing – William Blake, (c.1875)

Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies, are on the left. Puck, the trickster and perplexer of mortals, faces us. The fairies Moth and Peaseblossom are easily identifiable. We’ll guess the third fairy is Mustardseed.

The Queen of Elphame, my original title for this blog, translates as the Queen of Fairyland. She is associated with the Tuatha Dé Danann, the mythological family of supernatural beings in Irish folklore. While Brighid’s family was indeed the Tuatha Dé, she was never, to my knowledge, proclaimed Queen of Fairyland. That is, not until now.

The Arrival of the King & Queen of Fairyland – E Stuart Hardy, (c. 1895)

The attributes of the Queen of Ephrame – magic, childbirth, poetry and healing – are attributes commonly associated with Brighid, as well as with several of her counterparts such as the Norse Goddess Freyja. Lush red hair appears to be a common attribute.

I’ve always believed that artists, well, many artists, receive inspiration from a obscure mound of dirt – a fairy mound – tucked neatly away on some mossy knoll of the Celtic Otherworld. After composing this blog, I’m rather convinced of it!

Titania ~ Frederick Howard Michael, (1897)

Know that everyone, including the beings of the Dragonfae, is delighted and happy to know of your ability to delight in your own self. Celebrate, and we celebrate with you. Hail, joyful kindred spirit and be welcome to the feast! ~ Titania, as channeled by Lucy Cavendish in Oracle of the Dragonfae.

brighid card“Dragonfae are powerful and bring deeper understanding and clarity to all things…they tend to come into our lives to remind us who we really are and to active aspects of ourselves that we may have forgotten…Dragonfae help us to access knowledge from deep within.” – from the Dragonfae companion book.


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Day 5 – Daughter of the Dagda

Brighid’s Well in Kildare

The Three-Fold Fire of Brighid

Fire in the forge that
shapes and tempers

Fire of the hearth that
nourishes and heals

Fire in the head that
incites and inspires.

We mentioned in our Day 2 blog that Brighid – Pagan goddess and Catholic saint – is titled, “Daughter of the Dagda.” The Dagda is the supreme deity of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the tribe or people of the Goddess Danu in Irish mythology.

The Tuatha Dé, like all the old gods and the new, were considered supernatural beings who inhabited the Otherworld. There they interacted with humans. This 4,000 year old profession of faith effectively correlates the unseen Otherworld with Collective Unconscious archetypes, a spiritual awareness rarely found in today’s worldview dominated by scientific materialism.

While this novena’s primary intention is to seek clarity as to the true nature of reality, it offers thoughts and prayers for a rapid end to today’s antiquated, discredited and narcissistic worldview that insists physical reality is all that truly exists.

Holly Sierra art from the Chrysalis Tarot app.

The Chrysalis Tarot card chosen to represent this plight of ours is Celtic Owl, a card fitting for a novena invoking a Celtic goddess and Catholic saint.

These are the most important symbols found in the Celtic Owl image:

1. The endless knot symbolizes connectivity of everything – Individual consciousness to the Collective Unconsciousness (Otherworld); Individual consciousness to Cosmic Mind, and the present to past and future.

2. Owl symbolizes both the Otherworld and keen sight (and insight), even in darkness. Owl also is a symbol of spiritual growth, wisdom and psychic ability, particularly clairvoyance.

3. The crown chakra, a symbol of higher consciousness, is a dominant feature in Holly’s Celtic Owl artwork. Pranic energy enters the crown or seventh chakra portal and proceeds to flow through the other energy meridians before returning to the eternal aether. Pranic energy, the energy of pure consciousness, is the life force that changes desire into reality.

Toroidal pranic energy

 I am Owl,
Swift creature of the dark night
Guardian of the Spirit’s flight

Herald of new direction
Ancient wisdom in reflection

Nature’s shy and silent one
Who sees beyond the setting sun.

From Wisdom of the Four Winds Oracle
©by Cecilie Okada & Barry Brailsford

and with special thanks to Beth Owls Daughter for The Wisdom of Owls

Fairys Dancing
Fairies Dancing by Tina Higgins Art

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Day 4 – The Nature of Reality

5 - Divine ChildSpiritual awareness begins not when we blindly pledge allegiance to arcane religious dogma but when we finally are led to utter the words, “I Am.”

I Am responsible for my own spirituality and my own spiritual growth.

I Am is a declaration of spiritual freedom. Only with spiritual freedom are we, as individuals, able to achieve our full potential and chart the course to destiny.

Carl G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, coined the oblique term individuation to describe the spiritual quest allegorized by the tarot. Jung taught that birth is analogous to a photographic negative. The fullness of life must be developed over the years, as well as lived.

As the psychic process of individuation advances, as the photographic negative is developed, the self assumes form, intelligence and personality. Color and detail is added, as symbolized (above) by the Divine Child’s palette. The frog and butterflies are universal symbols of transformation; the candle, of the essence of being.

In the final analysis, how we develop has as much if not more to do with physics than with religion, although religious metaphor plays an important if intermediate role. Individuation is a completely natural process, although not one we are able to accomplish on our own. We require divine assistance! We require divine assistance to keep us from exiting the train named Destiny at the whistle-stop named religion, as so many do.

The traditional name for this particular tarot card, as noted above, is The Hierophant. Before that, in the Tarot of Marseilles, the card’s title was Le Pape – “The Pope.” In other words, in traditional tarot this archetype always has bowed to the authority of institutionalized dogma and appealed to religious absolutism. A change was necessary.

Being by Artist Mario Duguay

The Divine Child refers to that inner voice we all know and recognize as a phenomenon fundamental to our own unique being. This inner voice was once called a homunculus – a “little person” inside the brain. (I added the link just for fun. It’s not particularly relevant.)

Anyway, a more accurate term for this inner voice is clairaudience, meaning inspiration from the spirit world and divine assistance in the form of spirit guides, animal totems, ancestors, nature and Higher Self.

Chrysalis defines the Higher Self as something  exterior, existing only in the Otherworld (as beautifully depicted on the left). The Otherworld, however, is not supernatural, it is very much an unseen part of this world, as we shall see.

We are all psychic (clairvoyant) and we are all clairaudient to varying degrees whether we realize it or not, just as we are all intuitive. Everyone has a Sixth Sense or Third Eye.  As the individuation process evolves toward higher consciousness and enlightenment, our spiritual abilities come sharply into focus.

Eye of Horus

I mentioned that physics (quantum not classical) explains the thoroughly natural characteristics of these and other spiritual abilities. In metaphysics, we no longer refer to them as paranormal but as anomalistic psychology.

Let’s draw an analogy between, for example, a material self (little s) on one hand and its spiritual Higher Self on the other to two quantum particles, say protons. Once entangled, they cannot be properly understood independently. They forever remain entangled as a composite whole. The self, by analogy, becomes an emergent property of Higher Self. Emergence implies that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Amazingly, should you create some vast distance between those two entangled protons, which have intrinsic spin – either clockwise or counterclockwise – by placing one proton in your pocket and the other on the opposite side of the universe, and then spin your proton clockwise, the other one will spin counterclockwise. Instantaneously! Accordingly, quantum mechanics can easily account for the “little man in your brain” and assures us that we are, indeed, connected to everything and not alone in the universe.

To our list of intentions in this Novena to Brighid, let us now add “clarity as to the true nature of reality.” And please add your own intentions.

Spiral Matrix by Sam Brown

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Day 3 – The Gatekeeper

Image taken from the Chrysalis Tarot App

Papa Legba is one of Chrysalis Tarot’s most popular cards and personalities. One loyal fan even had Legba’s art tattooed on his arm!

Papa, consciously or unconsciously, facilitates the user’s connection and conversation with the Otherworld. Tarot works best when this connection is a conscious one; too many tarot readers believe they’re decoding a message since tarot cards have fixed meanings. They do not.

A tarot card’s meaning is derived from the contents of the user’s unconscious mind and the resonance engendered with one or more archetypes, in this case Papa Legba, Brighid and, as we shall see, Janus.

Papa is an archetype that always runs in the background like an app on a computer. That’s because Papa represents what is known as a Gatekeeper between worlds. He is always present to assist your creative imagination and raise your level of consciousness.

All mythologies feature a gatekeeper, although he or she may be more readily recognized by other attributes. Hecate, a gatekeeper, is perhaps best known for her magical attributes. Gatekeepers are the deities of transitions, passages, thresholds, change, crossroads, beginnings and endings, to mention a few. Papa is depicted seated at a crossroads; the telephone poles in the distance symbolize communication with the Otherworld.

Janus by Jeff Simpson for Deviant Art

For our Brighid novena, perhaps another gatekeeper worth mentioning is Janus, the Roman god with two faces; one which looks toward the future, the other askance at the past.

Once your consciousness enters the threshold of liminal space, past, present and future dissolve into an Eternal Now – the state of pure possibility that exists (metaphorically) betwixt and between the two faces of Janus.

Liminality is one reason dreams should be interpreted subjectively, just like tarot cards; transitional experiences are deeply personal and timeless. You have to be there.

Invocation to Janus via Papa Legba

Hail, Lord Who Looks Both Ways!
Hail, face of the past
Turned towards memory!
You see all that has been,
Not only our beginnings,
But our past deeds
Which have brought us to this day.
May we learn to take responsibility for them.

Hail, face of the future
Turned towards possibility!
You see all that might be,
A multitude of choices,
Yet that multitude is pruned
Back to a likely few
By the deeds of the past.

Hail, Lord who stands at the boundary
Of then and now, of there and here.
We stand also at that boundary.
Teach us to see how the past
Shapes the future in its hands,
That we may not be blind to our own divinity.

Papa Legba, open the gates for me so I might go through. 

This invocation to Janus from the Pagan Book of Hours is particularly relevant to our novena since tomorrow’s card will be Divine Child, a card unique to Chrysalis. Divine Child symbolizes a lesson we infrequently hear and often resist: that we indeed can become “blind to our own divinity.”



© Toney Brooks, 2019


Day 2 – Behold Thy Mother

Holly_Sierra-MoonThe Chrysalis Moon card is an appropriate symbol for the Celtic goddess Brighid. Here’s the reason why.

The ancient Indo-Europeans and Proto-Celts knew the goddess as The Great Mother. Since those days she has been known by many other names. The Israelites call her The Shekinah, the feminine presence of God. The Celtic tribes that left Anatolia in Eastern Turkey to migrate throughout Europe and beyond knew her as the Goddess Danu. They named the River Danube for her.

The names of other Celtic tribes are similarly recognizable by place names on modern maps such as the Parisii (Paris), the Belgae (Belgium) and the Britannia, Galatians, Gauls and the Hibernians (Ireland), who today still celebrate both the Old Gods and the New. Brighid, pagan goddess and Christian saint, belongs to both camps.

The Catholic Church, as we all know, sought to stamp out paganism wherever it was found. They built churches on top of pagan holy sites and made saints out of goddesses that were particularly difficult to get rid of. The goddess and the saint were, as we say, syncretized.

The supernatural family of the Celtic Danu was known as the Tuatha Dé Danann – the People (or tribe) of the Goddess Danu. The Tuatha were highly skilled in the magical arts and were banished from Heaven because, well, they knew too much. Among the deities that came down from Heaven on a cloud of mist was Brighid who, like many other goddesses, is akin to The Great Mother – the Shekinah or Divine Feminine.

The principle attribute of all Great Mother goddesses is the Moon just as the Sun is the principle attribute or symbol of their male consorts. The return of the Divine Feminine to share dominion with the masculine are central themes of the New Paradigm – not to replace the patriarchy, mind you, but simply to restore proper yin-yang ☯ balance. You can easily anticipate how much turmoil such “balance” might create in the corridors of patriarchal power, most notably The Vatican.

St.Brigids-Flame-Christmas-2009Brighid is the Goddess of Home and Hearth. In olden days she along with her 19 priestesses tended Brighid’s Flame, a tradition that lives on. Today Brighid’s Flame burns bright in a town square in County Kildare (left).

Throughout the British Isles and Ireland you will come across Holy Wells and other monuments dedicated to Brighid. Many wells are decorated with “clooties” like the ones on the Chrysalis Six of Spirals card. The clooties represent the intentions of the faithful.

My personal favorite Brighid tradition is her Cauldron of Rebirth, which is actually a Welsh tradition. Like Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland the Isle of Man were once Celtic countries.

We celebrate Brighid in February because according to the Celtic lunar calendar Feb. 2, 2019, is Imbolc, one of the major festivals of the year. From the link:

“It is time to let go of the past and to look to the future, clearing out the old, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings. This can be done in numerous ways, from spring cleaning your home to clearing the mind and heart to allow inspiration to enter for the new cycle. It’s a good time for wish-making or making a dedication.” Or a novena!

Imbolc art by Nicol Skaggs

© Toney Brooks, 2019