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Pagan Portals - Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess but including a discussion of her Pan-Celtic appearances, particularly in Scotland. Her different appearances in mythology are discussed along with the conflation of the pagan Goddess with C Pagan Portals - Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess but including a discussion of her Pan-Celtic appearances, particularly in Scotland. Her different appearances in mythology are discussed along with the conflation of the pagan Goddess with Catholic saint. Modern methods for neopagans to connect to and honor this popular Goddess include offerings and meditation, and personal anecdotes from the author's experiences are included as well. Who was Brigid to the pre-Christian pagans? Who is she today to neopagans? How do we re-weave the threads of the old pagan Goddess and the new? Learn about Brigid's myths among the pagan Irish, the stories of Bride in Scotland, and the way that people today are finding and honoring this powerful and important deity to find the answer.


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Pagan Portals - Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess but including a discussion of her Pan-Celtic appearances, particularly in Scotland. Her different appearances in mythology are discussed along with the conflation of the pagan Goddess with C Pagan Portals - Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess but including a discussion of her Pan-Celtic appearances, particularly in Scotland. Her different appearances in mythology are discussed along with the conflation of the pagan Goddess with Catholic saint. Modern methods for neopagans to connect to and honor this popular Goddess include offerings and meditation, and personal anecdotes from the author's experiences are included as well. Who was Brigid to the pre-Christian pagans? Who is she today to neopagans? How do we re-weave the threads of the old pagan Goddess and the new? Learn about Brigid's myths among the pagan Irish, the stories of Bride in Scotland, and the way that people today are finding and honoring this powerful and important deity to find the answer.

30 review for Brigid: Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge, and Healing Well

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    The reason I'm only giving this four stars and not five is because the first chapter was so awful (repetitive and boring) that I probably wouldn't have kept reading if my friend hadn't recommended Morgan Daimler's work so highly. I'm glad I pushed through. The rest of the book was informative, well researched, and well-written. The first chapter was about all of Brigid's various names and should have been included only as an appendix.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tofu Sauvage

    Un formidable petit livre très bien construit et documenté, en guise d'introduction sur Brigid et plus globalement sur l'histoire et la traditions celtiques. Tout y est source et expliqué simplement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jayne Tricker

    A well thought out and put together book piecing together what is known about goddess Brigid from the past to the present. It gives you tips but is a brilliant stepping stone to help you find your way. It can get a little repetitive and in-cohesive throughout.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stéphanie

    Voici enfin un petit ouvrage, en français, qui introduit avec intelligence la déesse celtique bien connue, Brigid. Bien connue, comme je le disais, car son pendant chrétien, Sainte Brigid, est vénéré avec autant de dévotion que la déesse païenne. Morgan Daimler nous présente donc les différentes facettes de la déesse, son mythe, son histoire, mais également son culte dans le monde moderne. Indépendamment de tout cadre religieux, l'auteure référence autant les informations académiques qu'ésotériqu Voici enfin un petit ouvrage, en français, qui introduit avec intelligence la déesse celtique bien connue, Brigid. Bien connue, comme je le disais, car son pendant chrétien, Sainte Brigid, est vénéré avec autant de dévotion que la déesse païenne. Morgan Daimler nous présente donc les différentes facettes de la déesse, son mythe, son histoire, mais également son culte dans le monde moderne. Indépendamment de tout cadre religieux, l'auteure référence autant les informations académiques qu'ésotériques, ce qui permet aux néophytes d'arpenter les sentiers souvent sinueux de la découverte d'un culte avec facilité, le vocabulaire et les différentes pratiques présentées étant très abordables. Voici donc 110 pages fort intéressantes qui pousseront probablement ceux qui veulent en savoir plus à fouiller un peu plus en profondeur (l'auteure donne une bibliographie en anglais à la fin du livre), mais qui permettent surtout de découvrir (ou redécouvrir) une déesse phare du culte celtique irlandais et la manière dont nous pouvons l'honorer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    Please see my review of this book at Celtic Scholar's Reviews and Opinions Please see my review of this book at Celtic Scholar's Reviews and Opinions

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I love a good easy-to-read, highly researched, Goddess book with an extensive bibliography and that is exactly what this book was. Daimler's books have become quick favorites of mine as she wastes no time getting to the history (with numerous citations!!!) of things and includes many perspectives on interpretations. I also appreciate the focus on modern approaches to the Goddess including the origin of some non-historical tales surrounding Brigid that I had heard but always seemed questionable. I love a good easy-to-read, highly researched, Goddess book with an extensive bibliography and that is exactly what this book was. Daimler's books have become quick favorites of mine as she wastes no time getting to the history (with numerous citations!!!) of things and includes many perspectives on interpretations. I also appreciate the focus on modern approaches to the Goddess including the origin of some non-historical tales surrounding Brigid that I had heard but always seemed questionable. As always, I find myself wishing there were more pages to this book as I enjoy Daimler's writing style but it is an excellent introduction to a complex Goddess with a plethora of paths to follow for continued learning.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lore

    Everything I was looking for I've been aching for a book that could provide me with good references and a jumping off point to deepen my relationship with Brigid. This was that and so much more. For such a short book, it packs in a lot of information. I appreciated Morgan sharing her personal experiences as well. It's something I enjoy from others in the community.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bryant

    This has served as a good introduction to Brigid for me. As always, I appreciated that the author is scholarly and cited her sources. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Brigid, especially Reconstructionists.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helen Griffus

    This book is part of a series called Pagan Portals. I enjoyed this book very much and think it's a great resource to use if you're new to Brigid. Great information in a compact volume and I appreciate that the author included her own experiences with this goddess.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Short and dry. Sort of a just-the-facts-ma'm Cliffs Notes introduction to Brigid the Celtic Goddess and her namesake Irish saint. An okay starting point but it left me wanting more, so I'm reading "Tending Brigid's Flame" next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Little

    Enlightening As part of my First Degree course I must submit a Deity Focus with each lesson. This time I chose Brigid* This book has given me soo much of the information I needed not just to complete my essay but to put me on solid ground to following my path to her.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mael Brigde

    One of the two Brigit books I recommend people read first. The other is Seán Ó Duinn's The Rites of Brigid: Goddess & Saint. One is written by a Catholic monk, the other by an Irish Polytheist Pagan. And there is a great meeting of the minds between the two of them. One of the two Brigit books I recommend people read first. The other is Seán Ó Duinn's The Rites of Brigid: Goddess & Saint. One is written by a Catholic monk, the other by an Irish Polytheist Pagan. And there is a great meeting of the minds between the two of them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Parker

    This is my absolute favorite book on Brigid. It's concise and well-cited, and it balances the academic with the experiential. Highly recommended!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Peters

    Lots to learn

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Brigid Absolutely amazing introduction to the goddess, and definitely looking to expand my knowledge of this particular Celtic deity with more works.

  16. 5 out of 5

    M.K.

    Review of Pagan Portals: Brigid When I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Number one reason is that the Goddess Brigid resonated so much in the hearts and souls of the Irish people that they stubbornly refused to give her up despite the island nation’s conversion to Christianity. They still kept their wells, their customs, and there was even a sisterhood to keep the sacred flame of Brigid lit. No wonder a Saint Brigid appeared to justify the Celtic people’s continued devotion. Auth Review of Pagan Portals: Brigid When I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Number one reason is that the Goddess Brigid resonated so much in the hearts and souls of the Irish people that they stubbornly refused to give her up despite the island nation’s conversion to Christianity. They still kept their wells, their customs, and there was even a sisterhood to keep the sacred flame of Brigid lit. No wonder a Saint Brigid appeared to justify the Celtic people’s continued devotion. Author Morgan Daimler’s book reveals the history of Brigid in an informative style. Brigid extend past the border of Ireland to Wales and Scotland. Daimler puts the skin and flesh on Brigid making her into full person/deity as opposed to a name with a few characteristics strung after it. The creation of the book was a labor of love for the author’s daughter who found herself drawn to Brigid even as a young girl. Daimler painstakingly researched ancient and contemporary texts and oral legends to present the various facets of Brigid. Pagan Portals: Brigid also includes prayers, chants, and various ways to honor the Goddess/Saint. This is an exciting introduction to Morgan Daimler. She has also penned books on The Morrigan, Irish Paganism, and Fairy Craft. I give this book five stars on research method, interesting conveyance of information, and thoroughly enjoyable. This is a much-needed resource for those interested in Celtic history, Paganism, World Religions, Goddesses, or expanding their knowledge base. The last should be everyone. I’m definitely adding a paperback copy to my library.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Autumn (Triquetra Reviews)

    Well done to Morgan Daimler on this gem of a book! While it is small, it is packed with loads of information - complete with sources and end notes. We go through each chapter gaining tidbits of information in a precise and digestible manner. Brighid is a complicated figure, with so much mythology that I'm surprised we got as much info as we did in such a small volume. If you're looking for an introduction to the amazing Goddess that is Brighid, be sure to pick up a copy! I've met Morgan Daimler Well done to Morgan Daimler on this gem of a book! While it is small, it is packed with loads of information - complete with sources and end notes. We go through each chapter gaining tidbits of information in a precise and digestible manner. Brighid is a complicated figure, with so much mythology that I'm surprised we got as much info as we did in such a small volume. If you're looking for an introduction to the amazing Goddess that is Brighid, be sure to pick up a copy! I've met Morgan Daimler and can personally vouch for their amazing talent as a writer and authority on Irish mythology - and especially their translations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jewett

    I'm going to have to read this book more than once to absorb everything. Even though the book is relatively short, it's well-researched and it provides sources ranging from other books, primary sources, music, art, and even fiction. The author carefully lists sources that I can go read for myself. I don’t have to believe her at face value like other pagan authors have done to me in the past. I can go investigate her sources and hopefully their sources too. It’s not easy finding reliable informat I'm going to have to read this book more than once to absorb everything. Even though the book is relatively short, it's well-researched and it provides sources ranging from other books, primary sources, music, art, and even fiction. The author carefully lists sources that I can go read for myself. I don’t have to believe her at face value like other pagan authors have done to me in the past. I can go investigate her sources and hopefully their sources too. It’s not easy finding reliable information about Brigid that isn’t bound up and confused with the Catholic Saint or wound up around Wicca practices. I'm neither Catholic nor Wiccan, two things that often leave me frustrated when trying to educate myself about my Irish Celtic ancestors. It’s been a very helpful resource especially because the author has a very similar background to mine. I'm so relieved to read a book that's not about Wicca.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Nice little introduction to one of the more important goddesses in the Celtic pantheon. Over the centuries, Brigid has become mixed up with the Catholic saint St Brigid, and the author does a good job explaining the various forms of the goddess. I especially liked the personal notes where the auhor talks about the ways Brigid has come up in her own life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Patterson

    As with all Morgan's books this is well researched, very well written and taken from her extensive knowledge on the subject and her own personal experiences. If you have any interest at all in this intriguing goddess then this is the book for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fran Fens

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Soucy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Mcilwain

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Helm

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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