In the cupboard-sized alcove of an independent bookstore in Vermont, the red spine of this book caught my eye. Then, I saw the title, and almost of its own accord, the book was open in my hand, my eyes scanning the pages. Though I’ve not quite finished with this book, I thought what a perfect complement it might be to St. Patrick’s Day today.
I am fascinated by all things Celtic, Irish, mythology, spirituality, and the world of fairy. Maybe it was all those formative years in the hospital where my mind was free to roam and wander and wonder. But, one of the things I’ve truly enjoyed about this book is the author’s academic study of the historical connotations. For some of the poem-like structures, she breaks them down into the original language as well as puts them in plain English.
Pagan Portals: Brigid
Moon Books, 2015
Review by Hugh Eckert.
The pan-Celtic Goddess Brigid is my Patroness, so naturally I’m interested in books about Her. All too often, I find that there’s a tendency to reduce Her to a facet of the Wiccan “Great Goddess” or the “Divine Feminine” of Goddess spirituality. There’s also considerable confusion between the Goddess Brigid, and the Christian saint that bears the same name. I’m a polytheist Pagan, and for me Brigid is an individual, discrete Goddess (or set of Goddesses; a matter which Daimler addresses in her book).
With all that, I was excited to read what Morgan Daimler had to say about Brigid. Daimler is an Irish reconstructionist Pagan with a strong grounding in scholarship and an interest in presenting a balance between research and personal religious experience. This is a living faith to her, and I get the impression that…