Friday, March 27, 2009

March 25th; 5th Night

My night as flamekeeper, the fifth day was partially done in the ER.

It was my last day for my ER clinical rotations and even though I couldn't hold a candle or a flame, there were many lights that could have acted as one for me.

The EKG monitors in the nurses station had flickers of yellow and red; aptly colored for flame, the changes of the heart causing the lights to change. From yellow to red and then of course we would check on them to make sure they were okay, even though we could tell by the monitors.

No physical flame, but one held mentally.

For the rest of the night once home, I kept the mental flame. To light a candle seemed to almost diminish the connection I had with the fire of Brighid. Perhaps it was because I held it in my mind and within my soul for the start of the night.

I was awake until the sun crept it's way into my room. I thought of passing the light on and gave into the sleep my body wanted.

It was interesting to start this at work and to carry it through at home.

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Night of Light

It was my first time lighting a candle that had such an ancient history attatched to it- or rather being mindful of the history behind the reason for lighting it. I've lit plenty of candles for other dieties, but nothing that has been carried on in such a rich tradition.
I picked a votive candle and a glass holder and thought of all the women (and men) before me that had held their match to the wick - and goosebumps came over me.

I think I"ll be painting the votive holder to distinguish it from the other candle holders in the house.

At the moment, this is all I have to share. I'm sure there will be more later!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

the light of day 3...oh candle of mine

i did light the candle on this fair night
for Brighid for hearth and home
and upon my statue i saw a light...
that was not one of my own..
it glowed so fair it glowed so bright...
but did not come from anywhere
must have been brighid herself..
showing me that she was there.

indeed a message so small it seems might have gone easily astray
but there was acknowledgement for me there... and i will tend the flame another day