However I am choosing to construct my identity and all the ideologies, ethics
and epistemologies involved, I am here on this list to learn of the Celts and
enjoy exchange with others of similar interest.
For those who are interested, I am sending along some peace invoking poems I
I have read that the mantle of Brighid is sometimes invoked in Gaelic prayer
as a palladium against injury or attack. Here is a poem by Caitlin Matthews:
Brighid of the Mantle, protect 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,
Remind us how to kindle the hearth,
To keep it bright,
To preserve the flame,
Your hands within 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.
The following is supposed to be a poem for good wishes from Mary MaKintosh
in South Uist toward the end of the century:
Power of raven be yours,
Power of eagle be yours,
Power of the Fiann.
Power of the storm be yours,
Power of the moon be yours,
Power of sun.
Power of sea be yours,
Goodness of earth be yours,
Goodness of heaven.
Each day be joyous to oyou,
No day be grievous to you,
Honor and compassion.
Love of each face be yours,
Death on the pillow be yours,
The Saviour with you.
(from" Power or Raven, Wisdom of Serpent, Celtic Women's Spirituality" by