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Spring awakening and why I hated my middle name.

Happy Imbolc to you all. February 1st and it is spring awakening time.

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It is also St. Brigid’s day here in Ireland and that is my middle name (confession time). A name that I really didn’t want people to know about as I was growing up. I felt embarrassed to show people my passport or speak up if someone asked in school. Why? For some reason in my head I had an image of a big matronly nun shouting out my name “Brenda Brigid!” and giving out to me or this real old fashioned version of myself with a headscarf wrapped around my chin!

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Proof of BB

 

Little did I know and understand how great Brigid really was, she rocked! She was a healer, a farmer, a patron of midwives, a symbol of fertility. She welcomes the beginning of spring by lighting fires to encourage the light and purification. She was both a Celtic goddess and a catholic saint. Brigid was known to don a magic cape, a keeper of peace and may have been a warrior too.

A few of my friends will call me Biddy or Bridey. My personal email begins with ‘Biddy’. I am at last embracing my inner Brigid!

More on Celtic Brigid here.

 

A poem/prayer of Brigid in her Saint form –

You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit

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Power Animals – Accessing the Power within by Katie Blackwell Guest Blog

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Photo credit: gingiber / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND
This weekend Katie is giving a workshop here in the Ananda Centre this Sunday 28th, 10am – 4pm. Here she explains what it all entails…

Power Animals or Animal Guides are an ancient concept stemming back throughout history to a time when people understood and appreciated the great strengths and qualities of the animal kingdom and sought out certain animals in order to take on and access these characteristics for various reasons.

In our modern day this concept is used in many Shamanic and Spiritual traditions to help us align with an energy that is personified by a certain animal who becomes a teacher and guide for us.
They help protect, educate, heal and empower us on our journey in this life.
There are so many different animals in our world and each one has its different persona and energy to share with us. The well known image of the deer can represent strength and sensitivity combined with gentleness and intuition. The salmon is famous for its wisdom and knowledge but is also known to help with emotional understanding, overcoming obstacles and achieving great feats after much struggle. The hare assists with fertility, creativity, abundance and adaptability. The eagle helps with vision, swiftness, freedom and spiritual insight into what is hidden.
Whatever challenge you are facing in your life, the right animal guide will aid you in your journey and can help you take on the different characteristics and strengths that you need to access at this time.
If you feel drawn to a certain animal, look at the animal and its qualities and strengths. What is this animal trying to teach you? When you are in need of guidance the right animal will appear with the right energy and lesson for you. Asking an animal to work with you as a guide is a great way of aligning your energy to that animal and accessing its strength and power. This can be done in your daily life whether through meditation, shamanic journeying or simply by setting an intention of your wish to work with the animal. The more you work with your animal guide the stronger the connection will become and the easier it will be to bring this energy into your life.
A very special and enlightening day.

Meet and work with your animal and spirit guides and gain the skills to promote your inner development.

Journeying, Empowerment, Protection, Healing and Guidance

Call Katie to book your space now or for more info on 087 768 2738