The Feast of Lucidi : Festival of Light

Luci derives from Lucia the feminine given name from the Latin word Lux (Light) with the French word ending di for day (pronounced dee). [1]

Traditionally, this is the day when all Astrean greenery, wreaths, etc. are removed from the home.
Poem Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve by Mr Robert Herrick [2]

At night, every light and every candle is lit rendering the hestia (our sacred homes) into blazing beacons of love for Déa, the Holy One. This is the night
when our faith in Her as the Most Pure, Primordial Light, shines forth like a living torch. The glow from our hestias and hearts symbolically extends out into
the cosmos. (For those with children and pets, LED candles may be substituted for natural candles).

For devotees of the Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites) this is the Time of Light… symbolic of the Bright Light of the Mother; the Gentle Light of the
Daughter, and the Shimmering Dark Light of the Great Mother Who is Absolute Source.

Britains only sunshine 26 January 2018 by Alamy

On this night, let us soak up the Light of the graces (Divine Energies) of the Celestial Mother to fill every aspect of our being so that it may over-spill into
our daily lives and illumine all whom we may meet upon our path.

The January 2018 supermoon rises above the Light & Life statue in Glasgow, Scotland by PA. [3]
Let the Love of the Holy Daughter determine our every act, our every thought, our every word.

shimmer of light on dark ocean

Let the Life of the Great Mother fill us with gratitude and well-being.

Those who are drawn to formal ritual may celebrate the Rite of Sacrifice.
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

The light from our candles and lamps prefigures the renewal of the coming Sacred Season of Spring and the Most Holy Daughter as our Soteria.
The suggested scripture reading is:

Free download:
http://apronstrings.racemochridhe.com/ece/

(with thanks to the Madrian, independent Déanic & Filianic contributors and editor Mr Race MoChridhe)

November 2017
The Filianic Scriptures, The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital
Version: ECE 3rd Edition

The Teachings of God the Daughter, The Light, verses 1-6

1). I am sent of My Mother to bring you a light, that you may find your souls before the darkness comes. 2). Seek not advantage over other creatures, but let you be indifferent as to whose is the advantage. 3). Seek excellence, but seek nor praise nor honour nor reward. 4) Practice not revenge, but offer only love to them that harm you; and those that would take from you, give to them freely. 5). Be you the servant of every person, ranking not yourself above the lowest; nor for the highest, lest ungentleness or envy touch your soul. 6). But before and beyond the love of humanity there lies the love of Déa; for She is the Source and Fountain of all love.

Please note that these verses have been altered to become gender neutral when referring to “children of Dea”/humanity and person.

There are many beautiful rituals, prayers and poems online for the Goddess Brighid (pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id), for Imbolc/Candlemas which
may be included in the Rite (during Contemplation in the clearly marked section). Liturgy is mandatory for Madrinas and Madrias.

Those whose spirituality is more free-flowing, may simply bask in the candle-glow while being mindful of the Presence of Déa and/or perform any
meaningful practice or ritual. It is a good night for divination and prayers asking for Our Lady’s Will and guidance in our lives.

The Holy Trinity as Celestial Light [4]

O, Celestial Mother, You are our Universal Light, shining like the Sun;
O, Holy Daughter, You are the gentle Moon of our salvation;
O, Great Mother, You are the sheltering Stars above us.
Blessed are They.

On This Day [5]

On this day,
as we kindle the flame in our hearts,
We pray that the flame of Bridie ignites in our souls,
and the souls of all we meet.
We pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear,
may smother the flame.
We pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead,
may the spark of Bridie
light the love in our souls
so that it might burn brightly throughout the year.
May we warm those that are lonely;
our light guide those who are lost,
so that all may know the comfort of Bridie’s Love.

by ©2002 Morgana West

Prayer for Light in my Heart [6]

Dea, our Divine Mother, hear my prayer
and let the radiance of your love
scatter the gloom of my heart.
The light of Your Holy Daughter’s love will guide me –
free me from the distractions that belong to darkness.

Temple of our Fiery Rose Heart Meditation [7]

Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
Bring your awareness to your body and the breath. Breathe in and out deeply from the belly 5-6 times.
If any thoughts come up, don’t resist them, simply allow them to pass without engaging in them. Imagine your thoughts as leaves floating down a stream,
they are there, but you are just looking at them, observing them as they go by.

Imagine you are sitting in the centre of your favourite landscape at this time of year.

It is a cold, crisp night in the hours just before dawn. The starry sky arches as a vast, twinkling darkness above you. You are sat upon the earth; the soil is
hard and frozen; the grass glistening with frost. The land is silent and asleep. Your body and being are motionless, chilled and inert like the winter earth but
you sense inside yourself the stirrings of change and you know that you must prepare for its coming.

Draw your attention inward to the very centre of yourself; this place is the centre of the sacred circle of your being, it is the spark of life; it is the fuelling heat at the centre of the planet; it is the burning sun at the heart of our galaxy; it is the fire of the smith that will magically melt and transform you; it is a candle flame of hope in the darkness. It is from this Divine Fiery Rose Heart Temple that you will ignite and spread the sacred fire.

Standing at the centre of your inner sacred circle, you see the tinder and dry wood of your life, ready to be lit, and in their lighting you know that the heat of
this fire will bring a change in the land, will bring the first tender signs of new life and renewal, of growing strength.

Become aware of your solar plexus. There is a flame that always burns here. Take some of this perpetual flame upon your blessing fingers* and now light
the wood at the centre of your inner circle from it. At first it glows only beneath the dark wood. Blow upon it the breath of your ideas and inspiration. As you
do this, the flames begin to grow until the fire lights up the darkness.

You find yourself back beneath the vast starry sky, upon the frosty, frozen earth, but now you are aware that there is a glow at the centre of your being. Feel its warmth and light spread out through your chest, down your pelvis, into your legs and feet; feel it moving up through your shoulders, down your arms and into your hands and fingers, up through your neck and into your head, until your whole body is filled with its golden heat and light. You are radiant in the darkness. Stay here in this moment for a while – take note of the feelings and images that rise…

Your attention moves from the inner glow to the land around where you sit. You gaze down at the once frozen soil beneath. The frost has melted into life
giving moisture, droplets hanging from the blades of green, and through the earth a carpet of snowdrops rises, drinking in the life giving melt,
strengthening themselves in the warmth of your glow. As if by magic you watch their brave green shoots pierce through, their delicate, white blossoms
unfurl and hang in gentle bells of white. You have lit the fires of passion within and the land responds with the first tender signs of a new beginning. Pause
for a moment; take note of all you feel and see…You gaze at the horizon; along the line of the land, a slim strip of the sky begins to lighten…Our Holy
Daughter, the Mystery of Aurora, She Who is the Dawn of All Life.

When you are ready, slowly return to the present. Slowly open your eyes, stretch and go on with the rest of your day… joyful, and refreshed by Déa’s Holy Light within your Divinely Created self.

*The Déanic Order of Kore Di-Jana (Janites) blessing hand is the right hand, we hold the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand together, symbolizing the Holy Feminine Trinity.

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It is also the Feast of the Celtic Triple Goddess Brighid, (meaning exalted one, pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id), who is considered to be a Living Stream Goddess, as Her devotional cult has continued, unto this day, under the guise of St. Bridgit.

Crafts

Colouring

St. Brigid of Ireland coloring page © 2009 C.M.W.

TERMS OF USE: All of my coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any fair, not-for-profit use by individuals, families, home schooling groups,
or other educational cooperatives and schools.

Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit.
Charlotte [8]

Craft a Brighde’s Cross https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-St-Brigid%27s-Cross-with-Pipe-Cleaners (this is the same technique for other materials)
for the Déanic symbolism see https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/symbolism-of-brigids-cross/

Craft a paper or card Candle see the section here https://deanic.com/2017/11/14/how-to-obtain-a-deanic-sun-wheel-when-to-use-it-as-a-prayerful-act/

My personal favourite form of Déa, in Ireland Brighde Queen of Heaven.
Icon (and prayers) of Saint Brighde “recalling the celestial nature of Goddess Brighde, the blue mantle symbolising the sky, and the golden hair the fire of
the sun.” “Blue mantle, a girdle and a staff, garb which resembled that worn by Celtic priestesses in Roman Europe : since the nuns were reported as
wearing a special costume, we may reasonably suppose that it looked something like this.” page 6, Brighde The Folklore of the Irish Goddess and Saint
by Janet E McCrickard, 1 Sept 1987.
Community of virgin priestesses tending an ashless fire possibly fueled by butter within a circular building. Kildare (Gaelic Cill – Dara “cell of the oak”).
Males were excluded.
Symbol: harp or wheatsheaf
Animal: white cow
Bird: oystercatcher which is called in Gaelic gille-Brìde, servant of Bridget [9]
Flowers: dandelion is called in Gaelic ‘beannan Bride’ or ‘the little notched plant of Bride’ and its milk-like sap is food for the early lambs.
snowdrop locally called “Candlemas Bells” and “Purification flowers”. [10]

A traditional Manx invitation Song to Brigid – Arrane Y Ben Thie (aka Clean Suggane) [11]

Originally collected by Manx folklorist Mona Douglas
Sung by Emma Christian

English lyrics

Bridget, Bridget, come to my house,
come to my house tonight.

Bridget, Bridget, come, oh come,
To my house this night.

Open the door to Bridget,
and let Bridget come in.

Bridget, Bridget, come to my house,
come to my house tonight.

My personal playlist for The Feast of Lucidi : Festival of Light
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170362531867/playlist-for-the-feast-of-lucidi-festival-of

Prayers

Brigit be Bithmaith

Brigit,
eternally good woman,
bright, golden,
quickening flame.

May she carry us
to the eternal lands.
She, radiant fire
of the sun.

11th century
Irish Liber Hymnorum

~

‘Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame,
may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.’

Ancient Irish song

~

See:
https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/sacred-month-of-brighid-23rd-january-february-19th/
Also See:
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brighid-and-fires-love
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigid-survival-goddess
https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit

Weather Divination

“If Candlemas Day be bright and fair
Half the winter is to come and mair (more)
If Candlemas Day be dark and foul
Half the winter was over at Yowl (Christmas) [12]

~

À la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens

À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures
On Candlemas, the day grows by two hours

Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
Candlemas covered (in snow), forty days lost

Rosée à la Chandeleur, hiver à sa dernière heure
Dew on Candlemas, winter at its final hour [13]

Feast Foods

Known as Lupercalia to the Romans, Sul-Minerva to the ancient Brits, or Imbolc or Brigid’s Day to the ancient Celts, this “cross quarter day” occurred
halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox (somewhere between January 31st to February 4th). It is believed to be dated as far back as the
Neolithic when megalithic chambers marked the light of the rising sun on this day.

Imbolc is believed to be derived from the old Irish word for milk “Oilmec” and it referred to the time when impregnated ewes began to lactate the “new
milk” or “Oilmec” associated with purification. It customary to offer this sacred milk to Brigid by pouring it onto the earth to speed the return of green and
fertility to the land. And today it is still made into special cheese and butter along with other magical ingredients associated with the sun (such as egg yolks
and honey) for the Imbolc feast. [14]

Bannock is a slightly sweet fruit loaf or like a scone, an excellent partner to cheese or with a strong cup of tea.
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170369898452/bonnach-bride-or-bannock-of-bride-brighid-recipe

Cheese Fondue (flame) http://theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc08/flamingcheese.htm

Herb butter https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/herbbutters_8631

Any Pancake (their shape suggests the solar disk)
Blueberry & Oat Pancakes with Cinnamon pancakes
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/170370262957/pancakes-for-breakfast-blueberry-oat-pancakes

In the past it was customary for women to dress in white (to honour the bride of the new year) as they gathered together at sundown to light sacred bonfires to purify the fields in preparation for the new year. These fires burned off the old year and invited in the fertilizing, life giving power of the new sun. Because Brigid was the goddess of smithcraft, poetry and inspiration, her fires symbolized inner sight and illumination, and many women practiced the arts of fire divination.

Then, returning home, hearths were lit, and lighted candles placed in each window to light Brigid’s way to their homes. Gifts of food were presented to the
goddess before the traditional Imbolc or Brigid’s Feast was served. [14]

Afterwards “A sheaf of corn and an oaten cake used to be placed on the doorstep on St Brigid’s Eve for the ‘wee’ folk (fairies) and also as a thanksgiving for the plenteous grain-crop and for good luck during the following year.” [15]

By the late 16th century (when the potato first arrived in Ireland) a dish called Colcannon made of mashed potato, cabbage, butter and onion), joined the
list of now traditional Imbolc dishes. And it was customary for the whole family to be involved in the mashing. [15]

Another important food ritual involved the Bonnach Bride or Bannock of Bride (an oatcake made with fruits and nuts). These cakes or “bannocks” were made to attract health and prosperity for the coming year, and on Imbolc day mothers gave out these bannocks to girls who carried the Bridey Doll through the village going house to house. The Bonnach Bride was also eaten in the fields so that a piece could be thrown over the shoulder to honour Brigid and nourish the land. [15]

Blessing

Dear Saint Bridget of the Kine
Bless these little fields of mine,
The pastures and the shady trees,
Bless the butter and the cheese,
Bless the cows with coats of silk
And the brimming pails of milk,
Bless the hedgerows, and I pray
Bless the seed beneath the clay,
Bless the hay and bless the grass,
Bless the seasons as they pass,
And heaven’s blessings will prevail,
Brigid – Mary of the Gael. [16]

(I will be saying this for my Mom’s family’s farm in the English Midlands. Madrina Sophia).

~~~

Let us join our ancestors in the observance of this most sacred night and may we trust in its promise of growing light, the return of Spring and in the hope
of the Holy Daughter as our Soteria.

~

May the Light of Déa ever illumine your hearts and guide your souls.

~

ArchMadria Candra Sophia and Madrina Sophia

Notes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_(name)
http://french.languagedaily.com/wordsandphrases/days-of-the-week

[2] Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve
Poem by Mr Robert Herrick, 1891.

Down with the rosemary and bays,
Down with the mistletoe;
Instead of holly, now up-raise
The greener box, for show.

The holly hitherto did sway;
Let box now domineer,
Until the dancing Easter-day,
Or Easter’s eve appear.

Then youthful box, which now hath grace
Your houses to renew,
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.

When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honour Whitsuntide.

Green rushes then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments,
To re-adorn the house.
Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old.

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herrick/candlemas1.htm

[3] Bill Ritchie, a director of Atelier Ten design consultants and engineers, commissioned the statue as a tribute to his grandmother, Ruby, from artist
Kenny Mackay.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14625249.Light_and_Life_golden_statue_replaced_on_Glasgow_s_former_Co_op_building/
[4] from our Madrian / Janite Liturgy.
Copyright of the Janite Order of Priestesses. For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the JOP to share on their media with all due crediting.
https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/168054697747/symbolism-of-the-holy-trinity-as-celestial-light
[5] https://www.unitythroughdiversity.org/brides-mound.html
©2002 Morgana West of http://morganawest.weebly.com/
[6] Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.
[7] Adaptation of Maria Ede-Weaving’s Lighting the Inner Fire Meditation
https://luckyloom1.wordpress.com/?s=Lighting+the+Inner+Fire
[8] Should be downloadable (could not be found) from her blog as this requires a subscription https://www.scribd.com/doc/26197102/St-Brigid-of-Ireland
by Charlotte http://www.waltzingm.com/p/coloring-pages-month.html I saved it as a jpeg here.

[9] http://www.highlandbiodiversity.com/the-seashore-through-gaelic-eyes.asp#subpage4
[10] Dandelion http://www.goddessalive.co.uk/issue-2-home/brighde-of-the-isles-2/
Snowdrop http://celticways.com/blog/2005/01/this-is-season-of-brigid.html
[11] A traditional Manx invitation to Brigid – Arrane Y Ben Thie (aka Clean Suggane) you can find a modern arrangement with sheet music here, and an
audio file with pronunciation help (minus one verse) here. http://www.gaolnaofa.org/library/music/clean-suggane/
[12] An old traditional Scottish poem
http://www.rampantscotland.com/gaelic/gaelic_fada_farsaig_candlemas.htm
[13] Breton Chandeleur / Candlemas sayings
https://www.lavenderandlovage.com/2013/02/recipe-crepes-de-la-chandeleur-candlemas-pancakes-for-candlemas-day.html
[14] https://gathervictoria.com/2017/12/15/sympathetic-magic-and-the-midwinter-festival-of-lights/
[15] https://gathervictoria.com/2016/01/20/midwinter-feast-of-light-reviving-the-magical-foods-of-imbolc/
[16] Saint Bridget of the Kine blessing http://celticways.com/blog/2005/01/this-is-season-of-brigid.html

This Christian candlemass idea could be adapted for Déanic & Filianic children
http://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/candle-prayers-for-reflection/

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