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Brighid

Episode 2: Riding the Wheel of the Year w/ Karina Blackheart

Unlock the mysteries of early spring's cultural tapestry with Karina Blackheart and me, as we celebrate the Feast of Brighid and its spellbinding blend of traditions. Our conversation meanders through the historical significance of this festival, from the lambing season to Candlemas and the curious customs of St. Blaise's Day. Delight in the stories we share about the authenticity and relevance of local practices, and how we can reinterpret and reclaim February's festivities, including Ash Wednesday and Mardi Gras, in ways that resonate with our contemporary lives.

Join us on a thoughtful exploration of the goddess Brighid, as Karina enlightens us on her transformative influence over life's cycles. We honor the sacredness of water, recognizing its vital role from the Irish springs to our local wells, and address the impact of a changing climate on seasonal markers. Our dialogue underscores the significance of staying connected to the physical world and integrating gratitude and reverence for natural resources into our daily spiritual practice.

As we transition into February's creative energies, we examine the incremental increase in daylight and its inspiration for launching new projects and nurturing creativity. Whether you're an artist, writer, or just seeking to infuse creativity into your daily routine, this episode offers guidance on honoring the transformative energy of the season. We also share winter culinary tips, reflecting on the warmth of curries and soups, and discuss how cultural and ancestral foods shape our dining experiences. Embrace the power of personal transformation with us, as we provide insights into the practical steps you can take for personal growth and the magic of seasonal meditation.

(00:01) Feast of Brighid and Catholic Roots

(10:19) Deity and Sacredness of Water Exploration

(25:51) Transitioning and Embracing Creativity in Spring

(36:30) Winter Blessings for Water, Fire, Self

(44:22) Exploring Seasonal Foods and Overculture Impact

(58:55) Winter Solstice Season and Transformation Meditation

(00:01) Feast of Brighid and Catholic Roots

This chapter, we ride the Wheel of the Year and celebrate the Feast of Brighid, also known as Imbolc or Candlemas. Karina shares her preference for calling it the Feast of Brighid and why the term resonates with her personally, focusing on creating a practice that is authentic and locally relevant rather than adhering strictly to traditional or widely used names. We discuss the etymology and historical context of these celebrations, including how Imbolc relates to the lambing season and how Candlemas involves the Christian practice of blessing candles. She recounts an amusing anecdote about an encounter with a local druid and touches upon related feast days, such as St. Blaise's Day, with its unique throat blessing ritual. Additionally, we consider the broader season of February's festivities, including Ash Wednesday, St. Valentine's Day, and the Mardi Gras carnival, highlighting their significance and how we can reinterpret and reclaim these traditions in our contemporary practices.

(10:19) Deity and Sacredness of Water Exploration

This chapter focuses on the significance of the goddess Brighid in relation to natural patterns and transformation, particularly during this seasonal time. I discuss Brigid as a multifaceted deity overseeing various aspects of life, from the forge to midwifery, and her role in the transformative processes inherent in nature. We touch upon the sacredness of water, comparing the reverence for springs in Ireland to the appreciation of local water sources like wells, and the interconnectedness of water to life and tradition. Additionally, I highlight the importance of staying grounded in the physical world, especially as we observe the changing climate and its impact on traditional seasonal markers like the equinoxes and solstices. The chapter emphasizes gratitude and reverence for natural resources, as well as the spiritual practice of connecting with and honoring elements like water in our daily lives.

(25:51) Transitioning and Embracing Creativity in Spring

This chapter focuses on the significance of February as a transitional period, marking the shift from winter's restful phase towards the onset of spring. I examine the challenges of travel during winter and the symbolic importance of starting to implement intentions and goals that were set during the quieter months. Emphasizing the energy that comes with gradually increasing daylight, we explore the preparation for planting and creating, despite the ground still being frozen, as a metaphor for initiating projects and cultivating creativity in various aspects of life. This time is also about recognizing the creative work we do, often without acknowledging it as such, and honoring the transformative energy of the season, embodied by the figure of Brigid, associated with creativity, inspiration, and transformation.

(36:30) Winter Blessings for Water, Fire, Self

This chapter explores the significance of connecting with and blessing the elements that support our daily lives, such as water sources, pipes, and appliances like water heaters and pilot lights. I share the idea of engaging in modern paganism by appreciating and caring for these elements. We also touch upon the importance of inspiration for creative endeavors, suggesting lighting a candle to ignite the creative process, especially for writers and artists. The discussion then shifts to personal growth, encouraging introspection about transformation and healing, and the practical step of scheduling health-related appointments. Lastly, I share my culinary preferences during this season, emphasizing the desire for warming foods like curries and soups over cold dishes, reflecting the body's need for warmth during colder times.

(44:22) Exploring Seasonal Foods and Overculture Impact

This chapter we explore the comfort and creativity of winter cooking, discussing how an immersion blender can transform less favored vegetables into delightful soups, and we touch upon the idea of eating according to one's ancestral diet. We consider how cultural and seasonal foods, like those during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, can influence our culinary choices. We also discuss the significance of comfort foods found in novels, and how they can inspire our meals during the colder months. Additionally, we reflect on the impact of the overculture on our lives during this time of year, particularly regarding tax season and the consumerism around Valentine's Day. We share personal preferences for foods like fermented fish and small salty fishes, while acknowledging the joy of experimenting with diverse cuisines to break the monotony of traditional winter fare.

(58:55) Winter Solstice Season and Transformation Meditation

This chapter explores the energetic shift from the winter solstice towards the onset of spring, marking a period of heightened activity and the ignition of intentions set during the solstice. We share insights on how this time is about taking the dreams and beginning the process of bringing them to fruition, setting the stage for action by the spring equinox. We discuss the importance of rituals and meditations tailored to these seasonal transitions, designed to harness creativity, healing, and transformation. We also highlight that these resources, including a workbook with reflective questions and activities, are available whenever needed, not just seasonally.

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Riding the Wheel of the Year
The Neurodiversity Media Network proudly presents Riding the Wheel of the Year with Karina Blackheart. In this year-long series, we’ll examine how to live seasonally, and rhythmically, regardless of where you live, or what kind of seasons you live with. Bonus meditations and workbooks for paid subscribers.
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