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When I arrived, she washed my feet in flowered water and dried them with her long red hair.
This is how my studies in Ireland began.
After a few words of greeting after my exhausting travels, Gina sat me down in the dining room with a cup of tea and disappeared into the kitchen. She returned with a basin of water swirling with petals. Rose and calendula, lemon balm and borage… the colors formed kaleidoscope designs as she set the basin at my feet. The scent of rose geranium essential oil wafted on the steam. My eyes welled up as Gina gently removed my low leather boots, slipped off my socks, and cradled my feet as she guided them into the basin. Relaxed and drifting, the experience felt dreamlike as she rubbed my feet with oil then tenderly dried them with the ends of her waist length hair.
Gina had dedicated herself to a life of service in a way that few of us understand today.
Her patron was Brighid, pronounced Breed in Gaelic, the Irish goddess and saint. Brighid is the keeper of poetry and medicine. Elementally she is fire: the keeper of the hearth and the wielder of the blacksmith’s anvil.
To honor this fire, Gina kept a candle burning in a lantern by the front door so it was the first thing you saw when you entered the house. As each candle burned down, the fire was transferred, candle to candle, the way hearth fires were kept in the old days, one fire feeding the next.
One night the flame got low as I waited for Gina to return from visiting in Kildare, an hour from home. Would she return in time to swap the candle? It was unspoken that tending the fire was Gina’s prayer and hers alone.
What would it be like to revolve your life around this type of devotion? To dedicate yourself to keeping the fire, whatever that means to you?
I often re-read my Irish journals near Imbolc. It’s the time that Brighid returns to me, and I to her.
So tell me... what daily devotion inspires you?
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“And so it was decided... that once every year when the weather got chilly...” from ‘Holly Jolly Secrets Part II’. Season 3, Episode 20.
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“Some women are like hearthfires, not much to look at but underneath they are all warm red coal that burns a long, long while.” ✨
You can still purchase this Eolian glass (these are the leftover slightly misprinted glasses) I designed through @tookishcandleco ! I love this pub glass collection we’ve made together and I use mine all the time.
This bookmark is also available in my shop if you missed it in the Tookish ‘Name of the Wind’ box!
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