Look to the past, look to the future
As the year draws to a close we all gather a little closer to the fire, light the candles and think of family and those we love.
Yule may be a time of celebration, where we fill the darkness with light and laughter, but it's equally a time for introspection. A time to take stock of the year that's passed and to look forward to the year ahead. A time to remember those no longer with us every bit as much as a time to welcome old friends. At the longest night of the year, with the darkness surrounding us, we respond with defiant light.
This issue of Brigid's Fire is a rather special one. In keeping with the season we are taking a moment to look back to see how we arrived here. We've put together a selection of some of the best pieces from past editions. We've come a long way since we started the magazine and we'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate all the great writers who've written for us so far. We've articles about our patron goddess herself and about pagan life and practise, including the words of some of those we've lost during the past year. There are recipes for the season and even a couple of stories to share around the fire.
We've tried to reflect the full scope of the magazine and to give you plenty to enjoy over the festive period - and as a festive gesture we're making this issue free. It's our thank you to all our readers and hopefully a way to make some new friends as well. In order to share this issue with as many people as possible we've also decided to make it a digital only issue. So enjoy your free .pdf, and, of course, if you like it - tell your friends!
We have big plans for Brigid's Fire in 2014.
We've already come so far but we want to grow and become something that can really reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the Irish pagan community. We'll be back at Imbolc with an all new issue but this Yule it's time to celebrate what's past and look forward with great hope to the future.
From everyone here at the magazine - we hope you have a wonderful Yule and festive season. See you in the spring!
- Summer's Travellings by Bev Richardson
- A Ghost Story for Yule by Abigail Reilly
- The Goddess Brigit by Ray Sweeney
- Ideas for Yule
- Let's Be Naked in Our Rites by Valeria
- Irish Fairy Lore by Michael Howard
- Two poems by Grace Wells
- and much more...