On the evening of January 31, the day before the Feast of Brigid, women in Ireland put a piece of cloth on a shrub or hedge and left it outside all night. This is the Brat Bride. The piece of cloth symbolized the mantle of Brigid, a Celtic goddess who brings healing and protection.
The dew and perhaps the snow that falls on the night of January 31, is Brigid’s and has healing properties for body and soul. The cloth was kept throughout the year in a special place and came out when someone was sick as a tangible prayer for healing.
I’ve made my own version of the Brat Bride of a white handkerchief which I decorated with a little clover charm to give it a Celtic touch
I’ve done the following three card tarot reading with the Gaian tarot to put my intent into it before putting it outside this evening
1: What is my wish to imbed in my cloth?
The Gardener. What an apt card for this reading since Brigid is the Goddess of creativity. The wish I imprint in this cloth is to express my creativity freely and abundantly.
2: In what reoccurring situation, is it beneficial for me to call Brigid for help?
Whenever I feel insecure if I am on the right path, I can call on her for guidance and wisdom
3: How is Brigid’s healing dew offering me help and guidance during the year?
She will teach me to be patient and to see nature as a metaphor of the Divine. Nature is our most precious healer so it will be very beneficial to my health to go outside and find God(dess)
Dedicate the cloth with these words(they will transform your reading in a kind of tarot spell/intention):
I dedicate my Brat Bride to Creative Freedom. (name the wish, card 1).
I call on Brigid for help when I feel lost (the situation, card 2).
The healing dew Brigid offers me will help me by developing patience and reconnecting with nature...... (card 3).
Tonight I will lay down my cloth on a shrub in our garden and be patient……
Source: Berthevan Soest