At the Heart(h) of it All by Sage Ambue

I have recently begun thinking about my personal religious expression in terms of “devotional hearthcraft.” This phrase borrows from both devotional Paganism/polytheism, specifically my devotion for Brighid, and hearthcraft, a term I believe was first coined by Arin Murphy-Hiscock in her book The Way of the Hedge Witch. When combined, these two paths nurture and inspire each other to become something greater than the sum of its parts.

At the start of my Flametending shifts for Brighid, I acknowledge that I’m accepting the flame from the last shift’s keeper with this prayer: “From heart to hearth I take this flame.” I say something similarly at the end of my shift as I prepare the flame to go out to the next member of our Cill: “From hearth to heart I pass this flame.It’s this core idea, of Brighid’s presence represented by a flame both at my hearth and within my heart, that best symbolizes the interplay of devotionalism and hearthcraft.