Hello & Welcome!
Flame and Forge is my brainchild. I’m Bridey, an eclectic Pagan witch of 19 years living in SE Texas. Here you will find an assortment of ideals, opinions and musings related to issues of interest and relevant to modern day practices of witchcraft & Paganism. This blog is named in honor of the goddess Brighid and her role as a healer, a poetess & in smithcraft. She is my patroness and an abundant source of inspiration and strength in my practice.
Since May 2011 my practices have changed in a drastic way, it was at that time that I founded Golden Triangle Pagan Alliance (GTPA). Prior to May 2011, I had been practicing as a solitary for nearly 6 years and prior to that I spent 12 years involved in 2 different teaching circles & in solitary practice. When GTPA was founded I wasn’t sure what purpose it would serve, but it has become the most active and well known group for Pagans in our community. It serves officially as our teaching circle and an online meeting place for socialization focused on issues relevant to Pagans via our Facebook group. Membership is moderated, meaning we don’t necessarily let everyone who is interested join us, but we are always open to adding new members if they fit our group & our group fits their needs. Other groups in the area are more focused on socializing and we’re more focused on studying and practicing our craft, so we have to ensure everyone is on the same page before inviting new members to join. We would rather have a small harmonious & cohesive group as opposed to a large dysfunctional one. Families are welcome and kids can participate if they choose to. Ours is the only group of its kind in this area, which is pretty cool! In addition to teaching circle, we also have a ritual circle that we run as a separate, but connected entity to our teaching circle. Many of the teaching circle members are also members of our ritual circle and celebrate the Sabbats & Esbats in sacred shared ritual space together. In the last 10 months we have all become very close and for that I am thankful.
I have help in keeping things well oiled and running smoothly. One of my closest friends helps to keep the circle in order and our vision moving in a clear direction.
Rowan is my right hand and one of my best friends. She keeps track of dues, helps decide on scheduling, creates the most beautiful & elaborate study guides and happily gets her hands in the dirt & muck if it relates to circle clean up days. Without her help I would not be able to keep everything afloat. She’s been an invaluable & irreplaceable asset for our circle and in my life as a friend.
Some of what I write about may reference one or both of our circles. The main purpose of this blog is to catalog my experiences in the circles I’m a part of and to express my feelings about issues I have pondered that relate to my life as a witch.