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Abhainn

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I'm looking at my blog name (Brave Enough to Burn) and realizing that I've got a nice double-meaning there. The name is taken from SJ Tucker's song "Firebird's Child" (still one of my faves).

 

I am the firebird!

I am his daughter!

I am the firebird's child!

I am a firebird!

I am his daughter!

And like the flame, I am wild wild wild wild

WILD!

I am the firebird!

I am his daughter!

I am the firebird's child!

I am a firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard

Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild!

Join in the dance and make it wild!

 

To see a maiden dance around

a fire is not so strange

but fire dances round the limbs

of this uncommon maid!

Be brave enough to burn

and you'll be brave enough to fly!

Join your sister Solace as

she lights the morning sky!

 

I am the firebird...

 

Wonders of the water air and

earth are all the same

you'll never know a wonder

like the wonders of the flame!

Freely fly as what you are

and never walk in shame!

You must not fear to blister

if you'd live a life in flame!

I am girl and firebird

and solace is my name!

 

I am the firebird...

 

If you're brave enough to dance

then you are brave enough to fly!

Forget what's right and proper!

You won't know until you try!

If you're brave enough to fly,

then you are brave enough to burn!

Take my hand and join me in the

Carnival of Dawn!

 

I am the firebird...

 

Sister will you follow me?

Sister will you follow me?

Sister will you follow me?

Sister sorrow walk with me!

 

(Solace, Sorrow, round and round

Sisters burn the morning down

Solace, Sorrow, round and round,

Sister, burn your Sorrow down!)

 

Like a flame you must be wild/I am a firebird!

 

I am the firebird...

 

You must not fear to blister if you'd live a life in flame!

Freely fly as what you are, keep dancing just the same!

You'll never know a wonder like the wonders of the flame!

I am girl and firebird and Solace is my name!

 

I found this song when I first started on my path. The line "Forget what's right and proper; you won't know until you try" became something of my credo at the time, because I felt as though my actions defied everything "right and proper." I was leaving my Christian faith behind, engaging in witchcraft, doing things that confused and scared my poor husband. But I had to do all of it. It stopped being a dabbling little hobby of "religious tolerance" and became something altogether more internal and true. Authentic.

 

Those first steps were serious acts of will and faith in myself. Rather than allowing someone else to dictate my spiritual parameters, I was admitting that I didn't believe any of what they swore was true. And I had let others dictate my beliefs for most of my life. I wanted to burn the whole thing down and start over. And this song resonated with that desire.

 

A few days ago, though, ,my eyes caught on the thread about burning witches and I thought about how horrifically those people in the video died - whether they were really witches or not. I asked myself if I was willing to be burned alive like that because I claim to be a witch. It's an eerie reminder of the same question asked by and about martyrs of every religion. as well as freedom fighter. Is this enough to die for?

 

I'm grateful that I don't have to make that decision.

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