A charm set by every mother who mourns the death of her son.
The charm of Dagda with his shield,
Of the sword of Lugh the Long-Handed,
Of Bridget with her veil.
The charm which the gods set for themselves when their powers were weakened.
A charm to be said to the North, to the South, to the West and to the East, when the night is black and the soul is heavy with sorrow.
A charm to be said at sunrise when, with the hands crossed on the breast,
when the eyes are red with weeping, and the madness of grief is strong.
A charm that has no words only the silent incantation.
Note: this is an adaptation of a christianised charm. Source version can be found in Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland. By Lady Wilde. 1888.
If you have suffered a great loss, silently invoke the Gods and Goddesses to help you bear the burden of grief.