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Brida is the story of 21 year’s old beautiful Irish girl, Brida, who wanted to learn all about magic. It was not normal magic, but the magic to live life happily. She was struggling to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself. On her journey to quench her thirst of knowledge, she met Magus. He was an old Teacher of the Tradition, now living in exile of isolation in the forests of Ireland, atoning for a mistake made in his youth.

Brida met Magus, very keen to learn Tradition of the Sun (for wizards) with its powers of creation & revelation and of the Tradition of the Moon (for witches), the transformative & ritualistic power. As a way of teaching, The Magus left her alone in the forest to test her faith in God while experiencing the dark night. Brida was confronted by her fears and relied on her faith to help her make it through the night. It was light when she woke; a beautiful sun was gliding everything around her. She had understood that “Every moment in life is an act of faith”.

Probably it was not the way Brida wanted to learn. She had long been interested in various aspects of magic, but was searching for something more. So she started going to an occult bookstore and her search lead her to another teacher, Wicca, a woman who taught the rituals and knowledge of the ‘Tradition of the Moon’.  Brida carefully practiced the rituals, learnt to study tarot cards, keeping a candle burning, and dancing to the “sound of the world” (all explained in detail in the book)

With the help of both Wicca and the Magus, Brida learnt that soulmate did not have to be your lover, husband, and boyfriend. It could be anyone with whom you had an unusual bonding and you experienced so much so that you would want to be with that person for the rest of your life, you could not let him go because he was your real soul mate.

I won’t say that this book presents novel or revolutionary ideas, but they are soothing. One of the best parts of this book is that Coelho has introduced universal truths beautifully many a times in this book, like,

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day”~ Brida’s father (Pg.99)

“What is now proved was once only imagined” ~ William Blake (Pg.174)

Brida used Magic and Religion as the tools to confirm her life choices and help envision her dreams. Coelho tries to teach in this book that one does not need religion to feel what is right or wrong right with the world and with the self. All that’s required is the trust in our sincerity, the trust in our sense and being audacious to move forward, in spite of our doubts, this is what Coelho collectively calls magic that Brida wanted to learn
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  1. July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Great post!

  2. July 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I like the post but I hate Paulo Coleho … I have the Alchemist and found it real imaginary and without substance !

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