“Lady of the Hearth Fire, Lady of the Forge Fire, Lady of Wisdom and Inspiration, Fiery Arrow of Knowledge, be with us.” ~ Brigit’s Litany by Barbara Flaherty
The Irish Triple Goddess Brigid (also spelled Brigit, Brighid, or Bride) is the Goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft. She is the flame, the physical fire and heat of the sun, the spark of inspiration and creativity, as well as spiritual transformation. Holy wells are some of Her sacred places.
Brigid’s Day, the celebration of the Irish Goddess Brigid, is not only an ancient festival, but still celebrated in Ireland. It begins on Brigid’s Eve (January 31) with bonfires lit to represent the inspiration and fire of the Goddess. It coincides with Imbolc and is celebrated in Ireland to current day. Brigid made the transformation from ancient Goddess to beloved Christian saint (Saint Brigid of Kildare) and Her Sacred Flame continues to burn at Kildare.
Brigid has been known by many names: Brigit, Brig, Bride, Brigantia, Saint Brigid, and Mary of the Gael. But no name encapsulates her personality as well as the term Breo Saighead (or Breo Aigit), meaning “fiery arrow or power.” Although this term was thought to be the root source of Brigid’s name (as stated in the ninth-century book Cormac’ Glossary), modern scholars have proven this early etymology to be based on folk legends and rumors rather than on scholarly sources. Yet the term Breo Saighead will not go away. It remains with this powerful triple goddess of the fire, as she inspires, transforms, and heals. Brigid is the force behind grand ideas and simple comforts. She is direct, quick, enlightening, and enlivening. She is the shaft of lightning or the glowing candle that illuminates our world. Fast, furious, bold, and strong, she arrives quickly and departs just as fast, leaving behind a brighter mind or soul or heart. Brigid’s gifts lie not in what she brings to you, but rather in casting light on what you can bring to the world.~ Michelle Skye
RESOURCES FOR THE GODDESS BRIGID
Goddess Brigid on MotherHouse of the Goddess – see all Brigid articles
What the Goddess Brigit Means for Men and Women Today by Mael Brigde
The Feast of St. Brigid by Carol P. Christ
Happy Brigid’s Day – Imbolc and the Story of the Goddess Brigid by Amantha Murphy
Mystery School of the Goddess is delighted to have several instructors and Priestesses that work closely with the Goddess Brigid and offer courses that will enhance and elevate your relationship with this Goddess:
Discovering Brigit – Goddess and Saint with Mael Brigde
Fire Magic Spells of the Goddess with Renee Starr
Journey with Brigit – Goddess of Poetry with Mael Brigde
Stepping into Brigit – A 30 Day Goddess Activation with Mael Brigde
Brigit: Sun of Womanhood Anthology from Goddess Ink – book edited by Patricia Monaghan and Michael McDermott
Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit by Patricia Monaghan
Other Articles/Books on the Goddess Brigid:
Brigid – Goddess of Healing, Poetry and Smithcraft by Judith Shaw
Brigid, Archetype of Inspiration and Activation by Stephanie Anderson Ladd
Fire of the Hearth, Fire of the Forge, Fire in the Head from The Rowdy Goddess
Brighid: Harbinger of Spring by JudithAnn (SageWoman Blogs)
Call to Brigid on Matrifocus by Savannah Skye
Invocation to Brigid on Matrifocus by Emmie
MOTHERHOUSE GODDESS TEMPLE – Goddess Calendar & Free Community Events
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