Working with Goddess archetypes are my love and my passion. I also weave these themes into my fictional work, although you wouldn’t know if you aren’t looking. The exception being Snake Goddess Rising, my very first romance novel that is set in India and pays homage to my love of cobras (my second power animal besides Jaguar and Wolf), the Divine Feminine and Bollywood movies with Sharukh Khan. Yes, I am that much of a kitschy romance lover and I am not ashamed of it, either.
Brigid, the Irish Goddess of inspiration, creation and flowing waters was the second Goddess I wrote about. The first was the Egyptian Lion Goddess Tefnut whose name means moisture or saliva. So here is my article on Brigid that has both historical facts and spiritual insights in it. If you’d like to meditate with this particular Goddess and awaken her archetypal energies within you, if they have thus far lain dormant or been blocked, this article may help you to connect with Her. You can also visit my website and explore other Goddesses.
A Child of Danu
Brigid is one of the Thuata Dé Danann, the children of Dana, according to Irish mythology. She is associated with the spring season, fertility, healing, poetry and smithcraft. In the course of Christianisation, she was made a Christian saint, Saint Brigid of Kildare. Her saint’s day is the same as the original Pagan festival of Imbolc, associated with the goddess and marking the beginning of spring. Imbolc is usually celebrated on the 1st or 2nd of February or halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.
She is associated with healing waters, wells and springs. She is the Lady of the Sacred Flame, the flame of inspiration, and creative consciousness. Brigit is the Bringer of Prosperity, goddess of fertility, new growth and birth. She is the patroness of poetry, healing, smithcraft, midwifery, and animal care and breeding. Brigid is a warrior, protectress and goddess of healing grace.
Radiance & Light
In mythology, Brigid was described to have been born at dawn with the exact rising of the sun. Her head was radiant with light and thus, she is associated with sunbeams and warmth, ascended awareness, enlightenment and new beginnings. This solar energy, also heralding spring after the dark winter months also bring hope and renewal.
In Celtic mythology, there is no difference between the flame of inspiration and that of the hearth in the house. The inner and outer worlds are not only equal but also not separate from each other. Brigid is a very complex goddess, having so many different aspects, which is due to her triple nature, but not as maiden, mother and crone, but as three sisters representing the three elements of fire, water and earth. From there her functions and attributes are further diversified like a tree with many branches, all ultimately converging to the one root.
She is known throughout Wales and England under various names and in each part, a river has been named after her, Brigit, Braint and Brent respectively. In England, as Brigantia, she is the central figure of many heroic myths and is therefore associated with underworld quests and sacred kingship. As she is so versatile, she has been able to survive throughout the ages and is still a central figure in worship to this day in Ireland as an only thinly veiled version a Christian saint.