Brigid. Goddess of healers poets smiths childbirth and inspiration, goddess of fire and hearth in Celtic Mythology. Her name means "exalted one" "lofty or elevated one" "She who is on high." She is famed for her green cloak which protects all who shelter beneath it. I've also added two intertwined serpents on her dress which have been used to represent healing and vitality.She is also known as a warrior goddess.
It's hard to reconcile Brigid as a Goddess of warriors considering all Her other attributes and associations until the idea of Her as the Mother Bear archetype who is fierce and ruthless in the protection of her children comes to mind. She is known as a protector of women and children. It's likely that She's been mislabelled a warrior goddess because that kind of passionate protection has been misunderstood in an era of violence and domination.
Ah William Sharp so poetically said about her: "Whom the Druids held in honour as a torch bearer of the eternal light a Daughter of the Morning who held sunrise in one hand as a little yellow flame and in the other held the red flower of fire without which men would be as the beasts who live in caves and holes…" It is told that Brigid is the daughter of the Earth God Dagda. She was born with the sunrise and elevated into the sky with rays of light radiating from Her head. On her belt I have added a hanging Brigid's Cross. This cross is thought to keep away evil fire and hunger when hung on the door of a home.
There is some evidence that Brigid may pre-date even Celtic religion. The stones of monuments such as Stonehenge are known as Bridestones and if that name dates back to the creation of the henges it indicates that perhaps She was worshipped 5000 years ago or more.
Brigids day also and perhaps more known as Imbolc is celebrated on the sundown of February 1st until the sundown of February 2nd. It celebrates the beginning of spring aka the return of the light and beginning of new life. Imbolc's root words actually mean "in the womb" which so wonderfully rounds out the whole idea of fertility. Since Instagram doesnt allow me to write more please do read more about Imbolc and Brigid 🖤