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Brigit: Celtic Goddess of Healing, Poetry, Fire & Forge
Size: 7.25" tall
"Hail Brigit of the triple face!"
Brigit was the ancient Celtic Sun Goddess. Her worship ranged from Europe to Ireland and Her names were an infinite variation: Bridget, Bride, Brigantia, etc. She was an extremely ubiquitous goddess and She ruled over many important spheres of human endeavor. As goddess of fire, She ruled over both the hearth and the forge. She was a goddess of domestic arts such as housekeeping, weaving, broom-making, bread baking, marriage, and childbirth. As the Lady of the Forge, She was primarily a goldsmith, but Her industrial arts made Her a favorite of blacksmiths' wives, craftswomen, merchants, and factory women. She ruled the powers of inspiration as well, so Her influence was over the Arts as well as Crafts. She inspired poets, writers, and musicians; and She was especially the Patroness (or Matron) of Bardcraft as well as Smithcraft.
Brigit was a healer as well as midwife, and She controlled the powers of Water as well as the powers of Fire. Her sacred wells and springs bore Her dedication in the form of bright ribbons hung on nearby trees and bushes. Her influence extended to the health of the trees themselves and animals as well. Apple, rowen, birch and willow were among Her favorites, as cows and sheep were also under Her protection.
The Romans associated Brigit with Athena, and so a later mythos added the owl as Her bird in addition to the crane who was Hers since She invented Ogham, the ancient Celtic form of writing (said to have been inspired by the tracks of those birds). Brigit was a warrior goddess as well, and She carried a spear to defend the hearth and home. But She was not a warrior for the sake of conquest like Epona, or the love of slaughter like the Morrigan--other Celtic deities associated with battle. Her weapons were more apt to be ones She forged Herself for the protection of a home She created and cherished.
The Goddess Brigit became Christianized as St Brigid, and Her worship went from temples and groves to abbeys and monasteries without a great deal of change. Her eternal flame burned in the Abbey of St Brigid of Kildare in Ireland until the 1700s, and though She was decanonized as an official saint by Vatican II in the 1960s, She is still only second in influence to the Virgin Mary in most parts of Ireland today.
--Morning Glory Zell