The ancient tales tell us that Brighid was the daughter of the Earth God Dagda. Before even Celts, as far back as 3000 BCE, Brighid was hailed as a Spring and Summer goddess, who shared her rule with the Winter Goddess, Cailleach. Her name from the old days was Breo Saighead, but the Irish called her Brighde; The Scots called her Bride, Brigantia in Northern Britain, and Brigandu in France. Some called her Brid, Brig or Brighid (her name would originally have been pronounced BRIGG-id). Over time, the Christians transformed her into Saint Bridget. The sacred megalithic sites, Stonehenge and Avebury, constructed by the people of the Neolithic and late Stone Age, have been called Bridestones, linking Brigid to the first Iron Age peoples to enter Britain in the first millennium BC.
Brighid has been depicted as a Triple Goddess, though not in the typical Maiden, Mother, Crone aspect, but over three aspects of life, all united by fire. Her namesake was chosen for my Workshop because she inspires many aspects of my Craft.
Daily, I’m inspired by the:
- the Fire of the Forge: metalworking and smithcraft
- the Fire of the Hearth: herb craft and healing.
- the Fire of Inspiration: poetry, song, and music
Through the platform of this blog, Brighid’s Flame, I will highlight my adventures in herbcraft, smithcraft, and music. Enjoy!
May you be filled with Loving Kindness,
* Celtic Myth and Magic – Harnessing the Power of the Gods and Goddesses by Edain Mc Coy, 65.