Joseph Campbell called it the "Masks of God." For us
to see a light that too bright, hear a sound that is too loud, a glory that is
too great, we must put a mask upon it. That mask might have gender, male or
female, and for me that mask is the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Her name is
actually a title meaning "the Sublime One."
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Brigid has three areas of patronage: healing, poetry and
smithcraft. Thus she is know as a triple goddess. Although often seen as a maid
and honored with the first signs of spring, she reveals a crone aspect in
her wisdom of the forge and a matron aspect as muse to the Bards.
As a transitional deity between winter and spring, Brigid is
often depicted in two forms: the "Cailleach" or old crone of winter,
and a fair young maiden of spring. She is also associated with the hearth,
fertility and agriculture. She is associated with fire showing her to be a solar
goddess making her lineage quite ancient. As men rose in dominance, the sun
deity became male and women were represented by the shadows of the moon.
I would conclude that Brigid is a composite of many earlier
goddesses who came together as communities merged and civilization grew. I list
just a few of the many links about Brigid.
It is more characteristic of monotheists to claim a personal relationship with their
deity. An Ancient would be surprised at this, and she might ask, "So you expect a personal relationship with a
thunderstorm?" However, this idea of personal relationship is strong in our modern culture, and it can be
seem to spill over to those who follow the Old Ways..