My Goddess Brigid

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."

Art by Miranda Gray & Courtney Davis

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.

                                  A Brigit's Cross

This altar statue is available from the Sacrid Source.

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..

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