KEYWORDS ~ IMBOLC – SACRED SPRINGS, RIVERS, LAKES – HEALING – SMITH CRAFT & POETRY – AWAKENING OF NEW LIFE – PURITY & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
Brighid is a very old Celtic deity in the British Isles, pre-dating the Roman invasion and the coming of Christianity. Her name still echoes in many place-names around the British Isles. She is known as the triple goddess of Maiden, Mother and Crone and as a goddess represented the art of poetry, smith craft and healing. She was also associated with sacred springs, wells, rivers and lakes and is a guardian of the land, as such presiding over the birth of new life, her feast day being Imbolc or the 1 & 2 February. Brighid was adopted as a Christian Saint as St Brighid of Kildare, where 19 nuns tended her sacred flame at the church of the Oak, (Cill Dara). The Brigidine nuns now have a new centre at Kildare in the shape of the Brighid cross.
The original cult of Brighid was found too popular to overthrow and is still very important in the present day, where she is honoured and her sacred straw cross is placed above the threshold of houses at Imbolc. The first snowdrop, the first lactation of Spring, the swan, the mother and lamb, cattle and milking, the Wolf, the Serpent and the Bee. The energy of Brighid can be called on to support midwifery and new growth, an old connection to the land that still breathes through our veins. A purity of the new life emerging and a cleansing through the sacred waters – as a solar deity she brings warmth to the land and as a lunar deity she brings the sacred cycles of the seasons. A lovely supportive energy to place in your home to remind you to attune to your own sacred Earth connections.
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