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A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT BRIGID THE "GODDESS OF FIRE"

A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT BRIGID THE "GODDESS OF FIRE"

Saint Brigid, the Celtic Fire Goddess was the daughter of Dagda, the leader of Tuatha de Danann, one of the ancient tribes in Ireland.  Her father, Dagda, was the son of Danu, the great mother Goddess.

St. Brigid was born at sunrise and it is believed that a tower of flames burst from her forehead, extending all the way to heaven.  This made people originally refer to her as the Sun Goddess.  Brigid is viewed as a triple goddess in which there was a maiden, a mother, and a crone with the ability to wear three different titles: the poet, the healer, and the smith.  The three aspects revealed by St. Brigid were all identical and they never aged which means that the triple Goddess nature of St. Brigid comprised of her two sisters all named Brigid.  The first Brigid was in charge of poetry, creativity, and inspiration and it is believed that it was she who invented the Ogham Alphabet.  The second Brigid was in charge of healing, fertility, medicine, and midwifery.  The third Brigid was in charge of a wide variety of crafts including hearth fires and smithies.  The aspect of fire in Saint Brigid which gives her the Goddess of fire is so important to her since it is this fire that joins together all her different aspects, that is the flame of the forge, the fire of hearth, and the spark of poetic inspiration.

Saint Brigid is also believed to be a "Two-Faced Goddess" with one face being dark and ugly and the other face being white and beautiful since she was a Goddess of both poetry and blacksmithing.  In her Triple Goddess form, Brigid represented: The innocent maiden, the fruitful and comforting mother, the wise, and healing crone depending on the particular time of the year.  Despite all these different aspects manifested by St. Brigid, she remains to be a highly adored Goddess among the Celts and she has continued playing this important role every other single day to protect her people.

Saint Brigid shares many Goddess attributes and her feast was originally the pagan festival (Imbolic) marking the beginning of the spring festival which was celebrated on February 1st through 2nd.  This Imbolic feast, commonly known as the Candlemass, represented the awakening of life and nature after the cold dead months of winter.  During this festival, candles for the rest of the year were made on this day.  It is a part of the festivities to light candles.  Imbolc was also an Irish holiday, that meant “in the belly”. It was celebrated as a sacred day, by lighting fire and performing rituals.  This, in turn, guarantees the farmers a plentiful harvest and was marked to celebrate the new life that was coming into the world.  Thus people believed that Brigid was responsible for bringing forth the young ones during the spring festival.