Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Three Fold Brighid - Goddess, Saint and Druidess

The 1st or 2nd of February is the sacred day of Brighid, the triple formed Celtic Goddess, Saint and Druidress.
Within Irish mythology, Brighid (whose name means, amongst others, "exalted one") was one of three daughters of the Dagda, the chief God of the Tuatha de Danann, all of whom were named Brighid.  She was also the wife of Bres (a Fomorian) to whom she had a son named Ruadan.
Brighid was considered to be the Patroness of bards and poets, and inventor of the Ogham; Patroness of craftsmen, particularly associated with smithing and the hearth; and Patroness of healers and midwives.  It was unclear from Irish mythology as to whether these functions were performed by one Goddess or shared amongst all three sisters.

St Brigid's Well, Kildare, Ireland
Brighid’s connection with Druidism is based around the concept that Druidism was the belief system of the Celts who arrived in the British Isles around 500 BCDE.  Brighid herself was a “pan Celtic” deity who was worshipped by both the Goidelic and Brythonic Celts under the various names that she was known by - Bree/Brid/Bride, Briga, Briginda, Brigdu, and Brigantia.
When Christianity came to Britain, and in particular Ireland, Goddess Brighid became "Saint Brigid" as a way of converging the two beliefs (Pagan and Christianity) when the Church realised how popular and strong worship of the Goddess was amongst the people.  As such, within the many myths and legends surrounding the saint, elements of Druidism can still be found, such as her father Dubthach (“dark one”) often being referred to as a druid.
Aside from her name meaning "exalted one", Brighid's name is also said to mean "fiery dart"  or "fiery arrow".  It is this fiery aspect of Brighid, fire, that is appropriate to focus on when honouring Brighid in the Southern Hemisphere, as February is usually one of our hotter months, reflecting her inspirational, creative, healing and transforming fires.
Fire is one of the agents needed in the alchemical process that is reflected in the very landscape of this southern land as many native plants need fire in order to transform, to germinate.  Therefore, from drawing inspiration from the land we reside in, the goal is to transform (or at least obtain the keys to enable us to do this) via the fires of Brighid.

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"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again

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Great Goddess Isis

Great Goddess Isis

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.