My alphabetically, organized posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. Hope you enjoy them.
B is for Brigid
“It is said that wherever Brigid walked small flowers and shamrocks appeared.” (REFERENCE)
The Celtic goddess of fire and fertility, Bridgid’s stories were well-known throughout pre-Christian, Europe. Her energy influences healing, poetry and smithcraft. A solar deity who once held her mantle on a sunbeam, she inspires through light: the spark of inspiration, the warmth of healing, the illumination of ideas. Drawings of Brigid have her holding fire.
One of the three greatest mother-goddesses in Celtic lore, Brigid is honored on Feb. 1st in the festival of Imbolg, which is one of the four major Celtic Festivals. After she became known as a saint the day became also recognized as St. Bridget’s Day.
… worshiped by the Celtic people as a Saint for over fifteen hundred years, and as a Goddess long before the Roman invasion of Britain and the birth of Christ. Her cult was so powerful that the Celtic Christian Church had to adopt her as a Saint, and the Roman Catholic Church followed suit, for her people would not abandon her. Along with St. Patrick, she is the patron Saint of Ireland. St. Brigit is often referred to as Muire na nGael ‘Mary of the Gael’. Mara Freeman states, ‘Brigit is the nearest thing we have to a Great Mother of the Celts.’ Reference
“Britain” is derived from Bridgid’s name. How did I not know all this?
Many healing wells in Ireland are dedicated to Brigid. People toss coins into the well and ask Brigid for healing. This is thought to be where our modern wishing well practice derived from. Poets and writers call for her inspiration. Brigid lives on.
Why Brigid Scares Me
When I started researching Brigid on the Internet I expected to find short histories about a pre-Christian goddess. I did find some of that, but what I mostly found were devotees who believe in her today. That sent shivers up my spine.
Why I’m Interested in Brigid
I’m working on a post-apoc story and wanted to weave Celtic lore into it. Clearly, I need to come to terms with the power of Brigid first.
My A-2-Z intro to World Mythology
A is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart
There are over 1850 blogs participatingi in the A 2 Z event. Something for everyone. I am trying to check out as many of these as possible. You can too via this link:http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html
Blogs I`m following in the Challenge (s0 far):
Alistair Lane, A Certain Point of View – Topic: Zombie Survival Tips in Haiku
Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles – Topic: The ABCs of Mindfulness
Annette, Annette`s Place – Topic: Legendary Mythical Creatures
Dipanwita, Cocktails, Mocktails & LIfe Topic: Poetry
Jo , Food, Life and a Scent of Chocolate Topic: Food
John Davis Frain, John Davis Frain Topic: Six Sentence Stories
Jackie Jain , Words Dipped in Happiness Topic: Poems about Happiness
Ipsita Banerjee, A Sliver of a Moonbeam Topic: Book Friends
Susan A Eames – Travel, Fiction and Photos Topic: Wildlife Encounters