B is for Brigid, Celtic Goddess of Fire – #A to Z Challenge

A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvibMy theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World BMythology, because it fascinates me.

 

 

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.


References:

http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/celtic-goddess-brigid.htm

http://www.brigidsflame.com/brigid.html

http://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit

Photo: Photobucket


My A-2-Z intro to World Mythology

A is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart


The CHallenge

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

 

 

 

 

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website - http://jo-anncarson.com

13 thoughts on “B is for Brigid, Celtic Goddess of Fire – #A to Z Challenge”

    1. Pam,
      I totally agree. To have people worship you for centuries… It gives me shivers.
      Thanks for stopping by and chatting.
      Best Wishes
      Jo-Ann

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  1. I think she sounds wonderful and the fact that people have been worshipping her for centuries impresses me no end. Interesting that Britain derived from Brigif. I have a strong feeling for such beliefs.

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    1. Jo,
      I think it’s her age that scares me most, but I’m glad you like her. Looking forward to Monday.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Best Wishes always,
      Jo-Ann

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  2. How lovely that she is so powerful and that there are people out there who still believe in her. I think she’ll make a fascinating addition to the story you are writing.

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    1. Hi Kalpanaa,
      Nice to meet you. I won’t be adding her to my stories, but she does fascinate me. Thanks for stopping by and chatting.
      Best Wishes,
      Jo-Ann

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