With Imbolc so close at hand, I chose for my ‘B’ post this week to be about Brigid. Imbolc is, in essence, her holiday.
Brigid is an Irish/Celtic Triple Goddess, which means she is Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Prior to Christian domination, Brigid was an extremely important Goddess. She is the Goddess of Healers, Craftspeople, Artists, and many others associated with the powers of Creativity.
There was a Priestesshood with Priestesses numbering 19 at any given time. Men were not Priests, and this may be one of the many reasons that Christian Patriarchy worked so hard to eradicate the devotees. What better way to remove one from consciousness and influence than through assimilation?
Brigid became the popular St. Brigit, and was said to be extremely charitable to the poor, and terribly pious to boot. She was given credit for founding many convents, where women were kept chaste and put away to meditate on G-D.
This Imbolc, my Sisters and I shall give thanks to Brigid for ushering in the light of this new year. We will also ask her blessings for new projects we are beginnng in our gardens, homes, and lives.