Brigid, red-gold woman.
Brigid, flame and honeycomb.
Brigid, sun of womanhood.
Brigid, lead me home.
You are a branch in blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigid, lead me home." ~from The Goddess Path by Patricia Monaghan
Brighid is the bright mother aspect of the Celtic triple goddess. Goddess of the hearth, the forge (literal and figuritive), fire, moon, prophecy, healing, … patron of crafters and smiths, poets, warriors, women in all their stages but especially childbirth, creation and creativity, inspiration.
Breo-saighit the “bright/exalted one”, the “fiery-arrow”, she of the twisted hair is often linked with Athena and Vestia/Hestia. Fires and candles were kept lit by her devotees, eternal flames in her honor even after she became St. Brigid with the advent of Christianity. Until Henry the Viii ordered them put out. (He didn’t like the excessive popularity of these nuns) These fires have been relit and kept alit since.
Associated with the Nature Teachers: Raven/Crow, Wolf/Dog, Bee, Apple, Blackberry, Thistle, Oak, Dandelion, Serpents (especially entwined), Cattle/livestock, Moon, Water, Fire, Clover, Rabbit/Hare, and Rose are associated with Brighid. She is Moon to Lugh’s Sun