As I've been rattling on about Bridigh in the last couple of posts I thought I would share with you a necklace I was inspired to make a little while ago.
The main colours of it are red and gold which are some of her colours, a triskele to represent her triple goddess aspect and shells for her association with water, one is which is a Shiva Shell and has a natural spiral on it. Heat treated and forged metal lend to her fire aspect and inspiration to create it.
It uses recyled sari fabric, beads, copper and a little goddess figure as well and fastens at the front to make it easy to get on and off.
This necklace is now being happily worn in America, but if you would like something in a similar style let me know.
Love all the Brighid representations in this art work by Danielle Barlow , most of the Brighd symbols I knew but not how the serpent was linked to her.
I did a bit of research and found that according to Celtic mythology an awakening hibernating serpent will emerged from it's lair at Imbolc, and by it's movements it was calculated how many more days of winter there would be, if it returned to it's lair then spring wold be a month or more in coming. Although Brigid is a triple goddess she is mainly thought of as a spring goddess, so as she is to usher in spring this would be imported to know. Serpents also represent new life and fertility, much like spring, as well as transformation, creativity and inspiration,
Paths of Earth energy, ley lines, were also called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber as the earth warms.
Spring is stirring, even though snowflakes are falling again as I write this. There is definitely more daylight and the urge to get out rather than hibernate is growing stronger, shoots are pushing their way upwards and the birds are singing.
One of the goddess mostly associated with this time of year is Brigid.
Last February or the moot I brought straw in for us all to make Bridgid crosses with, I'm going to pop the notes I made to say a little about her before we began in here incase you find it useful -
Pronounced Breed Brigg-id Bree-id, other names Brid Bride Brigantia or Bridgit.
A great mother goddess, she was one of the most widely worshipped across Britain and Ireland. It’s quite possible that the Northern British Tribe, the Brigantes derived their name from her.
Her most special time of the year is Imbolc (in the belly) coming of spring/ tale end of winter/ more fertile times are coming. Midwives.
Brigid is a Sun Goddess, Goddess of the Dawn.
She is also the Goddess of the Well and the Waters. There are healing wells still dedicated to her in Ireland.
The spark of inspiration, the muse of all creativity, Brigid is the Goddess of...
Brigid’s Crosses are traditionally made with rushes or straw and hung for protection, especially from fire but also from ill intent, mainly hung over the doorway but also by the fire for fertility
The intention could be whatever you want your Solar Cross to be for -- honouring the Sun Goddess, protection for your home, blessings and protection for your loved ones, etc.
It may also be given as a blessing and protection to someone you care about.
Another option is to offer it to the Goddess. You can hang it on a tree (particularly hawthorn) or leave it in nature somewhere, or burn it in a ritual fire (a bonfire or cauldron). You could also hang it above your altar, to keep Brigid's presence near you all year long.
The Demotion to Saint Brigid
In Ireland and other Celtic countries, Brigid was a primary Pagan Goddess. This didn't sit well when Christianity took over. But the people were unwavering in their devotion to this Goddess, and the Christian fathers couldn't eradicate Her worship.
So they did what has worked so well throughout the ages and around the globe: they incorporated Her into their own mythology.
In the 5th Century, She was remade as a Christian saint. She was given a fictitious history, and canonised. (Then in 1960, I guess the Church thought they'd made a mistake, and de-sainted Her! Or maybe they thought they could at last do away with this so-tenacious and beloved female deity.)
Imbolc is usually the time we release Lammas Camps tickets for sale but due to demand they've been on sale now since the week after Lammas Camp 2018. They are still at Early Bird prices until Beltain though, so still a little time to grab yourself a bargain but don't hang around too long as we only sell a limited number to keep the camp small and friendly with a community feel to it.
Hope we all have a joyful spring, Happy Imbolc x