Sacred Month of Brighid 23rd January – February 19th

Sacred Month of Brighid 23rd January – February 19th

 

St Brigid of Kildare by Joanna Powell Colbert
St Brigid of Kildare by Joanna Powell Colbert

Our predecessors in the Madrian faith named this month Brighde.

“Her name itself is written as Brighid, Brigid, or Bríd in the Irish, and Brìde in the (Scottish) Gaelic, and the other forms like Brìghde, Bhríde, and Brighidh are forms of saying, ‘of Brigid’, as in the Well of Brigid, Tobar Bhríde in Ireland, or Tobar Brìghde in Scotland.”

https://hereternalflame.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/a-gaelic-grammar-primer-to-her-name/

“In its most ancient form, the name was spelt with a final t, Brigit, and was Latinised Brigitta. From an early time, however, and down the ages, it was spelt Brigid; Latin form, Brigida.”
The Irish name ought to be pronounced with a hard <g>; that is, as “Brigg-id,”

However, the complicated matter of orthography is not ended at this point; for in Modern Gaelic—the language as spoken for the past seven centuries—the <g> becomes silent, and the name usually is spelt in Gaelic Brighid… with a pronunciation “Bree-id.” From this it will be seen how Kilbride and St. Bride’s are derived.

Accordingly, in writing English we adhere to Brigid as the correct historic and literary form. Let us pronounce it “Briggid,” although we often hear people nowadays, under the influence of the revived Irish language, saying “Breeid,” which is, as we have shown, fully permissible. In Munster, the pronunciation “Bride” has come into use, and often the name is written Bride, instead of Brigid. Since this development is native and natural, we can make no objection to it”
http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/BRIGID.htm
Pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id.
Brighid (from Irish brigh: “strength”; Celtic brig-o “high, mighty” from PIE bhrgh-nt- “high”). Exalted.
It is not “Fiery Arrow.”
I do not know why but she was also considered the Janya of Bridges, Gateways and Places of Passage. (see Jacqueline’s comment below: “She seems very connected to liminal spaces” Definition: “The word liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.” A Sacred space. https://inaliminalspace.org/about-us/what-is-a-liminal-space/ )

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She is considered to be a Living Stream Goddess, as Her devotional cult has continued, unto this day, under the guise of St. Bridgit.

My favourite form of Dea.

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Brigit be Bithmaith

Brigit,
eternally good woman,
bright, golden,
quickening flame.

May she carry us
to the eternal lands.
She, radiant fire
of the sun.

11th century
Irish Liber Hymnorum

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‘Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame,
may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.’

Ancient Gaelic prayer – Carmina Gadelica

http://www.celticheritage.co.uk/virtualshrine/brighid.cfm

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Brigids crosses 1975
Brigid’s crosses photographed in 1975

Her cross is considered to be a Sun Wheel.

According to many sources, she possesses an unusual status as a Sun Goddess.  “Who hangs Her Cloak upon the rays of the Sun and Whose dwelling-place radiates light as if on fire. As a solar deity her attributes are all skills associated with fire, the benefactress of inner healing and vital energy.”[4]
[4]  From « Brighid, Queen of Heaven » – copyright © 2003-2004 Susanna Duffy

Brighid’s Runes in Sweden: The Völva and the Sun
by Kirsten Brunsgaard Clausen

“In 2006, on an excursion to a large bronze-age rock art site near Norrköping in Sweden, we stepped over a rune inscription with six letters, overgrown, unknown. It said: BRAIDO. “A goddess” said the guide. Puzzled, we ran through all the Nordic goddesses who were familiar to us – Freya, Siv, Idun, Urd, but Braido we had never heard of!

The archaeologist Arthur Nordén wrote in 1925: “BRAIDO, meaning The Exalted One, could be some local witch”. He dates the runes to 200-400 CE, saying “this means that they are extremely unique and so ancient that rune writing in Scandinavia cannot be dated earlier”. New examinations of today agree on the dating. The name ending in –O is the ancient feminine, today turned into –a (Swedish) or –e (Danish), Braida/Braide.”
http://www.goddess-pages.co.uk/brighid-s-runes-in-sweden-the-voelva-and-the-sun/

Names of the Goddess
There are many variations, pronunciations, and spellings of Her name, including:
Scotland: Bhrìghde, Brighid, Bride
Ireland: Brigid, Brigit, Brighid, Brìd, Brígh
Manx: Breeshey
Wales: Ffraid
England: Brigantia, Brittania
France: Brigandu

Triple Goddess Briget
Triple Goddess Brigid

ASPECT :  Triple goddess and solar deity, her attributes are :

1 Fire of Inspiration : Poetess, muse, goddess of inspiration, learning, poetry, divinitation, witchcraft, occult knowledge, prophecy

2 Fire of the Forge : Smithcraft, carrying and forging a famous cauldron, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, and housecraft

3 Fire of the Hearth : Healer, medicine, spiritual healing and fertility, midwifery, inner healing and vital energy

Brighde Triple Goddess
Brighde Triple Goddess

The Three-Fold Fire of Brighid

Fire in the forge that
shapes and tempers.

Fire of the hearth that
nourishes and heals.

Fire in the head that
incites and inspires.

Ord Brighideach International – an order of flamekeepers
http://www.ordbrighideach.org/raven/

The Directory of Brigidine Flametending Orders seeks to be a storehouse and database of all Orders dedicated to Brighid, to assist the Brighid-devotee in choosing among the various Orders that best meets her or his needs.
https://flamtendersdirectory.wordpress.com/

http://www.brighid.org.uk/index.html

Information from

http://www.faeryshaman.org/es91/es91art4.htm
Brighid the Great copyright © 2005 by Rhiannan Ratelle

http://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit
Brigit by Susa Morgan Black

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4 thoughts on “Sacred Month of Brighid 23rd January – February 19th

  1. Thank you! As a side note, you mention that She is considered a Janya of bridges, gateways, and passageways and I wanted to mention that I’m part of some online devotional groups to Brigid where people have mentioned that She seems very connected to liminal spaces, so that may be why.

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