Brighid, named also Bride, Brigit or Brigantia, is an ancient Goddess associated with Spring, fertility, healing, poetry and smithcraft, she is also the protectress of the Druids and is celebrated at Imbolc (1st February). Brighid lights up the fire in the belly of the Earth, igniting life within the seeds and the wombs of all animals. She is the Sacred Flame of Ireland and has her sanctuary in Cill Dara (Kildare) where nine priestesses used to keep her sacred flame in the fire temple.
Width: 12 cm
Height: 18 cm
Weight: 24 g
Material: Paper x weight
A4 Poster representation of an acrylic painting of the Celtic Goddess Brighid by Elena Danaan
This is a beautiful representation of Brighid, named also Bride, Brigit or Brigantia. She is an ancient Goddess from the Tuatha de Dannan, mythical race of Ireland. Born at dawn, she rose into the sky with the sun, rays of fire beaming from her head. She was the daughter of Dagda, the great father-god of Ireland. In Druid mythology, the infant goddess was fed with the milk from a sacred cow from the Otherworld. Brigid owned an apple orchard in the Otherworld and her bees would bring their magical nectar back to earth. It is said that wherever she walked, small flowers and shamrocks would appear. As a sun goddess her gifts are light, knowledge, inspiration, and the vital and healing energy of the sun. Associated with the Spring season, fertility,healing, poetry and smithcraft, she is also the protectress of the Druids and is celebrated at Imbolc (1st February). Brighid lights up the fire in the belly of the Earth, igniting life within the seeds and the wombs of all animals. She is the Sacred Flame of Ireland, which she is the representative, and has her sanctuary in Cill Dara (Kildare) where nine priestesses used to keep her sacred flame. Nowadays, a Christian Saint shares her name and her heritage. In the Brigidines convent just outside of Kildare town, in the proximity of Brighid’s holy well, the tradition of the flame-keeping is beautifully maintained by nine Sisters. Brighid taught humans how to gather and use herbs for their healing properties, how to care for their livestock, and how to forge iron into tools. As a goddess of childbirth and protector of all children, she is the patroness of midwifery. This shrine, near Kildare, was located near an ancient Oak that was considered to be sacred by the Druids, so sacred in fact that no one was allowed to bring a weapon there. The shrine is believed to have been an ancient college of priestesses who were committed to thirty years of service, after which they were free to leave and marry. During their first ten years they received training, the next ten were spent tending the sacred wells, groves and hills of the goddess Brigid, and the last decade was spent in teaching others. The priestesses were assigned to tend the perpetual flame of the sacred fire of Brigid. Each was assigned to keep the flames alive for one day. On the last day, the goddess Brigid herself kept the fire burning brightly.