Goddess of the Dawn
The Goddess Brigid is one of the foremost within Irish mythology, and she remains a vital and powerful force even today, thanks to the early Christian Church adopting her as one of their own in the guise of St Bridget. She has had many names over the years, including Brid, Bride, Bridhe (pronounced ‘breed’), Brigantia, Bridgid, Brighid, Brigit, and Bridget. Roughly translated, the name can mean ‘exalted one’, ‘lofty or elevated one’, or ‘she who is on high’. A fitting epithet for this important Goddess.
Lady of the Light
She holds the spark of inspiration and can be equated with the muse of creativity, although she is a good deal more than that. She is also a fertility goddess, a guardian force who protects livestock, women and the land itself.
While some see her as a warrior goddess, this is not the role she takes in my worship. She is certainly a protector – you never want to anger the goddesses who hold the power of the land, because the land can turn against you – but she is not moved by a love of the fires of battle. She will use them if she has to, but she is far more a shield against them than a sword to leap into them.
Within Brigid, the warmth of the sun, and the security of fire are combined. While her feast day is Imbolc, and so she is a very appropriate Goddess for this time of year, she can be invoked all year round. Anytime you feel the need for the protective, grounding force of the land, you can call on Brigid’s power to aid you.