Thursday, 26 September 2013
It was because of the spark of inspiration, the flame of passion, that I assigned her to the South when I call the quarters. Yet, these days, I pay more attention to the fact that she is associated with healing, poetry and smithing. Connecting that with the wonderful, vibrant image from the Goddess Oracle (Marashinsky and Janto), I sometimes think about how she could be associated with past, present and future. Not with Maiden, Mother and Crone (though I do have cards and texts that link her at least with the first two), but with a perspective on life that looks to the past, lives in the present, and manifests in the future.
In that sense, the healing could be associated with the past, which is what most often needs to be healed. Be they physical or emotional hurts, we have to deal with what is troubling us, as it is often only once it starts to be a problem that we know there is something going on. It is important to start here, though, as the next two parts are made much harder if we don't take the time to make sure we are well enough to enjoy the present and plan for the future.
And looking to the future, we can take that inspiration and plan how to make the idea into a reality. Like smithing, this is about turning ideas into something more tangible than poetry, more lasting than a lunchtime snack. We need to gather up the resources required, put in place the processes and the equipment, perhaps even the people - a handy smith's assistant :D This is when all that inspiration is made real, rather than staying in the realm of ideas and fantasies.
I love that Brigid is so multi-faceted. That she encourages us to honour our past, present and future, to heal our ills and create something worthwhile. All this while keeping us in the moment, aflame with enthusiasm - that's quite a balancing act to achieve!