Thursday, 26 September 2013

Brigid

Brigid is probably my favourite Goddess.  I used to like her mainly because of her association with inspiration and art.  Over time, though, I've come to appreciate her other qualities, too.

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.

In the present, we find inspiration every day to live and act and enjoy the world, to find the poetry in our everyday lives.  From the song we sing to welcome the morning to the lullaby at night, from the idea to make something to feed our family to the desire to write, inspiration touches us in subtle ways every moment of every day.

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!

10 comments:

  1. I have never called goddesses at the quarters, focusing instead on the powers of the directions and their associated elementals. Your posts are making me want to do some meditating on this and see what goddesses offer themselves for my own quarter calling.

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    1. Will look forward to hearing who steps up if you do give it a go! :)

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  2. By the way, what deck is that second card from?

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    1. It's from the Mythical Goddess Tarot: my favourite Goddess Tarot (as opposed to oracle) http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/mythical-goddess/

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    2. Ooh, I like that one, too! But it appears to be slightly hard to find (?). Ah well!

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    3. I think I originally got mine through amazon, but years ago. You can get it direct from the author/artist: http://katherineskaggs.com/product-category/card-decks-books/ :)

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    4. I've bought a goddess figure and two oracle decks in the last two days. Better wait! :)

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  3. Wow! what a beautiful post. I have never thought about her as such a multifaceted goddess. Especially her creative side is appealing to me. And just as Eowyn said, I’ve never thought about choosing goddesses to represent the elements either. You have opened my eyes to so much more possibilities to deepen my relationship with her. Thanks! :D

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    1. You're very welcome, Ellen :)

      Some people may not approve, after all a Goddess is far more all encompassing than an element. Yet, some of them do seem to represent particularly well a given element, though they may also have other aspects to them. After all, Brigid is also known for her sacred well, connecting her to water. But, her priestesses used to keep a fire by the well, so we're back to fire again... :D

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