Brigid's Day ~ Imbolg 🔥🍀
🌬Brigid is the Daughter of the Dagda, one of the more universal deities of the pagan Gaelic world. ⚔She is a goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann. She is known as a deity associated with healing, smiths, poetry, fertility and inspiration. Brigid is also associated with fire and hearth. As a patron of warfare, her soldiers were known as Brigands. This ancient goddess is still celebrated today and is widely known throughout the world.
🍀Today marks a special date and holiday; Imbolc which is also known as Brigid's day. The Celtic festival of Imbolc represents a celebration of fire, new beginnings, and fertility so it makes sense that this day is dedicated to Brigid. Imbolc is a major pagan holiday (for some) and tradition celebrated from February 1 through sundown February 2. 🇮🇪Primarily based on Celtic heritage, Imbolc was meant to mark the halfway point between winter solstice and the spring equinox in Neolithic Ireland and Scotland. This holiday is still celebrated today by practitioners of neopagan or pagan-influenced religions and spiritualities. Brigid was honored during this time and as various forms of paganism revive - she will continue to be honored despite being transformed to "St. Brigid" by the church around 453 C.E.
🤱Brigid will always be thought of in regard to evoking fertility rites, poetry, crafts and prophecies. An interesting point to mention is that Brigid was worshipped by the Filid. The Filid were a class of poets and historians among ancient Ireland and Britain.
📖Various lore of Brigid spread through the middle ages. Brigid appears in the saga Cath Maige Tuired and the Lebor Gabála Érenn, an apparent history of Ireland collected from various poems and texts in the 10th century.
📚There are myths about Brigid’s birth, and some legends say she was born with a flame surrounding her head that was as bright as the horizon. Brigid is credited with the very first keening, a traditional wailing for the dead practiced at funerals by Irish and Scottish women.
Today, we never forget Brigid - goddess of fire, hearth, fertility, prophecies and much more! 🎨Art by: Laura Tempest Zakroff Source: Mythicalireland