Brigit (or Brigid, Brighid, Brig, or Bride) is a Celtic Goddess, later a Catholic Saint, associated with healing, poetry, and smithcraft.
In all her forms, She brings inspiration (a fire quality) and provides the spark for motivation. Her fire associations are so strong that a perpetual fire was set at Kildare in Her honour. The fire still burns there today. She also became the Goddess of the hearth-fire, the fire of the home, since She contains the mother and fire aspects.
The festival of Imbolc on February 1 is dedicated to Brigit. The Christianized festival is St. Bridget's Day in honour of St. Bridget. (from Brigid's Flame).
Brigit: Sun of Womanhood offers a holistic picture of Brigit from her beginnings as a Celtic Goddess to her role as a Christian saint. The contributors to this anthology hail from all parts of the globe—including Ireland, Scotland, the United States and Canada—reflecting the widespread influence of Brigit. Readers will be transformed by this inspiring collection.
This newest anthology from Goddess Ink is edited by Michael McDermott and Patricia Monaghan and features writers from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the US including Carol Christ, Sr. Rita Minehan, M. Macha Nightmare, Dolores Whelan, Joan McBreen, Matthew Geden, and many others.
Resources to connect with Brigit:
In 1993 the flame of Brigid was re-lit and has been tended by the Brigidine Sisters in Solas Bhride ever since. Located in Kildare, Ireland.
The Daughters of the Flame began their Brigidine flame-tending on the same day as the Brigidine Sisters relit her flame in Kildare. This non-denominational, international, women-only group can be found through their website or their Facebook page, or through their founder, Mael Brigde.
Ord Brighideach is an international order of Brigidine flamekeepers of over 500 members representing 19 countries. All genders and religious affiliations welcome.
Nigheanan Brìghde, Order of Brigidine Priestesses and Flamekeepers fosters sisterhood through tending the Sacred Flame and Healing Waters of Brìde, and is grounded in the traditional Celtic polytheistic culture and worldview.
For classes and workshops with Jude Lally --or travel with her to Scotland! --see her website.
For classes with Mael Brigde, see Mystery School of the Goddess.
For more groups, see the directory of Brigidine Flametending orders. For beautiful poetry and writing dedicated to Brigit, try this blog.
beat me on your anvil Brigit
melt me in your pot
knit me solid
make me whole
bring from me a fine bossed cauldron
offering to your endless round
in this life and the next
this life and the next