As we get ready to celebrate Imbolc in the northern hemisphere, for many Pagans, it’s a time to honor Brighid. She’s a Celtic goddess of the forge and the hearth, and has come to symbolize, for many people, the blessings of domestic life. She’s also the patroness of poets and bards, artisans and craftspeople, as well as those with healing gifts. Obviously, not all traditions celebrate Brighid this time year, but if yours does, this is a perfect opportunity to get to know her better.
For our southern hemisphere readers, it’s nearly Lammas, also called Lughnasadh. This harvest sabbat not only marks the season of the threshing of grain – in some traditions, it’s a season to honor Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Like Brighid, he is a patron of artisans and crafters. Be sure to read the links at the very bottom for some information on Lugh, and how you can honor him during this time of year.
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|Who is Brighid?
|In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid (or Brighit), whose name is derived from the Celtic brig or “exalted one”, is the daughter of the Dagda, and therefore one of the Tuatha de Dannan. Her two sisters were also called Brighid, and were associated with healing and crafts. Read more about Brighid here.
|Rituals to Honor Brighid
Not sure where you’re headed these days? In addition to being a goddess of hearth and home, Brighid is also representative of the crossroads. Let her guide you and inspire you with this simple divination ritual technique.
While Brighid may be primarily honored at Imbolc, you can celebrate her magic and power any time of the year. Try these simple prayers honoring Brighid in her many aspects.
Imbolc is a time when the days suddenly seem to be getting longer, and the snow is beginning to melt, showing us small patches of earth and green. At this time of returning spring, our ancestors lit bonfires and candles to celebrate the rebirth of the land. Celebrate the many aspects of Brighid with this simple group rite.
|The Legend of Brighid’s Mantle
|According to legend, Brighid’s mantle, or cloak, was a magical piece of material indeed. Learn about the story of Brighid’s mantle, and how you can incorporate this aspect of her myth cycle into your magical practice.
|Crafts to Honor Brighid
For many of us, getting crafty and creative is a great way to honor our spirituality. Try some of these simple craft projects to celebrate Brighid during the Imbolc season.
Brighid’s cross has a wide range of symbolism to many different people. While it figures prominently in many Christian legends, it is also a popular symbol in many Pagan religious paths. Here’s how you can make a Brighid’s cross of your own to decorate your home or altar. More »
In many traditions, the goddess Brighid is welcomed into the home at Imbolc. In addition to making a Brighid doll, she is given a bed near the hearth fire. Make a Brighid’s bed to welcome this goddess into your own house.
In some magical traditions, a corn doll representing the goddess Brighid is placed in a position of honor in the home – usually in the kitchen or near the fireplace. Here’s how you can craft a simple corn doll to symbolize Brighid’s presence in your house.
Imbolc reminds us that spring is on the way, so why not make a floral crown to honor her? Use it on your Imbolc altar, or as a decoration in your home to bring spring’s colors indoors on a chilly day?