Mother of Wisdom,
had a maternal function and was closely identified with the land.
Celts formulated female triads to overcome
Brigid is a prime example of this type of
deity which is associated with
the sacred number three, the triple aspect of the divine.
two sisters, patrons of healing and smithcraft.
She was venerated not
only as Brigid, but also as Bride, Briginda, Brigidu, and in North Britain as
Briganda, translated as
High One or Exalted One.
'Ashless Flame', 'Flame of Two Eternities', and 'Mother of All
One of the most potent symbols of the triple nature Brigid is
the flame of life and
the fire of the hearth and smithy;
the flame of divine
The hearth is the focus of the
integral to everyday functions.
circle of the campfire divided
the world into two parts: the safe, domestic part, and the Wild.
was the hearth, the center of the circle of domesticity.
warmth, keeping the cold world at a distance.
Here was safety, keeping
predators at bay.
Here was light, defining a human realm but making the
night beyond all the deeper, all the more alien.
Outside the circle of
firelight was the other, the wild, the unknown."- Charles
"No earthly water can quench the
flame of divine
In many ancient traditions the hearth is connected to
the sun, the source of warmth and
As the patroness of filidhact (bardic lore) Brigid guides
the flame of inspiration, poetry and divination.
Heroes on spiritual tasks
request protection and guidance from Brigid.
A symbol of Brigid is
water, in all its forms venerated.
Sacred springs, associated with Brigid,
were a focus of Celtic
Spring water symbolically unites the
underworld and the upper world by
rising out of the darkness of the
Earth and reflecting the light of
Hot springs provide the link
between fire and water.
All springs and wells remain
powerful sources of
inspiration, healing, and a means of both physical and spiritual
One legend connecting Brigid with water, tells how a
crystal drop from the mantle of Brigid touched the Earth and became
a deep and clear lake.
This was said to be a lake from Tir-Na-Moe 'Land of the Living Heart'
and there was healing in it for all weariness and battle wounds.
Historical references to Saint Brigid begin in the seventh century.
Saint Brigid was venerated in an Irish convent at Kildare or Cill Dara,
which means the church of the Oak
Originally a site of an ancient temple with a perpetual
flame, an ashless fire.
To Gaelic speaking Scots she is Saint Brigit of
To this day she is remembered as
patron saint of the
family hearth, originally a peat fire kept burning in her
The first day of February, dedicated to Brigid, is known as
Imbolg, meaning 'of/in the womb'.
Another name connected with this
celebration is Oimelc, a Germanic word meaning 'ewes-milk' or 'lactation',
which is a direct reference to the birth of young animals
in the spring.
Celtic tradition Imbolg was the first day of spring and stock who had been
penned in for the winter
were allowed out.
On Brigid's Eve in parts of Ireland it was customary
for groups of young girls, clad in white, to go from house to house singing and
Householders would give the girls a gift for Brigid, usually
either eggs or milk.
The leader usually was a girl
who would carry an image of Brigid, a 'brideog', into the fields.
brideog was fashioned from rushes or oats and decorated with colored shells,
spring flowers, greenery and ornaments.
The best and brightest of
ornaments were attached over the heart and called reul-iuil Bride, The 'Guiding
Star of Brigid'.
Older women prepared a Brigid's Bed which was made of
an oval basket filled with rushes.
A straw image was placed in the
basket which was put on the hearth.
Then the main door was opened and
the men said a prayer invoking and asking Brigid to come in for her bed was
Brigid was believed to
travel with her white milk
cow on her
festival and bring blessings to
In some areas of Scotland and Ireland offerings of
grass were left on doorsteps for her cow.
The goddess Brigid is great
eternal being who, like the flame of life itself, keeps alight and
rekindles hope and
Brigid can act as a catalyst
Saul of Tarsus refers to Jesus
in I Corinthians 1: 24 as the "Sophia of God"
The Maiden :
The Maiden signifies youth, the excitement of the chase, and
the newness of life and magick. In human age she would be between puberty and
her twenties. She does not have a mate. Her colors are soft & light, such
as white, soft pink, or light yellow.
The Mother : Fruition
Mother stands for nurturing, caring, fertility; she is a woman in the prime of
her life and at the peak of her power. She protects her own and will ensure
that justice is done and done well. This woman is usually mated. In human age,
she would be seen as a woman in her thirties to mid-forties. Her colors are
warmer than that of the maiden, such as green, copper, red, light purple or
The Crone : Endings
The Crone is a being of age-old
wisdom. She is shrew and counsels well. She cares for the Maiden and the Mother
as well as the offspring thereof. She is logical and can be terrible in her
vengeance. She stands at the door to the dimension of death. In human years,
she is approximately 45 or older. The Crone is the most difficult of the three
to place in human age. The Crone's traditional colors are black, gray, purple,
brown or midnight
"Sophia is no rarefied divine being who dwells on high.
Sophia goes out into the world and
gets her hands dirty.
Wisdom sets a table inviting those
who appreciate her to partake.
The inclusive meals of Jesus, where
he located his most intense teachings, deliberately
transgressed the purity
codes by including those
considered unclean - terrorists,
An alliance of expediency between
the religious and the political authorities
murdered Jesus, Sophia's prophet and
messenger." - Joanna
Sophia in Greek,
Hohkma in Hebrew, Sapientia
in Latin, Sheela-na-gigs in Celtic - all mean wisdom.
Sophia is revered as the Wise Bride of
The Song of Songs - known as Song of Solomon or Canticle of
Canticles - speaks of Solomon's marriage to Sophia, a
descended or fallen
There are many references to Sophia in the Book of Proverbs
and in the apocryphal books of Sirach and the
is the deity of wisdom called ḦṍḸẙ ṦṕḯṝḭṰ
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