Celtic Goddess Brigid: How to Work With the Irish Triple Goddess
The Celtic Goddess Brigid is an ancient entity spanning centuries of veneration in Ireland. She is gentle and kind and yet stern and strong. The Irish Triple Goddess of ancient and modern times is calling to you. Learn how to start working with her unique energies here.
Who is the Celtic Goddess Brigid?
One of the most ancient and prominent goddesses in Irish history is the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Originating during the times of the Celtic Irish tribes, Brigid’s story is deep and beautiful. She was part of the Tuatha de Danann, the original godly race of beings that first occupied Ireland. She’s the daughter of the Dagda, King of the Celtic Irish gods. And Bres’ wife. But she’s much more than a daughter and wife. Brigid becomes one of the most worshiped goddesses in Western Europe, her cult spreading to Scotland and to continental Europe in the goddess Brigantia. The Celtic Goddess Brigid was so well-loved during the Christianization of Ireland, she became a saint while other pagan gods were forgotten.
Brigid As a Triple Goddess
The Celtic Goddess Brigid is depicted in triple form in many sculptures and illustrations. But why? The number three was sacred to the Celts for many reasons, which presented itself often in their beliefs in the gods. Triple Goddesses like Brigid presided over the life/death/rebirth cycle. Brigid herself was goddess of smith-craft, poetry, and healing which scholars believe forged her triple aspect. Modern pagans understand the triple goddess form has multiple meanings. Brigid also manifests as one of three: maiden, mother or crone.
Celtic Goddess of Water and Fire
The interesting thing about the Celtic Goddess Brigid isn’t just her triple aspect, it’s the polarity of her powers. As a Goddess of healing, Brigid ruled over the sacred wells of Ireland. This was a big honor, as the Irish people were enamored with their sacred wells they called themselves the “People of the Wells”. Wherever a goddess was associated with a well in Ancient Europe, she was considered a healing goddess. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Brigid was also a goddess of fire. Fire, to the ancient Celts, was the element of inspiration and passion. Note the polarity? This was actually a common motif among the Celts – fire and water. Life and death. Creation and destruction. And Brigid embodied this belief.
How to Start Working with the Celtic Goddess Brigid
Brigid calls to people from all walks of life, any gender, any religion, any culture, etc. If she’s called to you, you’ll feel her fiery pull strongly but you might not know where to start. Here’s a few ways to start working with Brigid:
1. Read about Brigid
There are many Irish myths that include the Celtic goddess Brigid. Read many for free online. Pick up the book Tending Brigid’s Flame by Lunaea Weatherstone. It’s the most in-depth and educational book dedicated to the Celtic Goddess.
2. Set Up a Small Altar
Brigid appreciates having a small space in her followers’ homes where her presence can be felt. Set up an altar OR a small space on your nightstand or kitchen counter in honor of Brigid. She’s a goddess of the hearth so the kitchen is a perfect spot! A representation of her, a candle, and a small glass of water are all that’s needed.
3. Tend Her Sacred Flame
When you speak to the Irish Triple Goddess, burn a candle dedicated solely to her. In ancient times, the priestesses of Brigid kept a fire going for hundreds of years. Today that fire is tended and burns at Kildare because of her modern priestesses. Lighting a candle and tending her sacred flame is a simple way to connect with her.
4. Visit Local Wells
In addition to tending her sacred fires, acknowledge her other element water by visiting a local well or spring. If you have neither, visit your local natural body of water and pray to her there. Offer up your gratitude and ask for healing of body, mind and soul. Brigid is a healer, after all.
5. Celebrate Imbolc a.k.a. Saint Brigid’s Feast
Imbolc, also known as Saint Brigid’s Day, is celebrated on February 1st. Imbolc is an ancient Celtic feast day originally dedicated to the Celtic Goddess Brigid that changed to Saint Brigid’s Day when Ireland was christianized. Today, pagans celebrate Brigid on her name’s day by lighting bonfires, celebrating the first day of Spring, and making traditional Brigid’s crosses. You can do the same!
6. Learn Traditional Prayers
There are numerous prayers to Saint Brigid that you can use as your own prayers to the Goddess aspect of Brigid. Keep in mind, Saint Brigid and the Goddess Brigid are one in the same! By learning her traditional prayers, you’re showing extra effort in honoring all of her aspects. Plus being able to recite prayer becomes a ritual in and of itself.
7. Honor Irish Ancestors
If you have Irish blood, one way of honoring Brigid is to honor your Irish ancestors. Set up a family tree. Make traditional Irish fare. Play traditional Irish music. Any act of honor to them honors Brigid.
Brigid’s Magical Associations
- Names: St. Brigid, Bride, Brigit, Bridey, Brigantia, The Bright One, The Ashless Flame
- Gods and Goddesses: Brigantia, Berchta, Dagda, Bres, St. Patrick, The Morrigan, Sul, Minerva, Boand, Dea Matres, Sheela na Gig, Hestia, The Cailleach, Ganga, Eostre, Abundantia
- Days: Imbolc/St. Brigid’s Day
- Plants: red clover, oak, shamrock, rushes
- Crystals: moss agate, emerald, garnet, citrine, amber, rainbow obsidian
- Animals: cow, crow, boar, swan, sheep, serpent, badger, wolf, salmon, pig, horse, white bull, vulture
- Places: Kildare, Faughart, All Sacred Wells and Springs, Inishmurray, Brigid Braint and Brent Rivers
- Symbols: Triskele and Triquetra
- Elements: Fire and Water
- Offerings: fire, water, prayer, metals, tying ribbons to trees, blackberries, eggs, ale, coins, a basket made of rushes called Brigid’s Bed, Brigid’s crosses, leave food and drink on doorstep for Brigid’s cow, cakes on windowsill on Imbolc, poetry