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Goddess in the Wheel
by Abby Willowroot
Imbolc 2002, Vol 1-2
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Goddess of Earth, Sea and Sky
Mistress of Wisdom and Inspiration
Come in the Night, and in the Day ~ Be with us
May your Nine-fold Blessings be upon all who enter here
May the Arts of Healing, Smithcraft and Poetry be understood
Hail Brigid ~ May You accept this humble homage from us all
Brigid, Goddess of Earth, Sea and Sky
(text and graphics copyright © Abby Willowroot, from Abby Willowroot's Brigid's Altar page at reprinted with permission)

The Sacred Flame of Brigid continues to burn brightly at Kildare, Ireland. For thousands of years it burned in honor of the Goddess Brigid, tended by nineteen Priestesses dedicated to Her. Each Priestess tended the flame for a day, and on the twentieth day, the flame was tended by the Goddess Brigid herself.

With the coming of christianity, the church suppressed the worship of the Goddess Brigid, but in fine Irish fashion, the people simply worshiped Her as St. Brigid and Her Sacred Flames continued to burn in Her honor. Today, nineteen Nuns tend Brigid's sacred flame and on the twentieth day, Brigid Herself still watches over Her sacred fire.)

Brigid's priestess and nunFebruary 1st is Imbolc, the Pagan Fire Festival dedicated to the Goddess Brigid. Brigid's CrossThe worship of the Goddess has been preserved to this day in Christian Ireland, (where) February 1st is celebrated as the Feast day of St. Brigid.

Brigid's Cross is a woven wheel of the year that marks the cycles of Nature and is sacred to the Goddess. A Brigid's Cross can easily be made from grasses or other plant materials.

This piece is a good example of how the Celts and other indigenous people found ways of keeping the Pagan beliefs of their ancestors alive, despite their forced conversion to christianity.

10 priestesses of Brigid
Hail Dana
Great Goddess of Healers, Poets, Mystics, and Smiths
Your Sacred Fires burn brightly upon Sacred Altars
Deep in the Earth, Your springs of Inspiration flow
Your Sacred Cauldrons are filled with Herbs for Healing
Forge hammers spark with craft, as Smiths work in Your Honor
Words and Song flow from the hearts of Poets and Musicians
Healers are again turning to Your Sacred Ways with Reverence
May Your Sacred Wells overflow with the Essence of Your Presence
May we always use the Gifts You grant us . . . with Wisdom
Fill our hearts with the Courage & Kindness of Your Sacred Horses
10 priestesses of Brigid

Goddess of Smiths Smiths speak through metal, water, air and fire to honor the Goddess. They are alchemists of the elements.

Ciaran AmphoraThis Amphora is a piece I created in bronze as a homage to Brigid. It is called the "Ciaran Amphora." Ciaran is the original form of my family name and means "dark ones", a reference to coloring of the "Black Irish".

It is with great gratitude, that I use the gifts of skills and inspiration that have been bestowed on me by the Goddess Brigid.

Brigid on the mount