The Celtic Goddess Brigid.
Brigid, Goddess Celtic goddess of Fire
Daughter of Dagda the ‘father’god of the Tuatha De Danann and Ireland.
She is the Celtic Sun Goddess of Fire, the forge (smithcraft), the hearth, light ( inspiration), wisdom, poetry, the healing energy of the sun, Childbirth and unity. Born at daybreak, Brigid rose into the sky with the Sun, rays of fire beaming from her head. In Druid mythology, the infant goddess was fed form the milk of a sacred cow from the otherworld. It is said where ever she walks small flowers and shamrocks would appear.
At the warring factions of two sides of her family and the death of her son her sorrow was such that she Her cries were heard throughout Ireland and she is said to have started the practice of ‘keening’. She is the force of unity and compassion among all the Celtic peoples.
At Brigid sacred well in Kildare two lepers came and asked for her healing powers to cure them. She told them they were to bathe each other until their skin was healed. When one of the lepers was healed he became disgusted and would not bathe his friend. Brigid was angered by this and made the leprosy return. She turned to the other leper drew him to her bosom and wrapped him in her cloak whereupon he was immediately healed.
She said to have invented ‘whistling’.
Imbolc, the feast day of Brigid, on February 1st or 2nd
She is mentioned in Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland) is the Middle Irish title of a loose collection of poems and prose narratives recounting the mythical origins and history of the Irish from the creation of the world down to the Middle Ages. An important record of the folkloric history of Ireland, it was compiled and edited by an anonymous scholar in the 11th century,