March 10th, 2010
|03:14 pm - Anyone know anything about Brigid?|
I'm working on this year's Summerland auction item(s). We found ourselves so overwhelmed with awesome items last year that this year I'm working on creating just one awesome item. Some of you will remember the Discordian Triptych I did two years ago? Well, I'm planning on another triptych this year, but one that I think will appeal to a much broader audience.
This one will be of Brigid.
I'm working pretty hard at the moment to find the "right" iconography. To that end, I want to know: what really turns you on about this goddess? What aspects of her are important to you? And, perhaps most importantly, what are your favourite depictions of her? What is the iconography you most associate with her?
There are so many possibilities, but only three frames. Is she Smith/Healer/Poetess? Or perhaps Smith/Poetess/Warrior? Is she the keeper of the flame or the lady of the well? Is she young or old, or half-and-half? Does she carry a sword, tend a fire, draw down the Awen symbol, or have a bright fire upon her brow?
So tell me what you know of Brigid. I'm in the midst of reading prophet_maid's Oak Leaves article for ideas as well.
It's hard for me, without the sincere and deep personal connection that I have with the subject of my last triptych, to really grasp what it is that folk find imporant in her. Sure, I have ideas drawn from my work, but I'm not the deepest of devotees. . . but I know some of them read this LJ. ;)
And on an unrelated note, do these look like swans to you?
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Volcano", -JB
My ideas have somewhat evolved since I wrote that article, and I kinda wish I could go back and redo it. Maybe some day.
I see Brigid as first and foremost a fire goddess. While she is strongly associated with the hearth, I think of her being more in charge of society's hearth. All of her associations point more towards serving the larger society than the individual. I don't, for instance, equate her with Vesta or Gabija, though they're definitely related. I think she's somewhere between Agni and them, so to speak.
I like the 3 functions order: poetess, smith, healer. I don't see her as a warrior; she's off to the sidelines when Ruadan dies, and as a smith is more in a support position than fighting. I'm honestly not sure there are any warrior goddesses among the Celts; I don't even think of the Morrigan as a warrior.
I'm not certain of iconography beyond the blatantly obvious. I honestly haven't seen a depiction of Brigid I've ever resonated with, and I wish I was skilled enough to make one.
I see her as about 40 or a matronly age. She's definitely older than me, old enough to be wise but still in a motherly role, old enough to have a late teen/early 20s kid (Ruadan). Then again, I also see An Dagda as not much old than that, so whatever.