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March 10th, 2010


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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: amusedamused
Current Music: "Volcano", -JB

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From:tlachtga
Date:March 10th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)

My head hurts, so forgive the lousy grammar and lack of sentences.

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A god[ess] who kindles fire in the head

The fire of the smithee

The fire of purification, of fever burning out the poisons

She is the fire that creates, that molds and shapes; she is the fire that purifies the body and soul; she is the energy those electrons jumping from neuron to neuron, carrying thought.

She keeps both the flame and the well--why wouldn't she do both? Both purify, and she is associated with both in lore (and Brigantia gave her name to several rivers, let's not forget). Water at her feet, fire at her head. She is trans-functional. She holds a smith's hammer in one hand, a harp in the other.

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