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?
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Is she the keeper of the flame or the lady of the well?
Yes. Holy well and sacred flame are the strongest iconographic images I have of her. (Although I don't see her tending the flame so much as I see her as the flame.)
I relate to Brigid primarily as patron of bards and as a goddess of healing, although I recognize her as a goddess of crafts (primarily smithcraft, but also of hearthcraft in general.) I also identify with St. Brigid in medieval legends as a trickster. (Less attested to in Pagan myth.)
Physically, I see her as ageless, neither young, middle-aged or old. I also can't get a firm grasp on her hair color. I see her in a white robe, and usually but not always either hooded or veiled.
Mythologically, I connect with the Scottish legend of her battle with the Cailleach, with the Cailleach bringing winter on Samhain and Brigid bringing spring on Imbolc.
These are of course my personal interpretations. Good luck with the triptych. I'm interested in seeing how it turns out.
Oh, and those swans look like cranes. :-)