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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:serendipity_9
Date:March 11th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Go to the ColoringBook Wiki page for several renderings of Brighid along with a little lore. Folks view her hair color in shades of Blond and Flaming Red, so "long" was the common description. Brighid is also well known for her starry cloak that she laid down to cover the land of Eire -- she was allowed to claim the land that her cloak covered and it magically spread out over the entire island. People see it in varying shades of midnight blue to black to even the greenery of Ireland. She is the Triple Flame, but is also a Well goddess -- Tredara has a Brighid's Well on the property. She is the Fire of Poetic Inspiration, the Fire of Healing, and the Fire of Smiths (magical Transformation, as metallurgy/alchemy was considered).

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