By Maxine Miller
Awe-Inspiring Details of Your Brigid Statue:
The Celtic Goddess Brigid is the female heart of Ireland, though Her worship spread far beyond its borders.
As with all of Maxine Miller's art, there is extraordinary symbolism and detail. She stands here dressed with an elaborate headdress with sun symbols and snakes; dress and cloak with many decorations; she is covered overall with Celtic designs, bells and more ornamentation. One one side is a lamb and the other a calf. On her back there is just as much detail! From the braids joined together with Celtic Triskele to the Sun and flames on her cloak, this statue is breathtaking! On the ground behind her sits an blacksmith's anvil with Brigid's Cross adorning it and resting on the anvil is a sword.
Her presence is felt and still worshiped at Her sacred wells, and at Kildare where an eternal flame still burns in Brigit's honor and is still quietly attended by eighteen maidens. The Catholic Church made her a saint due to her fervent worshippers, who accepted Christ, but could not endorse a religion that excluded her. Other names/spellings: Brigit, Brighid, Brigid, Bride, Breed, Birdie, Brigantia, Brittania, and St. Brigit. February 2nd, known as Imbolc, is sacred to Brigid, as February 1st is the sacred day of St. Brigit. Brigid (Breo Saighead, Brid, Brighid [Eriu], Brigindo, Brigandu [Gaul], Brigan, Brigantia, Brigantis [Briton], Bride [Alba]), Breo Saighead, or the “Fiery Arrow or Power,” is a Celtic three-fold goddess, the daughter of The Dagdha, and the wife of Bres. Known by many names,
Brighid’s three aspects are:
- Fire of Inspiration as patroness of poetry
- Fire of the Hearth, as patroness of healing and fertility
- Fire of the Forge, as patroness of smithcraft and martial arts
She is mother to the craftsmen Sons of Tuireann: Creidhne, Luchtaine and Giobhniu. Brighid’s festival is Imbolc, celebrated on or around February 1 when she ushers Spring to the land after An Cailleach’s Winter reign. This mid-Winter feast commences as the ewes begin to lactate and is the start of the new agricultural cycle. During this time Brigid personifies a bride, virgin or maiden aspect and is the protectoress of women in childbirth.
She stands approximately 10 3/4 inches tall and is cast of designer composite resin with hand painted details.
Bridget is known as the Goddess of:
- Healing/Skill to Healers
- Smithcraft/The Forge
- All forms of Creation
- Strength to Warriors
Symbols commonly associated with Brigid:
- Sacred Wells