Goddess Brighid  

Posted by Stella Clark

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BRIGHID (pronounced BREED) is the Celtic Goddess of fire. She rules over many types of fire--the fire of the forge (as Goddess of smithcraft and metal working), the fire of the hearth (as Goddess of healing), and the fire of creativity (as Goddess of poetry). Brighid is seen as a triple Goddess, and she is associated with three different spheres--high (leaping flames, tall forts, wisdom), middle (hearth and home), and low (wells and sacred springs).

Brighid's festival of Imbolc (pronounced IM-molk), celebrated on February 2, is the start of the agricultural year. This is the time when the Goddess in her aspect of Cailleach the Crone drinks from the Well of Youth and is transformed once again into the maiden, Brighid. Imbolc is also known as Candlemas or Saint Brigid's Day, since Brighid was adopted by the Christians who came to the British Isles.

Variations on Brighid's name, which means "exalted one," include BRID, BRIDE, BRIGHDE, BRIGID, BRIGINDO, BRIGANDU, BRIGAN, BRIGANTIA, and BRIGANTIS, and she is also known as:

BREO SAIGHEAD (fiery arrow)

BRIGIT B'uADACH (victorious)

BRIGHID-NAM-BRATTA (Brighid of the Mantle)

BRIGHID-MUIRGHIN-NA-TUINNE (conception of the waves)

BRIGHID-SLUAGH (of the immortal host)

BRIGHID-NAN-SITHEACHSEANG (of the slim fairy folk)

BRIGHID-BINNE-BHEULE-LHUCHD-NAN-TRUSGANAN-UAINE (song-sweet Brighid of the tribe of the green mantles)

SUIBHAL-BHEANN (mountain traveler)

C'u-GORM (grey hound)

SIREADH-THALL (seek beyond)

BRIGHID OF THE HARP



BRIGHID OF THE SORROWFUL



BRIGHID OF PROPHECY



BRIGHID OF PURE LOVE



ST. BRIDE OF THE ISLES

BRIDE OF JOY



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Geshtinanna Goddess Of The Autumn Vines  

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"GESHTINANNA "IS THE SUMARIAN GODDESS OF THE AUTUMN VINES. IN MYTHOLOGY, SHE IS KNOWN AS "THE LADY OF THE GRAPE; "SHE IS THE GODDESS WHO INCARNATED FROM THE VINE. GESHTINANNA IS THE DAUGHTER OF ENKI AND NINSUN AND THE SISTER OF DUMUZI, HUSBAND OF INANNA.

AS THE STORY GOES, WHEN INANNA RETURNED FROM THE UNDERWORLD AFTER HER UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO DETHRONE HER SISTER, SHE FOUND HER HUSBAND DUMUZI, WHO HAD INVENTED BEER, DRINKING WINE WITH GESHTINANNA. IN ANGER AT WHAT SHE INTERPRETED AS A CARNAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PAIR, SHE CHOSE DUMUZI TO TAKE HER PLACE. GESHTINANNA WAS SO GRIEF-STRICKEN OVER THE LOSS OF HER BROTHER THAT INANNA TOOK HER TO SEE HIM. SHE PLEADED THAT SHE BE ALLOWED TO TAKE HER BROTHER'S PLACE FOR HALF OF THE YEAR...AND SO IT WAS SHE WAS BANISHED TO THE UNDERWORLD FOR THE SIX MONTHS OF WINTER AND DUMUZI FOR THE SIX SUMMER MONTHS. THE MYTH ITSELF IS MEANT TO EXPLAIN WHY THE ANCIENTS DID NOT PRODUCE BEER AND WINE WERE AT THE SAME TIME OF THE YEAR.

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