Brighid may be the most widely worshipped goddess in Europe today. Pronounced Breej or Bree, Brighid is the spirit of life-giving fire on earth. She's the daughter of the sky god, bringing us the warmth of the sun.
As the hearth goddess she lives in every human home. As the sacred flame she is the healing life-force, the fire of the blacksmith's forge and the flame of inspiration. She is beloved of poets, musicians and artists.
Brighid gives shelter to all who need it, especially women. Brighid is the first goddess to experience a mother's heartbreak. Her son was killed for betraying the gods. She was the first mother to keen with grief, and she understands human pain.
This scroll portrays Brighid in her roll as the Shield Goddess, loving protector. She steps down from the nine rays of the sun wearing her mantle and ready to help the weary. The red paint in this scroll was mixed with ash from the devotional fire on her holy day, Imbolc, which is said to protect the home from fire year-round.
Gouache, magic potion, consecrated ash and holy water on handmade paper with a natural edge.
Note: This scroll was incinerated in a sacrificial fire at midnight September 5, 2012. It is no longer available.
Spirit of life-giving fire, foster-mother of art.