So I was pinteresting this morning, and I came across this picture of a statue (seen Left). I thought it was so beautiful, and could not help myself as I tried to find out who the subject matter was. Turns out, she is the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Other than the Celts, Brigid was a patron goddess (and later saint) to Britain. Unlike the Celts, the Brits saw her as a warrior maiden and protector of the country.
Brigid, whose name means ‘exalted one’ or ‘bright one’, is a Celtic Trinity Goddess. Sometimes she is said to be three sister goddesses with the same name, but usually she is one single goddess that has a triple aspect. She is the Goddess of three important skills for the Celtic people: Poetry, Smithing, and Healing. As the ‘bright one’, she is connected to fire, sun, and hearth. This is also her connection to Smithing. As the ‘exalted one’, she is connected to high places, like hills and such, and high state of mind, in essence wisdom.Since she is associated with wisdom, she is linked as the Goddess of Poetry and in some cases a Goddess of Art. Wisdom also makes her the Goddess of Healing and that, in turn, makes her the patroness of childbirth. Interestingly enough, she is said to be the daughter of Boann the Goddess of Fertility.
As a warrior maiden, which is a not a very predominant concept of this Goddess, she is seen as a virgin (much like Athena). But, in most Celtic Mythology, Brigid was a mother to a son with a mortal king (and husband). When her son died in a battle against the Fomorians (a chaotic race similar to the Greek Titans who were considered wild and uncivilized), she was said to be the first to keen, an Irish lamentation that combines weeping and singing. She is also said to be the inventor of whistling. so as to single to people at night as one is traveling.
Brigid is a very important Goddess in Celtic Mythology whose role/position in their ‘pantheon’ evolved becoming very complex. Learn more about her here: http://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigit