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Lessing Photo Archive – Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio). Madonna Sistina, painted for Pope Julius II as his

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Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio)

Madonna Sistina, painted for Pope Julius II as his present to the city of Piazenza, Italy. The church at Piazenza was dedicated to the sainted Pope Sixtus (left), on the right Saint Barbara. 1513�1514 Oil on canvas, 265 cm � 196 cm Inv. 93

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

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air movement study, Étienne-Jules Marey, 1901

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Heart of Creme!

This is the grandmarnier-free version. It's such a versatile recipe.  Can be savory or sweet.

This is the grandmarnier-free version. It’s such a versatile recipe. Can be savory or sweet.

I am making a tribute to Saint Bridget! Happy Saint Bridget’s day.

Maher Matters

Saint Brigid, friend of Saint Patrick and founder of the convent Cill-Dara after which County Kildare was named, died in 525 A.D. Historically she has been a Christian deity to call upon at times of childbirth, for any kind of healing, for students, and for inspiration in all the arts, including poetry and metalworking. In Ireland and Scotland she is called “Mary of the Gaels.” Her feast day, Imbolc, is celebrated in her month, February (1st or 2nd), halfway between winter and spring (America’s “Ground Hog Day”). It is tradition to pick reeds with which to make a new Saint Brigid’s Cross to hang by one’s door as protection for the following year.

In her pre-Christian aspect, she was a “triple muse” archetype, a virgin/mother/crone Goddess, called Brigida/Brigid/Brigit/Bride. In Scotland, where she was also known as “Bride of the White Hills,” her symbol was a…

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Precious Saint Bridget of Kildare* Pray for us.

Babylon Baroque

As the feast day of St. Patrick is fast approaching , I thought it a good idea to remember that Ireland has not one but three patrons. The familiar Patrick, St. Columba (perhaps another post) and dear Brigit-Brigid-Bridget (feast day Feb.1).

print of the saint by Currier & Ives

I start with this very sentimental image as it is in my own collection of saints. I have owned it for years but for some reason I have never before realized/remembered she was the patroness of Ireland. Reading the NYT the other day, an article concerning an outburst of thefts, holy relics being the target , I was relieved to hear that the “Mary of the Gael’s” jawbone was indeed safe and sound ,only the reliquary was stolen.

Good news I suppose.

Looking up from the paper I began to view my now familiar Bridget with new  sense of appreciation.

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Brigid – Celtic Goddess and Saint

Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Healing, the Hearth, Creativity, and More

Brigid is an Iri

English: statue of a Celtic goddess, probably ...

English: statue of a Celtic goddess, probably Brigid (Brigantia) in a persona identified with Minerva. Category:Celtic art Category:Celtic deities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

sh and Celtic goddess from pre-Christian times. Her domain is the hearth, poetry (and creativity), and smithery (metalcrafting). She was absorbed into the Roman Catholic church when Ireland was converted to Christianity and became St. Brigid.

She is a patroness to me, having made her presence known to me not long after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I have been on a journey ever since to understand what it means to be “adopted” by a goddess. I don’t know that I have learned all that much, except that she is a part of me that knows things that my conscious mind doesn’t always have access to; she is connected in some unexplainable across time and space to other people, places and things; and sometimes she projects herself outside of me to work, either on me or something external. She is also somehow connected to my Celtic ancestry in the British Isles, although I didn’t know anything about any of that when I was growing up.

She is connected with Archangel Michael, something I learned when I first started being aware of her in a personal way. I thought that was pretty out there but within a couple months of my first sensing both Brigid and Michael a book called Archangels and Ascended Masters was published by Doreen Virtue in which she says the same thing. Brigid has a warrior side, even though she is a goddess of the hearth and home so I guess it’s not such a stretch to think she would be paired with a warrior archangel. It’s believed by some that Brigid and Brigantia, the great warrioress of early Britain, are the same archetype.

On this page I have provided links to lore about Brigid and Imbolc/Candlemas, modern day priestesses of Brigid, Brigid related spells and rituals, and Brigid and goddess inspired music, books and art, and the celtic/voodoo connection.

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