Soul’s Forge: The Wheel of Brighid
Story By: Otter RiverRider
Brighid, Celtic goddess and saint, is a resilient and enduring religious figure of the British Isles. The Bright One is still alive and present in life across the land, with shrines and wells frequented by people of many faiths.
Brighid is known primarily as a goddess of fire, smithcraft and poetry—the bright spark of inspiration and vitality. Many traditions have recognized her in many other capacities throughout the years: Brighid, “exalted one”, who teaches us of just governance and self-sovereignty; Brighid of the Holy Wells, a healer and midwife; Brighid the embroiderer and embellisher, illuminating the mundane; Brighid, protector of animals and children; Brighid of the hearth and community; Brighid, patron to storytellers and ancestral knowledge; Brighid of Three Rivers (Brigit, Braint and Brent) that cut through the U.K.’s green hills; Brighid of Far-Seeing and Divination; Brighid, the bright flame in the depths of winter; and Brighid, light offered to guide human potential.
How might we modern witches realize Brighid of the Gael echoing in Reclaiming Pittsburgh’s work?
Pittsburgh, Workshop of the World, a place born of makers, forgers, and shapers, calls to Brighid—may we work together to build what we seek.
Pittsburgh, Sanctuary City, a place of hearth keepers, calls to Brighid—may we tend fires of welcoming and safety.
Pittsburgh, City of Three Rivers, a place where waters congregate, calls to Brighid—may we plumb the depths of compassion and healing.
Pittsburgh calls to Brighid.
Exalted mother of morning sun and kindling hearth, the roar of the forge, the wisp of flame in dry grass: let this collective burning bring just change. Now is a time of realizing our potential. Now is a time of speaking truth and holding our government accountable to its people. Now is a time when we must step into our power and bring our marginalized closer to the warming fire and healing waters. Now is a time of birthing the stories we want to pass to our descendants.
We step into the fire and witness our transformation.
Brighid’s Tools of Transformation
Bellow’s breath: Brighid as bard, poet, truth-speaker. We kindle the work of the year with words of art and justice.
The Crucible: Brighid as fire-keeper, Smith. We dance into the fires of transformation, ready to release that which does not serve us.
The Quench: Brighid as healer and the spirit of healing wells. White-hot from the forge, we plunge into the restorative depths.
Brighid’s Mantle: Brighid as the land, community, justice. We spread our works across the region where we find inspiration.