3773 – Saint Brigid of Ireland cards

Physical description:
Two small laminated cards. Mainly yellow. The front is colourful and shows a woman in a circle, the back has text only.
Museum classification:
Goddess
Size:
11.5cm x 6.5cm
Information:

Saint Brigid image on the front, story of the Saint on the reverse.

“…in some places Bridget presided over the whole feast in the form of a straw maiden, while there was feasting and music, and dedications were made to her.  She was the Goddess of the coming spring…”  From Carmina Gadelica by A Carmichael

Bridget/Bride means the ‘exalted one’ and her colour is white.  Her feast day is Imbolc which means ‘in the belly’ referring to the pregnancy of ewes and the mother earth. 

In Celtic mythology, Brighid is the goddess of the eternal flame, the first sparks of life igniting in the soil after the coldness of winter. Her flame is also the inspiration of the poet and artist, the transforming fire of the blacksmith and the restoring flame of the healer. The reed cross represents the wheel of life and the turning of the seasons.

See also:

http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/object/brides-cross-with-snowdrops-tile/

http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/object/bride039s-cross/

http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/object/bed-of-bride-and-offerings/

http://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/object/crios-bride-or-bridgets-or-brides-girdle/

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Card, ink, plastic