On this holy day of Imbolc, a seasonal cycle dedicated to Brigid – whether one understands her as Goddess, Saint, or both – I find that someone else’s voice speaks my thoughts more clearly than I can in this moment, as she writes of Brigid’s Sisters:
“One of the wonderful things about practicing a Goddess-based spirituality is that she doesn’t demand monogamy–or, I should say, monotheism. Ours is not a jealous deity but an embracing one, with 10,000 aspects of powerful female divinity. Exploring these aspects allows you to connect to your own cultural roots as well as those that speak to you for reasons that remain a mystery–perhaps a past life, or perhaps just a need your soul has on its journey in this lifetime. The many goddesses provide doorways to understanding yourself, the world, and the cosmos. Just as women support each other as sisters, Brigid too has sisters among the goddesses–some by traditional associations and some by affinities of purpose.” ~ Lunaea Weatherstone in Tending Brigid’s Flame
This perspective is a simple, joyful one that is mirrored when I consider the women who are my friends and life-sisters. They are women I’ve grown up with in school and learned with through work, and been immersed with in spiritual practice; these reveal traditional associations. They are women I’ve met through rescuing animals and learning natural healing modalities; these express affinities of purpose. I also have sisters in the more-than-human world of dogs and cats, and know that those who have died are watching over me. I have unseen kindred spirits beyond the earthly realm and those who have touched my soul through their words in writing or on screen.
Brigid is Goddess of the hearth (homemaking, cooking, caring for those in her home), creative voice (poetry, writing, stories, song), and sacred space for healing (devotions, prayers, contemplation, solitude, sanctuary), just to name a few of her varied and wide-spread aspects. In hearth-keeping, for instance, she is sister to the Greek Hestia; in creative expression and learning, she is sister to the Hindu’s Saraswati; in temple and healing (including soul-healing), she is sister to Mawu.
Brigid has many sisters as do I.
I’ve received an abundance of blessings … I say grace …