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Author Topic: Musings about Brighid and Healing, Poetry, & Smithcraft  (Read 2015 times)
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« Topic Start: March 28, 2010, 08:09:00 pm »

I've been thinking lately about the three areas traditionally associated with Brighid: healing, poetry, and smithcraft.

To me, each of those areas is much larger than the single word descriptor.  That is, "healing" is much more than physical healing.  It incorporates mental, emotional, cultural, and other kinds of healing, too.  "Poetry" is a stand-in for the larger concepts of wisdom, knowledge, learning, teaching, communication, artistry, and related ideas.  And "smithcraft" is about creativity in all it's forms, not just metal work.  So that would include all kinds of arts and craft work; building, repairing, and maintaining all sorts of physical structures; and more esoteric ideas like crafting solutions and forging alliances within a political, social, or cultural context.  To me, it even includes fertility in all its many facets.

And there is a great deal of overlap among all those things.  Each of them involves aspects of art, f'ex.

I'm wondering how others view these areas.

What do they mean to you?  What does it mean to you that Brighid is so closely associated with them?  Is it important to you to have some contact or involvement with any or all of these areas as part of your work with/for Brighid?  If so, how do you express each of them in your life?  Do you consider any one of them to be more important than the others?  Does any one area somehow incorporate the others (i.e., are two of them subsets of one)?

Finally, if you think in symbols, like I do, what symbolizes each area for you?  Do you associate any objects, designs, colors, sounds, etc. with healing, poetry, and/or smithcraft?  If you wanted to get a tattoo that symbolized the three areas, what would it look like?   Cheesy
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« Reply #1: March 28, 2010, 08:30:08 pm »

What do they mean to you?

To me, each of the three areas has water and fire elements, and I agree that they're more than they appear at the surface.

Healing to me incorporates both the act of healing (be it physical or emotional or whatever), which is the water side, and maintaining that health, the spark of life, which is the fire side. For me poetry is creativity in all its forms- she is the keeper of the well of wisdom as well as the fire in the head. And smithcraft is transformation, ourselves and the world around us, which I think any Brighid devotee can attest to- she is the fire the forge that initiates that change, and the quenching waters that help solidify it.

What does it mean to you that Brighid is so closely associated with them?

I'm not sure what you're asking here- to me it's like asking "what does it mean that Athene is associated with wisdom and battle?" It's simply her nature. She heals, she creates, she transforms.

Is it important to you to have some contact or involvement with any or all of these areas as part of your work with/for Brighid?  If so, how do you express each of them in your life?

Yes, although the degree of that involvement in my work varies. Healing, f'ex, is not a large part because I'm really really bad at it- but I do use my shifts as time to recharge and maintain myself. As a writer, creativity is inherent in my life- I'd be lost without it. Transformation is an ongoing thing- I think for progress you'd have to ask her, not me. Cheesy

Do you consider any one of them to be more important than the others?  Does any one area somehow incorporate the others (i.e., are two of them subsets of one)?

No, I think they're all of equal importance and value. I think they're connected aspects, but not subsets of each other.

Finally, if you think in symbols, like I do, what symbolizes each area for you?  Do you associate any objects, designs, colors, sounds, etc. with healing, poetry, and/or smithcraft?  If you wanted to get a tattoo that symbolized the three areas, what would it look like?   Cheesy

I'm not really a big symbol person, actually, outside of my own personal symbolism. And I'm not even going to give the tattoo idea a second thought, because if I do come up with something then I'll want it! Cheesy
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