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« Topic Start: September 02, 2007, 01:18:47 pm »

Hello Everyone,

     I was wondering if any anyone could clarify the proper pronunciation of Brighid. I found an interesting article and it gave some history and several spellings and pronunciations such as, the Irish Breed, Bryde and Briggid, the Gaelic Bree-id and the most ancient form (according to their sources) Brigit. I'd appreciate your opinions. I'm going out to garden and enjoy a beautiful end of summer day.

     In case anyone would like to read the article- here's a link:

http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/BRIGID.htm

Good wishes and thoughts to you all,

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« Reply #1: September 02, 2007, 05:28:21 pm »

I was wondering if any anyone could clarify the proper pronunciation of Brighid. I found an interesting article and it gave some history and several spellings and pronunciations such as, the Irish Breed, Bryde and Briggid, the Gaelic Bree-id and the most ancient form (according to their sources) Brigit. I'd appreciate your opinions. I'm going out to garden and enjoy a beautiful end of summer day.

Hah. I went out and enjoyed the day too.  Grin

I have always said it as "BRIDGE-id"--probably not the proper Gaelic, but she doesn't seem to mind that. I think it depends on which tradition you're coming from: the Scottish Gaels and the Irish will say it differently, and even call her by different names. The Scots call her Bride, typically, while Brighid is typical for the Irish.
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« Reply #2: September 02, 2007, 05:38:08 pm »

I have always said it as "BRIDGE-id"--probably not the proper Gaelic, but she doesn't seem to mind that. I think it depends on which tradition you're coming from: the Scottish Gaels and the Irish will say it differently, and even call her by different names. The Scots call her Bride, typically, while Brighid is typical for the Irish.

I call it Bridge-id too Cheesy

I suspect that isnt correct, but it is how I say it.

so far she hasnt minded Wink

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« Reply #3: September 02, 2007, 07:13:03 pm »

I have always said it as "BRIDGE-id"--probably not the proper Gaelic, but she doesn't seem to mind that.

FWIW, I use the pronunciation "Breedj" in my head and when I'm talking to Brighid.  When I'm tlaking to other people, I usually use "Bridge-id".

However, I also believe that the deity we call Brighid has been known by different names in different geographic areas, including Sulis, Sunna, Belisama, and possibly Kupala.  I'm still working on that research.   Wink
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« Reply #4: September 02, 2007, 07:22:05 pm »

I call it Bridge-id too Cheesy

I say Bridge-it.  My friend in primary school had Brighid as a second name.  That's how she and her family pronounced it, so I guess that's just what I've always said.  Also knew a Brighde, that was pronounced Brigh(as in bright without the t)-dee.

However, I also believe that the deity we call Brighid has been known by different names in different geographic areas, including Sulis, Sunna, Belisama, and possibly Kupala.  I'm still working on that research.   Wink

Me, I'm going with Belisama Smiley  It does feel so right that She/They are the same Goddess, just different names from different places.  Can't shake it, so I'm sticking with it lol.
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« Reply #5: September 02, 2007, 08:37:49 pm »

     I was wondering if any anyone could clarify the proper pronunciation of Brighid....
I'd appreciate your opinions. I'm going out to garden and enjoy a beautiful end of summer day.
     

Hello Everyone,

It was a perfect day to work outside in my neck of the woods.  Smiley

Thank you all for your responses as I will most likely have more questions about Brighid as I read more material about her. 

I thought about it as I worked and felt the Gaelic Bree-id worked best for me.

One more question, if you don't mind-

Do the Gods/Goddesses have you find tokens or small gifts? While I was gardening, I found two lovely rocks- both were flattened and smooth, one round and the other oval. I saw them and felt that they were for me to clean, paint with Her symbols and dedicate in some way. I also found a lovely piece of a branch, flat on the bottom with a smooth top surface perfect for carving.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this but the feeling was very strong. I felt like it was my birthday.  Grin
 
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« Reply #6: September 02, 2007, 10:16:20 pm »

Do the Gods/Goddesses have you find tokens or small gifts? While I was gardening, I found two lovely rocks- both were flattened and smooth, one round and the other oval. I saw them and felt that they were for me to clean, paint with Her symbols and dedicate in some way.

I have a rock that I believe was sent to me directly by Brighid.  I found it on the sidewalk one day when I was in the midst of a spiritual crisis of the "is there really anyone out there?" variety.

It's blue, a smooth tumbled stone.  I think it's angelite, but I'm not sure.

I also see little signs from her, especially when I'm in some kind of need.  Sometimes it's graffiti, sometimes logos on trucks, things like that.
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« Reply #7: September 02, 2007, 11:38:49 pm »

     I was wondering if any anyone could clarify the proper pronunciation of Brighid.
http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/BRIGID.htm

This is a great question...  When I was starting to take an intro to Wicca class, I tried to brush up on my Goddess/God names so I could actually say them properly without looking like an idiot...  I had read "Briggid" was the proper pronunciation on the web (perhaps that same article on a different site...)  So it came up in a conversation and everyone was like "You mean Bridj-id?"  So I've been kind of confused ever since and not sure what to use for myself personally.
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« Reply #8: September 03, 2007, 02:17:42 am »

Do the Gods/Goddesses have you find tokens or small gifts? While I was gardening, I found two lovely rocks- both were flattened and smooth, one round and the other oval. I saw them and felt that they were for me to clean, paint with Her symbols and dedicate in some way. I also found a lovely piece of a branch, flat on the bottom with a smooth top surface perfect for carving.

When I was in Halifax I found lots of stones and sea shells that I took home with me. It wasn't until Hestia caught my attention and I was going back to researching and connecting with Dionysos, that I noticed the last flat stone I had, which was very small and very very flat, that would look awesome if I panted both Hestia's symbol and Dionysos's symbol on either side and make it into a necklace.

So yes, I think its entirely possibly. Cheesy
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« Reply #9: September 03, 2007, 03:47:51 am »

Hello Everyone,

     I was wondering if any anyone could clarify the proper pronunciation of Brighid. I found an interesting article and it gave some history and several spellings and pronunciations such as, the Irish Breed, Bryde and Briggid, the Gaelic Bree-id and the most ancient form (according to their sources) Brigit. Shaylee
 
I've always said it "Brigg-id" and boy, I'm glad to have read in the article that its an acceptable Irish form. Strangely, its ocurred to me I have never heard someone say the name before!
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« Reply #10: September 03, 2007, 11:45:43 am »

I also see little signs from her, especially when I'm in some kind of need.  Sometimes it's graffiti, sometimes logos on trucks, things like that.

I was working with Apollo one time on a road-trip to my grandparent's house, when an Apollo Equipment truck pulled up alongside out truck.
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« Reply #11: September 04, 2007, 04:02:31 am »


One more question, if you don't mind-

Do the Gods/Goddesses have you find tokens or small gifts? While I was gardening, I found two lovely rocks- both were flattened and smooth, one round and the other oval. I saw them and felt that they were for me to clean, paint with Her symbols and dedicate in some way. I also found a lovely piece of a branch, flat on the bottom with a smooth top surface perfect for carving.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this but the feeling was very strong. I felt like it was my birthday.  Grin
 
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      I know the exact feeling!  Though usually it hits when I'm elbow deep into a project or looking at new materials.  Suddenly I get the equivalent of a energy thwap upside the head and the very clear image of a craft to be done.  But then that tends to be my path.  *insert innocent look here*

      I had the occasion once where a piece of hideous furniture abandoned by a former roommate suddenly had a desperate need to become a writing altar!  It had sat in the basement for nearly six months, during which I had no clue it was even there, until one day I went down into the basement, received my thwap, and looked under a pile of boxes.  Yeah, two months later and that army-green piece of 70's bad taste had transformed into a lovely writing surface dedicated to study and the elements, and my lovely ladies who I would be lost without.

     Yep, every once in awhile you get a little help from your gods and godesses in making or finding something just for them, from you.

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« Reply #12: September 15, 2007, 11:17:30 am »


It depends on the Gaelic dialect.

I pronounce her name "bree-id" but I've also heard "bree-zj", "breehid", "brid", "bridge", and others.
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