The Immortal Game
Brigid the Fiery Arrow, Brigid of the mantles, Brigid of the hearth flame, Brigid of the twining hair, Brigid of the augury, Brigid of the white feet, Brigid of calmness, Brigid of the white milk, Brigid of the crossroads
Associated Powers: Animal (Boar, Sheep, Oxen), Enech, Epic Intelligence, Epic Stamina, Epic Strength, Fire, Health, Water
The Arts, Craft, Empathy, Moxy, Medicine, Melee
Full Moon Bridget
Pregnant as she is with silver fire
gently she takes as gift my molten soul
and channels it into her waiting mould.
High above, the stars present a choir
to sing the labour rising like a smoke
from all the sweated achings of my heart
there in the smelt: the rusted rock, the fraught
old ore from my beginnings, each break
of hope, each abandonment and fear.
Pouring, melding in the silver air,
it settles in her mould, and cools, and stills.
Then she prises it, and hurls. It falls
clang! on her anvil… I am taut, and taught
that I was wracked, and now I can be wrought.
Brigid, the Fiery Arrow, is the goddess of the creative spark, an inspiration to creators of every kind. She is a goddess of fire, keeper of the eternal sacred flame, making the arts of the smithy possible, and a goddess of wisdom, providing the knowledge to create stories and music, and a goddess of sufficient beauty to inspire the most uninspired of painters and sculptors. Her temper is equally fiery, and as one of the youngest of the Tuatha she is quite a handful for her peers and elders to handle, always inspiring passion in those around her.
Brigid not only fills the roles of maiden, mother and crone, but she is also the patron Goddess to smiths, healers and poets. Worshiped for centuries at the holy well in Kildare by a group of women who tended her perpetual flame, Brigid is associated with both water and fire – and not just the element of fire, but imbas (the “fire of inspiration”) that is the life-blood of musicians, poets and storytellers. Brigid is a tall, beautiful woman with hair as red as flames, eyes as gray as smoke and a scattering of freckles across her fair skin. She is stronger than she appears, untiring in the smithy and in battle.
These days, Brigid appears as a doctor, an edgy poet at poetry slams, a worker in a steel mill, a creative-writing teacher helping gifted students and a vet’s assistant. She loves positions where she can inspire people in what they do, whether that might be writing the Great American Novel or simply overseeing the Detroit foundry furnaces for the latest batch of automobile parts.
Brigid’s Scions are usually creative, charismatic, healthy people with an interest in the arts or healing. They tend to be calm, compassionate and good with their hands, with steady nerves and unwavering dedication. Her children serve equally as doctors or sculptors, nurses or musicians, paramedics or poets.
Brigid and Bres
In order to strengthen the ties between the Tuatha and the Fomorians while they were at peace and to please the current High King, Brigid was married to Bres the Beautiful, the half-Fomorian prince. Soon he began to oppress the Tuatha, however, and when his reign was overthrown he called upon Balor to aid him in warring against the throne. Brigid fought on the side of the Tuatha, though she avoided her husband on the battlefield; their young son Ruadan, however, fought for his father and was killed in the fierce battle. Brigid invented the art of keening in her wild grief over his death.