Brigid in Ireland
5 Week Course - Learn about Brigid, Irish Goddess and Saint, with native Irish devotee Orlagh CostelloEnroll in Course
5 Week Self Guided Online Course on the beliefs, Irish mythology, folklore and magic of Brigid in Ireland. Discover or Deepen Your Connection to Brigid - with native devotee and Pagan Catholic Practitioner, Orlagh Costello.
We get a lot of questions about Brigid, at the Irish Pagan School. People ask us:
- -- What is the actual historical lore (as far as we know anyway) and what is nonsense?
- -- How do native folks relate to her in their working of magic?
- -- What do daily practices look like from a native context?
- -- How is Brigid honored on a day-to-day basis, not just on Imbolc?
We've all seen how wrong this can go, with new-agey pages and websites that make all sorts of claims but have no facts or evidence... just re-hashed garbage information to wade through regarding honouring Brigid.
Stuff like: "Your inner Brigid--a Celtic Triple Goddess-- holds the sacred feminine keys to help you transform..."
So, we decided to work with an expert, a lifelong scholar and devotee of Brigid in Ireland, to get you some authentic answers, and provide insight on her origins, her connections with the land and seasons, her aspects, and how she is honoured in our living practice in Ireland.
Cormac’s glossary gives us three Brigids, one of poetry, healing and smithing:
Brigit i.e. a poetess, daughter of the Dagda. This is Brigit the female sage, or woman of wisdom, i.e. Brigit the goddess whom poets adored, because very great and very famous was her protecting care. It is therefore they call her goddess of poets by this name. Whose sisters were Brigit the female physician [woman of leechcraft,] Brigit the female smith [woman of smithwork] ; from whose names with all Irishmen a goddess was called Brigit. Brigit, then, breo-aigit, breo-shaigit, ‘a fiery arrow’.
But who are these three Brigids? Is there one, or three, or three sisters, or three-in-one? What can we learn from her/them?
THIS IS A SELF GUIDED COURSE, SO YOU CAN TAKE IT AT YOUR OWN PACE!
(Content is delivered by email, weekly, over 5 weeks from time of enrollment)
- Session 1: Brigid in the Irish Lore
- Where does she appear and how reliable are these sources? What can we tell from the snippets we see? How does this relate to later Brigid stories from Christian lore?
- (Includes Simple Opening Ceremony)
- Session 2: Brigid the Poet
- What was the role of a poet in Iron Age Ireland? How do we translate this to the modern world? What work do we need to do ourselves to acknowledge, honour and learn more about Brigid as poet?
Session 3: Brigid the Healer
- Well, a healer would appear to be a healer no matter what the time period we consider, right? Or, do we need to look deeper at the role of healing in mythology and see how this role comes about... to understand better why Brigid would need to be highlighted as a “female physician” as opposed to “physician”?
- Session 4: Brigid the Smith
- Now, smithing is not as popular these days as it used to be, but how important were smiths in the Iron Age or in succeeding ages? What was their role and how does this affect our work with Brigid today?
Session 5: Brigid Here & No
- A final session to take a look at Brigid in modern Ireland, how she is looked at, how she has endured, where is she now? Where will you take your studies next – what work will you be assigned by her? What more do you want to find out?
- (Includes Simple Closing Ceremony)
Learn the history and heritage of this fascinating Irish Goddess (and Saint), from the perspective of someone who has grown up immersed in the vibrant culture of knowing and honouring her, and developed that into a personal practice firmly grounded in the authentic Irish traditions.
This course will give you an excellent foundation in Brigid's place in the lore of Ireland, and how best to work with her authentically and respectfully... wherever you are in the world.
A new weekly class will be accessible every 7 days from when you enroll!
This Teaching is suitable for beginners, as well as those with more
experience in this area, or in other traditions. You do not have to be
dedicated to or working with any Irish Gods, Guides, or Guardians to
take this course. You do not have to have any Irish Heritage or Ancestry
to take this course.
Your Course access enrollment below includes access each week to:
- -- Class Presentation Slides
- -- Class Video
- -- Class Audio
- -- Class Chat Log
- -- Q & A Session Recorded from the Live Class
- -- Guided Meditation
Each session will include a simple ceremony or prayer/devotional, a teaching presentation on the topic, a Guided Meditation, some homework/further study. Throughout, you will get the unique perspective of a native devotee of the Goddess Brighid and Pagan Catholic Practitioner, Orlagh Costello.
Weekly Classes will be accessible progressively as you move through the material, and you'll get an email week by week to remind you that the new class is available (every 7 days over the course of 5 weeks).
Click the Enroll button below to join this Course and get started today with Week One - Folklore Collection in Ireland.
Orlagh currently describes herself as a Pagan Catholic. Her main relationship in the Irish Pantheon is with Brighid, in whatever form She chooses to present Herself. Orlagh runs a group on Facebook dedicated to Brighid - called Brigid's Forge at https://www.facebook.com/groups/318562765289760/ and is involved with women's circles in various ways. She practices reiki & reflexology for fun; and by day, she masquerades as an engineer. Learn More at https://mybrigidsforge.wordpress.com/
"This was more than just a class on Brigid: this was a whole new level of an experience! The extent and depth of the material covered is unbelievable. Participating live to the rituals, prayers, and meditations, hearing the devotional parts recited in Irish, the lighting of a candle- Orlagh has made every bit of this class feel so special. Go raibh míle maith agat!"
- Daniela Simina - Course Student 2020
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- Theresa Anne Pittman - Course Student 2020