When Christianity made its way to Ireland
the Celtic people weren't ready
to give up the Goddess.
Brigid was the goddess of the fire,
the protectress of blacksmiths, of healers
and poets. She was the High Mother Goddess
of Ireland. Her feast day is February 1,
known as Imbolc, the beginning of Celtic spring.
Today, Brigit's wells dot the Irish landscape.
She has been incorporated into the persona of
St. Brigid of Kildare,
thought to have been a nun in the 500s.
She is often mistaken for the Virgin Mary,
but her sacred status long predates Christianity.
To see other Virgins,
visit Rebecca's "A Virgin a Day."