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Hey, I missed Imbolc by 3 days! Way to go, Tom. You’re on the ball.

Better late than never! The Celtic deity Brigid is associated strongly with fire, beside being a patron goddess of poetry, smithing, arts, and medicine. She’s honoured during the springtime welcoming festival known as Imbolc, which is also conveniently Saint Brigid’s Day in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. 

Those rascally ol’ Christians combined her legend with the stories of Saint Brigid of Kildare, doing that thing they do with Pagan religions: incorporating folk traditions of fringe peoples into their church to promote unity (and submission but whatever).

Brigid was a classic example of the Celtic Triple Goddess, (like Morrigan, for example) having two sisters, also named Brigid, each representing different aspects of her wide-ranging personality. Brigid is believed to be closely related to continental goddesses Athena and Minerva, being a representative of elevated status, nobility, and dignity.

Her name gets evolved into Bridget after hundreds of years. There is another catholic saint in Sweden named Bridget that had an interesting life as well.

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