- How did you become first aware of this deity?
Officially, I suppose it would be when I took the Haedery class back in 1998? I think. M, that taught the class was a Flamekeeper and encouraged the rest of us to be. Even though I no longer have contact with M, I can be grateful for that. She was the first person I ever met who was also trained by her Scottish grandmother. It made me feel not so alone, unfortunately, I couldn’t stand the drunken negativity of she and her partner and said so and caused a major blowup in our group. I wasn’t very diplomatic about it and we had been camping already for 2 days when it happened and I’m afraid my big mouth went off but I can’t stand repetitive bad behaviour with no effort to change it, especially if it induces a lack of sleep on my part. And I found out later I wasn’t the only one to set off a cataclysm over her bad behaviour that weekend but still I could have handled it differently or more sensitively.
Anyway, it was M is who officially introduced me to Brighid and her many faces but by this time I had already been a silversmith and a writer of songs and poetry and according to one of my exes, a healer. So Brighid called to me almost immediately and let me know she had always been there, I just hadn’t been aware.
She has called to me ever since and been there as a light in the darkness. She was one of the deities I was ordained to when I was ordained in the Temple/Fellowship of Isis, along with the Quan Yin and Hecate and the Green Man (at the time I was the only one in TOILA that was ordained to a male deitiy.)
I know she has always been there waiting, I just didn’t know enough about who she might be until I got to a place where I would recognize her. It’s one of the reasons I tell my students not to sweat not having a personal/Patron/Matron deity. When you are ready, they will be there waiting. They’ve been waiting for you for a long time. You really don’t need to chase them down. It’s better to relax, learn as much as you can about all pantheons and deities and then let them know you are open to them knocking on your door. You don’t have to answer or invite them in. It’s up to you. It’s like any other relationship and you are in charge of your choices.
Someone will be a long eventually. You don’t have to think you are a wallflower at a dance or the last one picked for the team. You are the one answering the door to your spiritual house and not everyone is welcome to come in. That being said, Brighid knocked and I answered and she was actually the last one to do so of the four. Some dramatically some not so but I had already been a practicing witch for over 10 years before the first one showed up. Be patient and open and it may not be who you expect.