Fàilte, welcome to Nigheanan Brìghde, a Celtic Polytheist Order of Brighidine Flametenders.
Nigheanan Brìghde is (Scottish) Gaelic for Brìde’s Daughters, and is pronounced NEE-ih-nun BREEDJ-uh. We are a sacred sisterhood of women from around the globe united in devotion and service to our Guiding Star, Brìde, goddess and mythic foster-mother of the Gaelic peoples of Ireland, Scotland, and their diasporic descendants.
Nigheanan Brìghde’s Order is inspired by the ancient and medieval flame keeping ‘cill’ or church in Kildare (Cill Dara, in the Irish, or, Church of the Oak), Ireland in which 19 nuns, each in turn tended St. Brigit’s perpetual flame in 24-hour shifts, and which the saint herself tended on the 20th shift. While extinguished more than once in the tides of history, the perpetual flame was re-lit in two locations simultaneously in 1993, one of which is its original location in Ireland. The Order is also inspired by the heavy speculation that this church and its nuns may have replaced an earlier temple of priestesses dedicated to Bríde, goddess of poetry, smithcraft, and healing.
Nigheanan Brìghde’s Vision is of a revived sacred sisterhood in our goddess Brìde, through contemplative spirituality, supportive conviviality, and honoring and celebrating Brìde’s wisdom and guidance in our daily lives, grounded in the traditional Celtic polytheist and animist worldview.
To those who are interested in the Order but not inclined to to actively participate, and to all devotees of Brìde everywhere, you are welcome to join Friends of Nigheanan Brìghde, a facebook group open to both devotees of Brìde, and those who would like updates on Order news and activities.
Thank for your visit, and Brìde Bless.
Éirinn nighean Brìghde,
Directress, Nigheanan Brìghde Order of Brighidine Flametenders