"Wisdom is like rain.
source is limitless,
but it comes
down according to the season."
It is an unfortunate reality the that human life
may be too short for most humans ever to attain
history only those embarking
the quest for truth
open the door to
"He who in early days was unwise but later found
wisdom, he sheds
a light over the world like that of the moon when free
"Wisdom, or the art of living wisely, is perhaps only another name for
prudential ethics which constitutes
a very large part of all ethics."
"Whatever wisdom constituently is, it is like a
it may be reared when it appears, but it cannot be
wise teachings of
a wise outlook, plan, or course of
understanding scientific and practical
common sense due
to clear unbiased judgement
the sum of learning through the ages;
the union of emotional intelligence with rational
the ability to
discern or judge what is true,
combination of knowledge
and experience with common sense and insight
The quality of being wise requires the ability to understand the
three forms of acquired knowledge and the capacity to make due use of them;
understanding of the best ends and the best
means which result in a wise judgement;
sagacity, skill, talent, erudition, dexterity learned through
experience and used after careful judgement.
"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be
relinquished too readily.
The wisest mind has something yet to
three faces of the Sophia of Christ
self-knowledge and self-awareness are the sisters
of Tarsus refers to Jesus in I Corinthians 1: 24 as the "Sophia of
"I came from the First Infinite Light, that I might
reveal everything to you. I have awakened that drop that was sent
from Sophia, that it might bear much fruit through me." - from the
Sophia of Jesus
"Sophia is no rarefied divine being who
dwells on high.
Sophia goes out into the marketplace
and gets her hands dirty.
Wisdom sets a table and invites those who
appreciate her to partake of her feast.
The inclusive meals of Jesus,
where he located his most intense teachings, deliberately transgressed
the purity codes by including those who would have been considered unclean -
heretics and blasphemers.
alliance of expediency between
the religious and the political
authorities murdered Jesus, Sophia's
prophet and messenger." -
Sophia in Greek, Asherah in
Chohkma in Hebrew,
Sapientia in Latin,
Celtic - all mean
Sophia has been revered as the Wise
Bride of Solomon.
The Song of Songs - known as Song of Solomon or
Canticle of Canticles - speaks of Solomon's marriage to Holy Sophia.
There are many references to Sophia in the book of Proverbs and in the
apocryphal books of Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon.
Sophia is the deity of
wisdom called by the name Holy Spirit
Sophia's symbol, the white dove, represents
spirit. Sophia is crowned by stars to indicate
her absolute divinity. Sophia's sacred shrine, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, is one
of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Mother, unites the Father
Sophia is the
Knowledge of the Way of
Sophia the Mother of Creation is Wisdom
Holy Spirit, is the source of the
strength of the Creator.
Sustainer of the Eternal
Give everyone rest from their efforts,
their hard labor,
the pain in moments of fire,
release the joy that dries up their
tears and comforts their
Enter the deepest depth
of their soul,
Oh Holy Spirit,
Oh Divine Sophia, and enrich it.
Look at the emptiness
within when you are not
See spiritual corruption when you do not breathe
Water the dry Earth of their
heal their wounded
wash them clean of spiritual corruption,
warmth of life back within their
conquer their uncontrollable
guide them when the way
"Happy is the person
who finds Wisdom and gains
For the profit of
Wisdom is better than
and her wages are better
Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can
compare to her.
Wisdom offers you life in her right
and nobility and
honor in her left.
Wisdom will guide you in delightful
all her ways are
a tree of life to those who hold
"Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops
of rain, and the days of eternity? Who can find out the height of heaven, and
the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom? Wisdom hath been created
before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting. The word
of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting
commandments." - Ecclesiasticus 1:2-5 (Sirach)
Mother of Wisdom,
Daghda had a maternal function and was closely
identified with the land.
Celts formulated female triads to
overcome the bicameral
Brigid is a prime example of this type of
deity which is associated with
the sacred number three, the triple aspect of the divine.
two sisters, patrons of healing and smithcraft.
She was venerated not
only as Brigid, but also as Bride, Briginda, Brigidu, and in North Britain as
Briganda, which can be translated as
'High One or Exalted One'. Other titles include;
'Ashless Flame', 'Flame
of Two Eternities', and 'Mother of All Wisdom'.
One of the most potent
symbols of the triple nature Brigid is FIRE:
the flame of life and
the fire of the hearth and smithy;
the flame of divine
hearth is the focus of the
and integral to everyday functions.
circle of the campfire divided the
world into two parts: the safe, domestic part, and the Wild.
the hearth, the center of the circle of domesticity.
Here was warmth,
keeping the cold world at a distance.
Here was safety, keeping
predators at bay.
Here was light, defining a human realm but making the
night beyond all the deeper, all the more alien.
Outside the circle of
firelight was the other, the wild, the unknown."- Charles
ancient traditions the hearth is
connected to the sun, the source of warmth
As the patroness of filidhact, bardic
lore, Brigid guides the flame of
poetry and divination.
Heroes who set off on spiritual tasks would also
request protection and guidance from Brigid.
symbol of Brigid is
water, which in all its forms was venerated
in the Celtic times.
springs, many associated with Brigid, were a
focus for Celtic rituals.
water symbolically unites the underworld and
the upper world by rising out of the darkness of the Earth and reflecting the
light of the heavens.
springs provide a link between fire and
water, Brigid's key symbols.
springs and wells remain
powerful sources of
inspiration, healing, and a
means of both physical and spiritual purification.
legend which connects Brigid with water, tells how a
crystal drop from the mantle of Brigid touched the Earth and became a deep and
This was said to be a
lake from Tir-Na-Moe 'Land of the Living
Heart' and there was healing in it for all
weariness and battle wounds.
Historical references to Saint Brigid
begin in the seventh century. Saint Brigid was venerated in an Irish convent at
Kildare or Cill Dara, which means the church of the
Oak Tree. Originally the site of an
ancient temple with a perpetual flame, a magical ashless fire.
Gaelic-speaking Scotland the goddess was remembered as another saint, St. Brigit of the
To this day she is remembered as patron saint of the family
hearth, originally a peat fire that was kept burning in her
The first day of
February, dedicated to Brigid, is known as Imbolg, meaning 'of/in the womb'.
Another name connected with this celebration is Oimelc, a Germanic word
meaning 'ewes-milk' or 'lactation', which is a direct reference to the birth of
young animals in the spring.
According to Celtic tradition Imbolg was
the first day of spring and stock who had been penned in for the winter were
On Brigid's Eve in parts of Ireland it was customary for
groups of young girls, who were either disguised or clad in white, to go from
house to house singing and dancing.
The householders would give the
girls a gift for Brigid, usually either eggs or money.
usually was a girl who would carry an image of Brigid, a 'brideog', into the
The brideog was fashioned
from rushes or oats and decorated with colored shells, spring
flowers, greenery and ornaments.
The best and brightest of ornaments were attached over the
heart and called reul-iuil Bride, The 'Guiding
Star of Brigid'.
Older women prepared a Brigid's Bed which was made of
an oval basket filled with rushes.
A straw image was placed in the
basket which was put on the hearth.
Then the main door was opened and
the men said a prayer invoking and asking Brigid to come in for her bed was
Brigid was believed to travel with her white milk cow on her
festival and bring blessings to each household.
In some areas of
Scotland and Ireland offerings of grass were left on doorsteps for her cow.
The goddess Brigid is a great
eternal being who, like the
flame of life itself, keeps alight and rekindles hope and
sacred power of Brigid can act as a catalyst
compassion and skill.
-adapted from Liafal
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